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Charles D. Baird

Dr. Baird (Auburn '60), 80, Birmingham, Alabama, died Sept. 25, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Baird Animal Clinic in Bessemer, Alabama, and, later, Graysville Animal Clinic in Graysville, Alabama. Dr. Baird retired in 2015.

He was a member of the Jefferson County VMA and Rotary Club, and a veteran of the Air Force. Dr. Baird is survived by his son and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2151 Highland Ave. S., Suite 210, Birmingham, AL 35205,

Irene B. Collins

Dr. Collins (California-Davis '65), 95, Turlock, California, died Aug. 10, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, she owned a mobile practice based in Turlock from 1992-2012. Earlier in her career, Dr. Collins practiced at Veterinary Medical Center in Turlock with her late husband, Dr. I.N. Bohlender (Colorado State '42), and, subsequently, at Community Veterinary Hospital, also in Turlock. She was a Women's Army Corps veteran of World War II.

Dr. Collins is survived by her son, daughter, five stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert J. Eberhart

Dr. Eberhart (Pennsylvania '59), 86, Pittsburgh, died Aug. 12, 2017. He served as a professor of veterinary medicine at Pennsylvania State University for 25 years. Dr. Eberhart was a member of the Halfmoon Township Planning Commission. A veteran of the Korean War, he served as a lieutenant in the Navy.

Dr. Eberhart's wife, Jeannette; two daughters and two sons; 11 grandchildren; and a brother and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to ClearWater Conservancy, 2555 N. Atherton St., State College, PA 16803,

Rodney S. Graves

Dr. Graves (Cornell '56), 84, Stuart, Florida, died April 25, 2017. A retired small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center in Orchard Park, New York. Dr. Graves was a member of the New York State VMS and Western New York VMA. In 1974, the NYSVMS honored him with a Merit Award.

W. Eugene Lloyd

Dr. Lloyd (Iowa State '49), 92, Shenandoah, Iowa, died April 25, 2017. He was the founder of Vet-a-Mix, later renamed Lloyd Inc., a company that developed and sold veterinary pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplies.

Dr. Lloyd began his career practicing mixed animal medicine in Essex, Iowa. In 1958, while still in practice, he established Vet-a-Mix. Dr. Lloyd sold his practice in 1965 and returned to Iowa State, where he earned his doctorate in veterinary pathology in 1970. During that time, he also taught veterinary toxicology at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lloyd subsequently left academia to focus on Lloyd Inc. In 1990, the Small Business Administration named Dr. Lloyd Exporter of the Year.

A past president of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology, he served on the board of directors of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and Animal Health Institute and was a member of the Iowa VMA. He received an Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Stange Award in 1993. That same year, Dr. Lloyd and his wife, Linda, created an endowed professorship in veterinary toxicology and related disciplines at the veterinary college. In 1999, he was honored with the ABVT Service Award, and, the ISU CVM dedicated the Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center in 2008.

Dr. Lloyd was a veteran of the Navy and a member of the American Legion. He was active with the Rotary Club, Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association, and Greater Shenandoah Foundation.

Dr. Lloyd is survived by his wife, Linda; a son; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Clarinda Ave., Shenandoah, IA 51601, or Shenandoah Food Pantry, 411 W. Clarinda Ave., Shenandoah, IA 51601.

John R. Matson

Dr. Matson (Kansas State '59), 86, Des Moines, Iowa, died Sept. 23, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he owned South Des Moines Animal Hospital for 40 years. Dr. Matson was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Linda; four daughters, a stepdaughter, and a stepson; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Memorials may be made to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, P.O. Box 188, DeSoto, IA 50069.

Lyle G. Nicholson

Dr. Nicholson (Washington State '37), 102, Hood River, Oregon, died Aug. 9, 2017. In 1948, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he established Willamette Dog and Cat Hospital, retiring from practice in 1970. Earlier, Dr. Nicholson conducted poultry research in Puyallup, Washington, and practiced large animal medicine in Snohomish, Washington.

His two sons and a daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.

Steven P. Sanford

Dr. Sanford (Cornell '79), 64, Greensboro, Vermont, died June 8, 2017. A mixed animal veterinarian, he began his career at Sequist Animal Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont, where he focused on bovine medicine. In 1991, Dr. Sanford established Derby Pond Animal Hospital in Derby, Vermont, and, later, Greensboro Animal Hospital in Greensboro.

He is survived by his life partner, Paula Lawrence; a daughter; and his mother. Memorials, with the memo line of the check notated to the CTE Neuropathology Fund, may be made to Boston University CTE Center, Attn: Jason Miller, CTE Center, 72 E. Concord St., Robinson B/7800, Boston, MA 02118,

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