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Skidmore, Louis V., 1889-1963



Born in New York City on December 22, 1889, orphan Louis Vallieres Skidmore was adopted by the Skidmore family in Skidmore, Missouri, around 1900. He was one of the "orphan children" that were sent by the Children's Aid Society in New York City to be adopted by farm families in the Midwest. He married Alberta Elgin Wilcox and had three children, Rosalie M. Skidmore Wilcox, James E. Rice, and Marguerite Skidmore.

Skidmore received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Missouri. He practiced veterinary medicine in Missouri for a short time before receiving his Doctors of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State College in 1920. After receiving his degree, Skidmore accepted a position with the Department of Animal Pathology at the University of Nebraska (UN) Veterinary School. He taught classes on animal pathology and hygiene, and researched fowl cholera, bovine disease, and poultry production. He helped develop a research collection for the UN Department of Animal Pathology. The collection contained skeletons, organs, and parasites that were used for exhibition and instructional purposes. Skidmore retired from the university as professor emeritus in 1958.

Skidmore actively served in a number of organizations and honor societies including the National Veterinary Association, the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, Nebraska National Guard, United States Livestock Sanitary Association, Research Workers in Animal Diseases in North America, Alpha Gamma Rho, and Sigma Xi. He died January 9, 1963 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Louis V. Skidmore, Agricultural Economics Papers

Identifier: RG-08-05-17
Scope and Contents

The Louis V. Skidmore Papers consists of correspondence, articles, drafts, speeches, research notes, and photographs relating to Skidmore's work in animal pathology and parasitology. The bulk of the material consists of Skidmore's published articles and drafts relating to poultry diseases and parasites, bovine disease, animal hygiene, fowl cholera, cattle diseases, and lamb entropion.

Dates: 1921-1960