Stuart D. Sleight

Class Year: 2012

County: Clinton

Title: Retired Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University

“To say that 4-H had a major impact in my formative years is an understatement. The values implied in our 4-H pledge have stayed with me throughout my life. It is quite possible that the patience, dedication and hard work needed for my success as a researcher and teacher may well have been related to lessons learned by a young man leading a 4-H club many years ago.”
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Dr. Sleight is a retired professor from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure at MSU, he taught both veterinary and graduate students from all over the world and researched several diseases and toxicities. Prior to his faculty role at MSU, Sleight practiced as a veterinarian for seven years in Wisconsin. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from MSU and both a master’s and doctorate in pathology from MSU. Since retiring in 1993, he has volunteered as a visiting scientist in the Carcinogenesis Laboratory, a unit in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine specializing in cancer research. During his career, he published 90 research publications in peer-reviewed journals and was certified as a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1962. He served as major professor and academic advisor to 31 graduate veterinarians working on advanced degrees including 17 international students from 10 countries, a number of whom he and his wife provided a second home to. He and his wife, Gerry, were advocates for civil rights and for persons with disabilities. They volunteered for their church, the St. Johns Student Parish, and the Diocese of Lansing to increase awareness of issues affecting persons with disabilities and promoted ways to provide accessibility to churches. He currently volunteers weekly singing at a local nursing home and at his church’s food cupboard. In 1998, Sleight along with his siblings and spouses, established the Rolan and Bernice Sleight Endowment Fund with the Michigan 4-H Foundation in memory of their parents to support college scholarships for Clinton County 4-H members each year. Sleight also has an endowed scholarship with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, is a member of MSU’s Hannah and Landon Society, the Guardian Society for St. Vincent Catholic Charities and supports the Capital Region Community Foundation.