John W. Montgomery

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John W. Montgomery

John W. Montgomery

“When you’re blessed to have an opportunity to make a change for the better, then you ought to do it.”
Dr. John Montgomery, 2004


John W. Montgomery, a Texas native, graduated from Prairie View A&M in 1940 with a B.S. in agriculture before serving in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II as first sergeant. After the war he attended the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), graduated with his doctorate in veterinary medicine, and worked one year for the U.S. Department of Agriculture before establishing his 50-year veterinary practice in Poteau, Oklahoma. Dr. Montgomery served on the board of regents for OSU and A&M Colleges. He served twice as chairman, and his term included the campaign to raise funds for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at OSU. He developed a new mission for Langston University, and a multi-purpose building was dedicated in his name as an Honorary Distinguished Alumnus. He received the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and Leadership Oklahoma’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fun fact

John Montgomery was the grandson of a slave. He grew up in Texas and often dragged a heavy burlap sack behind him while picking cotton.

Oklahoma connections

Montgomery established his veterinary clinic in Poteau, Oklahoma, in 1951.










Relevant Exhibits

Oklahoma Hall of Fame: Service Members

Oklahoma Hall of Fame: Service Members

This exhibit that features great miliatary leaders from Oklahoma.
Dr. John Montgomery: Brighten the Corner Where You Are

Dr. John Montgomery: Brighten the Corner Where You Are

This exhibit presents a timeline of Dr. John W. Montgomery's career as a leader in civics and agriculture. It tells the story of a selfless Oklahoman who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others.