Dr. A.L. Lynch (M.D. Saskatoon), Sir David Bruce (President, British Association for the Advancement of Science) and Prof. Seymour Hadwen (University of Saskatchewan) are seated on a bench on Aug. 22, 1924, when the U of S hosted a meeting of the British organization.
Dr. Hadwen was the first veterinarian to work on campus and was appointment in 1923 to direct research in animal diseases.
He resigned in 1929 to become the director of the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology with the Ontario Research Foundation.
He was a major figure in Canadian veterinary parasitology and natural history in the early 20th century. Hadwen was one of the first veterinary scientists in Canada to take an active interest in wildlife diseases.
Born in Lancashire, he moved to Canada in his teens. Despite having never met a veterinarian prior to the start his studies at McGill, he graduated with a DVSc. in 1902.
He served in a variety of positions in the federal Department of Agriculture from 1904 until 1920. From 1920 to 1922, he was chief veterinarian and parasitologist in charge of reindeer investigations in Alaska for the U.S. government.
The much travelled Hawden was the most honoured Canadian veterinarian of his time.
His honours included being named a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, fellow of the Entomological Society of England and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
He died in 1947 at age 61.