Milton W. Firestone, DVM

Milton W. Firestone Scholar Mary Ann Montesaro

Milton W. Firestone Scholar Mary Ann Montesaro

A native of the Bronx, New York, Milton Firestone arrived in Ohio to attend Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1934. In a correspondence several years ago, he shared, “As I reflect back at those years 1934-1938, during which time I was a student at the Old Neil Avenue Veterinary College, I begin to learn the meaning of the word nostalgia. Would I do it all over again? You bet I would!”

Dr. Firestone’s time in Ohio was one of graduate academic pursuits as well as several coming of age experiences. Never having had a need for a driver’s license in New York, his first experience of obtaining a license and purchasing a car was during his time as a student. He obtained his license and purchased his first car, a 1923 Model
T Ford, from a lot near campus. His car allowed him to travel home to New York several times and served as his transportation between his rooming house on 8th Avenue and Ben’s Tavern, a local bar and grill near campus frequented by Ohio State students, where he earned money playing the saxophone in a four piece orchestra.

Upon graduation, Dr. Firestone returned home to the Bronx and served his community’s veterinary needs from the Gun Hill-Boston Road Animal Hospital. Many years later, he established several planned gifts, including a charitable gift annuity and a charitable remainder trust, to benefit the College of Veterinary Medicine. Among the beneficiaries of this generous planning are those veterinary students who will become Milton W. Firestone Scholars during their time at Ohio State. To date, two students have received this honor. Mary Ann Montesano, a second-year DVM student, is the current recipient who is pursuing her graduate education with support left by Dr. Firestone.

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