Served as dean 1948 – 1950
Dr. Roy E. Nichols was awarded his first degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Toronto in 1933. His Master’s degree was awarded The Ohio State University. He remained in Ohio as an Instructor in Surgery until he accomplished his Doctorate degree in 1941. Dr. Nichols next took a position with Purdue University where he was an assistant professor in the School of Agriculture and associate professor in the Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at the Army Veterinary School at the Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., as officer in charge of the animal unit, which made all typhoid vaccines. After his honorable discharge, he returned, having earned another degree, to his previous position at Purdue University. In 1943, the University of Toronto awarded him the DVSc which was equivalent to a Ph.D. in the U.S. at the time. In May 1947, Dr. Nichols arrived at The State College of Washington to join the veterinary faculty bringing with him his wife, Carrie, and their two children, Bruce, 9, and Janice, 4.