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Kelser, Raymond Alexander (02 December 1892–16 April 1952), bacteriologist and veterinarian, was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Charles Kelser, a mechanic, and Josie Mary Potter. The family, which was not well off, lived in Baltimore, Maryland, for a few years before returning to Washington. There Kelser attended public schools and decided during his elementary grades that he would enter medicine or law. His interest in law was the result of spending “countless hours” attending sessions of Congress and of various courts....

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Moore, Veranus Alva (13 April 1859–11 February 1931), veterinary pathologist and bacteriologist, was born in Houndsfield, Jefferson County, New York, the son of Alva Moore, who farmed and worked on the Lehigh Valley railroad, and Antoinette Eastman. When Moore was thirteen years old his father died of malaria and left the family in financial straits. Moore interrupted his education to work on a farm and contribute to the family’s support. A farm mishap at age fourteen in which he stepped on a nail led to a serious bone infection that required periodic hospitalization for the next ten years. Moore used crutches until he was twenty-five years old....

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Pearson, Leonard (17 August 1868–20 September 1909), veterinary educator, bacteriologist, and sanitarian, was born in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Leonard Pearson, an assistant superintendent of the Evansville and Crawfordsville Railroad, and Lucy Small Jones. He studied veterinary medicine at Cornell University with renowned veterinarian ...