Dr. Donovan Gordon (1959)

Dr. Donovan Gordon grew up on a farm, where he learned the values of dependability and hard work at an early age. He developed an interest in caring for animals, and would often assist the veterinarian who treated animals on the farm. He also belonged to the Turtle Creek 4-H Club, and won several awards for showing his livestock at county fairs.

Dr. Gordon excelled academically, and developed a passion for science. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School. He completed his pre-med/undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before earning his DVM at Iowa State University in 1959. He returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Gordon honorably served the United States in the military. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Medical Corps. His unit was responsible for food safety and animal medicine. At one point, he was stationed in Seoul, South Korea, where he managed veterinary care for the canine units.

Dr. Gordon took great pride in his work as a veterinary pathologist, operating in the pharmaceutical industry. In his leisure time, he enjoyed visiting with friends & family, swimming, playing tennis, fishing, gardening and listening to music.

Dr. Gordon passed away in October 2022.