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James D. McKean papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 14/2/51

Scope and Content

This collection (1945-2014, undated) contains biographical information, publications, and research documents, as well as materials from the Iowa Pork Producers Association, and the Pork Quality Assurance programs. The Pork Producer information contains banquet programs and McKean's presentations from these banquets, and related correspondence. His publications include his work on disease eradication, the Swine Futures project and hog safety. Research on the pseudorabies virus and vaccine is also included.


  • 1945-2014

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


James D. McKean was born on April 28, 1946, in New York City to James and Margret McKean. He received a B.S. (1966) and a D.V.M. (1970) from the University of Illinois, a M.S. (1973) from Michigan State University in veterinary pathology and a J.D. (1988) from Drake University.

McKean began his career at Iowa State University as Assistant Professor (1974-1977) of Veterinary Medicine and Swine Extension Veterinarian (1974-2014). He was promoted to Associate Professor (1977-1983) and Professor (1983-2014). McKean also served as Associate Director (1994-2014) of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Before working for Iowa State, he worked as a technical services veterinarian for the Michigan Farm Bureau.

McKean is known for his work on eradicating swine diseases. He helped lead the research that led to the eradication of the pseudorabies virus from the United States pork industry in 2004. His research also included work to eradicate hog cholera, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. He designed tools and programs for disease surveillance. In addition to his research, he was involved in improving the Pork Quality Assurance programs and promoting the understanding of the impact of pork safety.

McKean served many professional organizations during his career. He was President of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians(AASV) (1990), the American Association of Extension Veterinarians, and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA). He was also a member of the Iowa Pork Producers and earned the Honorary Iowa Master Pork Producer award. He was awarded the Howard Dunne Memorial Award from the AASV, the Master in Pork Production Award from National Hog Farmer Magazine and the President's Service Award in 2012 by the NIAA.

McKean and Ellen Ann Daly were married on August 23, 1969, and had four children - James, Bradley, Bridget and Maura. Dr. James D. McKean died on April 10, 2014.


1.26 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)


James McKean (1946-2014) served as the Iowa State University Swine Extension Veterinarian (1974-2014), Associate Director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center (1994-2014) and Professor (1974-2014). He conducted research on the eradication of numerous swine diseases and was a member of the team that eradicated pseudorabies from the United States. This collection (1945-2014, undated) contains biographical information, materials from the Iowa Pork Producers and the Pork Quality Assurance program, publications, and research documents.


This collection is organized Alphabetically with biographical information first.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 14/2/51. James D. McKean papers, 1945-2014
April 9, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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