A biography of and interview with Delano L. Proctor, Jr.
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Smith, Donald F.
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 India, preparing mules and horses for the rugged China-Burma-India campaign. Following his discharge in 1946 at the rank of captain, he returned to his father’s veterinary practice where he had a distinguished career as equine veterinarian, board-certified surgeon, and advocate for the profession. He was devoted to the development of the profession at many levels, including serving as A.V.M.A. president in 1985-86. Dr. Proctor had a great admiration for his alma mater, Cornell University, and also had a special affinity for the history of veterinary medicine. He died at age 91 in 2009.
Person interviewed: Delano L. Proctor, Jr. Interviewer: Smith, Donald F. Interview date: December 18, 2007. Interview location: Lexington, Kentucky. Date biography was written: October 2010.
Delano L. Proctor, Jr.; Cornell DVM 1942; Veterinarian; Veterinary Medicine; Equine; Mules; Equine Surgery; Cornell University; Lexington, Kentucky; American Veterinary Medical Association; American College of Veterinary Surgeons; Veterinary Corps; World War II; China-Burma-India campaign