November 01, 2016



​Posted Oct. 12, 2016
AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
M. Joseph Bojrab

Dr. Bojrab (Purdue ’64), 76, Las Vegas, died Sept. 13, 2016. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he moved in 1987 to Las Vegas, where he established a surgical consulting practice. Dr. Bojrab began his career as an instructor in the Department of Veterinary Surgery at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After earning a master’s in physiology from Oklahoma State in 1968 and a doctorate in veterinary anatomy from the University of Bristol, England, in 1971, he was appointed associate professor and head of small animal surgery at Oklahoma State. In 1973, Dr. Bojrab joined the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine as an associate professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, eventually serving as a professor and head of small animal surgery.

Dr. Bojrab was a past chair of what is now known as the AVMA Convention Education Program Committee. He authored “A Handbook on Veterinary Wound Management” and edited several texts on small animal surgery. He was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, and Oklahoma VMA.

In 1981, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association honored Dr. Bojrab with the Bourgelat Award for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal practice, and, in 1983, he received the AAHA Gaines Fido Award for his work in plastic surgery and efforts in developing new surgical techniques. In 1984, he was a recipient of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dr. Bojrab is survived by his son, daughter, and five grandchildren. His brother, Dr. Donald Bojrab (Purdue ’73), is a small animal veterinarian in St. Louis. Memorials toward the Mary W. Blazer Fund for Gastroesophageal Cancer Research (with checks made payable to The OSU Foundation, Mary Blazer Fund for Gastroesophageal Cancer Research, with the memo line of the check notated to Fund No. 314805) may be sent to The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.

Ralph W. George

Dr. George (Texas A&M ’55), 83, Hillsboro, Texas, died June 22, 2016. In 1958, he established a mixed animal practice in Hillsboro, where he worked until shortly before his death. Earlier, Dr. George served in the Air Force. His three sons, a daughter, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Line Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1665, Hillsboro, TX 76645.

Lloyd P. Guillot

Dr. Guillot (Texas A&M ’63), 79, Covington, Louisiana, died June 28, 2016. He practiced small animal medicine at the Slidell Veterinary Hospital in Slidell, Louisiana.

Dr. Guillot is survived by his wife, Merrie; three daughters; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Gerald A. Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson (Minnesota ’55), 84, Overland Park, Kansas, died Aug. 5, 2016. In 1988, he retired from the United States Public Health Service with the rank of captain and as regional radiological health representative for the Food and Drug Administration’s Southwest region in Kansas City, Missouri.

Following graduation, Dr. Jacobson worked for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as a staff veterinarian. He subsequently began a 30-year career in public health, first with the Army Veterinary Corps and later with the USPHS. During that time, Dr. Jacobson earned a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota (1960) and served several state and federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, and Missouri departments of health. His work focused on radiation control and protection.

In retirement, Dr. Jacobson served 10 years as a regional consultant for Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago in the radiological emergency preparedness program. He was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a member of the Kansas VMA.

Dr. Jacobson’s wife, Naomi; two daughters and a son; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, Mid-America Chapter, Kansas City Office, 6950 Squibb Road, Suite 210, Mission, KS 66202; Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, 10100 W. 87th, Suite 100, Overland Park, KS 66212; City Union Mission, 1100 E. 11th St., Kansas City, MO 64106; or Hillcrest Covenant Church, 8801 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, KS 66207. 


Bruce H. Janke

Dr. Janke (Iowa State ’75), 68, Ames, Iowa, died June 25, 2016. He was a professor and a diagnostic pathologist at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from 2006 until retirement in 2014.

Following graduation, Dr. Janke practiced large animal medicine at the Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Windom, Minnesota, for three years. After earning a master’s and a doctorate in veterinary pathology from the University of Missouri in 1981 and 1984, respectively, he moved to Brookings, South Dakota, where he served as an associate professor and a diagnostic pathologist at the South Dakota State University Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.

In 1991, Dr. Janke joined the ISU VDL. During his tenure at the university, he served as interim director of the laboratory for two years. Dr. Janke’s research focused on rotavirus in baby pigs and swine influenza.

He was a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Iowa VMA, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. His wife, Ellen, and two sons survive him.

Paul A. Kiger

Dr. Kiger (Kansas State ’59), 87, West Plains, Missouri, died Aug. 16, 2016. He was a food safety inspector with the Department of Agriculture in West Plains from 1977 until retirement in 1991. Before that, Dr. Kiger practiced mixed animal medicine in Alvord, Iowa, and Adrian, Missouri. He served in the Navy during the Korean War, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Dr. Kiger was a member of the American Legion, Lions Club, and Boy Scouts.

His five sons, a daughter, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry, American Cancer Society, or Water for Life may be made c/o Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., West Plains, MO 65775.

Joseph M. Lebeda

Dr. Lebeda (Pennsylvania ’47), 93, Madison, Ohio, died Aug. 20, 2016. He owned a small animal practice in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Dr. Lebeda is survived by a daughter and a son, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

Jerry A. McMillan

Dr. McMillan (Auburn ’77), 64, Gallatin, Tennessee, died July 22, 2016. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned McMillan Veterinary Clinic in Gallatin for 39 years. Dr. McMillan was a member of the Tennessee VMA, receiving its Outstanding Practitioner Award in 2006. He was a past president of the Gallatin Lions Club. Dr. McMillan’s wife, Linda; four children; and six grandchildren survive him.

Monica K. Mueller

Dr. Mueller (Michigan State ’89), 52, Athens, Georgia, died July 6, 2016. In 2001, she established Good Hands Veterinary Hospital in Athens, where she practiced small animal medicine until her death. Dr. Mueller began her career as an associate veterinarian at Companion Animal Hospital in Athens. From 1999-2001, she owned Good Hands Veterinary Services, a mobile practice.

Dr. Mueller was a past president of the Animal Emergency Hospital of Athens and a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and Georgia VMA. She was also a member of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Mueller is survived by her husband, Dr. Eric Mueller (Michigan State ’89), who serves on the veterinary faculty of the University of Georgia, and two sons.

Memorials toward the window fund for the new sanctuary may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 958 Epps Bridge Parkway, Athens, GA 30606.

Marion F. Pettit
Dr. Pettit (Ohio State ’52), 87, Naples, Florida, died May 14, 2016.
Ronald E. Severson

Dr. Severson (Iowa State ’50), 91, Le Mars, Iowa, died June 11, 2016. Following graduation, he moved to Le Mars, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until 1988. In the 1950s, Dr. Severson also co-founded Diamond Laboratories. He was a member of the Iowa VMA. Dr. Severson served on the Plymouth County Board of Health from 1973-2011, also serving on the board of the Le Mars Boy Scouts chapter. He was a past president of the Le Mars Rotary Club and a member of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Severson’s son, daughter, and five grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made  to St. John’s Lutheran Church Building Fund, 201 1st Ave. NW, Le Mars, IA 51031.

Deborah S. Sheaffer

Dr. Sheaffer (Iowa State ’90), 58, West Linn, Oregon, died July 5, 2016. She was a staff veterinarian at the Audubon Society of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Following graduation, Dr. Sheaffer practiced at several small animal practices, including Gladstone Veterinary Clinic in Milwaukie, Oregon, and Cornell Center Animal Hospital in Beaverton, Oregon. She also briefly owned a mobile avian practice during that time. In 2003, Dr. Sheaffer joined the Audubon Society of Portland as its first wildlife veterinarian and care center operations manager. During her career with the society, she mentored volunteers, taught junior wildlife camps, and conducted research on lead toxicosis and wildlife diseases.

Dr. Sheaffer is survived by her husband, Dr. Ronald F. Earp (Iowa State ’89), a small animal veterinarian in Beaverton, Oregon, and a son and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Aud+ubon Society of Portland Wildlife Care Center, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97210.

Donald L. Sime

Dr. Sime (Iowa State ’59), 80, St. Paul, Minnesota, died June 12, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Suburban Animal Hospital in Roseville, Minnesota, and Highland Animal Hospital in St. Paul. Dr. Sime also co-founded an emergency hospital for small animals in St. Paul.

A member of the Minnesota VMA, he received its Distinguished Service Award in 1989. Dr. Sime served as vice president of the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum.

His wife, Elaine; a daughter and a son; and two grandchildren survive him. Dr. Sime’s son, Dr. Michael Sime (Minnesota ’98), owns and practices at the Suburban and Highland animal hospitals, and his daughter-in-law, Dr. Tara Sime (Minnesota ’08), is a member of the veterinary faculty at the University of Minnesota. Memorials may be made to the Sime Family Scholarship Fund No. 4558, Attn: Bill Venne, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 459 Veterinary Medical Center, 1365 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108.

Milton C. Stensland

Dr. Stensland (Minnesota ’56), 84, Naples, Florida, died July 9, 2016. He practiced small animal medicine in Austin, Minnesota, for more than 30 years. Prior to that, Dr. Stensland worked in Minnesota at White Bear Lake and Grand Meadow. He was a past president of the Minnesota VMA and University of Minnesota Veterinary Alumni Association and a charter member of the MVMA Academy of Veterinary Medical Practice.

In 1976, Dr. Stensland received the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, and, in 1980, he was named Minnesota Veterinarian of the Year. He was a past chair of the Austin United Way and served on the board of directors of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Stensland is survived by his wife, Jaci; four children; and five grandchildren.

Donald Wampler

Dr. Wampler (Pennsylvania ’56), 92, Oak Harbor, Washington, died March 14, 2016. He owned Dr. Wampler’s Veterinary Clinic in Oak Harbor, where he practiced small animal medicine for 25 years prior to retirement. Dr. Wampler served in the Merchant Marine and the Coast Guard. He was active with the Lions Club and the Navy League of the United States.

Dr. Wampler’s wife, Gloria, and a grandson survive him. Memorials may be made to Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, P.O Box 1108, Coupeville, WA 98239.

Danney L. Wolfe

Dr. Wolfe (Kansas State ’71), 69, Westerville, Ohio, died June 18, 2016. He owned a mobile surgical practice since 1983. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wolfe served in the Army Veterinary Corps, working at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Massachusetts, and taught surgical anatomy for two years at The Ohio State University after completing a surgical residency at OSU in 1981.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Darcey D. Wolfe (Kansas State ’73), a part-time relief veterinarian, and a daughter.