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December 15, 2020


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Daniel L. Bowman

Dr. Bowman (Georgia ’67), 78, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, died July 10, 2020. He practiced small animal medicine in Huntingdon County for more than 40 years prior to retirement in 2013. Dr. Bowman also provided his services to the Huntingdon County Humane Society. Early in his career, he served as a captain in the Army. Dr. Bowman was a past president of the Huntingdon Rotary Club and chaired the Board of Health of the Borough of Huntingdon. His wife, Patricia; a son and a daughter; three grandchildren; and a sister and two brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, 11371 School House Hollow Road, Huntingdon, PA 16652.

Frederick J. Burke Sr.

Dr. Burke (Tuskegee ’54), 91, St. Louis, died July 3, 2020. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a supervisory medical officer prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Burke served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Edith; three sons and a daughter; and three stepsisters.

Davis G. Kelly

Kelly (Georgia ’22), 24, Athens, Georgia, died July 3, 2020. He was a third-year student and president of his class at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Kelly most recently worked as an assistant at several veterinary clinics. He was a member of the Student AVMA. Kelly is survived by his parents and two sisters. Memorials may be made to the Davis Kelly UGA Vet School Memorial Scholarship, Development & Alumni Relations, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

Yuval Nir

Dr. Nir, 63, Naperville, Illinois, died July 6, 2020. A 1985 veterinary graduate of the University of Parma in Italy, he continued his education at Kansas State University, where he earned a master’s in veterinary surgery and medicine in 1988. Dr. Nir went on to practice small animal, exotic, and emergency medicine in the Chicago area and became the owner of The-vet.net Animal Clinic in Naperville. Active in organized veterinary medicine, he was a past president of the Chicago VMA and Chicago Veterinary Medical Foundation and was a member of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Nir is survived by three children, his mother, and two siblings.

Thomas W. Wanous

Dr. Wanous (Minnesota ’59), 84, Minneapolis, died Oct. 17, 2020. Following graduation, he served as a captain in the Army in France. Dr. Wanous subsequently joined what is now known as Woodlake Veterinary Hospital in Richfield, Minnesota. In 1978, he traveled to Kenya, where he was based at Daystar University in Nairobi, working with local churches to provide veterinary and community development workshops in Kenya and surrounding east African countries. Dr. Wanous provided professional support and consulted with missionaries and Christian leaders via the Christian Veterinary Mission, Daystar University, and Literacy & Evangelism International, also visiting villages and helping improve the health of livestock.

Upon his return to the United States in the early 1980s, he resumed practice in Minnesota. Dr. Wanous continued to be active with the Christian Veterinary Mission and Daystar University and volunteered in local ministries well into retirement. He is survived by his wife, Bette; three daughters and two sons; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild, and a brother. Memorials may be made to the Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

Donald C. Wilson

Dr. Wilson (Guelph ’66), 79, Calgary, Alberta, died July 5, 2020. During his career, he practiced large animal medicine in Ontario for eight years, was involved in commercial embryo transfer for three years in Ontario, and worked in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry for almost 30 years, including at Bayer Inc. Dr. Wilson served on the board of directors of the Canadian Animal Health Institute and was a founding member of the Vintage Veterinary Exhibit Association. He is survived by a brother and a sister. Memorials may be made to the Vintage Veterinary Exhibit Association, Box 702, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada T4C-1A8, or OVC 1966 Legacy Scholarship, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road E., Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1.

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