UMN professor dies in car crash in Czech Republic

Dr. Robert Morrison passed away Tuesday.

Natalie Rademacher

A professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine died in an auto accident in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Morrison was with his wife and several companions when they were in a car crash north of Prague, according to a statement from College of Veterinary Medicine. Two other people died in the crash, the Associated Press reported.

Morrison was in the Czech Republic for a swine health management conference in Prague.

Morrison, who started at the University in 1986, created and ran the Swine Health Monitoring Project, which provides weekly updates on the health of more than 50 percent of sow herds in the United States. He also coordinated two internationally acclaimed swine health management conferences: the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul and the Leman China Conference in Nanjing, China.

The conferences are named after University professor Dr. Al Leman, Morrison’s graduate advisor, according to the University’s statement.

“Dr. Morrison was an international leader in the swine industry. This is a tragic loss for the strong team of students and faculty that Bob helped us build,” said College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Dr. Trevor Ames.