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In Memory – Sept 29, 2022

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Deron Collins Sr.

Dr. Collins (Georgia ’53), 94, Merritt Island, Florida, died July 10, 2022. In 1959, he founded Collins Veterinary Clinic on Merritt Island, where he practiced until 1989. Prior to that, Dr. Collins worked in central Florida, testing cattle for infectious diseases. His daughter, five sons, nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a sister survive him. A son, Dr. Byron K. Collins (Georgia ’82), is a veterinary ophthalmologist in Florida.

Richard C. Grambow

Dr. Grambow (Cornell ’57), 88, Durham, North Carolina, died Jan. 27, 2022. He owned Fairmount Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Syracuse, New York, for more than 25 years.

Dr. Grambow was a past chair of the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service, a past president of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and what was known as the North American Veterinary Conference, and a past chair of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Advisory Council. He also served on the Cornell University Council and the executive board of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Alumni Association and was active with the Central New York VMA.

In 1990, Dr. Grambow was named the NYSVMS’ Veterinarian of the Year. He received Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Daniel Elmer Salmon Award for Distinguished Alumni Service in 1994. In 1996, Dr. Grambow was inducted into the Veterinary Medicine Academy of the National Academies of Practice. He was honored with a NYSVMS Distinguished Life Service Award in 2000. In 2005, Dr. Grambow received the Cornell Alumni Association’s Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award.

He established the Veterinary Class of 1957 Veterinary College Memorial Scholarship and the Grambow Family Scholarship at Cornell University. Dr. Grambow is survived by his wife, Barbara; three daughters; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother. Memorials toward the Grambow Family Scholarship may be made to Cornell University, P.O. Box 37334, Boone, IA 50037.

Constance Carr Houk

Dr. Houk (Virginia-Maryland ’86), 63, Warrenton, Virginia, died April 4, 2022. She practiced small animal medicine at the Animal Care Center of Warrenton since 2012. Earlier in her career, Dr. Houk worked at Marshall Veterinary Clinic and Valley Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center in Marshall, Virginia. She was a member of the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Houk’s companion, Clayton Voigt; two daughters and a son; two grandchildren; and two sisters survive her. Memorials may be made to the Fauquier Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 9350 Rogues Road, Midland, VA 22728.

Harold A. Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins (Cornell ’57), 88, Baldwinsville, New York, died March 4, 2022. Following graduation, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Central Square, New York. From 1960-98, Dr. Jenkins owned Beaver Lake Animal Hospital in Baldwinsville. He later served as a relief veterinarian until 2012. During his career, Dr. Jenkins also co-established an emergency veterinary clinic in Syracuse, New York; provided training to staff members pursuing an education in veterinary technology; and co-founded an exhibit to view small animal surgeries at the New York State Fair.

He was a member of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the Central New York VMA. Dr. Jenkins served on the local school board and chamber of commerce and was a member of the Rotary Club. His wife, Marylyn; three sons and a daughter; and five grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Veterinary Class of 1957 Veterinary College Memorial Scholarship, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 602 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Eugene A. Miekley

Dr. Miekley (Missouri ’57), 88, Purdy, Missouri, died June 20, 2022. Following graduation, he established a practice in Cassville, Missouri. Dr. Miekley also owned a dairy farm and raised beef cattle. He served as president of the Barry County Farmers Co-Op and was a member of the Cassville Rotary Club. Dr. Miekley is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two brothers. Memorials may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, 3132 N. Fairhaven Loop, Strafford, MO 65757.

John E. Post

Dr. Post (Cornell ’58), 96, Charlottesville, Virginia, died March 12, 2022. Following graduation, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Middlebury, Vermont. From 1962-79, Dr. Post served on the veterinary faculty of Cornell University. During that time, he earned a doctorate in veterinary pathology. Dr. Post later joined the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science at the University of Connecticut, where he served as director of diagnostic testing services. He also conducted research on animal diseases, focusing on Lyme disease in dogs, cattle, and horses.

Dr. Post was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Lois; four daughters and two sons; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorials, toward the Opus 77 Capital Improvement Project, may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 43, Keswick, VA 22947.

David Tayman

Dr. Tayman (Michigan State ’69), 75, Columbia, Maryland, died May 28, 2022. Following graduation, he worked in College Park, Maryland. In 1974, Dr. Tayman founded Columbia Animal Hospital. He went on to establish several other practices in the area and served as the columnist for the Ask the Vet column in the Baltimore Sun for several years. Dr. Tayman also helped develop Mutt Mitt, a disposal program for pet waste in Howard County, and a program to protect the pets of victims of domestic violence. He retired in 2016.

Dr. Tayman was a past president of the Maryland VMA. In 2001, he was named the Maryland VMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Tayman was a member of the Howard County Board of Health, Howard Hospital Foundation, and Howard County Chamber of Commerce. His wife, April; two daughters; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, 2490 Giles Road, Baltimore, MD 21225.

Sheridan L. Weaver Jr.

Dr. Weaver (Ohio State ’46), 98, Youngstown, Ohio, died Feb. 13, 2022. He owned Weaver Veterinary Clinic in Boardman, Ohio, where he practiced for 40 years prior to retirement. Dr. Weaver is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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