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Floyd H. Blackburn

Dr. Blackburn (TEX '51), 81, Dumas, Texas, died June 1, 2010. From 1952-1996, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Dumas. Dr. Blackburn also raised cattle. He is survived by two sons and five daughters. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1535, Dumas, TX 79029.

Lawrence M. Cohen

Dr. Cohen (MO '68), 66, Durango, Colo., died Aug. 2, 2010. He owned Baker's Bridge Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Durango. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cohen established and served as chief of staff at Woodcliff Animal Hospital in Chatsworth, Calif. During that time, he was elected a trustee of the Southern California VMA. Dr. Cohen was a member of the Colorado VMA and the Cornell Feline Health Organization. While in California, he helped establish the Single Action Shooting Society and won several shooting awards over the years. Dr. Cohen's wife, Kristi; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Roy Rogers Happy Trails Children's Foundation, 10755 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308.

José A. Diaz-Bonnet

Dr. Diaz-Bonnet (KSU '47), 89, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, died Aug. 16, 2010. Retired since the mid-1990s, he owned a small animal practice in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, also providing his services to dairy farms and Thoroughbred racetracks. Towards the end of his career, Dr. Diaz-Bonnet was a relief veterinarian and served at the San Juan Municipality Animal Control Shelter. Following graduation, he worked several years in the regulatory programs of the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, he served as Puerto Rico's delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1968-1974, 1982-1983, and 1991-1993. Dr. Diaz-Bonnet was alternate delegate from 1976-1982, 1983-1991, and 1993-1998. A lifetime member and past president of the Puerto Rico VMA, he was a founding member of the Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico. Dr. Diaz-Bonnet received special recognition in 1995 for his role in the purchase and remodeling of the association's new headquarters, and the annual convention was dedicated to him.

Dr. Diaz-Bonnet is survived by his wife, Lourdes; two sons; and a daughter. His sons, Drs. Jose Diaz-Umpierre (BOL '78) and Jorge Diaz-Umpierre (OSU '87), own practices in Rio Piedras and Bayamon, respectively. Other veterinarians in the family are his grandson, Dr. Jose Arturo Diaz-Davila (PHU '01), and nephews, Drs. Miguel Borri-Diaz (TUS '75), Manuel Perez-Diaz (KSU '76), and Michael McClosky-Diaz (MEX '76).

John W. Grau Sr.

Dr. Grau (CAL '61), 81, Old Bridge, N.J., died June 7, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1997, he practiced small animal medicine at the Aspen Veterinary Clinic in Manalapan, N.J. Dr. Grau was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Gloria, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation, 8 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Albert O. Griffiths

Dr. Griffiths (IL '56), 85, Urbana, Ill., died May 28, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he owned Crossroads Veterinary Clinic in Urbana. Early in his career, Dr. Griffiths served as a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He was Illinois' delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1982-1986 and was a past president of the Illinois State and Eastern Illinois VMAs. Dr. Griffiths was also charter president of the Illinois Veterinary Practice Management Group and a charter member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. He was active with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, served as director of the Illinois Pilots Association and Illinois Military Aviation Hall of Fame, and was a founding member of the American Air Museum in Great Britain. Dr. Griffiths is survived by his stepdaughter.

Janice T. Lashmet-Katowitz

Dr. Lashmet-Katowitz (MSU '81), 54, Bethlehem, Pa., died June 28, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, she practiced at Nazareth Veterinary Center in Nazareth, Pa. Dr. Lashmet-Katowitz is survived by her husband, Albert Katowitz; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, P.O. Box 30, New Rochelle, NY 10802.

Harold Mullen

Dr. Mullen (AUB '61), 73, New Orleans, died June 12, 2010. Retired since 2005, he owned Mullen's Animal Medical Clinic, a small animal practice in New Orleans, for more than 40 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Mullen practiced large animal medicine in Talladega, Ala. He is survived by a daughter and a son. Memorials in his name may be made to the Rt. Rev. Romualdo Gonzalez Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund for Hispanic Students, University of the South, Sewanee, TN 37383.

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