James Edward “Doc” Allison of Greenwood, Arkansas, age 93, passed away May 3, 2021. Dr. Allison was an internationally recognized pioneer in swine management.
Dr. Allison was born September 4, 1927 near Ballinger, Texas to Edward Allison and Krehbiel Flanagan Allison. He attended Ballinger Elementary School and San Angelo High School. After graduation, he entered Texas A & M University. In 1945 his college education was interrupted by the Korean War where he served as Staff Sargent in the U. S. Army Signal Corps in Yung Dung Po, Korea until 1948. He returned to Texas A & M where he graduated in 1953 with a degree in veterinary medicine.
He entered private practice in Montgomery County, Kansas where he operated two clinics for a number of years. In 1971, he established a pork production consulting practice, consulting throughout the United States and in numerous countries including Haiti, Nigeria, Mexico, Costa Rica and Malaysia. He and wife, Hazel established and operated several businesses including Allison Enterprises, Applied Swine Research, Osage Pork Farm and Midwest Veterinary Supply.
“Doc” Allison, as he was known, was very active in professional and civic organizations. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Society of Animal Science and co-founder of the American Society of Agricultural Consultants, serving as president and on the board of directors. He was a charter member of the International Society of Agricultural Consultants, the International Society of Preventative Medicine, Society of Theriogenology, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association and North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. He attended the first Congress of the International Pig Veterinary Society at Kings College in Cambridge, England. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Montgomery County Career Education Coop, Southeast Kansas Vocational Farm and Ranch Institute and served as agricultural advisor to the President Ford Campaign. Dr. Allison was listed in Who’s Who in America, International Directory of Biographies and received many awards. He published many articles in his field of expertise.