Published on September 25, 2019

AVMA member

AVMA honor roll member


Wendy K. Buster

Dr. Buster (Florida '05), 39, Apopka, Florida, died May 23, 2019. She practiced small animal medicine at Eustis Veterinary Hospital in Eustis, Florida. Dr. Buster is survived by her husband, Jeremy; her mother; and two brothers.

Kenneth I. Gumaer Jr.

Dr. Gumaer (Cornell '76), 72, Middleport, New York, died Aug. 2, 2019. Following graduation, he joined Ridge Animal Hospital in Middleport, where he became a partner and practiced large animal medicine for more than 40 years. Dr. Gumaer also operated LadyBug Farm in Middleport, where he raised Simmental cattle.

He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Simmental Association, Pennsylvania Simmental Association, New York Beef Producers' Association, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and Western New York VMA. Active with the 4-H Club, Dr. Gumaer led the 4-H Beef Program via the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. He was an Army veteran, serving as a lieutenant during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Gumaer is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, a daughter, and three stepchildren; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother and a sister. Memorials may be made to Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H, Beef and Dairy Program, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094, or The Warrior House of Western New York, a veterans service organization, at 10314 Johnson Road, Middleport, NY 14105.

Eric L. Malaker

Dr. Malaker (Illinois '87), 57, Rochelle, Illinois, died May 4, 2019. He was recently retired from his mixed animal practice in Rochelle. Dr. Malaker is survived by his wife, Joanna; two sons and a stepson; a grandchild; his parents; and two brothers and two sisters.

Ronaldean Pawlisch

Dr. Pawlisch (Minnesota '54), 94, Brodhead, Wisconsin, died July 24, 2019. He practiced dairy and livestock medicine at Brodhead Veterinary Service from 1954 until retirement in 1991. Dr. Pawlisch conducted research in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin and was instrumental in the discovery of an early documented case on the transmission of swine influenza from pigs to humans. He also helped organize a disease-free hog program in the area.

Dr. Pawlisch was a past president and a past chair of the executive board of the Wisconsin VMA. He was also a past president of the Rock Valley VMA. Dr. Pawlisch served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association from 1988-94. In 1994, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences honored him with an Honorary Recognition Award for his service to the Brodhead area and for his research work with the college.

Dr. Pawlisch was active with the National FFA Organization and helped establish the 4-H program in veterinary science in Wisconsin's Green County. He served on the agriculture advisory board at Brodhead High School and worked with the Green County Agricultural Chest. Dr. Pawlisch was a past mayor of Brodhead and a past president of the local Jaycees organization. In 1979, the Jaycees honored him with a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Pawlisch was active with Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever and was a member of the Sugar River Pheasant Club.

A veteran of the Navy, he was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Pawlisch is survived by a son, two daughters, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. His son, Dr. Ray A. Pawlisch (Michigan State '82), practices at Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center. Memorials may be made to Brodhead United Methodist Church, 501 1st Center Ave., Brodhead, WI 53520.

Sam E. Wolf

Dr. Wolf (Colorado State '88), 61, Mesa, Arizona, died April 2, 2019. Following graduation, he began his career at Arizona Avenue Animal Hospital in Chandler, Arizona, where he practiced small animal medicine for 14 years. Dr. Wolf subsequently established Higley Road Animal Clinic in Gilbert, Arizona, owning the practice until 2015, after which he worked there part time until his death.

He served in the Coast Guard from 1975-79. Dr. Wolf's wife, Deborah; a son; his mother; and four siblings survive him.