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Thomas "Tom" Bello '64 December 9, 2016 12:57 PM updated: December 9, 2016 1:00 PM

Boles Funeral Home - Southern Pines obituary
425 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Phone: (910) 692-6262

Thomas Ramon Bello
September 15, 1935 - October 4, 2016

Thomas Ramon Bello, DVM, Ph.D. of Southern Pines, NC died October 4, 2016. Dr. Bello was born on September 15, 1935, the only child of the late Fernando Jose Bello and Lucy Frances Wray in Reidsville, NC. He was educated in the Reidsville schools until he attended college. He was a 1957 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then was a 1960 Master’s degree graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This was followed by a Ph.D. in Animal Parasitology (1964) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1968) degrees from Texas A&M University where he was a Morris Animal Foundation Research Fellow.

Dr. Bello had enjoyed life on a farm during his youth, experiencing the natural ebb and flow of plant and livestock life. He was an Eagle Scout, stimulating the thirst for adventure. Through the years he enjoyed trekking and climbing mountains in the western United States and in France and Switzerland.

During his early college life, he worked as a horse wrangler in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and later as trainer of young Standardbred Trotters in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Bello married Elisabeth Sue Buckles on August 11, 1962 in Lexington, KY. Their union produced two fine sons, Thomas Buckles Bello and William Hubert Bello, both Eagle Scouts and residents of Wilmington, NC.

In his professional life, Dr. Bello was a Professor of Veterinary Science at Louisiana State University, a Visiting Professor of Equine Medicine and Surgery at Auburn University, and Adjunct Professor of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. In these roles of teaching and research, he served as a consultant to international pharmaceutical companies, extending from Belgium to New Zealand. Over the years, Dr. Bello authored dozens of publications in prominent professional and medical journals and conducted over a hundred lectures nationally and abroad. He was designated by the pharmaceutical company, Merck, as one of the top three research veterinarians worldwide.

During his life of 39 years in the Sandhills area, he engaged in an exclusive equine veterinary medical practice balanced with continued research and development of many new pharmaceuticals beneficial to the health of horses world-wide. Dr. Bello will be remembered by his colleagues, clients and friends for his genuine love for his equine patients. He enjoyed oil painting, listening to jazz and big band music, reading, being outdoors and on the water.

Dr. Bello is survived by Sue, Tom and Will Bello. A memorial service will be held at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines, NC from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Thursday, Oct. 13th, 2016. Dr. Bello will be put to rest at Reidlawn Cemetery in Reidsville, NC at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Bello would like you to spend quality time with your family and friends.

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