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Richard Francis Ross papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 14/1/21

Scope and Content

The collection (1963-2006) contains biographical information and a cd that contains a listing of information included in the collection. The papers also include publications written by Ross from his research in swine diseases such as Bordetella, Pasteurella, and mycoplasmal pneumonia. In addition the collection contains reports to grant and contract sponsors including various pharmaceutical companies, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, National Pork Producers Council, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. Lastly the collection contains correspondence between Ross and many of his former colleagues.


  • 1963-2006

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Open for research.

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Richard Francis Ross was born April 30, 1935 in Washington, Iowa. He received his D.V.M. (1959), M.S. (1960) in veterinary bacteriology, and Ph.D. (1965) in veterinary bacteriology from Iowa State University.

Ross began his career at Iowa State as a Research Associate (1959-1961) in the Veterinary Medical Research Institute (VMRI). He accepted a position as Operating Manager (1961-1962) at Veterinary Laboratories, Inc. in Remsen, Iowa. Ross returned to Iowa State as an Assistant Professor (1962-1965) in the Iowa Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. After he received his Ph.D., he accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship (1965-1966) at the National Institutes of Health. Ross again returned to Iowa State as an Assistant Professor (1964-1968). He was promoted to Associate Professor (1968-1972), Professor (1972-present), and Professor-in-Charge (1985-1990) of the VMRI. He became Associate Director of VMRI and Associate Dean (1990-1992) of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He was made interim Dean (1992-1993) of the College and was then named Dean (1993-2000). Ross was also named interim Dean (2000) of the College of Agriculture and became Dean (2000-2002). He stepped down to resume duties as a Professor (2002-present) this time in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine. Beginning in 2002, Ross began phased retirement from Iowa State.

Ross’s main areas of research include Pasteurella and mycoplasmal pneumonia of swine. The research consists of working to improve methods for induction of P. multocida pneumonia in swine and to improve growth of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in the laboratory.

Ross has received numerous awards and honors for excellence in veterinary medicine, including being named Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Medicine (Iowa State University) (1982); Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology; and Honorary Master Pork Producer, Iowa Pork Producers Association (1985). He also received a Faculty Citation, Iowa State University Alumni Association; Beecham Award for Research Excellence (1985); Award for Personal and Professional Excellence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1996); Presidents Award, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (1988); the Howard Dunne Memorial Award, American Association of Swine Practitioners (1988); and the Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta (2002).

In addition, Ross has belonged to various professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, American Society for Microbiology, Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, American Association of Swine Practitioners, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and International Organization for Mycoplasmology. He is also a member of several honorary societies, including Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta, Phi Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta, Osborn Research Club (Iowa State University), and Sigma Xi.


4.83 Linear Feet (11 document boxes and 1 half-document box)


Richard Francis Ross was born April 30, 1935 in Washington, Iowa. He received his D.V.M. (1959), M.S. (1960) in veterinary bacteriology, and Ph.D. (1965) in veterinary bacteriology from Iowa State University. Ross was a longtime professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University where he also served as Dean (1993-2000). Ross devoted much of his research to studying diseases in swine including Pasteurella and mycoplasmal pneumonia. This collection contains biographical information about Ross, copies of many of his research publications, files related to grants and sponsored research he was involved with, and correspondence.


This collection is organized into four series:

Series 1, Biographical information, 1996-2006

Series 2, Publications, 1963-2006

Series 3, Reports to Grant and Contract Sponsors, 1974-2006

Series 4, Correspondence, 1965-2003

Items in related collections

RS 14/1. Iowa State University. College of Veterinary Medicine records, 1879-2013

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 14/1/21. Richard Francis Ross papers, 1963-2006
January 23, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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