As many of you now know, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine professor Dr. James R. Richards died on April
24, after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident.
Dr. James R. Richards
Dr. Richards was director of the Feline Health Center at Cornell and editor-in-chief of the college's newsletter CATWatch.
A nationally known expert on cats, he was a spokesperson for the KNOW Heartworms campaign and an adviser to Alley Cat Allies,
a trap-neuter-return program. He was a past president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and led the
Vaccine-Associated Feline Sarcoma Task Force in the 1990s.
Beyond his many accomplishments, Dr. Richards was a kind and generous man, dedicated to sharing his extensive knowledge of
feline medicine with fellow practitioners, as well as with the public.
Last September, we asked Dr. Richards to write an overview of the newly released AAFP feline vaccination guidelines (his article
appeared in Veterinary Medicine's October 2006 issue). His e-mailed response was as follows:
Attached you'll find my little note and a picture. The article is a bit longer than you'd requested, so if you need me to
chop it just let me know. I tend to be bombastic, but I'm sure a good editor can make it read more smoothly. Thanks for this
This e-mail epitomizes Dr. Richards' humility, enthusiasm, and commitment to educating practitioners. The loss of this gracious
man is profound.