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Elvis Roger Doll
United States
At the time of his death in 1967, Dr. E. Roger Doll was recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on equine viral infections, developing widely-used vaccines against virus abortion in mares. A microbiologist, he was a member of the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science from 1943 to 1967.
Inducted December 1990.

During his lifetime, Dr. Elvis Roger Doll was recognized world-wide as an authority on equine infectious diseases. A microbiologist, he initiated many of the most productive studies into viral respiratory diseases of horses. With his colleagues at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Doll isolated and identified the virus causing equine viral arteritis, and developed vaccines against virus abortion in mares. He wrote more than 150 scientific articles and contributed as editor to several textbooks.

Dr. Doll was born in Missouri in 1912. He obtained both his B.S. degree in agriculture and M.S. degree in veterinary science and pathology at the University of Missouri. In 1943, he earned his D.V.M. at Michigan State College. Dr. Doll began his career at the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science in 1943 as assistant veterinarian, and was appointed to veterinarian in 1947. In 1960, he was named a professor, and from 1961 through 1963, was acting head of the department.

Although Dr. Doll was involved in a wide range of equine research projects over more than 20 years, he and his fellow researchers are credited with work on equine viral arteritis and virus abortion dosage response to antibiotics in horses, and the relationship of equine blood groups to the development of hemolytic anemia in newborn foals. At the time of his death in 1967, Dr. Doll was researching the viruses that cause respiratory disease in horses.

Dr. Doll received the UK Alumni Research Award in 1958 for his work in equine virus abortion, and the Thomas Poe Cooper Research Award in 1966 for other viral disease work. In 1987, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Michigan State University. Dr. Doll was a charter member of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease in North America, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Livestock Sanitary Association, and the Conference of Animal Disease Research Workers of the Southern States.

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