June 15, 2004



June 15, 2004

Memorial contributions to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are gratefully accepted. When making such contributions, please indicate the name and address of the individual who should receive notification of your donation. Contact: AVMF 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100 Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360 (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6689 www.avmf.org

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member

Dale L. Bivin

Dr. Bivin (KSU '47), 94, Columbia, Mo., died Oct. 30, 2003. Prior to retirement in 1976, he practiced in Concordia, Mo., for 29 years. Dr. Bivin's wife, Norma, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Parkade Baptist Church, 2102 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65201.

Ronald K. Dorfman

Dr. Dorfman (PER '80), 53, Newburyport, Mass., died April 10, 2004. A graduate of the University of Perugia in Italy, he owned Clipper City Animal Hospital in Newburyport. Dr. Dorfman was a member of the Massachusetts VMA.

His wife, Patricia; a daughter; and a stepdaughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the North Shore Medical Center, Cancer Center Wellness Fund, 17 Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.

Bernard F. Feldman

Dr. Feldman (ILL '62), 66, Check, Va., died Feb. 19, 2004. He was a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Feldman also directed the Veterinary Clinical Diagnostics, Clinical Pathology, and Comparative Hemostasis Laboratories at its Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Earlier in his career, he served on the faculty of the University of California-Davis for 22 years.

Known internationally for his expertise in clinical pathology and hematology, Dr. Feldman was former visiting professor and director of the Hematology-Oncology Clinic at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. He had also served as visiting professor of veterinary clinical pathology at the Royal Veterinary College in Frederiksburg, Denmark, and as visiting scholar at the International Laboratory for Research in Animal Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Feldman was named honorary dean of the faculties of veterinary medicine at the universities of Buenos Aires and Cordoba in Argentina.

In the mid-1990s, Dr. Feldman led efforts that created the Companion Animal Blood Bank, which serviced veterinary practices throughout Virginia and Maryland. He was a board member of the Veterinary Institute for Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in Milwaukee and the Veterinary Laboratory Association. Past president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, he was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and American Association of Veterinary Sports Medicine.

Dr. Feldman was also a member of the California and Virginia VMAs. He had served as a captain in the Air Force. Dr. Feldman's wife, Dr. Karen Thomason (CAL '86), and a son survive him. His brother, Dr. Edward C. Feldman (CAL '73), is a professor at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Memorials may be made to the Floyd County Animal Shelter Expansion Program, P.O. Box 218, Floyd, VA 24091; or Floyd County Humane Society, P.O. Box 862, Floyd, VA 24091.

Elizabeth A. Klontz

Dr. Klontz (FL '86), 52, Bowie, Md., died Dec. 14, 2003. A veterinary medical officer with the Department of Agriculture since 1987, she was working for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the time of her death. Dr. Klontz was a member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians.

Kimberly A. Michels

Dr. Michels (TEX '78), 48, Destrehan, La., died April 19, 2004. She owned Mobile Veterinary Services, providing house calls throughout the New Orleans area. Dr. Michels was also a staff veterinarian at the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter in Harahan, La., and founded the Pets Need Vets program. The program provides free initial care to animals adopted from the shelter and organizes volunteer veterinarians to provide medical care to shelter animals. Dr. Michels also organized a pet food drive and a citywide, low-cost rabies vaccination clinic.

She had served on the AVMA Council on Public Relations and as chair of the Host Committee and Welcome Center at the AVMA Annual Convention in New Orleans in 1999. Dr. Michels had also served as chair of the Louisiana VMA's public relations committee and as president of the Southeast Louisiana VA. In 2002, she was named Veterinarian of the Year by the LVMA. Dr. Michels' husband, Chris LeGrange; two daughters; a stepson; and a stepdaughter survive her.

Memorials toward a scholarship fund may be made to the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association/Dr. Kim Fund, 1200 St. Charles Ave., Suite 200, New Orleans, LA 70130.

Jordan M. Miller

Dr. Miller (UP '60), 67, West Palm Beach, Fla., died Oct. 18, 2003. Retired, he had owned Bainbridge Animal Hospital in Philadelphia. During his career, Dr. Miller also worked at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. An Army Air Force veteran, he attained the rank of lieutenant.

Dr. Miller's wife, Loretta, and a son survive him. Memorials toward an educational fund may be made to Chabad of Wellington, 1755 Grathom Drive, Wellington, FL 33414.

Dorwin H. Perella

Dr. Perella (COR '34), 94, Fort Myers Beach, Fla., died March 10, 2004. Retired, he was head of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's diagnostic laboratory from 1960-1974. Earlier in his career, Dr. Perella was in the Army Veterinary Corps for 22 years, serving from 1942-1957 in England, Japan, and Germany. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Dr. Perella's wife, Martina; a stepson; and a stepdaughter survive him.

Robert E. Strous

Dr. Strous (OSU '51), 81, Juneau, Wis., died April 11, 2004. He owned the Dodgeland Veterinary Clinic in Juneau for 53 years. A member of the Wisconsin VMA, Dr. Strous had served on its board of directors. He was a founding member of the Dodge County VMA and a member of the Southeastern Wisconsin VMA.

A World War II veteran, Dr. Strous served as a pharmacist's mate in the Coast Guard from 1942-1945. He was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Strous had served as alderman for the city of Juneau. His wife, Marjorie, and three sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Masonic Lodge No. 72, P.O. Box 691, Beaver Dam, WI 53916.