CRWAD 2013 Dedicatee
Dr. Fred W. Scott was raised on a dairy farm in western Massachusetts so his original draw to the veterinary profession was bovine practice. As life unfolded, however, he walked through a series of doors that opened unexpectedly. Those open doors led him to a career in veterinary medicine devoted to improving the quality of life for cats through research and education.
He received a BS degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1958, and his DVM degree from Cornell in 1962. He began his veterinary career as a private practitioner in Rutland, VT, where he worked for two years in both large and small animal medicine. He was then introduced to veterinary virus research by conducting research on foot-and-mouth disease at Plum Island Animal Disease Center. In 1965 he returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell to study virology under the late Dr. James Gillespie in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. After earning his doctorate, he joined the College’s faculty in September 1968 as an assistant professor of virology, rising through the ranks to full professor, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 1996. He also was the founding Director of the Cornell Feline Health Center from 1974-1996.
His areas of interest center on the infectious diseases of animals, especially feline viral diseases, including feline infectious peritonitis, feline coronaviruses, feline panleukopenia, feline respiratory disease, the effects of viruses on the developing fetus, and immunoprophylaxis of viral diseases. He has authored or co-authored some 200 scientific publications on these diseases.
Dr. Scott was blessed with a number of outstanding graduate students, research associates, and post-docs, many of whom have gone on to distinguish themselves within the field of veterinary virology. Most of the research accomplishments of his laboratory and the Cornell Feline Health Center are directly attributable to the research of these outstanding individuals.
He taught the core Virology and Viral Diseases course at the College of Veterinary Medicine for some 20 years. He also taught students about feline infectious diseases within the veterinary curriculum for more than 40 years, first within the Small Animal Infectious Diseases elective that he started in 1970, and then in retirement as a guest lecturer within the Feline Infectious Disease elective. He was honored to speak on feline infectious diseases at many local, state, regional, national and international veterinary meetings.
Dr. Scott is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, an Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of a number of professional organizations, including: Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, AAFP, AAHA, American Society of Virology, and New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
He served on a number of local, national and international committees, including: president-elect (1974-76) and president (1976-78) of the American Association of Feline Practitioners; Veterinary Medical Advisory Committee, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration (1984-1986); AVMA Scientific Program Committee (1973-81); AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents (1986-92), Chairman (1987-89); Editor-in-Chief, Feline Practice Journal; Examination Committee of the ACVM; WHO/FAO Board for Comparative Virology, International Working Teams on Caliciviruses, Parvoviruses, and small RNA viruses;
Honors received by Dr. Scott include the Daniel E. Salmon Award from the Alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell (2009); Pioneers in Virology Award from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (2011); Distinguished Scholar in Veterinary Medicine, National Academies of Practice (1991); Carnation Award for Outstanding Achievements in Feline Medicine, AAHA (1990); Honorary First Fellow, Academy of Feline Medicine (1990); and Annual Feline Symposium of the Cornell Feline Health Center named in his honor (1997).
Fred has been married to his wife Lois for 56 years, and they are blessed with 3 sons, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. His hobbies include family genealogy, golf, sawing logs into lumber on his portable sawmill, and providing cookies daily to his great-grands. He has served as either Deacon or Elder of his local church for many years.