Dr. Leigh T. Wilcox, 70, of Jefferson, Delaware Co., died at his home on Friday morning July 16, 2021 following a rapid battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born December 9, 1950 in Fulton, Leigh was the son of the late Charles Betts Wilcox and Helen Wilson (Thrall) Wilcox.
Leigh received his associate’s degree from SUNY Canton in 1970 before graduating from Cornell University in 1975 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Leigh, affectionately known as “Doc,” began practicing veterinary medicine by becoming a partner in a private practice in Lowville, NY, in 1975. He then followed his passion for teaching and became an instructor at SUNY Canton, before ” being appointed Dean of Veterinary Sciences and later as Acting Vice President of SUNY Canton. He then became president of Mater Dei College in Ogdensburg, NY. Doc then became a professor of veterinary science at SUNY Delhi. Throughout his career as an educator he was still practicing veterinary medicine, most recently at SUNDOCC Farm, his practice in Jefferson.
Doc was a born teacher. This, combined with his love of animals, especially cattle, made him an extraordinary professor of veterinary science. Since retiring from formal education, Doc has always taken it upon himself to create “teaching moments” for many of his 4H clients during his daily calls. He was proud of his work as a veterinarian and always had a free place in his “vétmobile” for those looking to acquire knowledge in the field. NPR’s Car Talk radio was routinely broadcast on his travels through the countryside, and Doc’s sense of humor was about the same. Doc also enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, and “puttering” with his various farm machinery.
Besides his parents, Doc was predeceased by a brother: Smith B. Wilcox.
He is survived by his wife Susan (Wyman) Wilcox of Jefferson; two sons from a previous marriage to Susan Britton: Kevin Wilcox of Canton, NY and Major Michael (Lidia) Wilcox (USMC) of Severn, MD; bonus girl: Courtenay Chambers of Port Crane, NY; sisters: Patricia Scholtz of Glenville, NY, Peggy (Marty) Gillard of Fulton, NY and William (Mary) Wilcox of East Setauket, NY; sister-in-law: Jacqueline Wilcox of Huntsville, AL; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of the Life of Doc Wilcox will take place on Sunday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hobart Village Community Center located at 80 Cornell Avenue Hobart, NY 13788.
Food and drink will be available throughout the day and of course barn clothes are welcome as we exchange farm call stories.
Please visit www.macarthurfh.com to share your condolences with the Wilcox family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oneonta Helios Care: www.helioscare.org/donate