2012 - Dr. Conway J. Rosell

Class of 1943, Veterinarian, owned four small animal hospitals. Partnered with ophthalmologists to study and perform canine eye surgery. Served on the UofM Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, ISD 834 Board of Education and Lakewood College Board. WWII Veteran.


Dr. Conway Rosell (1925-2010), a 1943 graduate of Stillwater High School, enlisted in the army at the age of 17. He spent his first year in Army Specialist Training at the University of Kansas, after which he joined the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. Rosell was captured by German paratroopers during battle in his only drop with other paratroopers in 1944. After escaping during a move to a prisoner of war camp, Rosell was flown back to the U.S. Army Hospital in Clinton, Iowa, where he received his honorable discharge.

Rosell obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. After then appearing with four other students before the Minnesota State Legislature to petition for the creation of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Rosell was a member of its first graduating class in 1951.

Going on to spend the next 41 years as a veterinarian, Rosell owned and operated four small animal hospitals, partnering with ophthalmologist Dr. Hugh Monnahan to perform experimental eye surgery on dogs. Their work was later applied to human ophthalmology. During his years of practice, Rosell gave eight veterinarians their first experience in the field.

Rosell also spent time serving on the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association, School District 834 Board, and the Lakewood College Board. He was also active with Lakeview Lutheran Church, Meals on Wheels, Stillwater Rotary, Saint Paul Humane Society and various church choirs.

Rosell passed away on June 25, 2010 at the age of 84.