In Memory – May 9, 2024

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Cordell W.J. Chang

Dr. Chang (Washington State ’79), 78, Mililani, Hawaii, died January 19, 2024. He practiced small animal medicine with the Naito Animal Clinic group. Dr. Chang also raised canaries. He served as Hawaii’s delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates for several years and was active with the Honolulu Veterinary Society. Dr. Chang’s wife, Debra, and a brother survive him.

Barbara Jeffords Crews

Dr. Crews (Texas A&M ’78), 69, El Paso, Texas, died December 12, 2023. She co-owned Crossroads Animal Hospital in El Paso. Dr. Crews is survived by her husband, William, and a sister. Memorials may be made to Bridge Center, Unit 159, Box 3080, El Paso, TX 79923.

Bruce C. Hansen

Dr. Hansen (Illinois ’62), 86, Vincentown, New Jersey, died February 8, 2024. Following graduation, he served in the Army for a few years. Dr. Hansen subsequently joined a mixed animal practice in Wrightstown, New Jersey, eventually taking over the practice and focusing on equine medicine. He was a founding member of the New Jersey Trail Riders Association. Dr. Hansen is survived by his wife, Mae; a daughter; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514.

Ronald C. Jensen

Dr. Jensen (Iowa State ’62), 85, Davis, California, died February 12, 2024. An equine veterinarian, he was a commission veterinarian for the Illinois Racing Board for more than 30 years, subsequently serving 10 years as equine medical director with the California Horse Racing Board via the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis). Dr. Jensen later worked for a decade with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety & Integrity Alliance’s accreditation inspection team.

Active with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), he served on the AAEP board of directors and several of its committees; was an adviser for the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium and the Association of Racing Commissioners International; and was a founding member and past president of the International Group of Specialists Racing Veterinarians.

In retirement, Dr. Jensen was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Davis and active with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC-Davis. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two daughters; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to the School of Veterinary Medicine DVM Scholarship Fund, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616, or Kiwanis Club of Davis Foundation, P.O. Box 2122, Davis, CA 95617.

Paul G. Schneible

Dr. Schneible (Cornell ’69), 79, Perry, New York, died November 27, 2023. He was a founding partner at Perry Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced for more than 40 years. Dr. Schneible later worked for VIP Petcare. He served on the New York State Board of Regents for several terms. Dr. Schneible is survived by his wife, Theresa; two daughters; and a brother. One daughter, Dr. Susan M. Schneible (Ross ’04), is also a veterinarian. Memorials may be made to the Perry Education Foundation, 33 Watkins Ave., Perry, NY 14530.

Scott P. Tripp

Dr. Tripp (Colorado State ’82), 70, Logan, Utah, died January 3, 2024. He worked for Amelicor in Utah, providing consultation and technical services to dairies nationwide. Prior to that, Dr. Tripp practiced at Bridgerland-Cache Animal Hospital in Logan and co-owned Valley Veterinary Services in Richmond, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Judy Smith; two daughters and two sons; eight grandchildren; and three siblings.

James L. Turbok

Dr. Turbok (Michigan State ’57), 90, Deckerville, Michigan, died March 21, 2024. Following graduation, he moved to Deckerville, where he co-founded what was known as Deckerville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Turbok was active with the 4-H Club and served on the Deckerville Community Hospital board of directors. His son, daughter, seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to Deckerville Community Hospital, 3559 Pine St., Deckerville, MI 48427, or Downing Cemetery Association, 3099 Rangeline Road, Deckerville, MI 48427.

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