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IN a further tribute to Declan James McKeever (VR, February 15, 2014, vol 174, pp 176-177), Ivan Morrison and Ross Gray write: Declan McKeever was a highly gifted and productive veterinary scientist, who made major contributions to our knowledge of a number of diseases that continue to impair livestock production in Africa.
Immediately following completion of his PhD at the Moredun Research Institute in 1986, he joined the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD, now ILRI) in Nairobi, which at that time had a vibrant multinational research environment, free of bureaucratic constraints. Declan thrived in this environment (not everyone did) and quickly established himself as an independent researcher, eventually progressing to become senior scientist and then project coordinator for immunology and antigen delivery in the reformed ILRI.
During the 12 years he spent in Kenya, …