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Harold D. Bolefahr Jr.

Dr. Bolefahr (CAL '61), 72, San Diego, died March 12, 2004. Prior to retirement in 2002, he owned two small animal hospitals in Lompoc, Calif. Prior to that, Dr. Bolefahr owned a practice in Huntington Beach, Calif. Following graduation, he practiced in Grass Valley, Calif. Dr. Bolefahr had served with the Marine Corps in Korea.

Juan F. Figueroa

Dr. Figueroa (OSU '44), 87, Raleigh, N.C., died April 28, 2004. During his tenure as president of the World Veterinary Association from 1983-1991, the association made major advances and became recognized for its important role in the international veterinary profession.

Following graduation from The Ohio State University, Dr. Figueroa returned to his native Peru, where he enlisted in the Peruvian Army Veterinary Corps and helped found the veterinary school at the University of San Marcos in Lima. He later returned to the United States, joining the American Cyanamid Company in New Jersey in 1954 and retiring in 1983.

Dr. Figueroa was an initiator of the Pan American Veterinary Congress, serving as general secretary of the first congress in 1951. He was president of the 1971 World Veterinary Congress in Mexico City. Dr. Figueroa had founded and served as director of the Peruvian veterinary journal. He had also served as editor of the Spanish edition of the WVA newsletter. In 1980, Dr. Figueroa was the recipient of the AVMA-sponsored XII International Veterinary Congress Prize. He also received the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society's Karl F. Meyer Gold-Headed Cane Award in 1987.

Dr. Figueroa's wife, Pauline; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, 4700 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27606.

Ted G. Garten

Dr. Garten (CAL '55), 78, San Diego, died March 23, 2004. From 1957 until retirement in 1988, he owned Harbor Veterinary Hospital in San Diego. A life member and past president of the San Diego County VMA, Dr. Garten was instrumental in the incorporation of the association in 1961. His contributions helped launch the association's Rabies Control and Clinic Program. Dr. Garten was also a life member of the California VMA.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army. Dr. Garten's wife, Marilynn; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92101; or the San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110.

Donald E. Jackson

Dr. Jackson (OSU '65), 63, Gurnee, Ill., died Feb. 18, 2004. He practiced at Hendricks Animal Hospital in Gurnee. Dr. Jackson's wife and three children survive him.

Russell H. Jourdan

Dr. Jourdan (COL '46), 80, Billings, Mont., died March 29, 2004. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Billings. During his career, Dr. Jourdan also practiced in Omaha, Neb., and Fort Collins, Colo. An Air Force veteran, he had served at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Dr. Jourdan attained the rank of captain.

His four sons and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59101.

Robert M. Letscher

Dr. Letscher (TEX '67), 60, Walker, La., died March 15, 2004. He was supervisory veterinarian at the University of Washington National Primate Research Center in Tulane, La.

Following graduation, Dr. Letscher worked as an instructor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1970-1990, he served in the Air Force, holding posts including director of the clinical research laboratory at the Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, La.; chief of the veterinary science division at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, Fla.; and chief of laboratory animal resources at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Dr. Letscher attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then worked for American Cyanamid Company for a few years before joining the University of Washington NPRC in Medical Lake, Wash., in 1995. Dr. Letscher became head of operations at the Tulane site in 1998.

A diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, he served as a consultant for what is now known as the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International from 1987-1996. Dr. Letscher was a member of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Association of Primate Veterinarians, and American Society of Primatologists.

He served on the Texas VMA Laboratory Animals Committee from 1986-1988 and Research Committee from 1989-1990. Dr. Letscher was past secretary-treasurer of the South Mississippi VMA and had served on its program committee. He was also a past president of the VMA of Bexar County. Dr. Letscher had chaired the legislative committee of the AALAS' Texas branch and served on its program committee.

His wife, Deloris, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

Roscoe E. Treadwell

Dr. Treadwell (GA '54), 83, Wilmington, N.C., died Nov. 8, 2003. From 1954 until retirement in 1987, he owned a practice in Wilmington. Dr. Treadwell was a lifetime member of the North Carolina VMA. A World War II veteran, he served with the Marines in the Pacific Theater. Dr. Treadwell's wife, Margaret; a daughter; and a son survive him.

Benjamin L. Walbert

Dr. Walbert (UP '40), 86, Allentown, Pa., died March 18, 2004. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Lehigh Valley, Pa., for 40 years. Dr. Walbert was a past president of the Lehigh Valley VA. A World War II veteran, he served from 1941-1945 as a major in the Army Veterinary Corps.

Dr. Walbert was a member of the Lehigh County Game Preserve advisory board and the Allentown Rotary Club. His wife, Mary, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Road, Orefield, PA 18069.

Jana B. Williams

Dr. Williams (TEX '81), 47, Houston, died March 11, 2004. She had been an associate veterinarian at the Memorial-610 Hospital for Animals in Houston for 21 years. Dr. Williams was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Texas VMA, and Harris County VMA.

Dr. Williams (TEX '81), 47, Houston, died March Her husband, Keith; a son; and a daughter survive her. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244; or the Dr. William L. Barnett Medical Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 1688, Cleveland, TX 77328.

Albert D. Wright

Dr. Wright (MSU '45), 81, Atlantic Beach, Fla., died April 13, 2004. A colonel with the Air Force Veterinary Corps, he retired from active duty in 1979. Following graduation, Dr. Wright established a practice in Wells River, Vt. He joined the Air Force as a captain in 1953. Dr. Wright was the recipient of the Legion of Merit.

His wife, Ruth; two sons; and two daughters survive him.