AVMA Auxiliary past president Grant dies

Published on April 02, 2014
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​Virginia “Ginny” Grant of Anaheim, Calif., president of the Auxiliary to the AVMA from 1998-1999, died Feb. 6. As incoming president, she had said, “When we promote veterinary medicine, it is for all veterinarians, not just our spouses.” Grant also served as national Auxiliary treasurer, vice president, and committeewoman.

She and her husband, Dr. William “Bill” A. Grant (KSU ‘61), founded Community Veterinary Hospital, Animal Friends Pet Hotel, and Animal Discount Clinic, all in Garden Grove, Calif., and she was their chief financial officer.

Grant also served as president of the auxiliaries of the California and Southern California VMAs and was instrumental in developing a national elementary school program, “A Pet is a Special Friend.” The SCVMA presented its prestigious H. Don Mahan Award to her in 1988. Grant was also involved in community service with the chamber of commerce, youth organizations, and the performing arts.

Grant’s survivors include her husband, their two sons and one daughter, and seven grandchildren. One son, Dr. William A. Grant II (KSU ’89), is a veterinarian practicing with his wife, Dr. Dayna E. Wiedenkeller (COR ’88), at Community Veterinary Hospital.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, Attn: Tricia Mathis, 10540 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840; or the Southern California VMA, 5576 Corporate Ave., Cypress, CA 90630.