Clemson's Parr Inducted into SC Dairy Hall of Fame


Dr. Boyd H. Parr, DVM, was inducted into the South Carolina Dairy Hall of Fame on Friday, April 7 for his major contributions to the dairy industry within South Carolina.

“South Carolina has been blessed with quality leadership and we are proud to have the opportunity to honor the accomplishments of those that have tirelessly served to advance the dairy industry in our state,” said Kevin Satterwhite, Chairman of the South Carolina Dairy Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Dairy Advisory Committee, who presented Parr with his award.

The ceremony was held in the auditorium at the Headquarters of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.  Speaking on Parr’s behalf were Phil Perry, 2008 inductee and retired Clemson University Extension leader, and Tom Dobbins, Director of Extension Services at Clemson University. Joining Parr for the ceremony was his wife, Cheryl, and their four children, Bryan, Jonathan, Ruth and Timothy. 

Parr was born in Newberry, SC and is the son of the late Henry and Mittie Parr.  Upon graduating from Clemson University, he pursued his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia.  After 26 years of private practice, where he worked with dairies in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina, he began a career with Clemson University Livestock & Poultry Health, where he currently serves as director. 

Parr has been very active during his career engaging in a number of associations and activities relating to his profession. He has served as President of the U.S. Animal Health Association, where he served as a member of the U.S. Delegation OIE in Paris, a member of the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health, past Chair of the American Farm Bureau Animal Health Advisory Committee, along with many other distinguished positions.

Portraits of all inductees, as well as individual biographies, are displayed at Clemson University on the wall of the first floor within Poole Hall, commonly known as the Plant and Animal Science Building.

The Dairy Hall of Fame originated in 1966 and was established to honor dairy producers, processors, dairy extension and educators along with related agri-business professionals for outstanding contributions to the support and advancement of the dairy industry within South Carolina and nation. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by Clemson University Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences, the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation and many other supporters. This award is financially supported by contributions from SC dairy farmers and those who support the South Carolina Dairy Hall of Fame.  

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