Obituary – James Harlan Steele 1913-2013

It is with great sorrow that the WVA is expressing its sincere condolences for the passing of Dr James Harlan Steele. Dr Steele passed away on 10 November 2013 at age 100 in Houston, Texas.

Dr Steele is considered the father of Veterinary Public Health (VPH) as he introduced the principles of VPH to the U.S. and other countries around the world.

By promoting the One-Health concept, Dr. Steele has enhanced considerably the lives of animals and humans.

On 19th September 2013, the WVA awarded Dr. Steele with the John Gamgee gold medal which is the WVA’s highest award in recognition of veterinarians outstanding and exemplary contributions to veterinary science and veterinary profession.

His Social Philosophy is a lesson for all of us: “I believe firmly throughout my career that I should share my knowledge and experience with my fellow man, be an American or citizen of the world. Those of us who are more fortunate to be endowed with intellectual advantages have an even greater responsibility to share. Carry on!”

Read more on Dr James Harlan Steele:

·        LEGENDS: The father of veterinary public health:

·        John Gamgee Award 2013: