Clinton county 4-H alumnus honored as outstand 4-H alumni

posted on July 6, 2012 11:20am

Stuart SleightEAST LANSING, Mich. — Stuart Sleight of East Lansing was among eight 4-H alumni to be inducted into the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society June 21.

The Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society honors former Michigan 4-H members whose professional leadership and community service reflect the ultimate outcome of 4-H membership – extraordinary use of an individual’s head, heart, hands and health to make communities, the country and the world better places in which to live. This recognition is provided by Michigan 4-H Youth Development with support from the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

“To say that 4-H had a major impact in my formative years is an understatement. The values implied in our 4-H pledge have stayed with me throughout my life,” Sleight said. “It is quite possible that the patience, dedication and hard work needed for my success as a researcher and teacher may well have been related to lessons learned by a young man leading a 4-H club many years ago.”

Clinton County 4-H alumnus Stuart Sleight is a retired veterinarian and professor from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure at MSU, he taught graduate courses in veterinary pathology and researched infectious diseases and toxicities. He served as major professor and academic adviser to 31 graduate veterinarians working on advanced degrees including 17 international students from 10 countries, a number of whom he and his wife provided a second home to. Prior to his faculty role at MSU, Sleight practiced as a veterinarian for seven years in Wisconsin. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from MSU and both a master’s and doctorate in pathology from MSU. Since retiring in 1993, he has volunteered as a visiting scientist in the Carcinogenesis Laboratory, a unit in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine specializing in cancer research. During his career, he published 90 research publications in peer-reviewed journals and was certified as a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1962.

He and his wife, Gerry, were advocates for civil rights and for persons with disabilities. They volunteered for their church, the St. Johns Student Parish, and the Diocese of Lansing to increase awareness of issues affecting persons with disabilities and promoted ways to provide accessibility to churches. He currently volunteers at his church’s food cupboard and sings weekly at a local nursing home. In 1998, Sleight along with his siblings and spouses, established the Rolan and Bernice Sleight Endowment Fund with the Michigan 4-H Foundation in memory of their parents to support college scholarships for Clinton County 4-H members each year. Sleight also has an endowed scholarship with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, is a member of MSU’s Hannah and Landon Society, the Guardian Society for St. Vincent Catholic Charities and supports the Capital Region Community Foundation.

Also honored were Joan L. Pierce Boewe, of Richmond, Ky.; Patricia Dishaw, Crystal Falls; Joan Dostaler, Lake Linden; Keith Ferris, Hastings; Friedrich Henningsen, Sturgis; Tod Kubiszak, Lawrence; and Judith Edison Paul, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.         

Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society members are inducted every two years. The inaugural class of 62 members was inducted in 2002 in honor of the national 4-H centennial. Subsequent classes were inducted in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. For more information on the 4-H Emerald Clover Society and its 136 members, visit

4-H Youth Development is the youth-serving program of Michigan State University Extension. More than 185,000 youth are involved each year with the support of 21,000 adults and older teens in all 83 Michigan counties. The Michigan 4-H Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that acquires, manages and distributes private gifts to support the mission and vision of Michigan 4-H Youth Development.


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