Nicholas W. Lerche
Dr. Lerche (CAL '79) died March 20, 2012. Prior to retirement in January, he was the associate director of the California National Primate Research Center, director of the Primate Center Pathogen Detection Laboratory, and a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lerche was known for his expertise in infectious disease, and preventive veterinary medicine. He conducted reserach on the simian retrovirus and simian acquired immune deficiency syndrome and helpfed develop specific pathogen-free macaque breeding colonies.