February 01, 2014



Posted Jan. 15, 2014 
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James P. Bailey
Dr. Bailey (COL ’59), 78, Pueblo West, Colo., died Oct. 22, 2013. A large animal veterinarian, he began his career practicing and ranching in Colorado at La Veta, Glenwood Springs, and Salida. In 1968, Dr. Bailey moved to Gunnison, Colo., where he continued to practice and ranch. He moved to Pueblo in 1985, working at Eden Veterinary Clinic until retirement. In retirement, Dr. Bailey owned a mobile veterinary practice. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; a son and two daughters; and three grandchildren. Memorials toward the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, Cardiology Transplant Unit at University Hospital Denver, or Pet Project may be made c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors Inc., 1317 N. Main, Pueblo, CO 81003.

Victoria R. Bokum
Dr. Bokum (FL ’83), 58, Billings, Mont., died Nov. 14, 2013. She practiced large animal medicine in the Billings area, focusing on equine medicine. Dr. Bokum was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

Martin A. Gruber
Dr. Gruber (COR ’62), 77, Sarasota, Fla., died Nov. 18, 2013. In 1963, he founded Chelmsford Animal Clinic in Chelmsford, Mass., where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine, and in later years, focused on small animals. Dr. Gruber also served as the animal inspector for the town of Chelmsford for more than 40 years and was a member of the Lowell Humane Society board of directors. He retired from his practice in 2005. Dr. Gruber was a member of the Massachusetts VMA and an affiliate member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Active in civic life, he was a charter member of the Chelmsford Rotary Club and served as Chelmsford town meeting representative for 13 years.
Dr. Gruber is survived by his wife, Bettyann; a son and a daughter; and five grandchildren. Dr. Gruber’s son, Dr. Ronald D. Gruber (COR ’89), is a small animal veterinarian in Avon, Colo. Memorials may be made to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853; or Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854.

Parke B. Johnston
Dr. Johnston (OSU ’45), 91, Cincinnati, died Oct. 6, 2013. He practiced small animal medicine in Madeira, Ohio, for more than 60 years. A member of the Ohio VMA, Dr. Johnston received its Distinguished Service Award in 1988. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Ohio Animal Health Foundation Award.
Dr. Johnston’s wife, Phyllis; two sons and a daughter; and six grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128; Hospice of Cincinnati Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263; or St. Paul Community United Methodist Church, 8221 Miami Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243.

Harry A. Jordan
Dr. Jordan (GA ’58), 83, Timmonsville, S.C., died Oct. 29, 2013. He worked for the Department of Agriculture in cattle inspection for more than 30 years. Dr. Jordan was an Army veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo; a daughter and a son; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Nazareth United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 368, Olanta, SC 29114.

Paul V. Kowaleski
Dr. Kowaleski (COR ’61), 83, Sterling, Mass., died Oct. 1, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he was the founder of Sterling Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Kowaleski served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two daughters and a son; and four grandchildren.

Angela H. McDowell
Dr. McDowell (MSU ’01), 50, Senatobia, Miss., died Sept. 23, 2013. She was a mixed animal veterinarian. Memorials may be made to Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Mobile Spay and Neuter Unit, Attn: Melissa Montgomery, P.O. Box 6100, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Frank A. Peak
Dr. Peak (ISU ’49), 86, Knoxville, Iowa, died Nov. 8, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Knoxville for 25 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Peak worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in Mexico and served in the Air Force. He retired in 1982. Dr. Peak is survived by his wife, Mary; three children; a grandson; and two stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Marion County Humane Society, 1701 E. Pleasant St., Knoxville, IA 50138; or Marion County 4-H, 210 N. Iowa St., P.O. Box 409, Knoxville, IA 50138.

Winston H. Tornow
Dr. Tornow (COL ’41), 97, Laurinburg, N.C., died July 30, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Tar Heel Veterinary Hospital in Laurinburg for more than 50 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tornow served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. He was a member of the Laurinburg Rotary Club and a past chair of the Scotland County Board of Health. Dr. Tornow’s son and two daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Church St., Laurinburg, NC 28352; or Helping Hands, 130 Biggs St., Laurinburg, NC 28352.


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