Sad Passing of Dr Craig Riddell


Dr. Craigmyle Riddell was born October 19th 1933, in Banchory, Scotland and passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital, in Saskatoon, on November 18th 2018. 

Craig was raised in Scotland where he attended St. Andrew’s University and completed a B.Sc. in 1954. He immigrated to Canada and in 1959 married Patricia Parker, whom he met while they worked in the oil industry. He later completed the DVM with honors at the Ontario Veterinary College in 1964. Thereafter he earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Connecticut in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. 

During his 30 year tenure at the University of Saskatchewan he taught veterinary and agriculture students, researched poultry metabolic diseases, and performed diagnostic and extension work for the poultry industry. He served as the first Canadian president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists for the 1985 term. He authored a handbook on Avian Histopathology, published over 80 papers in world-recognized journals, and presented at numerous conferences around the world. 

Craig had a love of the outdoors and many family vacations involved canoeing, hiking, skiing, and camping. He hiked the Continental Divide, from Banff to Jasper, in six stages, and over the course of four trips walked the length of the British Isles. Craig loved working with animals and birds. One of his many hobbies was training border collies to work with sheep. 

EGG-NEWS extends condolences to Pat to whom he was married for 59 years, his daughters, Morag Riddell and Cara Dawson, his son-in-law, Chris Dawson and grandson, Keiran.