Robert Wrigley died on November 12, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. Robert received his BVSc from the University of Sydney in 1977 and a Diploma of Veterinary Radiology from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) in 1981. He completed a combined Radiology Residency/Masters degree program in the Department of Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University in 1982 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in the same year. He joined the faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University as an assistant professor in 1982 and was a faculty member at Colorado State University for the next 25 years. After those years of dedicated service to CSU, he was eager to return to his homeland. As a Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, he dedicated himself to the administration of the growing imaging units at the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals at the Sydney and Camden campuses of the University of Sydney from 2007 to 2010.
Robert was an outstanding Veterinary Radiologist, recognized for his exceptional work in developing algorithms for computed radiography and for his leadership in development and teaching diagnostic ultrasound. He published more than 90 scientific papers, contributed to 13 book chapters and is co‐author of “Small Animal Radiological Differential Diagnosis.” Professionally he will be remembered for his work ethic and his ability to bring together complicated, detailed information and present that information in a fashion that could be understood by professional veterinary students and radiology residents.
Robert was a strong supporter of the International Veterinary Radiology Association. He attended and presented scientific papers at its triennial meeting and in 2003. Robert was elected director of the Association representing North America. He held that appointment until 2009.
Robert also had fascinating outside interests. He found much enjoyment pursuing his hobbies, which included traveling abroad, attending pipe organ concerts and restoring pipe organs and Jaguar sports cars. Robert was a charming conversationalist who loved to socialize. Robert will be missed by all who knew him and remembered for his many contributions to our profession and our personal lives.