Stanley Edward Held


b. April 26, 1931 - Sioux City, Woodbury, IA
m. Betty Jane Taylor: August 28, 1950 - Vermillion, Clay, SD
m. Susie Fish: July 7, 1991 - Lake Minnetonka, MN


Stanley was born April 26, 1931 at Methodist Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, the youngest son of George Edward Held and Agnes Mary Eyres Held. He was the youngest cousin of his generation of Helds at Hinton, Iowa. He attended the Hinton Public School and graduated salutatorian of a "huge class of 20" from Hinton High School where he made an attempt at instrumental music, playing the trumpet in the band. He also had a rather average career playing high school basketball, the only sport that Hinton schools provided, however one that coach M.V. Shafenberg and the citizens of Hinton took very seriously. The Helds were active in livestock breeding and at the livestock shows, where under the tutelage of his older brother Thomas and older cousins, he showed both the reserve champion shorthorn steer at the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago in 1945, and the Grand Champion Shorthorn steer at that show in 1946. In 1949 he entered Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science in 1953, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1957. He was a member of the ISU livestock judging team, and is an alumnus of FarmHouse fraternity.

Following graduation Stan, Betty, Barbara, and Debra moved to Maple Plain, Minnesota where he served on the field services clinic staff of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1962, he purchased a private practice in Buffalo, Minnesota where he practiced with the help of his family until retirement in 1996. At the time of retirement, that practice had grown to a 7 veterinarian group housed in the Buffalo Veterinary Clinic that Stan built in 1970. He has been active in organized veterinary medicine, having served as president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association in 1972, on numerous boards and committees in that association, and served 6 years on the executive board of the American Veterinary Medical Association, representing Minnesota and Iowa. In 1991 he was inducted into the National Academies of Practice, an interdisciplinary organization promoting cooperation between all health professions. In 1992 he made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency of the AVMA. He has been a member of the Minnetonka Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America since 1973. He has sung bass in the "Western Union" performing quartet for over 15 years. He is a member of two Western trail riding organizations; the Caballeros del Norte of Minnesota and the Desert Caballeros of Wickenburg, Arizona. In 1999 he was asked by Mercy Corps International and the United States Agency for International Development to provide voluntary consultation to the newly privatized practicing veterinarians in Mongolia, and spent the month of November, 1999 in that country presenting seminars on the business side of private practice.




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