LSU Mourns The Passing of Dr. Robert A. Godke, Emeritus Boyd Professor

By: Dr. Ken McMillin
Mr. and Mrs. Herman E. McFatter Endowed Professor of Animal Science
School of Animal Sciences

Dr. Robert A. Godke, Jr., emeritus Boyd Professor in the School of Animal Sciences, passed away on October 8, 2015 after losing a valiant fight with pancreatic cancer. Bob was known worldwide for his research and instruction in reproductive physiology, embryo transfer, and genetic engineering. While being an invited speaker at numerous national meetings, he also gave presentations and reproductive workshops in more than 50 countries and was a visiting professor at Cambridge University in England and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. A native of Kewanee, Illinois, he received his B.S. and M.S. from Southern Illinois and Ph.D. from University of Missouri. He was a CPT and Branch Chief in toxicology in the U.S. Army Medical Service Group. Bob joined the LSU faculty in 1973 and was recognized for his outstanding achievements by receiving many campus and organization awards during his illustrious career, the most prestigious of these being the National Association of Colleges and Teachers AVI-Tressler Outstanding Teacher-Researcher for Agriculture in North America in 1985, LSU Research Master and University Medal for Research in 1990, the USDA National “Points of Light Award” in 1991, the USDA Distinguished Research Award in 1992, and the LSU University Medal for Research, Teaching and Service in 1995. Bob was honored with the highest university faculty rank, Boyd Professor, in 1996. He was active on many campus committees and in community organizations, including the LSU Boyd-Ewing Legion Post no. 58. Bob served as President of the International Embryo Transfer Society and also the IETS Foundation, LSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, and LSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta. Bob published more than 300 refereed journal articles with his many research collaborators and more than 60 graduate students.