Farouk Hamdy Veterinary Scientist
Farouk Hamdy, 67, a veterinary research scientist and Foreign Service administrator, died of a brain tumor Aug. 2 at his home in Silver Spring.
Dr. Hamdy was born in Tanta, Egypt. He received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cairo University in 1961, a master's degree in animal and veterinary science from the University of Massachusetts in 1971, a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts in 1973 and a master's degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University in 1995.
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His first work in the United States was at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he was commended for isolating a virus in 1966.
Dr. Hamdy worked as a research scientist at the Plum Island (N.Y.) Animal Disease Research Center, part of the Agriculture Department's Agricultural Research Service. His work there was to study and help eradicate numerous exotic animal diseases.
He wrote or co-wrote more than 70 scientific publications on animal health and was a regular contributing author to the Merck Veterinary Manual.
His research included African swine fever, rinderpest, foot-and-mouth disease, pestes de petits ruminants, hog cholera, African horse sickness and avian leukosis.
Dr. Hamdy joined the Foreign Service in 1981 as a public administrator of the international service of the USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Services.
He was based in Washington and posted in Haiti, Mali, Mexico and Guatemala.
During his tenure in Guatemala, he worked as the regional director for Central America, Panama and the Caribbean.
Dr. Hamdy returned to the Washington area in early 1999 and retired as acting director of animal health programs in 2003.
The most recent award he received was for his contribution to the elimination of the outbreak of Newcastle disease in the western United States.
Dr. Hamdy was a member of the Muslim Community Center mosque of Silver Spring.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Mona Hamdy of Silver Spring; and three daughters, Dina and Sherine Hamdy, both of Silver Spring, and Rana Hamdy of Baltimore.
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