December 15, 2016

In memory: Dr. Dennis Hallford


From Shanna Ivey, Western Section President 2016-2017

A cherished member of the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) passed away on December 13, 2016. Dr. Dennis “Doc” Hallford was a Distinguished Achievement and Regents Professor in Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University. Doc Hallford was also named to the Top 20 Animal Science Professors in 2016 list by

Doc and his wife, Marilyn, retired from NMSU in August 2016 after 40 years of service. Dr. Hallford had been a member of WSASAS since 1975 and was one of the stalwart supporters of WSASAS, rarely missing an annual meeting. Doc was an old-school cowboy with a passion for reproductive physiology research, student training and mentoring, and his service to NMSU and professional societies was unrivaled by many.

Dr. Hallford served as president of the Western section, as well as serving on many WSASAS committees. Dr. Hallford prepared a computerized reference retrieval system for the Western section’s proceeding papers and served on the board of directors and numerous committees for the national ASAS organization.

Dr. Hallford conducted his research in reproductive physiology, concentrating on sheep. His laboratory was known worldwide as the go-to spot for reproductive hormone analysis and this work is highlighted in Doc’s list of collaborators, which includes 66 PI collaborations in 32 U.S. and Mexico universities. Dr. Hallford was not only passionate about his research, but he used it as a tool to mentor and train students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon his retirement in August he had trained 9 Ph.D. students and 53 M.S. students. Many of the top faculty in reproductive physiology can trace their academic lineage to Dr. Hallford, showing the tremendous impact he made on the discipline of reproductive physiology.

hallfordIn 2010, he was recognized as a Fellow of ASAS, which is one of the highest honors bestowed by ASAS. The classroom is where Doc would shine. He was a gifted teacher who delivered rigorous courses that were of value to students. He received the WSASAS Distinguished Teaching award in 1991, and at NMSU he received Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research Awards from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, the Gamma Sigma Delta Award for distinguished graduate teaching and advisement, and the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching.

To say that Doc will be missed by many is an understatement. Details regarding memorial services are pending. A scholarship fund has been established at NMSU in Doc and Marilyn’s name to support graduate student training and travel. It is called the Dr. Dennis ‘Doc’ and Marilyn Hallford Endowed Fund. Contributions can be made to this scholarship at .