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Sheila Grimes

Veterinary pathologist and section head for the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Sheila Denise Grimes was born to Julia and George Grimes on February 24, 1958, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Grimes’s father served in the U.S. Army, causing her family to move frequently, living on numerous military bases which included those in Germany and Kentucky, where she completed high school (Fort Campbell High School in 1976). Grimes finished her undergraduate training in veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University in 1982, earning B.S. and D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degrees in 1980. She went on to earn her M.S. degree in 1984 and her Ph.D. in 1988 from Michigan State University (both degrees in veterinary medicine). Grimes also taught at Michigan State University for seven years, before joining the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Industry.

Grimes spearheaded the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s deer-testing program; this program was designed to detect disease in the state’s white-tailed deer herd, and to guard against threats to human health associated with disease among cattle and poultry.

Grimes, a published scholar and researcher, also served as a youth mentor. An avid reader, she is especially fond of the works of Zora Neale Hurston and J. California Cooper.

Accession Number

A2005.067

Sex

Female

Interview Date

3/16/2005

Last Name

Grimes

Maker Category
Schools

Fort Campbell High School

Tuskegee University

Michigan State University

First Name

Sheila

Birth City, State, Country

Tuskegee

HM ID

GRI04

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Alabama

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

2/24/1958

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Columbus

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Chocolate

Short Description

Veterinary pathologist Sheila Grimes (1958 - ) serves as the section head for the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Employment

Michigan State University

Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory

Favorite Color

Red

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sheila Grimes' interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sheila Grimes lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sheila Grimes describes her mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sheila Grimes describes her father's background

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sheila Grimes describes growing up in Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sheila Grimes talks about her early interest in veterinary pathology

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sheila Grimes describes childhood holidays

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sheila Grimes remembers her family's church in Notasulga, Alabama

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sheila Grimes recalls studying to become a veterinarian

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sheila Grimes talks about her work at the Ohio Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sheila Grimes explains the purpose of animal necropsies

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sheila Grimes talks about mad cow disease

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sheila Grimes talks about bird flu

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sheila Grimes explains how the United States Department of Agriculture ensures food supply safety

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sheila Grimes talks about antibiotic resistance

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sheila Grimes talks about the dangers to health associated with technologies of war

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sheila Grimes explains the reemergence of tuberculosis

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sheila Grimes talks about exposing students to careers in science

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sheila Grimes reflects upon attending school during the Civil Rights Movement

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sheila Grimes talks about the Civil Rights Movement

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sheila Grimes talks about affirmative action

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sheila Grimes talks about new challenges for science in the twenty-first century

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sheila Grimes talks about professional organizations in the field of veterinary pathology

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sheila Grimes talks about Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in Tuskegee, Alabama

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sheila Grimes describes the legacy of Booker T. Washington in Tuskegee, Alabama

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sheila Grimes talks about the Tuskegee syphilis experiment

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sheila Grimes talks about public controversies over scientific research

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sheila Grimes talks about her administrative role at Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sheila Grimes talks about technologies used at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sheila Grimes talks about scientific publications and peer review

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sheila Grimes explains what is exciting about diagnostic pathology

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sheila Grimes explains how her family's support contributed to her success

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sheila Grimes lists significant family members

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sheila Grimes describes her concerns for the African American community

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sheila Grimes reflects upon her legacy

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sheila Grimes talks about Zora Neale Hurston's connections to her hometown of Notasulga, Alabama