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George Charles Poppensiek (1918- ) received his V.M.D. (Latin spelling of D.V.M.) degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 and an M.S. from Cornell University in 1951. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland before working as a department head with the Lederle Laboratories Division of American Cyanamid Company where he was responsible for veterinary vaccine and antiserum production. In 1949 he came to Cornell to begin graduate studies in virology and pathology. From 1951 to 1955 he served as a research associate in the Veterinary Virus Research Institute at Cornell. From 1955 to 1958, he worked at the U.S.D. A.'s Plum Island Animal Disease Laboratory, working on highly infectious foreign animal diseases. In 1959 he returned to Cornell to become Dean of the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University, a position he held until 1974. He was then named as the James Law Professor of Comparative Medicine. He retired in 1988. From 1974 to 1988 he also was appointed to the staff of the Department of Preventative Medicine at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse as a Research Professor. He belonged to numerous veterinary organizations and served as a consultant to other universities and projects.