James D. McCrady

MARSTELLER, ROSS PERRY (1882–1954). Ross Perry Marsteller, a founder of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, was born in West Lodi, Ohio, on July 27, 1882, to Albert H. and Viola (Frazier) Marsteller. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1905 with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Upon graduation, he joined the Department of Agriculture at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) as an assistant to Mark Francis. These two scientists did much of the pioneering research into such diseases as Texas fever, hog cholera, and equine infectious anemia. Believing that a state with such a vast livestock industry needed a veterinary school, Marsteller aroused interest in establishing a college through his contacts at various horse shows around the state. In 1916 the school was founded, with Mark Francis as dean and Marsteller as his assistant, professor, and head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. When Francis died in 1936, Marsteller succeeded him as dean.

He gained national prominence when President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him American representative to the Thirteenth International Veterinary Congress held in Zurich, Switzerland, on August 21–27, 1938. Marsteller belonged to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Texas State Veterinary Medical Association. He held all the offices in the state association. He also was a thirty-second-degree Mason and a member of the Horse and Mule Association of America, the Texas Public Health Association, the Research Workers Conference in Animal Diseases in North America, the Texas State Teachers Association, and the Delta Chapter of Phi Zeta. Marsteller was a Presbyterian and a Democrat. He married Emmie Fountain in College Station on June 15, 1911; the couple had no children. He served the veterinary school as dean for twelve years. In 1946 he asked to be relieved of his duties because of poor health. He died in Bryan on January 1, 1954.

Henry C. Dethloff, A Centennial History of Texas A&M University, 1876–1976 (2 vols., College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1975). National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 45. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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