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August 27 2015

United States

Arizona—Shrimp Pathologist Dr. Donald Lightner Retires



“Dear Colleagues, It has been said that time flies when you are having fun.  I must have been having fun because the past 44 years have flown by so quickly.  I have found great happiness in sharing my expertise through teaching, and learning from and collaborating with colleagues all around the world.  I am so grateful for the friendships that I have made and appreciative of all the opportunities that I have had along the way.”


“It has been with great pride that I have had the opportunity to lead the Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory through many successes over the years.  I am very thankful to have had such an experienced and talented team to work with.  Without their timeless efforts and quest for knowledge, the many worldwide advances in shrimp culture related to research and diagnostic services could not have been accomplished.  As a team, we have trained hundreds of colleagues in the methods of detecting shrimp diseases and pathogens.”


“The time has come for me to step back and be proud of all these accomplishments and to begin another chapter in my life, enjoying my family and grandchildren.  I have made the difficult decision to retire effective October 9, 2015.  My career in the shrimp industry has been very rewarding and I am grateful to have spent it doing what I love.  I will never forget the many wonderful friends I have met along the way, and will miss the camaraderie of the people in this industry.”


“The Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory will continue under new leadership.  The University of Arizona School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences Department is actively searching for a replacement for my position.  It is a time of change for the laboratory with many of the original employees leaving or soon to retire.  As you know, Dr. Carlos Pantoja will be leaving on August 31st, 2015.  Rita Redman, our histotechnologist, will be retiring October 9th 2015 and Leone Mohney, our bacteriologist, will be retiring by the end of 2015.  We are also actively searching for replacements for each of these positions.  The shrimp world is small and recommendations or referrals would be greatly appreciated.”


“I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing dedication and hard work over the years.  Your efforts have helped to make the shrimp farming industry what it is today.  I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to those who have been instrumental in my career, whether they had a part in teaching me or collaborating with me.  Without the support from each of you, my career would not have been as rewarding as it has been.  The shrimp farming industry has always been a puzzle in which we all have had a piece to work on.  I am confident that my replacement will bring new experiences and added value to the department, allowing the work on my piece of the puzzle to resume shortly.”




Donald V. Lightner


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Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: Retirement Letter to Post.  Donald V. Lightner.  August 23, 2015.

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