Professor Emeritus Joseph Dorner Dies

Jan 16, 2015 / Alumni News / General News

[Dr. Joseph Dorner ]

Dr. Joseph L. Dorner, a faculty member and administrator at the college for more than 25 years, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, Dr. Dorner obtained four degrees from the University of Illinois: a BS in 1962, a DVM in 1964, a MS in 1965, and a PhD in 1968.

Dr. Dorner served the college with distinction as a professor of clinical pathology and associate dean for student and academic affairs. His contributions were recognized with the 1972 Norden Outstanding Teacher Award, the 1973  Alumni Award of Merit from the college’s  alumni association, and the 1992 campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. In nominating Dr. Dorner for the campus award, one student wrote: “Dr. Dorner’s class is not about memorizing clinical laboratory tests or normal values: it is about learning to think.”

He was acknowledged as a leader in educational reform at the college, introducing problem-solving learning techniques into his courses and routinely integrating materials from other courses into his clinical pathology classroom.

Born in 1936 and raised in New York City, Dr. Dorner never lost his New York accent or his sense of humor. When he completed an information form to become a college employee in 1967, he filled in the blanks asking for his children’s names and occupations as “Joseph Philip, age 4, T.V. Analyst” and “Kurt Matthew, age 2, Demolitionist.”

Condolences may be offered online. A celebration of life has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 7 pm at the Champaign Country Club, 1211 South Prospect Avenue, Champaign.

To make a memorial gift to the college in support of the Joseph L. Dorner Award for Excellence in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, which is presented to a fourth-year veterinary student each spring, please choose the Dorner fund from the drop-down menu under “Endowments” on the giving page.