Barclay Slocum, DVM
was a very special person ... a gentle, quiet very private person who played it fairly "close to the vest".He
functioned on a different plateau and listened to a different drummer than most.When corporations are making one, five and ten year plans they encourage their "think tank" personnel to try to think "outside of the box".Barclay
seemed to think outside of the box as a matter of routine.This was one of the traits that seem to distinguish him from some of the previous greats of veterinary orthopaedics.He
was always pushing the edge of the envelope; sort of the Chuck Yeager of veterinary orthopaedics.Barclay
had the courage and fortitude, and belief in what he
thought was right, to go against the tide and continued to work for the things he
believed in when many others were saying "this doesn't sound right".He was a bit of a Renaissance man in that he was a student of physics and mathematics, a farmer of sorts, an inveterate inventor, a non-judgmental teacher, a considerate colleague who appreciated the thoughts and works of others and gave appropriate credits, an author and a worldwide lecturer.He
was a veterinary orthopaedist in private practice, and contributed more to the advancement of our clinical understanding of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament deficient canine stifle than anyone since the early works of Saki Paatsama.He
was instrumental in the formation and continued advancement of AVORE
(Association for Veterinary Orthopaedics Research and Education) and was honoured by the members.He was co-editor of the fourth edition of Current Techniques in Small Animal Surgery, had over sixty publications and over four times that numbers of lectures to his credit.
Awards received include the AAHA Outstanding Practitioner Research Awards, University of Oregon Profiles
in Achievement Awards, and the prestigious AVMA Practitioner Research Award, among others.
The TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) was performed, and proposed by Barclay
, as a method of eliminating the cranial tibial thrust that is present in ACL deficient knees.
Although seeming most alive when performing or teaching veterinary orthopaedics, Barclay
was fiercely loyal to and concerned about the welfare of his
family and their future, and he
frequently spoke affectionately of them to friends.He
believed in a helpmate for life, as evidenced by his
continued devotion to Theresa Devine Slocum who greatly assisted him in his
many projects, lectures, life, and final time.
The things I remember most were: the fireside chats during a camping and fly fishing trip down the middle fork of the Salmon River with Barclay
, Theresa, and my wife Brenda.
catching an alligator while fly fishing for bass in the Everglades with Theresa, and playing horseshoes at his home in Eugene.
I especially remember my final course with Barclay
in Eugene in February in 2001.Bob Olds, myself, Ken Sinibaldi and Gary Brown took notes and asked questions as Barclay
lectured and dissected.
had lost 70 lbs in weight, and sat while he
lectured.When we went to lunch Barclay
went for radiation therapy.It was the last time I saw Barclay
never quit teaching, he
gave at least one more course after that in Eugene, but now being even weaker, a colleague participant had to assist with the dissections.But the thing I remember most is - he
was my friend, and I, and many others, will miss him.