January 01, 2018



​​Posted Dec. 13, 2017

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Gene R. Bengston

Dr. Bengston (Colorado State '70), 71, Cheyenne, Wyoming, died Sept. 23, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Dell Range Animal Hospital in Cheyenne. Dr. Bengston is survived by a son and a daughter, four grandchildren, and a brother.

Gregory P. Boivin

Dr. Boivin (Washington State '89), 55, Springboro, Ohio, died Aug. 11, 2017. He was a professor in the departments of pathology and orthopedic surgery and director of laboratory animal resources at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, since 2008. Dr. Boivin also worked part time as a veterinary medical officer for the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center beginning 1992. Following graduation and after earning his master's in laboratory animal medicine from the University of Missouri in 1992, he served as director of comparative pathology at the University of Cincinnati for 16 years.

Dr. Boivin was a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He was a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, receiving its Young Investigator Award in 1999.

Dr. Boivin is survived by his fiancee, Pam; two children; his father; and two sisters. Memorials may be made to the ACLAM Foundation, 2820 Polk Ave., El Paso, TX 79930, www.aclam.org/foundation, or the AALAS Foundation, 9190 Crestwyn Hills Drive, Memphis, TN 38125, www.aalasfoundation.org.

Brett M. Cooper

Cooper (Pennsylvania '18), 30, Philadelphia, died Sept. 13, 2017. He was a fourth-year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. From 2005-09, Cooper worked as a veterinary technician at 4 Paws Animal Hospital in Manalapan, New Jersey. He served in the same capacity on a part-time basis at Furry Friends Mobile Vet in Brick, New Jersey, from 2013-17.

Cooper is survived by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, and a newborn nephew, named for him. Memorials may be made to the Brett Matthew Cooper Memorial Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania, 2929 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, http://givingpages.upenn.edu\rememberingBrett.

Mark L. Griswold

Dr. Griswold (Michigan State '76), 71, Milford, Michigan, died Nov. 1, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Hernando Animal Hospital in Spring Hill, Florida, for more than 30 years. Dr. Griswold retired in 2011. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Dr. Griswold is survived by his wife, Arlene, and two brothers.

Arthur B. Haws

Dr. Haws (Texas A&M '48), 90, Austin, Texas, died Sept. 24, 2017. In 1956, he moved to Austin, where he owned a small animal practice for 40 years. Earlier, Dr. Haws served in the Army Veterinary Corps and practiced in Salina, Kansas. A member of the Texas VMA, he served as its treasurer from 1969-73.

Dr. Haws is survived by three daughters and a son, his grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and his sister. Memorials toward academic scholarships may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.

N. Bruce Haynes

Dr. Haynes (Cornell '52), 91, Skowhegan, Maine, died Oct. 7, 2017. He served as director of veterinary continuing education at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine prior to retirement in 1979. Following graduation, Dr. Haynes worked as an associate veterinarian at Pine Tree Veterinary Hospital in Augusta, Maine. He subsequently established a mixed animal practice in Millerton, New York, focusing on bovine medicine. In 1964, Dr. Haynes joined Cornell as extension veterinarian. He later served a year as an associate professor of veterinary science, before joining the graduate faculty.

Dr. Haynes authored the book "Keeping Livestock Healthy." He was a past president of what is now known as the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and a past director of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians. Dr. Haynes served on several committees of the New York State VMS and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1975. He was a life member of the United States Animal Health Association and American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and an honorary member of the Maine VMA. Dr. Haynes was a veteran of the Navy.

His wife, Betty; a daughter and a son; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Somerset Animal Shelter, Middle Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976, or Maine General Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903.

John Kirschke

Dr. Kirschke (Texas A&M '61), 80, McKinney, Texas, died Sept. 6, 2017. He practiced in Boerne, Texas. Dr. Kirschke was a member of the Lions Club and was active with the Boy Scouts of America. His wife, Carolyn; seven daughters and two sons; 21 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters survive him. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Leonard Kohn

Dr. Kohn (Brandeis Middlesex '44), 96, Vernon Hills, Illinois, died Oct. 18, 2017. In the early 1950s, he established Kohn Animal Hospital in Highland Park, Illinois, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 1986. Prior to that, Dr. Kohn worked for a practice in Barrington, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, Cleo; two daughters; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Dr. Kohn's granddaughter, Dr. Greta Mann (Illinois '15), practices small animal medicine in Mundelein, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Morris Animal Foundation, 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 174A, Denver, CO 80246, www.morrisanimalfoundation.org, or American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604, www.heart.org.

Philip Q. Michal

Dr. Michal (Purdue '64), 77, Crawfordsville, Indiana, died Oct. 9, 2017. In 1969, he established Northwest Veterinary Clinic just outside Crawfordsville, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 2013. Prior to that, Dr. Michal owned a practice in the Wingate area of Indiana. Active in his community, he was a three-term mayor of Crawfordsville, serving from 1988-2000. During that time, Dr. Michal chaired the West Central Indiana Solid Waste District Committee and was active with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Dr. Michal served 14 years on the Montgomery County Board of Health and 10 years on the Crawfordsville City Council. He was a past president of the Crawfordsville Kiwanis Club, served as a court- appointed special advocate for juveniles in the Montgomery County court system, was active with the Youth Service Bureau Juvenile Mentoring Program, and participated in several Montgomery County CROP hunger walks. In 2014, Dr. Michal received a Sagamore of the Wabash Award for his public service, leadership, and volunteerism.

His wife, Judy; three sons; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister and a brother survive him. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, 211 S. Walnut St., Crawfordsville, IN 47933; Rock Steady Boxing Brownsburg (a nonprofit organization focused on fighting Parkinson's disease via a fitness curriculum), 1650 E. Northfield Drive, Suite 100, Brownsburg, IN 46112; or Church World Service/CROP Hunger Walk, 28606 Phillips St., P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

Clell J. Solomon Sr.

Dr. Solomon (Kansas State '83), 61, Wichita, Kansas, died Aug. 26, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Solomon Veterinary Clinic in Wichita. Dr. Solomon also cared for the dogs of the Wichita Police Department. He was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Heartworm Society, and Kansas VMA. In 1990, Dr. Solomon received the KVMA President's Award.

He is survived by his wife, Melody Lau; three sons and a daughter; three grandchildren; his parents; and his sister and brother. Memorials may be made to the Wichita Police Department K-9 Unit, 455 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67202; Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.