Veterinary medicine's rich and enduring legacy comes alive in these accounts of veterinarians who promoted and advanced animal health over the past 100 years. In interviews with Cornell alumni or their closest surviving family members, Donald F. Smith, dean emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine, captures fascinating accounts of the personal and professional lives of pioneering veterinary practitioners, industry leaders, and animal health experts.


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Animal owners will experience the everyday humanity of these veterinarians; those who aspire to a career in veterinary practice will better appreciate the historical road that their predecessors have paved for them; and veterinarians everywhere will feel a kinship with these individuals, for they are, for all their extraordinary experiences and accomplishments, so much like the rest of us.

In order to see a comprehensive list of the people interviewed, select "Titles" below. The items entitled "A biography of and interview with ..." are written documents. The items entitled "Interview recording: ..." provide the actual audio from the interview.

This collection is created by Dr. Donald F. Smith, Dean Emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He can be reached at dfs6@cornell.edu.

This collection is curated by the staff of the Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library. The initial design and implementation were conducted by Terry L. Kristensen, Associate Director of the Library.

Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • A biography of and interview with Charles W. Raker, VMD 

    Khatibzadeh, Sarah M. (2012-02-10)
    Charles W. Raker was one of the leading equine surgeons of the second half of the 20th century. Raised in Daylesford, Pennsylvania, he received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania (UP) in 1942. After several years ...
  • Interview recording: Charles W. Raker, VMD 

    Khatibzadeh, Sarah M. (2012-02-06)
    Interview with Charles W. Raker, VMD, Class of 1942. Interview Date: May 25, 2011. Interviewer: Sarah M. Khatibzadeh, Cornell University DVM Candidate, Class of 2014.
  • A biography of and interview with Mitchell E. Kornet 

    Pesce, Michelle; Smith, Donald F. (2011-06-08)
    Raised in a small garden apartment in Queens, N.Y., Mitchell Kornet developed his interest in animals and veterinary medicine at the John Bowne High School in nearby Flushing. While an undergraduate student in Cornell’s ...
  • A biography of and interview with Tevis M. Goldhaft 

    Smith, Donald F. (2011-01-12)
    Tevis M. Goldhaft (1914-2009) was the son of Arthur Goldhaft VMD ’10, a general practitioner in Vineland, New Jersey. In 1931, Tevis followed his sister, Helen, to Cornell because the University of Pennyslvania did not ...
  • Interview recording: Tevis Goldhaft, DVM 

    Smith, Donald F. (2011-01-12)
    Interview of Tevis Goldhaft, DVM, Class of 1935. Interview Date: September 26, 2007. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.
  • A biography of and interview with Delano L. Proctor, Jr. 

    Smith, Donald F. (2010-10-21)
    Delano L. Proctor, Jr. grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of an equine practitioner. He was assigned to the Veterinary Corps following his graduation from Cornell in 1942. He fulfilled over three years of service in ...
  • Interview recording: Proctor, Delano L. Jr., DVM 

    Smith, Donald F. (2010-10-21)
    Interview of Delano L. Proctor, Jr., DVM, Class of 1942. Interview Date: December 18, 2007. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.
  • A biography of and interview with Robert E. Lynk 

    Smith, Donald F. (2010-09-20)
    Robert E. Lynk was born into a farming family in Schoharie County. Anticipating a life in agriculture, he received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1954. After his marriage to an alumna of Cornell and a 16-month tour ...
  • Interview recording: Robert E. Lynk, DVM 

    Smith, Donald F. (2010-09-20)
    Interview of Robert E. Lynk, DVM, Class of 1961. Interview Date: September 10, 2010. Interviewer: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus.
  • A biography of and interview with Patricia Thomson Herr 

    Smith, Donald F. (2010-07-29)
    Patricia Thomson is one of three women who graduated in Cornell’s veterinary class of 1960. Originally from Schenectady, N.Y., Trish entered Cornell’s agriculture program as a pre-veterinary student in fall 1954 and ...
  • Interview recording: Patricia Thomson Herr, DVM 

    Smith, Donald F. (2010-07-29)
    Interview of Patricia Thomson Herr, DVM, Class of 1960. Interview Date: June 12, 2010. Interviewers: Donald F. Smith, DVM, Austin O. Hooey Dean Emeritus and Dana Peirce.
  • A biography of and interview with Carolyn Foster Comans 

    Smith, Donald F. (2010-07-28)
    A native of Western New York, Carolyn (Lyn) Foster Comans was a member of the last class that matriculated in Cornell’s old James Law Hall and associated veterinary buildings on central campus. In their second year (1957), ...

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