Al Corley was a dedicated veterinarian, radiologist, and academician who spent his 60-year career teaching, guiding, and mentoring veterinary students, residents, and animal owners.
Al was born in South Carolina in 1931 and as a young man enjoyed working with animals and was first exposed to veterinary medicine while in high school when he worked in a small animal clinic. After graduating from Clemson University, he served 2 years in the U.S. Army achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was stationed in Korea. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.
He entered veterinary school at the University of Georgia and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicines in 1957. Dr. Corley was on the Georgia faculty for 7 years and then pursued additional training at Colorado State University where be obtained a PhD in radiology in 1966 under W.D. Carlson. He then accepted a faculty position at the University of Missouri ‐ College of Veterinary Medicine and helped develop the department of radiology. He became Full Professor and served as Associate Dean. During his tenure at Missouri, he received many honors and awards for teaching and leadership. He became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 1966 and he served on Executive Council and was American College of Veterinary Radiology President from 1969 to 1970.
Dr. Corley was affiliated with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals beginning in 1967. In 1981, he was named Director and later became President of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. He authored many scientific publications and was a popular speaker to veterinarians and breeders about genetically transmitted diseases monitored and tabulated by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. In 1996, he retired from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, but continued to consult until 2017.
Al was universally admired by his students, faculty, and residents. Nicknamed “The Silver Fox,” his manner, speech, and actions contributed to his southern gentleman persona. He was well organized, had a wonderful sense of humor, and encouraged his students and residents to do their best and helped many advance their careers.
He enjoyed time with family and as an avid Mizzou fan, he looked forward to the start of football and basketball, always hoping for a better season. Al loved to travel and did so until his health failed. He is survived by his loving wife, Meredith, a brother, two sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great‐grandchildren.
Al will be missed by many and will always be remembered as an exceptional veterinarian, family man, and human being.
Jerry M. Owens DVM