May 15, 2015



Posted April 29, 2015
AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Mamdouh H. Abou-Youssef

Dr. Abou-Youssef (Cairo ’63), 75, Joliet, Illinois, died Feb. 27, 2015. He established Essington Road Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Joliet, in 1987. Earlier in his career, Dr. Abou-Youssef served with the United Nations Food and  Agriculture Organization in Egypt, worked for a veterinary research company in Ohio, and practiced at the Animal Medical Clinic in Joliet.

Dr. Abou-Youssef is survived by his wife, Karen; a son, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Morning Star Mission, 350 E. Washington St., Joliet, IL 60433.

Larry A. Borg
Dr. Borg (Illinois ’67), 73, Rapid City, South Dakota, died Jan. 29, 2015. An equine practitioner, he owned State Road Veterinary Clinic in Davison, Michigan, for 44 years prior to retirement. Dr. Borg was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Michigan Equine Practitioners Association, and Michigan VMA. His wife, Barbara; a daughter and a son; and six grandchildren survive him.

Memorials, with the memo line of checks notated to leukemia research in memory of Dr. Larry A. Borg, may be made to the Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905. 

Michael J. Boudreau
Dr. Boudreau (Michigan State ’94), 64, Livonia, Michigan, died Sept. 29, 2014. He practiced at Nichols Veterinary Clinic in Wayne, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 302, New York, NY 10006.
John B. Brakebill

Dr. Brakebill (Texas A&M ’75), 69, Sherman, Texas, died Feb. 18, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Brakebill Veterinary Hospital in Sherman. Dr. Brakebill volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. His wife, Dannette; three daughters; and seven grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

John M. Cheney

Dr. Cheney (Colorado State ’60), 84, Fort Collins, Colorado, died Feb. 5, 2015. He taught and served as head of the parasitology section of the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from 1972 until retirement in 2005.

From graduation until 1964, Dr. Cheney served on the veterinary faculty at CSU. He then spent two years in private practice in Benkelman, Nebraska, and worked a year as a research veterinarian for the Monsanto Chemical Company. From 1967-1972, he represented CSU on a veterinary team in Nairobi, Kenya. During that time, he taught at the veterinary college in Kabete, Kenya, where he was instrumental in development of curricula leading to the DVM degree. Dr. Cheney also helped develop the livestock sector in Senegal.

He was a past president of the Colorado VMA, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and Larimer County Stockgrowers Association.

Dr. Cheney was active with the Larimer County Fair and Rodeo, serving on its board of directors. In 1988, he was named Colorado Veterinarian of the Year, and, in 2002, he was Larimer County VMA Outstanding Veterinarian. The Larimer County Fair Association honored him for his service in 2004, and he received what is now known as the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award in 2005. Dr. Cheney is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, 8833 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002. 

Joann M. Donahoe

Dr. Donahoe (Ciudad Juarez ’83), 60, Carmel Valley, California, died Feb. 8, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, she owned a mobile practice. Dr. Donahoe was a member of the California VMA. Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Assistance Group of the Monterey Peninsula, P.O. Box 221582, Carmel, CA 93922. 

Max S. Gritzmaker

Dr. Gritzmaker (Michigan State ’59), 86, Carlsbad, California, died Feb. 15, 2015. He owned Northside Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in San Bernardino, California, prior to retirement in 1986. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gritzmaker worked as a meat inspector for the county of San Bernardino. He was a veteran of the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Gritzmaker was active with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. His three children and eight grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, 2730 Bressi Ranch Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009. 

David P. Haver

Dr. Haver (Kansas State ’79), 66, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died Nov. 3, 2014. A small animal practitioner, he owned Leola Veterinary Clinic in Lancaster for 31 years. Dr. Haver was voted best veterinarian in Lancaster County several years in a row. He is survived by his wife, Lyndell; a daughter and stepson; and a step-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to the Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19123; or Haver Scholarship Fund, c/o Viking Academic Booster Club, 400 Trux St., Plymouth, OH 44865. The fund will be used to fortify a scholarship to assist Plymouth High School graduates who pursue a medical or other health-related degree.  

Robert A. Linsenbardt

Dr. Linsenbardt (Missouri ’61), 85, Sedalia, Missouri, died Feb. 27, 2015. Following graduation, he co-established Sedalia Veterinary Center, where he practiced until retirement in 1993. Dr. Linsenbardt was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

His wife, Irma; five daughters and four sons; 26 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials toward Sacred Heart Church may be made c/o McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, 519 S. Ohio, Sedalia, MO 65301. 

Norman A. Luckeroth 
Dr. Luckeroth (Kansas State ’54), 84, Lawrence, Kansas, died Feb. 3, 2015. Following graduation, he served as a captain in the Air Force. In 1956, Dr. Luckeroth joined his father, the late Dr. Joseph C. Luckeroth (Kansas State ’21), in primarily large animal practice at Luckeroth Veterinary Clinic in Seneca, Kansas. He took over the practice upon his father’s death in 1958 and retired in 1995, gifting the clinic to the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine to establish the Norman and Audrey Luckeroth Endowed Scholarship.

Dr. Luckeroth was a member of the Kansas VMA. He is survived by his wife, Audrey; three daughters, and a son. Several of Dr. Luckeroth’s family members are veterinarians, including Drs. Michael Wempe (Missouri ’72), John Wempe (Kansas State ’80), James Wempe (Iowa State ’80), and David Wempe (Louisiana State ’90). Memorials may be made to the Wempe-Luckeroth Scholarship, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, KS 66506; or Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, Lawrence, KS 66049.

Charles L. Nowlin
Dr. Nowlin (Auburn ’43), 94, Panama City Beach, Florida, died Feb. 20, 2015. He practiced primarily small animal medicine in Panama City, Florida, for 40 years. Dr. Nowlin was a life member of the Florida VMA. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II in Burma and China and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserve. Dr. Nowlin was a member of the Military Officers Association of America and Burma Star Association. Active in civic life, he served 12 years on the Panama City Housing Authority. Dr. Nowlin is survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Gulf Coast College Foundation, 5230 W. Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.
Robert L. Perry

Dr. Perry (Iowa State ’56), 82, Omaha, Nebraska, died Dec. 10, 2014. He owned Loveland Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Omaha, prior to retirement in 1999. Early in his career, Dr. Perry served as a veterinary and preventive medicine officer with the Air Force. A member of the Nebraska VMA, he received its Distinguished Service Award in 1998. Dr. Perry was a past president of the Suburban Rotary of Omaha and a past district governor for Rotary International. His wife, Ione; three sons; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Suburban Rotary Charitable Foundation, 4089 S. 84th St., PMB 317, Omaha, NE 68127; or Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St., Omaha, NE 68114. 

Grant H. Turnwald

Dr. Turnwald (Sydney ’66), 71, Blacksburg, Virginia, died Sept. 27, 2014. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he was a professor of small animal clinical sciences and associate dean for academic affairs at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 1998-2009. Dr. Turnwald began his career practicing in his native New Zealand for several years. Following his move to the United States, he served as an assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1988, Dr. Turnwald became head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at Oklahoma State University. In 1998, he joined Virginia-Tech, where as associate dean for academic affairs he helped update the Virginia-Maryland Regional College’s professional curriculum, developed new courses, expanded the veterinary student orientation process, and was instrumental in the establishment of the mentorship program with the Virginia and Maryland VMAs.

Dr. Turnwald is survived by three children. Memorials toward the Grant Turnwald Innovation Award may be made to the Virginia Tech Foundation, 902 Prices Fork Road, Suite 4500, Blacksburg, VA 24061. 

William S. Wallace II

Dr. Wallace (Colorado State ’64), 77, Amarillo, Texas, died Feb. 27, 2015. He owned Wallace Ranch and Cattle Company, with ranches in New Mexico and Texas. Dr. Wallace also served as a commercial pilot. He is survived by his wife, Charlene.

Memorials may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Homes, 91 Circle Drive, Boys Ranch, TX 79010; or Animal Rescue Shelter Inc., 12500 Farm to Market Road 1541, Amarillo, TX 79118.

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