October 15, 2009



Posted Oct. 1, 2009

AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member

Bernard D. Boisvert

Dr. Boisvert (SKW '79), 60, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, died June 29, 2009. He owned Mission Ridge Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in St. Albert, for 30 years. During his career, Dr. Boisvert also served as veterinarian for the Valley Zoo in Edmonton, Alberta, for more than a decade. He was a past president of the Edmonton Association of Small Animal Veterinarians, a founding member of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Ophthalmology, and a board member of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.

Dr. Boisvert is survived by his wife, Halina, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Bernard Boisvert Scholarship, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University Advancement, University of Saskatchewan, 501-121 Research Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 1K2.

Leo J. Cahalan

Dr. Cahalan (ISU '50), 91, Logansport, Ind., died July 24, 2009. From 1953 until retirement in 1993, he owned Cahalan Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Logansport. Dr. Cahalan was a member of the Indiana VMA. A past president of the Cass County Park Board, he was active with the Sagamore Council Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Cahalan received a Logansport Community School Corporation's Pillar of the Community Award and the Silver, Beaver, and St. George awards from the Sagamore Council BSA. His wife, Betty; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to All Saints Catholic School, 112 E. Market St., Logansport, IN 46947; or Logansport Children's Choir, P.O. Box 1026, Logansport, IN 46947.

M. Josephine Deubler

Dr. Deubler (UP '38), 92, Philadelphia, died May 17, 2009. The first female graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, she was assistant professor emeritus of emergency medicine at UPenn since 1987. During her career, Dr. Deubler also established Pennsylvania's Annual Canine Symposium for breeders and owners. Active in the dog show circuit, she chaired the Bucks County Kennel Club Show for more than 30 years, and she was past chair of the Montgomery County Kennel Club's All-Terrier Show and the American Fox Terrier Club Show. In 1998, Dr. Deubler became the first veterinarian to judge Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

She received several honors, including the Dog Fanciers Club's Fido Award in 1976, the 1986 Pennsylvania VMA Distinguished Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award, and the 1988 Association for Women Veterinarians' Distinguished Service Award. In recognition of Dr. Deubler's contributions to veterinary medicine, the UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine established the Josephine Deubler Genetic Disease Testing Laboratory in the late 1990s. The bridge connecting the school's Hill Pavilion and Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital was also named after her. In 2003, Dr. Deubler was honored with an American Kennel Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

Memorials may be made to the M. Josephine Deubler Scholarship Fund, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, 3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Kenneth H. Fraser

Dr. Fraser (MSU '35), 96, Niles, Mich., died Aug. 11, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1978, he owned Fraser Animal Hospital in Niles, first practicing mixed animal medicine, and, later, small animal. Dr. Fraser was a past president of the Michigan VMA and a co-founder of the Michiana VMA. His five daughters and three sons survive him.

John J. Gmitro

Dr. Gmitro (IL '94), 43, Elburn, Ill., died July 27, 2009. He practiced small animal medicine at St. Charles Veterinary Clinic in St. Charles, Ill., since 1998. Prior to that, Dr. Gmitro practiced in Minnesota, first in Cloquet, and, then, in Duluth. Early in his career, he worked at Capitol Illini Veterinary Services in Springfield, Ill. Memorials to establish a nature park in his name may be made to the John Gmitro Memorial Fund, c/o The National Bank, Mount Carroll, IL 61053.

Robert B. Jackson

Dr. Jackson (GA '67), 67, Lilburn, Ga., died July 24, 2009. He owned Dearborn Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Decatur, Ga., for more than 20 years. Early in his career, Dr. Jackson served as a military veterinarian at Little Rock Air Force Base and practiced in LaGrange, Ga. He was a member of the Georgia VMA and Greater Atlanta VMS, and served as secretary-treasurer of the DeKalb County VMA. Dr. Jackson attained the rank of captain in the Air Force. His wife, Janice, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; or Dearborn Animal Hospital Sunshine Fund, 715 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030.

Edmund J. Krautmann

Dr. Krautmann (MO '50), 85, Overland Park, Kan., died July 17, 2009. Prior to retirement, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Chillicothe, Mo., for 30 years. Early in his career, Dr. Krautmann practiced in Beatrice, Neb., and Cassville, Mo. He was a member of the Missouri VMA. Dr. Krautmann is survived by his wife, Rhea; three sons; and two daughters. One son, Dr. Matthew J. Krautmann (MO '82), is a veterinarian in Kalamazoo, Mich. Memorials may be made to the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbia, MO 65211.

W. Wayne Miller

Dr. Miller (COL '54), 81, Windsor, Colo., died Aug. 16, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1991, he owned a mixed animal practice in Windsor for 17 years and then worked for Eastman Kodak Company in property management and public relations for 20 years. Dr. Miller was a past mayor of Windsor, served 34 years on the Kern Reservoir and Ditch Board, and was a member of the Colorado Water Council for 30 years. He served in the Navy from 1946-1948. Dr. Miller's two sons and two daughters survive him.

James W. Norene

Dr. Norene (WSU '53), 85, Heppner, Ore., died June 5, 2009. From 1954 until retirement in 1998, he owned a mixed animal practice in Heppner. Dr. Norene was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Holland during Operation Market Garden and in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, both with oak leaf clusters. At the time of Dr. Norene's death, he was in France as a guest of President Barack Obama, to attend events marking the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings. He received a tribute from the President in a speech given the day following his death.

Dr. Norene is survived by his daughter. Memorials may be made to Heppner High School Veterans Day Celebration, c/o Darcy Robinson, Box 67, Heppner, OR 97836; or 101st Airborne Oregon Cascade Chapter, c/o Jerry Gomes, Box 1570, Sandy, OR 97055.

Oliver B. Seeley

Dr. Seeley (CAL '60), 78, Hurricane, Utah, died Feb. 26, 2009. He practiced equine medicine in California's Orange County for 40 years. Dr. Seeley's wife, Carol, survives him.

John D. Strandberg

Dr. Strandberg (COR '64), 69, Baltimore, died Aug. 1, 2009. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he served as director of comparative medicine at the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Research Resources from 1999 until retirement in 2004. Prior to that, Dr. Strandberg directed the Comparative Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Programs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for three decades, also directing the school's Division of Comparative Medicine from 1982-1999. Memorials may be made to Johns Hopkins University, John D. Strandberg Fund, c/o Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Institute for Basic Biomedical Science, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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