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Hulland, Thomas J.

Thomas “Tom” John Hulland, DVM
Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) Hulland passed away on October 15, 2018 at age 88. After spending his early years in rural Alberta, Tom moved to Ontario to study veterinary medicine. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Toronto in 1954, along with a VS (Vet. Surg.) professional diploma, from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). Following graduation, he received his PhD in Pathology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Hulland returned to OVC as an Assistant Professor of Pathology, becoming Department Chair in 1967. He served as the OVC Associate Dean (Academic), from 1969 to 1981, chaired several University of Guelph task forces, and served as Acting Dean of OVC on two separate occasions. He also played a key role in the classroom design of the Lifetime Learning Center.
Dr. Hulland joined the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), becoming only the second Canadian to attain Diplomate status. He later served as ACVP President, in 1973. Dr. Hulland was also elected as President of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for 1971-72, a Council position he served in for several years, and he was honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, England. Dr. Hulland was recognized for his excellence at both teaching and research. In 2002, he was honored with the OVC Distinguished Alumnus award. The speech given on his behalf at the latter event aptly concluded with a summary of his professional accomplishments: “Tom has unselfishly devoted his career to the betterment of his students, his profession, and the University of Guelph.”
He is survived by Eleanore (Daymond), his wife of 62 years, their four children, John (Shelley), Carol (Steve Strugnell), Jane Wheeler (Arthur), Sarah (Mike Smith), bonus child Robert Tsushima, and grandchildren Megan, Erin, Tommy, Neil, Laura, Jenny, Gordon and Scott. Tom is predeceased by his sister Marion Terris, and survived by sisters Ruth Daw and Esther Klemp.
A special thanks to Dr. Trainor, who has been an exceptional healthcare provider. Our family would like to extend its gratitude for the compassionate care of the entire health team who worked to optimize Dad’s quality of life.
A devoted family man, Tom is remembered fondly for his abundant energy and his capacity to accomplish almost anything. During his rich life, (among other things) he sheared sheep, learned to fly a plane, built two houses and a cottage, excelled as an amateur carpenter, mason, plumber, and landscaper, and embraced life outdoors. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life will take place at the University of Guelph Arboretum Center, 200 Arboretum Rd., Guelph on Saturday, December 1st from 1 to 4 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Ontario Veterinary College or the Guelph General Hospital would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories online at:

A tree will be planted in memory of Thomas J. Hulland in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm.

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