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Reed, K-Stater who revolutionized zoos, dies

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When Theodore H. Reed took his degree in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 1945, zoos were primarily animal warehouses. The public visited a succession of houses where they could view creatures maintained in caged settings. Sanitation was often poor and education was rarely a priority.

That began to change in the mid-1950s when Reed was appointed veterinarian at the National Zoo in Washington. A year later he was named acting director, and in 1958 he was appointed director.

He remained in that capacity into

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