James H. Steele

Author Biographical Info

James H. Steele, DVM, was born in Chicago on April 13, 1913. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. Steele started the veterinary division of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in 1947. In the 1950s, Steele led development of rabies vaccinations and preventive medicine programs at both the federal and state levels. He traveled to over 60 countries to establish international veterinary public health services. He also served as the United States’ first assistant surgeon general for veterinary affairs in 1968 and then served as the deputy assistant secretary for health and human services in 1970. In 1971, Steele became a professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX, a role he kept until his retirement in 1983. At the age of 100, Dr. James H. Steele died on November 10, 2013.


MS 104

Publication Date(s)

February 21, 2024




Medicine, Epidemiology, Vaccination of animals, Rabies, Zoonoses, Tuberculosis in animals, Veterinarian, Voyages and travels


The James H. Steele DVM, MPH papers document the life and career of James H. Steele, who is considered the father of veterinary public health. These papers provide information about Steele's research, professional activities and correspondence, travels, and achievements. See more at MS 104.


James H. Steele donated materials on October 8, 2010, November 10, 2010, and March 22, 2011. No accurals are expected for this collection.



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