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Hai T Nguyen

September 20, 1939 ~ September 17, 2019 (age 79)


On Sept 17, 2019, Hai Thanh Nguyen, of Columbia, Maryland passed away at 79 years old  He was born September 20, 1939 to Kinh Duc Nguyen and Canh Thi Le in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Hai received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He returned to Vietnam to teach veterinary medicine and became Dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Science and eventually headed the National Agricultural Institute  He came back to the United States in 1975 and completed his residencies in Veterinary Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Florida.  He enjoyed a long successful research career and retired as an Associate Professor at Cornell University Medical College.  He enjoyed tennis, fishing and, more than anything, being with his beloved family.  He is survived by his wife Bich Lien Nguyen; his daughters Teri Nguyen Kreisl and An Nguyen Massaro; sons-in-law W. Charles Kreisl and Paul Massaro; grandchildren Tyler, Matthew, Logan, Avery and Chase; brother Son, sisters Anh, Khue, and Chinh. He was preceded in death by sister Binh.

A Memorial service will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A.12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD on Saturday September 21, 2019, at 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Interment Private.

Online condolences can be made at

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Hai T. Nguyen may be directed to either:

1) Support the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical System. Please make checks payable to: University of Maryland Medical System Foundation. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Hai T. Nguyen to the UMMS Foundation, 110 S. Paca St. 9th floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, or gifts can be made online at Please designate the Cancer Center Nursing Fund to honor the amazing nursing care he received during his long battle with leukemia.

2) Contribute to a fund to benefit the American Red Cross established in memory of Hai T. Nguyen, who had been transfused platelets 245 times and received a total of 114 units of blood over the course of his illness. Donations can be made online at

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Memorial Gathering
September 21, 2019

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P. A.
12540 Clarksville Pike, Rt 108
Clarksville, Maryland 21029


University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center
UMMSFoundation, 110 S. Paca Street, 9th Floor, Baltimore MD 21201

American Red Cross
PO Box 4002018, Des Moines IA 50340
Tel: 1-800-733-2767

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