PULLMAN, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ordered its flags to fly at half staff in tribute to the passing of Washington State University Professor John R. Gorham.
 
At the direction of administrator Edward Knipling, flags will be lowered to half staff at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) locations at Albany, Calif., and Pullman, Wash., from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
 
Gorham, both a USDA research leader and WSU professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, passed away at the age of 88 on Oct. 14.
 
He was inducted into the ARS Hall of Fame in 1993.
Gorham’s more than half-century of scientific research resulted in solving animal disease control problems and advanced the basic knowledge of viral and genetic diseases in humans and animals. He had an international reputation in slow virus diseases, fur animal diseases and animal models of human genetic diseases. 
 
Gorham also served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a major and continued to serve in the U.S. Reserve Veterinary Corps.
 
Official flag etiquette states the U.S. flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
 
To place the flag at half staff, it must be hoisted to the peak for an instant at sunrise and lowered to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak at sunset for a moment before it is lowered for the last time for the honoree.
 
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Media contact:
Charlie Powell, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, 509-335-7073, cpowell@vetmed.wsu.edu