Challenging the Land-Grant Mission; Cornell's Class of 1939, Part II
Smith, Donald F.
The second story in a series about Cornell's Class of 1939 which was admitted in 1935 during the Depression and was at variance with the traditional land-grant culture and priorities of the era. Interviews with remaining class members provide an insight into one of the great transition periods in veterinary medicine supported by the land-grant mission. The class members were older, more urban, and better educated than the college preferred at the time. It also was a very diverse class, with three women, an African-American man, eight Jewish students, and one Chinese man. Part II describes how the initial employment opportunities for the graduates also challenged the land-grant mission.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
History of Veterinary Medicine; Cornell University; Great Depression; Land-Grant University; Beckley, Elizabeth (Gundlach); O’Connor, Patricia (Halloran); von Decken-Luers, Rikki; Bell, William Bryan; Fagan, Raymond; Ferber, Robert; Potter, Lyndon Wainwright; Sasmore, Dan; Skelton, Daniel; Sunderville, Edwin Joseph