Hiram N. Lasher
Robin Morgan, of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, presented the University's Medal of Distinction to Hiram Lasher, a pioneer in the world of poultry biologics.
Reading from the medal citation, Morgan said, “Hiram N. Lasher, of Millsboro, Del., is known worldwide for the development of the poultry vaccine industry. His contributions, in Delaware, to education, youth development and public service also are extraordinary. Dr. Lasher was educated and trained in veterinary medicine and infectious diseases of poultry. His leadership and vision resulted in the establishment of several vaccine companies. The $1.7 billion dollar broiler industry on the Delmarva Peninsula would never have developed as it did...without the critical support of allied vaccine industry partners, and no one was more important to this biologics industry than Dr. Lasher.”
Morgan noted that Lasher has long supported education in Delaware and poultry health programs at UD. He funded the transformation of a former U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility in Georgetown into a poultry diagnostic laboratory that was re-named the Lasher Laboratory. It is responsible for poultry disease surveillance and diagnostics throughout the region and internationally recognized for its integrated approach to poultry disease research.
“Hiram Lasher is a scientist, businessman, public servant, educational advocate and philanthropist who contributed significantly to the lives of many Delawareans. We thank you, Hiram, and wish you sunny days, for much remains to be done,” Morgan concluded.