Alumnus recognized by peers
Dr. John R. Steele ’46 is a long-time supporter of the College of Veterinary Medicine. When his friends Tim Hooker and Ed Becker DVM ’72 suggested they wanted to honor Dr. Steele with the naming of an endowment at Cornell University, he was humbled. They knew through Dr. Steele’s connections there would be many who would want to contribute to celebrate Dr. Steele’s tremendous dedication to the equine community. College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Michael Kotlikoff announced this fund during the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, where Dr. Steele is the show’s on-site veterinarian. When asked to say a few words, Dr. Steele spoke to a crowd of 400 and thanked the community for allowing him to fill his life with horses.
"Dr. Steele is one of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s most accomplished alumni, and this scholarship is a fitting tribute to his outstanding contributions to equine medicine," said Dean Kotlikoff.
“I’d like to thank Dr. Steele’s many loyal friends and clients for their past and future support of this wonderful scholarship fund which will honor Dr. Steele in perpetuity.”
The John R. Steele ’46 Graduate Scholarship Fund will benefit veterinary students with a farm background and an interest in equine medicine. The Steele Scholarship Fund will allow the College to better attract exceptional scholars across a broad spectrum of socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, opening doors for those who might not have considered a Cornell education to be within their reach. Dedicated clients and friends of Dr. Steele have generously contributed to this fund as a way to congratulate him on his incredible career.
Dr. Steele is a renowned equine veterinarian in the horse show community. He received his DVM from Cornell in 1946 and is currently the president of John R. Steele & Associates, Inc. in Vernon, NY. He spends the warmer months in Vernon and has a second home in Wellington, FL, where he serves his equine clients during the show season. Although he is more than 80-years-old, he hopes never to retire since he is very fond of what he does. Dr. Steele is an Advisory Board member of the Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART), a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and welfare of equine athletes.