In Memory – August 17, 2023

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Lewis C. Gore

Dr. Gore (Auburn '63), 85, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, died January 6, 2023. He was the founder of Elizabethtown Animal Hospital, where he practiced mixed animal medicine prior to retirement. Dr. Gore later served as a relief veterinarian in Florida and in Kentucky around Louisville and Hardin County.

His wife, Jana; a son and three daughters; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Severns Valley Baptist Church, 1100 Ring Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

Wallace L. Kleb

Dr. Kleb (Texas A&M '57), 89, Houston, died May 30, 2023. He practiced small animal medicine in Houston prior to retirement in 1995. Dr. Kleb also helped develop emergency veterinary clinics in the Houston area. He is survived by two sons and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5000 W. Tidwell Road, Houston, TX 77091; Pregnancy Crisis Center, 1016 Broadway, Marble Falls, TX 78654; or International Cooperating Ministries, 1901 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.

Aaron F. Lewis

Lewis (Purdue '25), 24, West Lafayette, Indiana, died June 10, 2023. He was a rising third-year student at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Lewis aimed to become a large animal veterinarian. While an undergraduate student at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, he was active with the Jefferson City Animal Shelter. At Purdue, he joined the veterinary college's League of VetaHumanz as a future veterinarian. Lewis is survived by his parents and two sisters.

William E. Noble

Dr. Noble (Washington State '58), 92, Hayward, California, died May 22, 2023. Following graduation, he practiced large animal medicine in Kalispell, Montana. In 1964, Dr. Noble moved to Hayward and founded the Noble Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced small animal medicine for 40 years. He also helped establish a veterinary emergency clinic in California's Alameda County. Dr. Noble was a past president of the Sierra and Alameda County VMAs and the Boys and Girls Club of Hayward. He is survived by his wife, Alayne; three daughters and a son; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials in his name may be made to the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 1167, Davis, CA 95617, or the Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward CA 94544.

Ralph W. Storts

Dr. Storts (Ohio State '57), 90, Fort Collins, Colorado, died July 18, 2023. He began his career as an instructor at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Storts subsequently served as an instructor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1966, he became a professor in what is now known as the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, retiring in 2006 as a professor emeritus.

Dr. Storts was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. In 1998, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine named him a Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Storts also received awards for achievements in teaching from the Texas VMA and the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children; and seven grandchildren.

A version of this story appears in the October 2023 print issue of JAVMA

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