Ivan B. Boughton, expert on sheep and goat diseases and the fourth dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University), was born on January 5, 1893, in Defiance, Ohio. He received his D.V.M. from Ohio State University in 1916, served two years in the United States Army, and was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1919. That year he joined the staff of the University of Illinois as a researcher and teacher in pathology. In 1925 he was appointed chief of service of Technique d'Agriculture for the Republic of Haiti, where he served for six years. In 1931 he returned to the United States to enroll as a graduate student at Ohio State.
In 1932 he moved to Texas. For sixteen years he worked as a veterinarian for the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Substation Fourteen, in Sonora. There Boughton, through his writings, established his reputation as one of the foremost researchers into the diseases of sheep and goats. On September 1, 1948, he was appointed dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at A&M, at a time when the administration was emphasizing coordination among the teaching, research, and extension activities at the institution. Boughton played a major role in coordinating these areas. He was also active in organized veterinary medicine. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education from 1950 until 1958 and was elected an honor-roll member of the AVMA in 1971, after fifty years of active membership. He served as president of the Texas State Veterinary Medical Association in 1951. Ill health forced him to resign his deanship in 1953. In 1961 he retired from modified service as a professor of veterinary pathology. He died on May 21, 1974.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
James D. McCrady,
“Boughton, Ivan Bertrand,”
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Original Publication Date:
November 1, 1994
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