Dr. Reece Retires from ISU CVM Faculty
When William Omar Reece received his DVM from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1954, he expected to enter private veterinary practice, as did 99% of his classmates. According to him, they knew very little about alternative veterinary careers except doing meat inspection for the government. He did not expect to get a Ph.D. and probably did not expect to be looking back at 33 years of a diverse and distinguished academic career at ISU CVM. He did not know then that his life would take this path, but I think I speak for the many others who have been fortunate enough to meet, work with, or be taught by Dr. Reece when I say, we are certainly glad that it did. When I spoke to Dr. Reece this spring about his 1998 retirement, he said he has "no regrets".