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American Veterinary Medical History Society 2001 Annual Meeting

American Veterinary Medical History Society
Annual Meeting
July 17, 2001
Hilton Back Bay Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

Program Session

Dr. Susan Jones, President Elect, presided over the veterinary history program. Dr. Jones in her opening remarks mentioned that Drs. Sidney Ewing and Ole Stalheim were both coming out with new books. Dr. Jones also discussed an earlier meeting of the AAHM in which AVMHS members Drs. Philip Teigen and George Lewis Jr. gave talks on Civil War veterinarians. This was at Charleston, SC. Dr. Jones also gave a report on the WAHVM meeting that she attended in Brno, Czech Republic last September. She reported that there were 93 people present from 23 countries. The meeting this year will be in Oslo. In 2002, the meeting will be in Germany. In 2003, the meeting will be in Mexico. Jones also announced that Dr. Ole Stalheim would be the delegate for the AVMHS at Oslo.

Dr. Jones introduced David Goodwin of England, who is involved with the James Herriot Museum at Thirsk, England. He discussed the Museum and handed out brochures.  Phyllis Larsen then discussed the articles and materials on Florence Kimball, one of the earliest of the female veterinarians. She noted that the material she had gathered on Kimball was formatted by the Cornell Library at Ithaca, New York. Those materials were exhibited at the AVMHS booth and at the meeting room Tuesday afternoon. Florence Kimball graduated from Cornell University in 1910.

Dr. Jones then introduced the speakers and their subjects: Same Bed, Different Dreams; Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare in the Late Nineteenth Century---Dr. Franklin Loew; Feline Fortunes: Contrasting Perceptions of Cats---Dr. Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence; The History of Livestock Projects in Developing Countries---Dr. Sebastian Heath; From a Perfect to 'Unnatural' cycle: the Emergence and Decline of Rendering Plants in the Netherlands, 1920-2000---Dr. Peter Koolmees.

Business Session

Dr. Robert McClure, President of the AVMHS, called the business meeting to order. The minutes of the 2000 meeting in Salt Lake City were approved as they were presented in Volume 23, Number 2, Veterinary Heritage. Dr. Lemonds, secretary/treasurer of the AVMHS, gave the treasurer's report and a projected budget for the coming year. This was prepared by Bob Brommer of Lincoln, Nebraska who does our bookkeeping.  After some discussion, the treasurer's report was approved. 

The Nominating Committee gave the following nominations by Dr. Phyllis Larsen, Chairman: President Elect, Sebastian Heath; Secretary/ Treasurer, Dr. Leo Lemonds (two year term); Board members, Drs. Charles Eastin, George Lewis Jr., Charles Hendrix. By a vote of the members, Lewis and Hendrix were chosen for the Board. The other officers were elected as presented by the nominating committee. Dr. Robert McClure and Dr. Susan Jones, automatically moved to Past President and President.

Dr. Sidney Ewing, Chairman of the J. F. Smithcors Essay Contest, was not present. Dr. Lemonds gave his report. There were 15 Essays submitted from 5 schools. Merck contributed $1,500 for the Essay Contest and checks of $750, $500 and $250 were sent to the three winners. Merck also contributed a Merck Manuel to all 15 Essay writers. All of those who wrote Essays were also given a one year subscription to the Veterinary Heritage magazine. The winners of the Essay Contest were: first place: Jill Pruett, Oklahoma State University; Second place: Michelle Quigley, Virginia Tech and University of Maryland, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Third place: Arden Gillespie, Oklahoma State University. Dr. Roncalli then announced that he had talked to Gary Zelko of Merck and that next year Merck will contribute $2,000 instead of $1,500. The extra $500 is to be given to the student with the winning Essay who will use that money to attend the upcoming AVMA and AVMHS meetings. If the winner is unable to attend, the board will decide which one of the other two winners might attend the meetings.

The report of the Veterinary Heritage Committee was given by Susan Jones. The Committee recommended that a letter of appreciation by Secretary Lemonds be sent to David Williams for his efforts on behalf of the Veterinary Heritage magazine. This was approved by the membership.

Dr. Eastin, Chairman of the Endowment and Finance Committee gave his report. Dr. Eastin reported on a meeting held with Dr. Art Tennyson of the AVMA staff along with several of the officers and board members. This was to discuss such matters as a Foundation, Endowment and Life membership. Since we are a non-profit corporation, it was concluded that a Foundation was not desirable. Larsen moved, seconded by Jones, that the Committee continue to work on plans for using the interest on our CD and setting up Life memberships. Eastin was to report to the Board by January 1st, 2002.

Dr. McClure reported that he had continued to work on the AVMHS Web Site and would make changes to include the new officers and board members. The Web Page address is: 

Under new business, Dr. Larsen pointed out that the year 2003 would be the 25th anniversary of the AVMHS. That the 2003 meeting will be held in Denver. Much discussion followed and a Committee was formed by President Jones. At present the following have been chosen by Dr. Jones to serve on the committee: Drs. Lawrence, Smithcors, Ryan, McClure, Hartney, Jones and Lemonds. Sentiment was in favor of an all-day meeting with a noon luncheon.

A discussion was held regarding extending an invitation to the WAHVM to have their 2004 meeting in Ames, Iowa at Iowa State University. Some discussion of possible locations followed. It was decided that a formal discussion with the WAHVM would be necessary before any formal invitation could be extended. 

A resolution was presented by Dr. Lemonds from Bob Brommer, our tax consultant.  The IRS has decided that corporations such as ours could use June 30th as the time to report to them instead of the calendar year. This will eliminate some bookwork and make it easier for our tax consultant and save the AVMHS some unnecessary bookkeeping expense. The Resolution was passed unanimously by the members present.

Dr. McClure then installed the incoming officers and board members and turned the meeting over to President Susan Jones. Dr. Susan Jones then presented a framed plaque to Dr. Phyllis Larsen in appreciation of her long time work on behalf of the AVMHS.

Meeting Adjourned.

Dr. Leo L. Lemonds, Sec/Treas

American Veterinary Medical History Society Officers


Dr. Susan Jones 
Dept. of History, U of Colorado 
Campus Box 234 
Boulder, CO 80309-0234 
Ph: 303-492-2931 (Office) 
303-492-1868 (Fax)


Dr. Leo Lemonds
5180 W. Highway 6
Hastings, NE 68901-7702
Ph: 402-462-5218 (Home)
402-462-5218 (Office)

Past President: 

Dr. Robert C. McClure 
101 Bingham Road 
Columbia, MO 65203-3577 
Ph: 573-449-4497 (Home) 
573-443-2155 (Office) 

President - Elect & Program Chairman

Dr. Sebastian Heath
1650 Harvard St. NW, Apt. 210 
Washington, D.C. 20009-3727
Ph: 202-332-2738/9 (Home/Fax)
202-712-0462 (Office)
Email: (or)

Board Members: 

Terms Continue Through 2003

Dr. George Lewis, Jr.
2711 Lander Road 
Jefferson, MD 21755-7616 
Ph: 301-834-4044 (Home) 

.Dr. Charles Hendrix
166 Greene Hall
Auburn, AL 36830
Ph: 334-844-2688 (Home), 334-844-2652 (Fax)

Terms Continue Through 2002

Dr. Bill Meehl 
232 Swan Pond Rd. 
N. Reading, MA 01864 
Ph: 978-664-6210 (Home)

Dr. Cathleen Hartney
Bayfield Animal Clinic, PO. Box 362
Bayfield, CO 81122
(Home) Ph: 970-884-2001

Nominating Committee

Dr. Robert McClure, Chair 

(See Above Information)

Dr. Charles Eastin I
2250 Bryon Station Pike Rt. # 10
Lexington, KY 40516
Ph: 859-299-5338

SMITHCORS' Essay Contest:

Dr. Sidney Ewing, Chair of Committee 
College of Veterinary Medicine
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-2006
Ph: 405-744-8177 (Work) , 405-744-5275 (Fax)

Dr. J.F. Smithcors 
736 Calabria Drive 
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 
Ph: 805-682-5268 (Home) 

Dr. Raffaele Roncalli 
29 Louise Dr.
Milltown, NJ 08850 
Ph: 732-940-4070 (Home), 732-940-7881 (Fax) 

Dr. Sebastian Heath
(See Information Above)

Veterinary Heritage:

J.F. Smithcors, Chair 
(See Information Above) 

Dr. Phyllis Larsen 
1675 Ellis Hollow Road 
Ithaca, NY 14850 
Ph: 607-539-6181 (Home), Fax) 

Dr. Susan Jones
(See Information Above)

Dr.Phil Teigen, Deputy Chief
History of Veterinary Medicine
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Betheda, Md 20894
Ph: 301-496-5407 (Work), (Fax)

Managing Editor Prof. David J. Williams
School of Vet Medicine
Purdue University G226 Lynn Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1245
Ph. 765-495-1156, Fax. 765-494-6197
E mail

Endowment & Life Membership Committee

Dr. Charles Eastin I, Chair 
(See Information Above) 

Dr. Leo Lemonds 
(See Information Above) 

Dr. Susan Jones, ex-officio
(See Information Above)

Dr. George Lewis
(See Information Above)

Dr. Phyllis Larsen
(See Information Above

25th Anniversary Committee - (2003)

Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence, VMD. PhD., Chair
P.O. Box 35
Adamsville, RI 02801
Ph. 508-636-2934

Dr. Robert McClure
(See Information Above) 

Dr. William Ryan
1874 Iowa Ave.
Ft. Dodge, IA 50501
Ph. 515-576-2718, 515-332-3750

Dr. Wolfgang Jochle 
Wolfgang Jochle Associates, Inc. 
10 Old Boonton Rd. 
Denville, NJ 07834
Ph: 973-627-6166

J.F. Smithcors 
(See Above Information)

Cathleen Hartney
(See Information Above)

Dr. Leo Lemonds
(See Information Above)

WAHVM Committee

Dr. Phyllis Larsen , Chair 
(See Information Above)

Ole Stalheim, Chair 
1918 George Allen Dr.
Ames, IA 50010
Ph: 515-232-1982
Email: Unknown

Dr. Robert Dunlop 
56340 Saddleback Rd.
Bandon, OR 97411
Ph: 541-347-8235

Dr. Susan Jones
(See Information Above)

Dr. Sebastian Heath, ex-officio
(See Information Above)

AD-HOC Special Projects

Dr. Harold Davis, Museum Project
Mountain West Animal Clinic
410 S. 450 West
Springville, UT 84663
Ph: 801-489-9676

Dr. Phyllis Larsen, News and Comment and Collecting Information For The Website

(See Information Above)

Dr. Charles Hendrix, Veterinary Education