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Thomas Gilbert Perry

Thomas Perry, 1921 Thomas Perry, Veterinarian, 1921

Thomas Gilbert Perry was born on 08 Jun 1890 in Missouri. According to the 1900 census, he and his brothers, Richard, Milton, Eugene, and Homer, were living with their mother, Minnie, and stepfather, Richard Johnson, in Higginsville, Missouri. The family moved to Wichita, Kansas, between 1903 and 1910. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1910.

On 18 Sep 1916, he entered K-State, pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. He listed Wichita, Kansas, as his permanent address. Due to his age, he was excused from mandatory military drill exercises. He earned Junior and Senior Honors.

He lived at 821 Yuma until his final year, when he moved to the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter House, 1020 Colorado.

On 20 Dec 1919, he married Alice E. Wilson, in Wichita. The 1920 census shows them living at 1325 Cleveland Ave in Wichita. Thomas was a veterinarian in general practice and Alice was a hair dresser.

He graduated from K-State on 02 Jun 1921, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He went to Wichita to await induction into the Army Veterinary Corps, but decided to stay and opened the Perry Small Animal Hospital after becoming involved in treating the local pets. His was the first small animal hospital in Wichita, KS. He hired fellow Sigma George Thomas Bronson as his assistant in 1925. In 1935, he hired fellow Sigma Monroe R. Balton as his assistant.

In 1945, Thomas Perry was recruited by Dr. E. B. Evans to teach at the newly created Veterinary Medical college at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He taught for only a few years before marrying and moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, to build a veterinary clinic. He retired again in 1958 and moved to California.

Thomas G. Perry died on 05 Sep 1974 in Claremont, California and was buried in Knoxville, Tennessee. His survivors included his widow, Myrtle Perry, and two daughters.

Sources of Information:

K-State Transcript
K-State Directory, 1916, 1919-1920
Royal Purple, 1921
1900 Census: Missouri - Lafayetter County - Davis - District 150
1920 Census: Kansas - Sedgwick County - Wichita - District 148
1930 Census: Kansas - Sedgwick County - Wichita - District 61
World War I Draft Registration
Social Security Death Index
Obituary: Wichita Eagle, 24 Sep 1974 (courtesy of Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society)