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Keith O. Lassen
Dr. Lassen (KSU '36), 85, Mesa, Ariz, died Oct 23, 1999. He was Arizona's delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates for 22 years and served as a member and chairman of the House of Delegates. Past president of the Arizona VMA, he received the association's Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award in 1963 and its Special Merit Award in 1975. He was also on the board of the former Western States Veterinary Association, had served on the Arizona Veterinary Examining Board, and in 1971 was elected president of the Intermountain VMA. After serving in the Army Veterinary Corps in World War II, he opened Mesa Veterinary Hospital. In 1955 he helped found the Arizona Veterinary Supply Company and continued on as manager after retiring from practice. Mesa named Dr. Lassen its Citizen of the Year in the early 1960s.

Terry F. Miller
Dr. Miller (UP '84), 41, Allentown, Pa, died Oct 11, 1999. He owned a small animal practice.

Bruce T. Overholt
Dr. Overholt (COL '75), 51, Albuquerque, NM, died Oct 11, 1999. He was employed at St Francis Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Albuquerque, from 1981-1994. Prior to that, he had practiced in Roswell, NM. Dr. Overholt was a member of the New Mexico VMA and Albuquerque VMA. He served in the Army, where he attained the rank of captain. Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia Society of America or the American Humane Association.

William H. Rhodes
Dr. Rhodes (GA '52), 80, West Columbia, SC, died Sept 7, 1999. Before retiring he worked as pathologist on porcine species at Clemson University's Animal Diagnostic Laboratory in Columbia, SC, from 1963-1984. Earlier in his career he had worked for the Federal Bureau of Animal Industry in Lakeland, Fla and in a poultry laboratory in Gainesville, Ga; and in Merck, Sharpe, and Dohme's southeast region. He was South Carolina's delegate to the AVMA from 1974-1979, a life member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and SCAV secretary for six years. During World War II, Dr. Rhodes served in the Army National Guard, Army Air Corps, and the Marine Corps.

William M. Romane
Dr. Romane (TEX '43), 80, Bryan, Texas, died Oct 26, 1999. He was professor emeritus of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine where he had taught at the large animal clinic. He retired in 1985. Dr. Romane had also worked for the equine division of Granada Cattle Company in Bryan. He was a member of the Texas VMA and the AAEP. Dr. Romane was a lieutenant in the Army during World War II. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund, 506 E 28th St, Bryan, TX 77803 or to Still Creek Ranch, 6055 Hearn Lane, Bryan, TX 77808.

Jennifer L. Silva
Dr. Silva (CAL '94), 38, Austin, Texas, died Oct 14, 1999. She owned Bearcreek Mobile Pet Clinic, based in Austin. Memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin, PO Box 1532, Austin, TX 78767 or Animal Trustees of Austin, 1605 Raleigh Ave, Austin, TX 78737.

Gerald K. Sykes
Dr. Sykes (COR '70), 54, Rochester, NY, died Oct 22, 1999. He was retired from East Avenue Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Brockport, NY, that he owned from 1982-1996. Before that, Dr. Sykes practiced at Brockport Animal Hospital. He was member of the New York State VMS and the Genesee Valley VMA, where he'd served as president and secretary. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Brockport, 35 State St, Brockport, NY 14420 or to the Alumni Scholarship Fund, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Public Affairs, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Glenn D. Willis
Dr. Willis (OKL '51), 75, Blanchard, Okla, died Oct 16, 1999. He practiced at Professional Animal Health Center in Newcastle, Okla, for the past 10 years. Dr. Willis was a member of the Oklahoma VMA.

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