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In Memory – May 23, 2024

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James C. Boswell

Dr. Boswell (Texas A&M ’59), 89, Beaumont, Texas, died September 28, 2023. He owned Boswell Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Beaumont for 40 years prior to retirement. Dr. Boswell was a member of the Texas VMA. A veteran of the Air Force, he attained the rank of captain. Dr. Boswell’s wife, Charloise; two daughters and a son; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Tommy L. Bullard

Dr. Bullard (Texas A&M ’64), 83, Weatherford, Texas, died January 22, 2024. Following graduation, he joined the large animal clinic at Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Bullard became known for his expertise in orthopedic and reproductive medicine, focusing on horses. He subsequently worked several years at racetracks in New Mexico. Dr. Bullard later established Bullard Veterinary Clinic in Weatherford and Bullard Farms near Weatherford, standing several stallions. Following retirement from private practice, he bred, raised, and raced Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses.

A member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Quarter Horse Association, and Texas Equine Veterinary Association, Dr. Bullard was awarded 50-year breeder status from the American Quarter Horse Association. This March, he was inducted posthumously into the Texas Horseracing Hall of Fame. Dr. Bullard is survived by his wife, Dr. Johanna Bullard (Texas A&M ’74), also a veterinarian; a daughter and three sons; and 10 grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Tommy L. Bullard ’64 DVM Endowed Scholarship, Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840; Lope TX (a retired racehorse charity), 901 Darden Hill Road, Driftwood, TX 78619; or Multiple Myeloma Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241.

James F. Cone Jr.

Dr. Cone (Cornell ’65), 88, Napanoch, New York, died November 13, 2023. A small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Napanoch Animal Hospital. Active in his community, Dr. Cone served on the board of directors of the Ellenville Regional Hospital and Ellenville Central School District. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Cone’s wife, Sally; a daughter and a son; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Ellenville Regional Hospital, 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville, NY 12428; Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad, 1 Webster St., Ellenville, NY 12428; or Ellenville Public Library, 40 Center St., Ellenville, NY 12428.

Noel D.M. Lehner

Dr. Lehner (Illinois ’61), 86, Salem, South Carolina, died November 19, 2023. Following graduation, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Lehner subsequently earned his master’s in laboratory animal medicine at Wake Forest University, where he became a member of the faculty and headed the animal resources program. He later served as director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources at Emory University. During his career, Dr. Lehner also served as overseeing veterinarian for Morehouse College School of Medicine.

Known for his expertise in primate medicine, he initiated the use of humane facilities and protocols for nonhuman primates and co-edited the book “Planning and Designing Research Animal Facilities.” Dr. Lehner was a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, served on the board of trustees of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and was a member of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the Georgia Technical Institute.

In 2002, the AALAS honored him with the Joseph J. Garvey Award for accomplishments in administration, education, or support programs related to the care, quality, or humane treatment of laboratory animals. Dr. Lehner’s wife, Betty, and a son and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Thornwell Home for Children, 302 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325.

Dennis J. Macchia

Dr. Macchia (Illinois ’77), 73, Woodridge, Illinois, died September 16, 2023. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Woodridge Animal Hospital until 2011. Dr. Macchia is survived by his wife, Judy; a daughter; and a grandchild.

Nicholas P. Macri

Dr. Macri (Cornell ’90), 59, Albuquerque, New Mexico, died October 18, 2023. He worked for LabCorp in New Jersey for almost 20 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Macri worked for what was known as Huntingdon Life Sciences in New Jersey. His wife, Elizabeth; a son and a daughter; his mother; and four sisters and a brother survive him.

Raymond M. Rosebrough

Dr. Rosebrough (Missouri ’60), 87, Sumner, Texas, died February 26, 2024. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force Veterinary Corps, serving as division veterinarian in Korea. Dr. Rosebrough subsequently practiced in St. Louis; Leipsic, Ohio; and San Angelo, Texas. He later earned a master’s in divinity and served as a pastor in Texas. Dr. Rosebrough is survived by his wife, Twila; a son; and a sister. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090.

Richard L. Wampler

Dr. Wampler (Kansas State ’55), 92, Lincoln, Nebraska, died January 23, 2024. Following graduation, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Wampler subsequently joined Grand Island Veterinary Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, where he worked for 42 years, retiring in 2000. He later served 10 years as a relief veterinarian in Lincoln. Dr. Wampler was a life member of the Nebraska VMA. His wife, Jean; a daughter, two stepdaughters, and a stepson; four grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him. Memorials, toward the accessible walkway project, may be made to First Plymouth Church, 2000 D St., Lincoln, NE 68502.

A version of this story appears in the July 2024 print issue of JAVMA


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