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July 13, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Historical Significance of Frank W. Schofield (1889-1970)

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today celebrated the national historic significance of Frank W. Schofield, whom he designated a person of national historic significance, on the recommendation from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"I am proud to welcome Frank W. Schofield to Canada's family of national historic sites, people and events," declared Minister Prentice. "This designation will help to ensure that his important contributions, in Canada and abroad, are appreciated and remembered by future generations."

"Frank W. Schofield was an outstanding veterinarian who was nationally and internationally known for his research in animal disease, which led to improvements in both human and animal health," said the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance. "I am delighted to know that his constributions will forever be part of Canada's network of recognized persons of historic significance."

"Dr. Frank W. Schofield is remembered by the veterinary profession as possibly the greatest scientist to have ever worked at the Ontario Veterinary College," said Dr. Reed. "During his career he published 143 papers and reports. His most famous discovery being the identification of mouldy sweet clover as the cause of a bleeding disease of sheep and cattle, which pointed the way to the discovery of the vitamin K inhibitors that are now used throughout the world to control unwanted clotting of blood. Dr. Schofield helped the less fortunate throughout his life, both in Canada and in Korea where he worked as a Christian missionary."

His systematic research explained bacterial, viral and toxicological ailments, which he found new ways to prevent or treat. While teaching at a college in Seoul, Korea, he became closely involved with the independence movement by documenting the mass jailing, torture and deaths associated with the struggle for Korean sovereignty.

Through his teaching and prolific and lucid writings, Schofield has had a significant impact on the development of veterinarians and veterinary science in Canada. His scientific, missionary and political work in Korea contributed to the democratic development of that country and he is recognized there as a patriot and a Canadian.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media room.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Michele Monette
    Media Relations Officer
    Corporate Communications Branch
    819-994-3023