Harry Berrier

  • City:Columbia
  • State:MO
  • Biography:

    Date of Birth:  July 6, 1917

    Place of Birth:  Norborne MO

    Married to wife, Lina.

    Dr. Berrier was born on the family farm near Norborne, MO, a son of Harry Berrier Sr., and Julia Hawkins Berrier. 

    After high school, he attended college at Warrensburg, MO, before transferring to the University of Missouri where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Vocational Agriculture in 1941.  Dr. Berrier then received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1945.  In the years 1945 and 1946, Dr. Berrier worked at a general practice of veterinary medicine and surgery in Odessa, MO.  He then became a station veterinarian, First Lieutenant, at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah in 1947 followed by assistant area veterinarian, Captain, at Fort Douglas Utah, from 1947 to 1948.  In 1948, Dr. Berrier accepted a position as an assistant professor of veterinary pathology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia.  Dr. Berrier remained at MU until his retirement in 1982, and during that time served in many capacities, including assistant professor of veterinary pathology; associate professor of veterinary pathology; and clinical toxicologist, veterinary medical diagnostic laboratory.  He also received a master of science in Veterinary Pathology in 1960 from MU. He wrote two veterinary textbooks, belonged to numerous professional organizations and is credited as the founder of the American Society for Clinical Pathology in 1958, an organization that has grown into an international body of several hundred members. 

    In 1963-1964, Dr. Berrier took a sabbatical leave from MU and spent this time as a Fellow of the National Science Foundation and pursued post-doctoral studies at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Veterinary Pathology Department, Washington, D.C.  From 1968 until retirement, he also served as a Medical Service Liaison Officer representing the U.S. Air Force to MU. 

    Dr. Berrier held membership in 16 professional organizations including the American and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Associations, United States Air Force Veterinary Corps, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Associates.  Dr. Berrier was instrumental in the formation of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology which was established in 1965, and has grown into an international professional organization. 

    Dr. Berrier was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbia where he was made a life deacon and sang in the choir for more than 50 years.  He also served as a board member of the Missouri Symphony Society for 16 years.

    Dr. Berrier and his wife founded and developed Show-Me Barbecue Sauce, creating it in their home and selling commercially beginning in 1975.  The product has grown to sales of about 13,000 gallons per year and has customers in all 50 states.


Veterinary Honor Roll Honoree


Sylvia Bradfield said on: September 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM

Dr. Berrier was a beautiful person with a great sense of humor and so much knowledge. He is sorely missed!

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