Makerere University honours Mrs Ruth Keesling with Honorary Doctorate of Science

Mrs.
Mrs.Ruth Morris Keesling.
Makerere university has awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) to Ms Ruth Morris Keesling. The Chancellor, Professor George Mondo Kagonyera presided over the awarding at the 65th graduation ceremony on Wednesday 21st January 2015.
The award was in recognition of Ruth Morris’ distinguished and selfless contribution to Makerere University, Uganda, the Eastern and Central Africa region and global communities.
Ms Ruth Morris Keesling is an American wildlife conservationist.

Profile of Ms Ruth Morris Keesling

According to Makerere university news website, Ms Ruth Morris was born on 4th April 1930 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, Ms Ruth Morris Keesling, grew up in the first small animal hospital in the country, established by her veterinarian father, Dr. Mark L. Morris, in New Jersey.

Ruth Morris Keesling being awarded a Doctorate.
Ruth Morris Keesling being awarded a Doctorate.

She learned to love animals at an early age. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1953 with a degree in Journalism, she chose to become a partner in Mark Morris Associates and Theracon Laboratories, the Family’s Animal Nutritional Research Organizations which developed Prescription Diets and Science Diets for dogs and cats.

Since 1948, she has worked as a lifetime Trustee and Executive Committee member to develop the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), which is dedicated to solving health problems in companion animals and wildlife.  MAF is the largest animal-specialist non-governmental organization in the world.

For the last 28 years since 1986, Ruth Morris Keesling has dedicated her energies, finances and time to carry on the gorilla conservation legacy of the late Primatologist Dian Fossey; and has made major contribution to the recovery of the Mountain Gorilla population from 248 at the time to the current estimate of 880.

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Mak to award Honorary Doctorate to Ruth M Keesling By Ritah Namisango, Public Relations Office, Makerere University.