Salmon Award for Distinguished Alumni Service
Established by the Alumni Association in 1986, the Daniel Elmer Salmon Award for Distinguished Alumni Service honors Cornell Veterinary College DVM graduates who have distinguished themselves in service to the profession, their communities or to the College.
The award is named in honor of Cornell's first DVM graduate, who is remembered for his pioneering work in controlling contagious animal diseases in the early 20th century. D.E. Salmon was one of Dr. James Law's first students when Cornell University opened its doors in 1868. He received the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 1872 and entered practice in Newark, NJ. He continued his advanced research at Cornell and in 1876 he was awarded the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. This was the first DVM degree to be awarded in the United States of America.
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Help us honor our graduates by nominating a Cornell graduate. Nominations are accepted throughout the year until May 1. Should a nominator wish to re-nominate an alumnus/a from the previous year, a revised nomination form must be completed for the candidate to be considered. The recipient of the award is notified by August 1.
2020 and 2021 Salmon Award Recipients
Previous Award Recipients
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|1986||Arthur Gordon Danks* '33, Ellis Pierson Leonard* '34, Frederick O. Wright* '41|
|1987||John D. Murray* '39|
|1989||Stephen J. Roberts* '38|
|1991||Robert E. Clark* '52|
|1994||Richard C. Grambow* '57, Robert W. Kirk* '46, Richard A. Smith* '51|
|1996||Stanley M. Aldrich* '50, Louis C. Schimoler* '47|
|1997||John J. Brennan '52|
|1998||Francis H. Fox* '45|
|1999||Robert V. Manning* '55|
|2000||Robert E. Lynk* '61, Harold W. Zweighaft* '56|
|2001||Robert B. Hillman '55|
|2002||John D. Shumway* '56|
|2003||George W. Abbott* '45|
|2004||Robert F. Kahrs* CALS '52, DVM '54, MS '63, PhD '65|
|2008||Alexander de Lahunta* '58|
|2009||Fredric W. Scott '62|
|2010||Stephen J. Ettinger '64|
|2011||N. Joel Edwards* '64|
|2012||Jeanne A. Barsanti '74|
|2013||James F. Peddie '65|
|2014||Lila T. Miller '77 (CALS '74)|
|2015||Paul D. Pion '83|
|2016||Robert R. Marshak* '45|
|2017||Ann E. Dwyer '83, Donald H. Lein '57|
|2018||N. Bruce Haynes* '52 (awarded posthumously)|
|2019||Jerrold M. Ward '66|
|2020||John "Jack" Lowe '59|
|2021||Sheila W. Allen '81 (ARTS '76)|
|2022||Mary Smith '69, DVM '72|
|* - deceased|
Help us honor our graduates by nominating a Cornell DVM graduate. Nominations are accepted throughout the year until May 1. Should a nominator wish to re-nominate an alumnus/a from the previous year, a revised nomination form must be completed for the candidate to be considered. The recipient of the award, and nominator, are notified by August 1.
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Nomination form and supporting materials must be postmarked and received by May 1, 2023 to be considered for 2023 selection.