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Kansas State University

Mosier Hall Dedication
April 23, 1999

Jacob Mosier

The College of Veterinary Medicine invites you to the dedication of Mosier Hall
1800 Denison Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas
10:00 am, Friday, April 23, 1999
Reception immediately following the dedication

"Dedicated in honor of Jacob E. Mosier in recognition of exemplary and distinguished service to the college, the university and the veterinary medical profession." James R. Coffman, Provost

Regents Approve Renaming Building in Honor of K-State's Mosier

Manhattan -- September 21, 1998 -- The Kansas Board of Regents has given Kansas State University approval to rename the Clinical Sciences Building, which is home to the veterinary teaching hospital, in honor of Jacob Mosier, who served on the K-State veterinary medicine faculty from 1945 to 1992.

The board Thursday unanimously approved renaming the building Jacob E. Mosier Hall. A rededication event will be scheduled later in the academic year.

"This honor is a fitting tribute to Dr. Mosier's extraordinary dedication and service to K-State over the past generation and more," said K-State President Jon Wefald.

"Dr. Mosier has a first-rate record of service and contributions to Kansas State University and the state of Kansas, as well as to the national and international veterinary medicine communities," Wefald said. "This honor also recognizes his efforts for leading the program development and design of the building which will now bear his name."

During his long career at K-State, Mosier rose to national and international prominence for his expertise in small animal medicine.

"Jake Mosier's pioneering work in pediatrics, geriatrics and the human-animal bond became the basis for instruction of students at many veterinary colleges," said Provost James Coffman. "He has taught more than 3,000 veterinary and graduate students and countless numbers of veterinarians through seminars and workshops. His impact on the veterinary medical profession across the nation cannot be overstated."

Mosier, who holds emeritus status, authored more than 90 scientific papers, proceedings and book chapters. He served as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. He also served as vice president of the World Veterinary Association. He is a charter member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and an active member of the National Academies of Practice.

"This is a most appropriate and fitting honor for Dr. Mosier, Kansas State University and the veterinary medical profession," said Ralph Richardson, the new dean of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

"Jake Mosier's name evokes the highest image possible for professionalism and excellence in the delivery of veterinary patient care and clinical education. He is a legend in his own time. It is an honor for K-State to have one of its buildings named after him, and it is particularly appropriate that this building house the veterinary teaching hospital," Richardson said.

"It's exciting, it's humbling and I'm so very pleased. It's exciting for my wife, Betty, and me and our children and our family, especially my mother and my late father and my siblings. It is humbling to reach a plateau of achievement to merit a building being named in my honor," Mosier said.

"I'm indebted to all the people I've served with through the years, including the K-State administration, President Wefald, Provost Coffman and the K-State faculty."

Mosier received his professional degree from K-State in 1945 and a master of science degree in 1948. In 1949 he joined the department of surgery and medicine as an associate professor. He progressed to full professor. He became department head and director of the Dykstra Veterinary Hospital in 1961. In 1985, he became the director of development in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He retired in April 1992.

Each of Mosier's four children received baccalaureate degrees from K-State: Kelly, a veterinarian; and Steve, Mike and Susan, physicians. Mosier's wife, Betty, a well-known watercolorist, is also a K-State graduate.

Prepared by Beth Bohn and Cheryl May, University Publications.

Map showing Mosier Hall location


Dean's Office | 1700 Denison Avenue | Manhattan, KS 66505