Gift reflects passion for animal welfare

UT CVM Galbraith Scholarship
Dr. Jim Thompson, dean of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine (left), joins LoAnna Woods, Ken Woods and East Tennessee Foundation President and CEO Michael McClamroch (far right) in celebrating the Foundation's gift honoring the memory of Dr. Harry Galbraith and his wife Carolyn. Photo courtesy UT CVM.   Download image

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Through the East Tennessee Foundation, the estate of Dr. Harry and Carolyn Galbraith presented $250,000 to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
to further support the Dr. Harry and Carolyn Galbraith Endowed Scholarship Fund. The senior management team at Galbraith Laboratories established the scholarship in 2000 to honor the Galbraiths and support those pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. Dr. Galbraith founded the company in Knoxville in 1950.

Ken Woods, Dr. Galbraith’s brother-in-law, and his wife LoAnna are stewards of the Galbraith estate. Woods says Galbraith was good to his employees, loved people and loved animals. “Harry developed polio as a young boy and had to recover indoors. During that time he developed a passion for classical music, reading and his faithful companion, the family dog,” Woods explains. “Throughout his life he never ceased caring for animals and his passion for animal health and welfare continued to grow.” Various animal shelters in the area have also benefited from the Galbraith estate, including Young Williams Animal Center, which recently received a $250,000 gift through the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) to create the Harry and Carolyn Galbraith Animal Compassion Fund.

Dr. Jim Thompson, dean of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, says the scholarship has helped many young people graduate with less debt. “This gift and continued commitment helps talented veterinary students who will contribute much to animal and public health over their careers, honoring the Galbraiths’ vision for this profession.”

The Galbraith’s promoted animal health and welfare in their community and Woods hopes the recipients of the scholarship will pay their experience forward. “I hope they will be in a position later in their careers to do the same thing for others.”

Since its inception, the scholarship has helped more than 20 students pay part of their tuition.

One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine educates students in the art and science of veterinary medicine and related biomedical sciences, promotes scientific research and enhances human and animal well-being.

In addition to the programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT AgResearch system of 10 research and education centers and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.   

East Tennessee Foundation is a public, nonprofit, community foundation created by and for the people of East Tennessee, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations.



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