Mary-Elizabeth Raw MBE BVSc MSc DVR FRCVS

Mary-Elizabeth Raw passed away peacefully following a short spell in hospital on May 7, 2017. She was born on 24th November, 1946 and was educated at the girls’ grammar school in Kidderminster. She qualified from Liverpool University in 1972 and started her career in mixed practice in Worcestershire, later working in small animal practices in Australia and Canada.

She developed an interest in diagnostic imaging as a veterinary student and was able to broaden her experience and expertise while working in Canada. Returning to the UK in 1977, she studied at the University of Bristol and obtained the RCVS Diploma of Veterinary Radiology in 1981. During this time, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and became increasingly disabled. This did not deter her from participating actively in clinical investigations. Professor Verschooten of the University of Ghent, where she spent time gaining large animal experience, remembers her examining, without fear, horses and farm animals from her wheelchair. Although she was unable to practice actively, she retained her interest in Diagnostic Imaging by undertaking abstracting and editing work and always received a warm welcome at meetings of the European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and International Veterinary Radiological Association, where her contribution was acknowledged by the award of Honorary Membership. In 1984, she widened her clinical interest by obtaining, by examination, a Fellowship of the RCVS in canine neurology.

For many years she edited the Veterinary Annual; a publication which contained articles covering a wide range of veterinary clinical topics.

She was an Honorary Member of the British Veterinary Association, winner of the Woodrow Award of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and recipient of the RCVS John Henry Steele Memorial Medal. In addition, she was an honorary graduate of the University of Bristol.

She constantly embraced other intellectual challenges and won the BBC’s Mastermind competition in 1989. As a consequence of this achievement, she was invited to join the user panels of the BBC and MS society. She was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours of 1991 for her contribution to legislation on disability.

Despite increasing debility as a result of her illness, Mary-Elizabeth remained independent until the end, and as a measure of her continuing need to achieve, she gained an Honours degree in Fine Art from the Open University in 2016 and at her death she was trying to finish her Master’s degree before applying to do a PhD.

In the moving foreword to the book she wrote after her Mastermind success, Magnus Magnusson wrote “.... Above all it is the story of a brave woman who set her formidable mind and indomitable will to winning a title she feared she might be too handicapped to win. By doing so she bestowed on it a significance that transcends its own very modest claims. Mastermind seeks to celebrate the human mind and its astonishing capacity; with her poignant victory Mary-Elizabeth Raw celebrated humanity itself.”

Klaus HartungKlaus Hartung

Prof. Dr. habil., DipECVDI 1938 - 2016

Klaus Hartung passed away on the 7th of September 2016 at the age 78. The international veterinary radiology community has lost a great teacher, scientist, colleague and above all, friend.

Klaus Hartung was born on 26th of February 1938 in Oldenburg, Germany. Spending his childhood in several different parts of Germany, he studied veterinary medicine at the veterinary faculties in Berlin and Munich where he graduated in 1962. In 1963 he married the love of his life Ulrike and together they raised 4 children: Sven, Julia, Esther and Hannah. In the same year the family moved to West Berlin, and Klaus started as a lecturer and PhD candidate at the young Veterinary Faculty of the Free University of Berlin under Professor Erwin Becker.

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Dr. Martin Paul Weaver

Martin WeaverMartin Weaver was born into a veterinary family, his father, Professor David Weaver, being formerly an eminent farm animal clinician at Glasgow University Veterinary School. Having a German mother, Martin was bilingual and studied and worked in the Germany as well as in the U.K. and Ireland. His veterinary career of 26 years was almost entirely devoted to large animal imaging and surgery and he had published and lectured widely on the subject.

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Professor Luigi PozziProfessor  Luigi Pozzi Dr. Med. Vet, Dr. hc., Dipl. ECVDI

Luigi Pozzi graduated from the University of Turin in 1951 cum laude.  He was volunteer assistant at the Obstetric and Gynaecology Department 1952-1954. He then became an assistant Professor 1954-1977. In 1962-1963 he received the Diploma in Radioisotopic Techniques at the Faculty of Mathematics, Physic and Natural Sciences, University of Turin. In 1978 and until 1982 he was Full Professor of surgical science, and in 1982 he also became Full Professor in Radiology.

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Professor Robert Wrigley BVSc, DVR, MS, Dipl ACVR, Dipl ECVDI

Robert Wrigley graduated from the University of Sydney in 1977 with a BVSc and Honours II.  He was awarded the Diploma of Veterinary Radiology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) in 1981, and obtained a Master of Science from the Department of Radiology and Radiation Biology at Colorado State University in 1982. 

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