Celebrating 2 very special One Health Champions as we begin National Ovarian Cancer Month….Meet Dr. and Mrs. Roger Mahr
OCSA was first introduced to Dr. and Mrs. Roger Mahr in 2012 by Peter Weber, who at the time was the executive director of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. Together this amazing couple have been THE catalysts who have promoted OCSA’s Mission “Fighting Ovarian Cancer with Animal Passion” as the perfect example of the “One Health Conversation”.
Roger is the former CEO of the One Health Commission. The “One Health Initiative” was established in 2007 through the collaborative vision of Roger Mahr, DVM and the late Ronald Davis, MD as concurrent presidents of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Medical Association (AMA) respectively. Marilyn Mahr was born and raised in Freeport, Illinois. Marilyn and Roger were married on June 24, 1972. Together they established Meadow View Veterinary Clinic in Geneva, Illinois in 1974. Marilyn supported the practice in various capacities, including office manager for over 20 years. During those years she actively promoted the veterinary medical profession in various leadership positions with the Auxiliaries to the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. A priority throughout Marilyn’s and Roger’s professional lives has been a strong dedication to their family.
It was at the Susan M. Roman Veterinary Scholarship dinner at The Signature Room at the 95th that Roger and Marilyn brought the world leadership of veterinary medicine together to honor the memory of our late co-founder. The dinner took place during the 150th anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association Conference that was held in Chicago. It was a magical night.
In Her Own Words:
Throughout our life together I have provided faithful support and encouragement to Roger in fulfilling his leadership commitments. Most recently, this included his service as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. During that time he shared his vision for a One Health initiative calling for collaboration among all health professions and related entities to work together to improve the health of people, animals, and the environment. It was a privilege for us to travel together throughout our country and the world sharing and promoting that message.
OCSA is forever grateful to Roger and Marilyn for their enduring wisdom and kind support of our organization.