In Memoriam: Edwin Robertson

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Published on: September 10, 2014

The AETA has lost a very special member.  Dr. Edwin Robertson died suddenly at his home on July 29th.

Certainly most members will remember Edwin’s consistent presence at the annual meeting.  And many will recall that he served on the Board of Directors and that he was the President of the AETA in 1989-1990.

Perhaps not as many members are familiar with Edwin’s life beyond the AETA.  This was a life that was literally packed with service.  It is staggering to consider how several individuals might have accomplished all that Edwin accomplished, let alone the fact that his was the life of one man.

Edwin was a committed Christian; his life of service flowed naturally out of his commitment to that faith.  He was a member and served on the staff of Pump Springs Baptist Church.  There he taught the Real Life Sunday School class.  And he helped organize several ministries including Celebrate Recovery, the Claiborne Refuge House, and the Jail ministry.  He was the former Director of Cumberland Gap Youth Fellowship and the Tri-State Area Crusade for Christ Director.

Edwin started in leadership at an early age, serving as Vice-President of the Tennessee State FFA while still in high school.  He went on to become President of his veterinary school class for three years.  Then he served on the Board and as President of the AETA.  Later he served on the Board and as President of the Theriogenology Society.  His leadership was recognized by the AABP which named him Bovine Practitioner of the Year and the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association which gave him their Outstanding Practitioner Award.  In addition, he was directly involved in the incorporation of his hometown, Harrogate, TN.  He also served as Chairman of the Harrogate Tree Board which established a greenway running through the heart of the city.  Edwin was Chairman of the Board of the Commercial Bank and Vice-President of the Harrogate Insurance Agency.

Edwin was a strong advocate for education.  He was continuously involved in the AABP Embryo Transfer Course since its beginning over thirty years ago.  Many individuals who took that course have gone on to become AETA members and leaders.  In addition to the course, Edwin personally mentored countless veterinarians and veterinary students.  He was the first recipient of the El Toro Award from Auburn for his work in mentoring veterinary students.  And he organized and gave oversight to the Veterinary Technician Program at Lincoln Memorial University.

In addition Edwin was heavily involved in his community.  His leadership roles in the incorporation of the city, the greenway, bank, and insurance agency have already been mentioned.  And he was a member of the Board of the Powell Valley Electric Co-op.  He served on the J. Frank White Academy Advisory Council and the Lincoln Memorial University Board of Trustees.  He was involved in the family restaurant business.  His most recent project was the creation of Servolution Health Services, a free medical and dental clinic for the uninsured of the area.

He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife of 43 years, Judy.  And he was a devoted and loving father and grandfather.  Indeed, we have all lost a very special man.

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