Iowa State University Veterinarian

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In the midmorning of Thursday, January 9, there was a routine cataract removal, an uneventful postoperative period, and the drive home. He lay down for a nap in the early afternoon, but he never awoke. The impact of the loss of Dr. Frank Ramsey is widely and keenly felt in the College of Veterinary Medicine, across the university, and in uncountable veterinary offices around the world. As evidence of what he'had meant to the college, he was named Clarence Covault Distinguished Professor, and he carried numerous other honors, such as Cardinal Key and Professor of the Year. As evidence of his impact on the international scene, he had been invited to visit in several countries on most of the continents to share his expertise on veterinary education and bovine mucosal disease. For several days after his death, flags in front of the College of Veterinary Medicine were flying at half-mast, because the college mourned the loss of one of her most illustrious sons.