An Enduring Veterinary Legacy: Interviews with Pioneering Veterinarians (2007-2010)

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Veterinary medicine's rich and enduring legacy comes alive in accounts of the personal and professional lives of pioneering veterinarians, industry leaders, and other experts who promoted and advanced animal health as far back as the 1920s.

This is a collection of oral interviews conducted primarily by Dr. Donald F. Smith, dean emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine, between 2007 and 2010. They are audio recordings, transcripts, and biographical sketches with and about 31 Cornell alumni, their closest surviving family members, and other notable veterinarians.

For further description, Introduction and story lists, see:

An Enduring Veterinary Legacy: Introduction, Overview and Credits
List of Individuals Interviewed (by name and interview date)
Biography of Donald Frederick Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith also created Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine, a related collection of 205 short stories that first appeared as blog postings periodically between April 2013 and September 2015.


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    An Enduring Veterinary Legacy: Interview List
    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2017-03)
    A listing of audio recordings, transcripts and biographic sketches from interviews with about 31 Cornell alumni and other notable veterinarians included in An Enduring Veterinary Legacy.
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    An Enduring Veterinary Legacy: Introduction, Overview and Credits
    Smith, Donald F; Kristensen, Terry L. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2017-03)
    This Introduction, Overview and Credits provides background for An Enduring Veterinary Legacy: Interviews with Pioneering Veterinarians that were conducted by Dr. Donald F. Smith and others between 2007 and 2010.
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    A biography of and interview with Edward Hagyard Fallon
    Smith, Donald F. (2012-07-19)
    When Edward Hagyard Fallon received his DVM in 1956, he joined the practice in Lexington, KY, now known as Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. He is the fourth in a line of family veterinarians that dates to 1876 when a Scottish-educated veterinarian named Edward Thomas Hagyard was called to Kentucky to consult on a valuable Shorthorn bull. An equine practice (institute) of world renown grew from that original encounter. Hagyard’s three sons were all graduates of the Ontario Veterinary College and worked either in the Lexington practice or in Nashville, Tennessee. Third-generation Charles Edward Hagyard (O.V.C. 1924) joined the practice following his graduation from the O.V.C. in 1924, and about 15 years later, Arthur Davidson (Iowa State University 1936) and William McGee (Washington State University 1940) completed the troika of partners for what for decades became known simply as Hagyard-Davidson-McGee. The son of Charlie Hagyard’s sister was Edward Fallon who studied at Cornell, as did Edward’s son, Luke Hagyard Fallon, the fifth generation equine veterinarian who received his DVM in 1996. The present interview includes not only Drs. Edward and Luke Fallon, but also Edward’s wife, Priscilla, William McGee and his granddaughter, Ali McGee Kelly, and Dr. Walter W. Zent ’63.
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    Interview recording: Edward Hagyard Fallon, DVM
    Smith, Donald F. (2012-06-18)
    Interview with Edward Hagyard Fallon, DVM, Class of 1956. Interview Date: Intdate. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.
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    A biography of and interview about Henry E. Grossman
    Smith, Donald F. (2012-06-04)
    Henry E. Grossman received his DVM from Cornell University in 1938 and spent his entire professional career (1938-1998) in small animal practice in Brooklyn, New York. He was one of 17 Jewish students who matriculated in 1931 but took a leave of absence during his sophomore year and returned as a married student two years later. His wife, Florence, worked in downtown Ithaca. Establishing a companion animal practice in the waning years of the Great Depression was challenging, but the Grossman practice prevailed and Henry became a leading advocate of small animal medicine. His practice was accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. He was active in organized veterinary medicine and served as president of both the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Florence also held leadership positions for the Auxiliary to the State Society. Dr. Grossman retired from practice for health reasons in 1998 and died in 2000. Mrs. Grossman died in January 2010.
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    Interview recording: Henry E. Grossman, DVM
    Smith, Donald F. (2012-06-04)
    Interview with Mrs. Florence Grossman about Henry E. Grossman, DVM, Class of 1938. Interview Date: November 6, 2007. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.
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    A biography of and interview with George E. Ross, Jr.
    Massaro, Andrew J. (2012-04-12)
    Growing up in Kansas, George E. Ross, Jr. watched as the veterinarians cared for his horse and realized he aspired to be a surgeon. He was the first member of his family to graduate from college and received his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1960, Dr. Ross completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the New York State Veterinary College (now Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine) and then joined the faculty at Cornell, teaching small surgery for ten years. He was a member of the first class of board certified surgeons accepted by examination in 1968. Dr. Ross left Cornell in 1972 to establish the Colonial Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, NY, which he later passed to his son Thomas, who also became a veterinary surgeon. With the continued consulting and support of Dr. Ross, Colonial Veterinary Hospital has evolved into one of the largest and most comprehensive specialty practices in the Finger Lakes area. George and his wife, Kay, have three children (Thomas, Donald, and Amy), and currently live in Ithaca, NY.
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    Interview recording: George E. Ross, Jr., DVM
    Massaro, Andrew J. (2012-04-11)
    Interview of George E. Ross, Jr., DVM, Class of 1960, Kansas State University. Interview Date: February 9, 2012. Interviewer: Andrew J. Massaro, DVM candidate, Class of 2015, Cornell.
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    A biography of and interview with Jack O. Walther
    Smith, Donald F. (2012-04-04)
    Dr. Jack Walther grew up in Nevada and received his veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis in 1963. His equine practice in Reno NV, was punctuated by two years of service in the Army Veterinary Corps during the Vietnam war. He later established three small animal hospitals, also in the Reno area. Active in veterinary associations at both the state and national levels, Dr. Walther ultimately served as the 140th president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2003-04. His agenda as president included expanding the public relations programs of the AVMA, and facilitating the formation of a privately-managed testing service for veterinary graduates of foreign and non-accredited colleges. Dr. Walther has served as president of the Western Veterinary Conference and will be recognized in 2013 when the conference program will be named in his honor. In his community activities, Dr. Walther was responsible for transforming the Reno Rodeo, for which he was given the designation, Man of the Decade. He promoted expansion of the Washoe County Airport Authority, assuring improved passenger and commercial air service in the Reno/Sparks area. He was also chair of the board of the National Championship Air Races, for which he was named Man of the Year in 2001. Dr. Walther has three children.
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    Interview recording: Jack O. Walther, DVM
    Smith, Donald F. (2012-04-02)
    Interview of Jack O. Walther, DVM, Class of 1963 U.C. Davis. Interview Date: February 16, 2010. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.