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In the Key of (Dr.) D

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Project ended on December 01, at 12:00 AM EST
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In the Key of (Dr.) D

Dr. Sandy de Lahunta, known to generations as "Dr. D", has worn many hats: Veterinary neurologist. Mentor. Author. Legend. He has influenced countless veterinarians, from Cornell or one of those other schools, but Cornell is proud to call him our own.

Dr. D spent 45 years at the College of Veterinary Medicine, starting as an assistant professor upon earning his Ph.D., he fulfilled many vital roles: full professor (1973); chief of the medical and surgical sections of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, now the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (1975-76); hospital director (1976-82); chairman of the then-newly established Department of Clinical Sciences (1977-86) and the Department of Anatomy (1986-91); and the James Law Professor of Anatomy (1992).

In 2000 Dr. D received the Robert W. Kirk Award from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He retired in 2005, by then he had received the college’s Norden Distinguished Teacher Award four times and earned honorary membership to the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2008 the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Alumni Association recognized him with the Daniel Elmer Salmon Award.

The Scholarship

A dedicated group of Cornell Vet alumni has rallied friends and former classmates to honor Dr. D with a scholarship in his name. We're raising $10,000, which will contribute to the funding an endowed scholarship. Join us to help celebrate a legend by making a gift and adding your name to the donor wall. Your support will ensure Dr. D's legacy for future generations.

How did Dr. D influence you?

Send an e-mail to Luanne Prosperi Stefanucci ( describing one thing you learned from Dr. D that has been important to your career as a veterinarian. We'll share these stories as updates on this project page.


Choose a giving level


Grey Matter

Show your support for the next generation of Cornell Vets who will carry on the legacy of our own Dr. D, a proud Cornellian since 1958.


No Brainer

Why wouldn't you help secure the future of animal health by supporting a scholarship in honor of a Cornell icon who is widely-known and respected at all 30 vet schools in the US?


3:00 AM Rounds

Remember those early morning rounds? Whether it was 2 or 3 AM, they were early. Maybe that's why Cornell - one of only three vet schools in the Northeast - is the only one that can claim the mantle as heir to Dr. D's legacy.


Brain Candy

Inspire the next Dr. D by giving $1 for each of the 250 scholarly articles he authored. That's food for thought.


Head of the Class

Pay for books & supplies for one student for one semester. She or he could be the next Dr. D.


Always on My Mind

Support a budding neurologist by covering one month of room & board. Given the chance, he or she can be the next icon of a generation of Cornell vets.