Sofus B. Nelson

Served as dean 1895 – 1919

  • A native of Denmark, an Iowa State College graduate, and a Spokane practitioner.
  • Postgraduate work at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen.
  • Appointed as State Veterinarian, professor of Veterinary Science, and member of the State Board of Health in 1895.
  • Lived in Spokane and divided his time between Spokane and Pullman (using two railroads and an electric interurban for transportation)
  • Established a curriculum designed to supplement agriculture courses and provide pre-professional training for students planning to transfer to other schools to complete a veterinary degree.
  • When he resigned as dean, he accepted an appointment by the then Washington State College president E. O. Holland as director of the Agriculture Extension Service.