Dr. Roy Ax dies suddenly

Dr. Roy Ax, Professor of Animal Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona, died suddenly the evening of March 29, 2011.

Dr. Ax was an internationally recognized expert in domestic animal reproduction.  At the University of Arizona, Dr. Ax served as Chairman for the Department of Animal Sciences from 1990-2001 and was recognized for his teaching with the Bart Cardon Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.

Prior to his position at the University of Arizona, he rose through the ranks, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the Department of Dairy Science, from Assistant (1979-1983) to Associate (1983-1987) to Professor (1987-1990).  There he served as Director of the renowned Endocrinology-Reproductive Physiology Graduate Training Program, and was also acknowledged for his teaching with the John S. Donald Excellence in Teaching Award in 1983.

Dr. Ax received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and was a postdoctoral fellow with The Mayo Clinic.  In his career, he trained 24 M.S., 8 PhD and 7 Postdoctoral students. He held 11 patents related to fertility of mammals and genetic merit of cattle.

Dr. Ax authored or coauthored more than 100 refereed papers, wrote more than 150 invited papers and symposia proceedings, published 18 book chapters and presented over 100 abstracts at scientific meetings. In his career, Dr. Ax generated almost $7 million to support his research program. He had received numerous research awards including the Young Scientist Award, American Dairy Science Association, 1985, National Association of Animal Breeders Research Award, 1989, Upjohn Physiology Award, 1990, Alumni Award of Merit, University of Illinois, 1991, and the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award for Excellence, 2001.

Dr. Ax also served on the editorial board for dozens of scientific journals and chaired national grant review panel committees and also served as Scientific Director at TMI Laboratories International, a Tucson research company specializing in reproductive technologies.  A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 30, 1-3 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building, Room 100.