Marion Ehrich, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the university community since 1976, Ehrich made significant contributions to the professions of veterinary and human medicine through her work in pharmacology and toxicology. Ehrich, who served as co-director of the veterinary college’s Laboratory for Neurotoxicity Studies, was a pioneer in the use of in vitro systems for mechanistic studies and safety assessment in neurotoxicology. In addition, she was a well-respected leader in the mechanisms of organophosphorus ester-induced delayed neuropathy.

Ehrich is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Academy of Toxicological Scientists, and the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology, and Therapeutics and is certified by the American Board of Toxicology. In addition, she was active in several federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Academy of Sciences.

In the classroom, Ehrich taught a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses ranging across various health sciences curricula. She advised numerous students with their master’s degree and doctoral degree dissertations and helped them to develop successful careers in the private sector, academia, government, and industry.

Ehrich holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

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