Including Helen Doremus and Sylvia Burg Salk, 23 women graduated in the
1940s bringing the total number of female graduates of the College to
34 by 1949.
Gifford Lloyd, 1940 became a senior veterinarian with the New
York State Department of Health.
Chickering Polansky, 1940 worked as an assistant to Dr. Harry
Greeve in Brockport before moving to Lancaster, Massachusetts, with her
E. O'Brien Combs, 1940 went into private practice with her husband,
Clarence "Buddy" Combs (Class of 1939 and member of the Polo
Hall of Fame) in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Buist, 1942 had a small animal practice in New Jersey. She has
a special interest in horses and sled dogs, and she has served as a race
veterinarian in Alaska.
Kinney Loomis, 1942 also went went into practice with her husband
, who was Ralph Loomis, Cornell 1940. Their clinic was in Warsaw, New
a 1972 article, Andre Moul Ross, 1943 said that when
she was in school, "they used to say that women would get married,
have babies and give up practice... but most of the women I know... did
use their training." Dr. Ross was certainly no exception. She ran
her small animal hospital in Ulster County, New York, for 30 years.
Bradley Smallridge, 1943 had a small animal practice and kennel,
Keyfox Farm, in Rochester for 29 years. The hospital was built by her
engineer husband (Cornell 1943).
E. K. Rudolph, 1944 became a public health veterinarian and the
first woman to receive a master's degree in Public Health.
Gott King, 1944 had a small animal practice in Westbrook, Maine,
until 1952, then she moved back to her home state of New York to raise
Neubecker Logue, 1944, the
earliest female large-animal veterinarian, also became an author. Among
her books is Beyond the Germ Theory, one of the most stimulating
and authoritative histories of early research into infectious diseases
in livestock. The book is a biography of veterinary parasitologist Cooper
Curtice, an 1881 graduate of Cornell who studied under James Law and other
members of the first veterinary faculty.
was an esteemed scientist who held positions at Cornell, Yale, and Harvard,
consulted for many large government and public institutions, and concluded
her career at NASA's Ames Research Center in Los Altos, California. She
died November 29, 2002.
Sams, 1946 was an equine specialist who was highly respected
in Kentucky and the Saratoga harness racing circles. (No photo available)
Meade MacCallum, 1946 ran the Utica Animal Hospital for Small
Pets in New Hartford, New York, with her husband.
Whallon Benson, 1947
ran a small-animal practice with her husband, Kenneth, in Bainbridge,
New York. Kenneth was also a member of the Class of 1947; her son-in-law
and granddaughter have more recently become part of the Cornell veterinary
legacy as well.
Hecht Geller, 1947 worked as a research veterinarian at the Veteran's
Administration Hospital in the Bronx, then took a position teaching pathology
at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University.
Catherine Hallenbeck, 1947 had a small animal practice in Hamden,
Jones Robinson, 1947 married classmate Elmer Robinson, and together
they ran the Saratoga Springs Veterinary Hospital.
there is no information available about Christabel Hamilton Frederick,
Osgood Roe, 1949 was a missionary in Africa for more than fifteen
years, then returned to the U. S. to practice small animal medicine. She
died in 1998.
F. S. "Spud" Stewart, 1949 moved to Scotland where
she has lectured on animal husbandry, animal welfare, and euthanasia.
Louise Williamson, 1949 had a small animal practice in Fair Lawn,
New Jersey, for 35 years.