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George W. Beran papers

Identifier: RS 14/6/51

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Scope and Content

This collection (1930-2008, undated) contains materials documenting the work of George W. Beran and includes biographical information, research materials, and files related to his committee responsibilities for various organizations. The biographical information includes news clippings that discuss his time spent in the Philippines and the work he did there with the World Health Organization (WHO) and pseudorabies eradication. There are also newspaper articles written during his time as a professor at Iowa State that document awards he received as a professor and researcher.

An extensive portion of the collection is information regarding George Beran's work toward the eradication of pseudorabies. It includes quarterly and annual reports, committee meeting minutes, information from conferences, correspondence between Dr. Beran and others working to eliminate the disease, research regarding feral swine, newspaper and journal clippings, and research reports. In addition, there is information regarding pilot projects, including the project in Carroll County, Iowa, and reports and economic analyses from the research done at Iowa State University. There are descriptions of both the Iowa and national approaches to eradication.

In addition, the collection contains information from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), of which Beran was a member. These materials include biannual council meetings, documents from and correspondence with the American College of Preventive Medicine, and notes and information from the AVMA Food Safety Subcommittee.

There are several research reports and articles regarding food safety issues in the swine industry, food borne pathogens, and salmonella. Additionally, there are newspaper clippings and news releases from the Food Safety and Inspection Service, an organization with which Dr. Beran was involved throughout his career. There is also extensive information regarding the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP), including guides and documents, expense accounts, and visits and critiques of participating farms. Beran's research with e. coli. 0157:H7 is also included.


  • 1930-2008, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

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George W. Beran, a native of Riceville, Iowa, received his D.V.M. (1954) from Iowa State College (University). After graduating, he worked for two years as an epidemic intelligence officer with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He went on to earn his Ph.D. (1959) in medical microbiology from the University of Kansas Medical School. Along with his wife Janice, Beran moved to the Philippines to serve as a Christian missionary in 1960. During his time in the Philippines, he established the Van Houweling Laboratory for Microbiological Research at the Silliman Medical Center at Silliman University. At Silliman, Beran developed procedures to diagnose and treat cases of rabies contracted through dog bites. He developed a rabies vaccine for dogs that virtually eliminated rabies in parts of the Philippines. Silliman University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters. After thirteen years as professor and researcher at Silliman University, Beran moved back to the United States in 1973 to begin his teaching career at Iowa State University.

A popular professor at Iowa State University, Beran received the Distinguished Teacher Award in Veterinary Medicine (1975) from Iowa State and the American Food Hygiene Veterinarians selected him for the Outstanding Teacher of Veterinary Food Hygiene Award (1978). In 1979, Beran was awarded the International Award of the World Veterinary Epidemiology Society in Moscow, Russia, for his work in the epidemiology of diseases transmitted from animals to people, particularly in the field of rabies. Again, in 1980, he was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Iowa State. That same year, he and his wife traveled to Nigeria as Fulbright-Hays Scholars.

Beran retired in 1998 at the age of 70 after teaching at Iowa State University for twenty-five years. Even after his retirement from teaching, Beran remained active, continuing to serve as coordinator for Iowa State University in the Food Safety Consortium, as chair for the USDA's technical advisory group, which was working to revise slaughter inspections, as a member of the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods, and also working with the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Public Health. Along with veterinarian Linda Schlater, Beran raised funds for and created the R. Allen Packer Veterinary Heritage Room, the Iowa State University Museum of Veterinary Medicine, in 2002. In 2004, Beran received the Sustainable Agriculture Award from the Practical Farmers of Iowa.


13.84 Linear Feet (10 records center cartons and 2 document boxes)


This collection is arranged into four series:

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1975-2008 (alphabetical)

Series 2: Pseudorabies Eradication, 1958-2004, undated (chronological)

Series 3: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 1983-1998 (chronological)

Series 4: Food Safety, 1930-2002, undated (chronological)

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 14/6/51. George W. Beran papers, 1930-2008, undated
July 1, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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