Leland Carmichael, canine infectious disease expert, dies at 90
Skip was one of our first and most enthusiastic contributors in the early years of the IVIS project. He was one of our most supportive authors and a dear friend to the founding team. We will for ever be grateful for his help.
Leland “Skip” Carmichael, Ph.D. ’59, the John M. Olin Professor of Virology Emeritus and an expert on canine infectious diseases, died July 27 in Ithaca. He was 90. Skip played major roles in identifying, treating and preventing many canine infectious diseases. His most significant achievement began in the summer of 1978, when a highly infectious canine parvovirus started to spread, eventually reaching pandemic proportions. With virologist Max Appel, a colleague at the institute, Carmichael perfected a modified live-virus vaccine three years later that is still used today.