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Dr. Melvin Swenson

1998 E.R. Frank Award

Dr. Melvin SwensonDr. Melvin Swenson, Ankeny, Iowa, is the recipient of the E. R. Frank Award for his positive and significant contribution to veterinary medicine and K-State.  Dr. Swenson  received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from K-State in January 1943.

Dr. Swenson was born Jan. 14, 1917, near Concordia, Kansas, to John and Ida (Anderson) Swenson. He served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps from 1943-46. He married Mildred Rockey in Des Moines in 1947. Dr. Swenson received a master's degree in 1947 and doctorate degree in 1950 from Iowa State University. He was assistant professor at Kansas State University from 1950-56; he was physiology professor at Colorado State University from 1956-57; he was professor and head of the department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State from 1957-73; he was professor of veterinary anatomy, pharmacology and physiology in the college of veterinary medicine at ISU and advised pre-vet. and veterinary students from 1973-87. He has been editor as well as contributor to four editions of "Duke's Physiology of Domestic Animals" and has served as editor of Experiment Station publications at K-State.

The Kansas State University College of Veterinarian Medicine alumni received awards from the college June 7 at the Annual Conference and Veterinary Medical Alumni Association Banquet at the Manhattan Holiday Inn/Holidome.