In Memory – Oct. 27, 2022

October 27, 2022

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Blair H. Campbell

Dr. Campbell (Cornell ’60), 86, Rutland, Vermont, died April 22, 2022. Following graduation, he moved to Vermont, where he established Mendon Animal Clinic in Mendon and Eastwood Animal Hospital in Rutland. During his career, Dr. Campbell also served as a professor at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. He is survived by his life partner, Donna Gilman; two children; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Master Gardeners Program, University of Vermont, 63 Carrigan Drive, Jeffords Hall, Room 206, Burlington, VT 05405, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116.

Nancy W. Craig

Dr. Craig (Pennsylvania ’77), 75, Pacifica, California, died Sept. 15, 2022. Following graduation, she practiced in Maryland before moving to the San Francisco Bay area, working initially for humane societies, including the Peninsula Humane Society. In 1986, Dr. Craig co-founded Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital in Pacifica. She retired in 2012. Dr. Craig is survived by her life partner, Jane Turrel. Memorials may be made to the Peninsula Humane Society, 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Janette Friel

Dr. Friel (Florida ’83), 82, Eugene, Oregon, died Aug. 4, 2022. Following graduation and after completing an internship at Auburn University, she served as an associate veterinarian at Ansley Animal Clinic in Atlanta. Dr. Friel subsequently established Inman Park Animal Hospital in Atlanta, where she practiced until retirement. She is survived by her spouse, Nancy Curran. Memorials may be made to Freedom From Religion Foundation, P.O. Box 750, Madison, WI 53701; Atlanta Humane Society, 1551 Perry Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318; or Food for Lane County, 770 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97402.

Donald H. Fritz

Dr. Fritz (Cornell ’54), 92, Peterborough, New Hampshire, died Aug. 12, 2022. Following graduation, he co-established Tenney, Fritz, and Combs Animal Hospital in Peterborough. Dr. Fritz was a past president of the New Hampshire and New England VMAs and served on the New Hampshire Board of Veterinary Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two sons, a daughter, and stepchildren; a grandchild and stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandchild and stepgreat-grandchildren. One son, Dr. Derek Fritz (Cornell ’85), is also a veterinarian.

Jerrold Michaels

Dr. Michaels (Illinois ’58), 88, Crystal Lake, Illinois, died April 6, 2022. Following graduation, he practiced in Homewood, Illinois. Dr. Michaels subsequently established Fox Valley Animal Hospital in Crystal Lake, retiring in 2015. He was a member of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Michaels served on the board of directors of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Crystal Lake. He is survived by his wife, Marian; two daughters; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorials, toward the Jerrold and Marian Michaels Veterinary Scholarship Fund, may be sent to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Advancement, Suite 3516, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61802.

Dewey E. Monty

Dr. Monty (Colorado State ’57), 90, Mesa, Arizona, died Sept. 9, 2022. Following graduation, he served as assistant state veterinarian of Arizona. Dr. Monty subsequently established Monty Veterinary Clinic in Flagstaff, Arizona. He later earned his master’s in comparative pathology and physiology from the University of California-Davis and his doctorate in physiology from Utah State University. Dr. Monty then began a career in academia, serving as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and as a professor at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, retiring from the latter as a professor emeritus in 1994.

While in academia, he also assisted in the development of veterinary education and livestock disease control programs in developing countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, and Somalia, via the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank. In addition, Dr. Monty received a Fulbright Award to lecture at the Saints Cyril and Methodius University in the country of North Macedonia.

He was a past president of the Arizona and Central Arizona VMAs and Arizona Academy of Veterinary Practice; helped develop AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs in Arizona; and was a life member of the Nepal Veterinary Association. Dr. Monty was named Arizona VMA Veterinarian of the Year in 1997 and 2005 and was inducted into the AzVMA Hall of Fame in 2011. His wife, Dorothy; two daughters; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him.

Russell M. Shoji

Dr. Shoji (Tuskegee ’91), 61, Honolulu, died June 9, 2022. He most recently practiced small animal medicine at VCA University Animal Hospital in Honolulu. Dr. Shoji was a member of the Hawaii VMA. He is survived by his wife, Laureen; a daughter; three stepchildren; and a brother and a sister.

Sharon A. Sickles

Dr. Sickles (Cornell ’99), 69, Endicott, New York, died April 13, 2022. During her career, she worked at several research laboratories in various capacities, including serving as director of clinical services and research compliance. Dr. Sickles’ two brothers survive her. Memorials may be made to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 N. McKinley Ave., Endicott, NY 13760.

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A version of this article appears in the December 2022 print issue of JAVMA.