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John E. Dohms
  • The family requests that memorial contributions be made in John's name to a favorite charity or one of the following: the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Delaware, Trout Unlimited, and the National Audubon Society.
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“I only learned today of Dr. Dohms' passing, and my heart is aching. Dr. Dohms was a professor without equal for me; I remember him fondly as my...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Amy Lesniak - Bayonne, NJ

“My strongest memories of John go back to our days together on the FLHS soccer team. We played together from junior high through high school and were...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Peter Heymann - Rosendale, NY

“Godspeed to this wonderful man. Condolences to family and friends. ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Emily

“John and I were friends in high school that extended into our college years. He was alway so pure of heart, kind, sharing, helpful, humorous, with...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Kathy Giordanella - NJ - Friend

 Summer 92 at the Deer Park Inn after a softball game between some grad students. “I was a student in the College of Ag from 1990-94. I majored in Animal Sci/Pre-vet. I met Dr. Dohms in my Immunology class which quickly became one...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Christine Bongiorno - Stroudsbrug, PA

“I didn't know John but we followed closely what was going on. Growing up in Newark and living here now really hits home! It is very sad but now he...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Patti Dooling

“Dr. Dohms stands out to me as one of two extraordinary professors I had as a student. I was fortunate enough to join his class on infectious diseases...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Robin Fio Rito

“John (always Dr. Dohms to me) was my favorite professor in Animal Science. He was so intelligent, engaging and funny, which made going to class so...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Chad Johnson - Milton, GA

“Dr. Dohms was a wonderful professor and I learned so much in his classes. He will be greatly missed, my heart goes out to his family and friends. ”
9 of 25 | Posted by: Curtis Line - Newark, DE

“Dr. Dohms was an inspiration. I had the pleasure of working in his lab for a semester, and he was kind enough to introduce me to everyone, and to...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Rachael A Martin - Silver Spring, MD

“Professor Dohms was a great asset to the UD community. He was one of the memorable and by far my favorite Professor during my time in the Animal...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Melissa Luts-Girnius - NJ

“Dr. Dohms was my advisor at UD and I took Infection Diseases with him. I'll always remember his passion about his subject matter. But for some...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Isabelle Lajoie - WILMINGTON, DE

“if not for Dr. Dohms, I'm not sure I would've graduated. He was a great advisor and professor. Indebted forever to him. regards, Matt ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Matt Parker - Laurel, DE

“John was a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend. Thank you for all you added my life friend. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Sally Russo Pollard - Wilmington, DE

“John was such a great part of our family. Every year at Christmas he would come to be with us at Christmas. We would change our venue and go to the...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Elaine Dohms - Bradenton, FL

“Dr. Dohms was a wonderful mentor. He taught me how to be an academic scientist, and I will be forever grateful to him for sharing his passion of...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Michael Price - Lynchburg, VA

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17 of 25 | Posted by: Will Webber - Newark, DE

“Kim and brothers, Now he can truly rest in peace. He was a great guy and as most who knew him, I have many stories that I could tell. But above...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Linda Hnatow - Oxford,, PA

“As a child, I ran around the parks of Rradburn, New Jersey with John and his brotherWV8s. As an adult I was on the faculty with him at The...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Bernard Kaplan - Metuchen, NJ

“It was my pleasure to work with Dr. Dohms in the Student Services Office of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Even though he carried...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Nancy Lynam - Townsend, DE

“May you forever Rest In Peace ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Carol Ronneburger=Janas - Bear, DE

“Dr. Dohms had the greatest influence on me of any educator at any stage of my life. I would not be as successful in my career as I am now without...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Susan Cook - Overland, MO

“I remember John so fondly. We were both raised in Radburn. His house overlooked beautiful R park with the playing field, the swimming pool, tot-lot,...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Louise Curtis Seidl - Asheville, NC

“John was one of the sweetest, kindest, and smartest guys in our graduating class. He also had a wonderfully dry sense of humor. I am so sad for his...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Lauren Sosanie Sampson - Freehold, NJ

“I have known John Dohms for nearly my entire life and consider him a part of my family. As a person John managed to blend well his deep intellect...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Jeffrey Becker - Oxford, MS


John E. Dohms Ph.D. of Newark, Delaware. (April 5, 1948 – February 28, 2014).

Born in New York City, Dohms was the son of the late Herbert S. and Jean E. (Pardee) Dohms of Crystal Falls, Michigan. After graduating from Fair Lawn High School (N.J.) in 1966, John graduated from Bowling Green State University with B.S. (1970) and M.S. (1972) degrees in biology and earned his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology from The Ohio State University in 1977. He was a member of the faculty in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Delaware for 32 years, retiring in 2009 with the rank of Professor of Microbiology of Infectious Diseases. His research focused on the pathology of avian disease. John's former students have praised his inspirational teaching and his impact on their lives and careers. In addition to being a collegiate lacrosse player and lifelong fan of that sport, John was an avid athlete and outdoorsman who could frequently be found swimming, running, whitewater rafting or biking. He took many trips with his friends to experience the outdoors in Central and South America, Africa, New Zealand, and the United States, and to pursue his passions that also included fly-fishing and birding.

He is survived by his partner Kim A. Herrman of Newark, Del., his brothers Peter Dohms of Payson, Az., and James Dohms of Bradenton, Fla., his nine nieces and nephews, as well as numerous friends and colleagues.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in John's name and suggests some of his favorite causes and institutions, including the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Delaware, Trout Unlimited, and the National Audubon Society. The details of a memorial service will be announced at a future date.