Gregory Boivin, D.V.M., M.B.A., ’14, died on Aug. 11, at age 55 after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He passed peacefully and was surrounded by family.
Since 2008, Boivin served as the director of Laboratory Animal Resources and as a professor in the Departments of Pathology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. He contributed both as an independent scientist and as a collaborator on various projects ranging from orthopaedic research to animal husbandry.
Thanks to advances in disease modeling and genetic engineering, Boivin worked at the forefront of his field developing techniques and methods to understand pathologic changes. He provided pathology support for numerous investigations and was the lead pathologist in studies of various cancers.
Before coming to Wright State University, Boivin worked for nearly two decades as the director of comparative pathology at the University of Cincinnati, where he provided research support to more than 100 investigators and partner institutions. During the same period, he also served as veterinary medical officer at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Boivin’s groundbreaking career in research began at the University of Washington, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1984. Five years later, he graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. He went on to obtain a master’s in laboratory animal medicine from the University of Missouri in 1992 and a Master of Business Administration from Wright State in 2014.
Boivin leaves behind his two children, Jordan and Kayla, and his fiancee Pam Williams who were the love of his life. Greg and Pam often referred to their family as the Brady Bunch, consisting of Jordan, Kayla, Keaton, Ginny and Sam. He is survived by his father Dan Boivin and his two loving and supportive sisters, Donna Ditore (Joe) and Diane Donovan and his four favorite nieces and nephews, Michelle Ditore, Anthony Ditore, Megan Ditore and Sean Donovan. He was preceded in death by his mother Linda Boivin in 2011.
Public visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home (40 North Main Street, Springboro, Ohio 45066).