Latest Gift to Penn Vet Libraries from Dr. Steven W. Atwood

The Steven W. Atwood, VMD (V'80), M.D. Book Collection

The Steven W. Atwood, VMD (V’80), M.D. Book Collection

 A collection of historical veterinary books housed in a custom display case is the most recent addition to the Steven W. Atwood Library and Information Commons, thanks to Dr. Atwood’s ongoing generosity.

Dr. Atwood donated the textbook collection, which includes several works formerly owned by Gerry B. Schnelle, V’26.  Among these is the first English-language textbook of veterinary radiology, Radiology in Canine Practice (1945), written by Dr. Schnelle.

The display case, built to archival standards, was purchased largely with funds donated by Dr. Atwood’s grateful clients, Frances and Ralph Dweck.

The case faces a portrait that Dr. Atwood commissioned from artist Leslie Baker. Dr. Atwood donated the painting to the library and it was dedicated in May 2014 . Nearby is a grandfather clock given by the Atwood family in 2011.

Dr. Steven W. and Sandy Atwood with his portrait

John Baxter Taylor (VMD 1908)

Track (men's), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Photo courtesy University of Pennsylvania Archives

Track (men’s), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Courtesy Penn Archives

John Baxter Taylor, a Penn Vet alumnus, graduated in 1908 and went on to make Olympic history that same year. He and his teammates (pictured above) placed first in the 1600 meter relay, making Taylor the first African American to win Olympic gold.

Learn more about Taylor, his time at Penn and the Olympics, and his tragic early death, at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

Penn Annual Conference – Penn Vet alumni with creative literary talents

At this year’s Penn Annual Conference several Penn Vet alums showcased their literary skills.  Dr. Lisa Handy (V’84), has recently published Just for Kicks, a humorous coffee table book that portrays the lighter side of equine practice.  The book is illustrated by renowned editorial cartoonist Kate Selley Palmer.  Dr. Handy kindly donated a signed copy to the Vet Library.

Dr. Lisa Handy with a copy of her book

Dr. Lisa Handy (V’84) with a copy of her book Just for Kicks, a humorous look at the lighter side of equine practice.

Also at the conference were the authors of An Animal Life: The Beginning, a novel by four Penn Vet grads (V’92), who signed many copies of their popular book.  Copies are available at Atwood and New Bolton Center libraries.

An Animal Life authors

Meet the authors! From left: Drs. Howard Krum, Roy Yanong, and Scott Moore. Missing from picture: Illustrator Dr. Patty Hogan. All are graduates of V’92.

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