Iowa State University Veterinarian

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In his commencement address to the Class of 1996, Dr. Phillip T. Pearson, former Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (1972-1989), offered the wisdom of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. While the quotes inspired the graduating students, the words could also be used to describe Dr. Pearson's own service to the college and to the profession. "A person is ethical only when life is sacred to them, that of plants and animals, as well as that of their fellow human beings," quoting Dr. Schweitzer, Associate Dean of Research at the time Dr. Pearson was dean. "They devote themselves helpfully to all life that is in need of help." This compassion for all living things was instilled in Dr. Person early in life, growing up on a farm near Ames, Iowa.