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Sheffy, Ben Edward

After a long illness, Dr. Ben E. Sheffy, passed away into peace and comfort on November 14 at the Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, NC. He was 91. Dr. Sheffy was born in Luxemburg, WI on a dairy farm to the late Anton and Mary Shefchik. After entering Pre Med at the University of Wisconsin, he enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and trained as a bomber pilot in Pensacola. He was commissioned and sent to the Pacific where he served on the USS Bunker Hill, USS Intrepid and the USS Enterprise. During the war, he was honored with many awards including 2 Adm. Mitcher Air Citations, the Distinguished Flying Cross, American Theatre Ribbon Asiatic-Pacific as well as the Philippine Liberation and American Defense medals. In 1945, Lt. Cmdr. Sheffy tested developments in naval aircraft at the Philadelphia Naval Air Station. There he met his wife of 63 years, Constance Flynn. They returned to U of Wisconsin where he received his PHD in Biochemistry and Nutrition. In 1951 he accepted an appointment with Cornell University in Animal Science. In 1957 he was asked to join the School of Veternary Medicine and became the Asst. Director of the Baker Institute and Caspary Professor of Nutrition. During his 34 years at Cornell, he spent sabbaticals at the Univ of Cambridge, England, Ludwig Maxmillian University, Munich Germany, Melbourne, Australia and Taipei, Taiwan. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and special NIH grants. Developing Virology programs, he was advisor to the governments of Mali, Spain and Mexico. Among his many distinguished accomplishments was the development of the vaccine used to prevent the spread of swine cholera. He was also a member of the team developing the vaccine for Parvo. After his retirement in 1985 as an Emeritus Professor, the Sheffys retired to their 60 acre farm in Henderson, NC where they raised Angus cattle and created a bird sanctuary. He was involved in developing a soup kitchen, acted as an ad litem volunteer, Sunday school teacher and volunteer fireman. Dr Sheffy continued his volunteer work at the Senior Center Hospice, Community Relations and Companion Corp when the Sheffys moved To Carol Woods in 1997. He was a member of the Bird Club, loved to weave on his antique loom and learned to ski at 45, although he loved the land and gardening most. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Edward, Jacob, Joseph and sisters Mary and Viola. He is survived by his wife, Constance; daughters, Alese (Gordon) Ruggaber, Nina Sheffy and grandchildren, Chelsea and Ben and a brother Ivan. Dr. Sheffy was a parishioner of Newman Catholic Center. A Memorial Mass will be announced. The family kindly suggests any rememberance be a donation to the Disabled American Veterans. Dr. Sheffy was a devoted family man, loyal to his Country, gentle, unpretentious, humble, optimistic, courteous, caring and a friend to all.

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Published in Ithaca Journal on Dec. 10, 2011.
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December 13, 2011
With deepest sympathy from the USS Intrepid Association of Former Crew Members.

Len Hittner, Past President
December 10, 2011
I entered Cornell as a freshman in 1951. Took An Hus 101 with Dr. Sheffy. Wonderful teacher with a great, subtle sense of humor. My thoughts are with you.

Ron Nordheimer "55
December 10, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort.
Minnette Jordan
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