The Macebearer is the highest faculty honor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, symbolic of the faculty’s commitment of service to students, to scholarship, and to society.
This year’s Macebearer is Dr. Alfred M. Legendre, a professor of medicine, founding faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the college’s director of medical services from 1975 to 2000. He is affectionately known by his colleagues and students as “Dr. Legendary.” Last year he was honored with the Mark L. Morris Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious award presented by the American Veterinary Medical Association in recognition of a veterinarian who has made a lifetime commitment to improving the health of companion animals through research and education. He also has been honored by his alma mater, Michigan State University, as a Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Post-Doctoral Alumnus. Dr. Legendre’s combination of exemplary teaching, research, and service to the university and community for the past 32 years most certainly qualify him for the honor of Macebearer.