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Professor emeritus in the Division of Nutrtional Sciences.

Donald Zilversmith was born in the Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1939 to study at the University of California-Berkeley but decided to join the Dutch Canadian Army as a medic in 1940, the year he earned his B.S. Following his service in the army, Zilversmit earned his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1948 and joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee Medical College in Memphis. In 1966 Zilversmit joined the Cornell faculty and remained until his retirement in 1990.