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Steven W. Anderson

Dr. Anderson (Minnesota '60), 81, Mankato, Minnesota, died Jan. 16, 2018. Following graduation, he served in the Army for two years, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Anderson then owned a mixed animal practice in Madelia, Minnesota, for 40 years. Active in his community, he served on the Madelia Community Education Advisory Council and Watonwan County Early Childhood Initiative. Dr. Anderson was a past president of the Watonwan County Historical Society and Rotary Club of Madelia.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three daughters and two sons; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Watonwan County Historical Society, P.O. Box 126, 423 Dill Ave. SW, Madelia, MN 56062, or Rotary Club of Madelia, Amberfield Community Room, 227 Drew Ave. SE, 2nd Floor, Madelia, MN 56062.

Jeffrey G. Hunchar

Dr. Hunchar (Pennsylvania '79), 72, West Chester, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 31, 2018. Following graduation, he worked as an associate veterinarian at Dover Veterinary Hospital in Dover, New Hampshire. In 1981, Dr. Hunchar established Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Northwood, New Hampshire, where he practiced small animal medicine until 1989.

He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania for a residency in avian medicine and pathology, after which he worked in poultry health and vaccine production for almost 25 years. During that time, Dr. Hunchar served as director of poultry health and veterinary services with Hubbard Farms in Walpole, New Hampshire; was product development manager for American Cyanamid in Princeton, New Jersey; served as vice president of animal health and nutrition for Arkion Life Sciences in Wilmington, Delaware; and was a staff veterinarian at Merck & Co. in West Point, Pennsylvania. Upon retirement from Merck in 2010, he consulted for five years as a veterinary medical field officer for Sanofi Pasteur in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hunchar was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. His wife, Nancy; a daughter and a son; and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Agnes Church, 233 W. Gay St., West Chester, PA 19380.

Billy G. Johnson

Dr. Johnson (Texas A&M '59), 82, Bowie, Maryland, died April 7, 2018. He retired in 1994 as deputy administrator of Veterinary Services with the Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Earlier in his career with the USDA, Dr. Johnson served as a field veterinarian with the Agricultural Research Service. In 1991, he received a Presidential Rank Award from the secretary of agriculture. Dr. Johnson served as a captain in the Air Force. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was a past president of the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Anita; a daughter; and three grandchildren.

William H. Kubecka

Dr. Kubecka (Texas A&M '71), 69, Palacios, Texas, died April 30, 2018. A mixed animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Palacios Veterinary Clinic. An avid farmer and a longtime advocate for agriculture, Dr. Kubecka was a past president of the National Sorghum Producers and Texas Sorghum Association and a past director of the U.S. Grains Council. His wife, Maxine; three sons; six grandchildren; and 10 brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 209 Lucas Ave., Palacios, TX 77465, or Houston Hospice El Campo, 1102 N Mechanic St., El Campo, TX 77437.

J. Brent Rollins

Dr. Rollins (Colorado State '67), 74, Cave Creek, Arizona, died Jan. 27, 2018. Following graduation, he served as a captain in the Army for three years. Dr. Rollins then completed an equine internship at the University of California-Davis before taking over Paradise Valley Animal Hospital in Phoenix. He later co-established Chaparral Equine Hospital in Cave Creek. The practice subsequently expanded to include small animals and was renamed Chaparral Animal Hospital, finally becoming Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center.

Dr. Rollins retired in 2012. In retirement, he taught equine reproduction at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona, for two years. Dr. Rollins served as veterinarian for the Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary for more than a decade. A life member of the Arizona VMA, he was inducted posthumously into the AzVMA Hall of Fame in May 2018.

Dr. Rollins is survived by his wife, Francie; five children; 26 grandchildren; and three siblings. Memorials, toward Acute Myeloid Leukemia Research, may be made to the Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, notating AML Research under "Other Designation," or Foothills Food Bank, P.O. Box 715, Carefree, AZ 85377.

Frederick A. Wood

Dr. Wood (Ohio State '62), 80, Gahanna, Ohio, died Jan. 28, 2018. He owned Woodside Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Marietta, Ohio, for 20 years. Dr. Wood later worked for the state of Ohio in public health. He was a past member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. Dr. Wood's wife, Gail; a son; two grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren survive him.

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