Roger Mahr 2009
St. Charles, Ill.
Roger Mahr (’71 D.V.M.) is a small animal practitioner who established, owned, and operated the Meadow View Veterinary Clinic in Geneva, Ill., from 1974 until 2005. He currently serves as project director for the national One Health Joint Steering Committee.
Mahr has been active in organized veterinary medicine his entire career. He recently completed a term as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an association representing more than 78,000 veterinarians working in all facets of the profession. During his career and tenure as AVMA president, he focused on two significant areas — developing the One Health Initiative that unites multiple disciplines to work locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment; and increasing the number of veterinarians entering the areas of food safety, biomedical research, regulatory veterinary medicine, and emergency health procedures.
He has also been influential in establishing and nurturing new relationships with national and international bodies, such as the American Medical Association, World Veterinary Association, World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Organization for Animal Health.
In addition to his AVMA presidency, Mahr has held numerous veterinary medicine leadership offices on the local, state, and national levels. He has received honors from several organizations, including the Distinguished Practitioner in Veterinary Medicine from the National Academies of Practice (2007), Lifetime Service Award from the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (2005), and the President’s Award from the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (1996). And on May 29, 2005, Mahr threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
Mahr received the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Stange Award for Meritorious Service in 2004. He is a member of the Order of the Knoll President’s Circle and Campanile Society, the ISU Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, and is a life member of the ISU Alumni Association.
Mahr and his wife, Marilyn Mahr, live in St. Charles, Ill. They have two children: Deanna Baker (’01 elementary education) and David Mahr.