The International Goat Association is sad to announce the passing of Dr. Christian Gall (July 1, 1927 to January 10, 2019).
Dr. Gall played a huge role in the formation and growth of IGA. He was a member of the first Board of Directors, which played an essential part in establishing IGA as an international entity and in its development and success. The first Board of Directors consisted of many luminaries of the goat world, Jean G. Boyazoglu (Greece/South Africa), C. Devendra (Malaysia), Christian Gall (Germany), George F. W. Haenlein (USA), Peter Holst (Australia), Pierre Morand-Fehr (France), Maurice Shelton (USA) and Clair E. Terrill (USA).
Dr. Gall was also a professor of Animal Management and Animal Breeding in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Hohenheim from 1982 until 1998. He was devoted to scientific research, including the analysis of animal production systems and populations of domestic animals in developing countries in the tropics and subtropics. He was also engaged in academic management, and among other positions, was Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Hohenheim from 1987 to 1989.
Even after his retirement, Dr. Gall remained active in IGA, serving on our Advisory Board.
Professor Gall was held in high esteem by his colleagues because of his broad academic knowledge and comprehensive experience. We are saddened by his death.
Thoughts from Dr. C. Devendra
I was saddened by the sudden demise of Prof. Gall. He was a perfect gentleman, soft-spoken and thorough.
As an animal geneticist, he was highly respected for his contributions not only in Europe but elsewhere. He was also very interested in animal production in the tropics and the developing countries. This was reflected in his leadership and management contributions to a large FAO project on Goats in Monterey, Mexico, which I believe was successful.
I was pleased to meet him in Tours, France during the First International Conference on Goats in 1971. Professor Gall was a founder of IGA. In the course of continuing discussions during a field trip by bus, I suggested to him that it will be important to form an Association for Goats as a start to address their neglect. He was fully supportive.
Professor Gall wrote the book Goat Production published by Academic Press in 1981. I was pleased to be invited to write two chapters in that book. In later years and more recently, he took to studying the adaptation and performance of pure Holstein cattle and their grades in tropical countries, in which context he wanted some experiences from Asia. We have lost a good friend and a dedicated scientist.
May his soul rest in peace.
With kind regards,
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