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MEMORIAL SERVICE 6/23 - The passing of Richard (Dick) Montali

Tuesday, May 29, 2018   (2 Comments)


The world of zoo and wildlife veterinary medicine lost one of our treasures this past weekend (26 May) with the passing of Richard (Dick) Montali. Dick was one of the early pioneers of zoological pathology, having served as Chief Pathologist for the Smithsonian National Zoo for 29 years. He also worked at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, Johns Hopkins Medical School, and with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. For many years, Dick spearheaded the Annual CL Davis Clinical Pathology Workshop at AAZV Annual Conferences.

(photo courtesy of Larry Vogelnest)

The memorial service for Dick Montali will be on the morning of Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. It will take place at:

St. Joseph-on-Carrollton-Manor Catholic Church
5843 Manor Woods Rd.
Frederick, MD  21703

Please join the family for a Catholic memorial mass, followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to contribute to a commemorative bench offered by the Smithsonian National Zoo, where Dick worked for 30 years. Please send checks in any amount to Michael Montali, 413 Bowdoin St., San Francisco, CA 94134, and write "zoo bench" on the check.


Willem Schaftenaar says...
Posted Friday, June 8, 2018
When I first joint the AAZV at the annual meeting in 1989, Dick Montali was one of the many warm-hearted colleagues to welcome me. More than the average AAZV-member, Dick was very open-minded to the members of the small European community. You would always find some European zoo vets around the table where Dick was enjoying his dinner. He was found at many of the European zoo vet conferences. He managed to open the eyes of pure clinicians for the important role of pathology in zoological medicine and encouraged me to do the gross necropsies at our zoo myself. He would always answer my questions without any arrogance, despite his enormous knowledge. The pathology workshops that he organized before every AAZV-conference were always full-booked. He remained a friend, who slowly disappeared from the zoological medicine stage. We should never forget this shy, friendly and brilliant pathologist and the great work he did for the zoological medicine community. Willem Schaftenaar, Rotterdam Zoo
Barbara A. Wolfe says...
Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Many of us who were trained by Dick will remember him as a brilliant pathologist, talented teacher kind mentor and a friend to all. We are all fortunate to have known and learned from Dr. Montali and the profession of zoological medicine has made great strides thanks to his hard work. Thank you, Dick. We miss you.


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