In Memory - Jan. 1, 2022

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Haruno S. Graham

Dr. Graham (Illinois ’09), 38, Gilbert, Arizona, died Oct. 12, 2021. She began her career in small animal medicine in Phoenix. Dr. Graham subsequently worked in Portland, Oregon. She then returned to Arizona and practiced in Mesa and Gilbert. Dr. Graham is survived by her husband, Chris; a son and a daughter; her parents; and a sister and a brother. Memorials, toward a college fund for her children, may be made via her Ever Loved website.

Robert F. Kahrs

Dr. Kahrs (Cornell ’54), 91, Colfax, North Carolina, died Oct. 28, 2021. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he was a past dean of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. Kahrs embarked upon a career in large animal medicine in New York state, initially in Interlaken and later in Attica. After earning his PhD in veterinary medicine in 1965 from Cornell University, he joined the veterinary and agricultural faculty at the university. During his tenure at Cornell, Dr. Kahrs taught and served as associate dean and director of veterinary admissions. In 1977, he moved to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he chaired the Department of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Kahrs was named dean of the veterinary college at the University of Missouri in 1982, serving in that capacity until 1992. As dean, he oversaw the rebuilding of the veterinary college and was credited for playing an important role in preventing closure of the college.

Following retirement as dean, Dr. Kahrs worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, involved with trade and import and export issues. He then worked part time as director of international programs for the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. Dr. Kahrs authored several books, including “Viral Diseases of Cattle,” “Global Livestock Health Policy: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies for Effective Action,” and “So You Want to Be a Veterinarian.” He also wrote his autobiography “The Versatile Veterinarian” and compiled the manuscript “A Century of Bovine Medicine at Cornell.”

In 2004, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association honored Dr. Kahrs with the Daniel Elmer Salmon Award for distinguished service to the veterinary college and to the alumni association. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; four children; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Veterinary College Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund, Cornell University, Division of Alumni Affairs and Development, 130 E. Seneca St., Suite 400, Ithaca, NY 14850; Mule Fund or Public Relations Fund, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, W203 Veterinary Medicine Building, Columbia, MO 65211; or Endowment Fund, The Center for Spiritual Living, 1795 Old Moultrie Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Edward L. Menning

Dr. Menning (Ohio State ’55), 90, Beavercreek, Ohio, died Oct. 25, 2021. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force Veterinary Corps with the rank of first lieutenant. During his military career of more than 25 years, Dr. Menning served as base veterinarian at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, Kindley Air Force Base in Bermuda, and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida; earned a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan; was veterinarian for the White House when stationed in Washington, D.C.; and served as chief of the Air Force Veterinary Corps and as assistant surgeon general for veterinary services. He received the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal and retired as a colonel.

Following his military career, Dr. Menning served as executive vice president of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, representing the association in the AVMA House of Delegates. He was a member of the governing council of the American Public Health Association and was a past president of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, District of Columbia VMA, and the former Association of Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine. In 1977, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine named Dr. Menning a Distinguished Alumnus. He received the ACVPM Distinguished Diplomate Award in 1997. In 2000, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Society honored Dr. Menning with an Alumni Recognition Award. He is survived by three children, a sister, and a brother.

Kent C. Roberts

Dr. Roberts  (Cornell ’51), 95, Williamsburg, Virginia, died Aug. 24, 2021. Following graduation, he established Loudon Animal Hospital in Purcellville, Virginia, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for nearly 30 years. In 1980, Dr. Roberts joined the faculty of the newly founded Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, an institution he helped establish with his service on the Virginia Veterinary Medicine Study Commission. During his tenure at the college, he served as director of extension, was steward of continuing education programs for veterinary practitioners and veterinary organizations, and served as interim director of the college’s teaching hospital. Dr. Roberts retired as a professor emeritus in 1995.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, he was a past president of the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia VMA, and American Association of Extension Veterinarians. In 1974, Dr. Roberts was named Virginia VMA Veterinarian of the Year. In 2009, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine honored him with the John N. Dalton Award for his contributions toward the college and to the veterinary profession. Dr. Roberts established the C.R. Roberts Professorship in Clinical Veterinary Medicine at the veterinary college in honor of his father, who was also a veterinarian, Dr. Clarence R. Roberts (Cornell ’22).

Dr. Kent Roberts, a World War II veteran, served in the Navy. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters and a son; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother. Memorials may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program, 240 North Higgins, Suite 2, Missoula, MT 59802.

Kenneth W. Rye

Dr. Rye (Minnesota ’55), 90, Bullhead City, Arizona, died July 15, 2021. A mixed animal veterinarian, he practiced in Glencoe, Minnesota, from 1961-94. Earlier, Dr. Rye worked in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. He was a lifetime member of the Minnesota VMA. Dr. Rye is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons and a daughter; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Glenn M. Schwab

Dr. Schwab (Missouri ’64), 84, Stilwell, Kansas, died Aug. 30, 2021. Following graduation, he joined a mixed animal practice in Stilwell, where he was a partner until retirement in 2013. Dr. Schwab served as a captain in the Army. His wife, Molly; five children; and nine grandchildren survive him.

Lewis Randall Smith

Dr. Smith (Oklahoma ’64), 81, Pecatonica, Illinois, died Sept. 19, 2021. Following graduation, he served as a captain in the Army for two years. Dr. Smith then established Pecatonica Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until retirement in 1998. His wife, Barbara, and three daughters survive him.

JoAnn Stackowicz

Dr. Stackowicz (Michigan State ’88), 67, Gladwin, Michigan, died May 16, 2021. She practiced small animal medicine in Michigan’s Gladwin County. Dr. Stackowicz also taught and tutored mathematics at Mid Michigan College in Harrison. Her two sisters survive her.

Charles M. Stafford

Dr. Stafford (Kansas State ’78), 79, Windsor, California, died July 23, 2021. Following graduation, he worked in Sacramento, California. In 1982, Dr. Stafford established Lakewood Hills Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Windsor. Later in his career, he also established Coastal Veterinary Services, a mobile practice. Dr. Stafford’s  wife, Linda; a son, two daughters, three stepsons, and a stepdaughter; 12 grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Milton Wyman

Dr. Wyman (Ohio State ’63), 90, Delaware, Ohio, died Sept. 27, 2021. A founding member and a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, he was a professor for more than 25 years at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he developed one of the first residency programs in veterinary ophthalmology. During his tenure, Dr. Wyman taught in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, served as chief of comparative ophthalmology and small animal medicine and surgery, was associate dean for academic and student affairs, and had an appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He retired as a professor emeritus in 1989. Dr. Wyman went on to teach veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania for a few years and practiced at MedVet Columbus in Worthington, Ohio, for several years. He also served as a consultant with several organizations, including the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Wyman was a past president of the ACVO and Ohio VMA and served on the AVMA Council on Education. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine named him a Distinguished Alumnus in 1992 and also honored him with an Alumni Recognition Award in 2003. Dr. Wyman was a recipient of the OVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award and OVMA Distinguished Service Award and received teaching awards from The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His wife, Marlyn; a son and a daughter; six grandchildren; and two brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Milton Wyman Residency Fund in Veterinary Ophthalmology, The Ohio State University Foundation, 14 E. 15th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201; to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 45 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015; or to Andrews House, a nonprofit community center, and sent to 39 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015.

A version of this article appears in the Jan. 1, 2022, print issue of JAVMA.