Douglas H. Anderson, ’68 DVM, Roswell, Minn., died Dec. 31, 2017, at age 79. Anderson had a private practice for more than 20 years in Woodland Park, Colo. Anderson started his career with the USDA in 1984, working with cattle until he retired in 2001. Doug is survived by his wife, Kathryn; 1 child; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
Steven W. Anderson, ’60 DVM, Mankato, Minn., died Jan. 16 at age 81. Anderson treated both large and small animals in private practice for 40 years. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Christine, and survived by his wife, Pat; 5 children; 17 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
Ervin J. Baas, ’60 DVM, Richmond, Virg., died April 25 at age 86. Baas eventually obtained his PhD from University of California-Davis in comparative pathology and laboratory animal medicine in 1971. He was inducted into the Phi Zeta Society of Veterinary Medicine and was an animal disease investigator for the National Institutes of Health. Baas was licensed in Minnesota, Iowa, California, Maryland, and Virginia. He was a member of the College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Association (50 years), American Association of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and Laboratory Animal Practitioners Association. He is survived by his wife, Avis; 2 children; and 2 grandchildren.
Henry J. Blohm, ’52 DVM, Kiester, Minn., died Nov. 24, 2017, at age 94. Blohm received his bachelor’s from S.A.U.U., the then-agricultural college at the U of M in 1942. After serving as a medic in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, he used the GI Bill to return to the U for his DVM. Blohm worked in private practice. He is predeceased by his wife, Doris; and survived by 6 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Gerald A. Dahl, ’66 DVM, Park River, N.D., died Nov. 24, 2017, at age 75. Dahl worked in private practice. He was a lifetime member of the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association and Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. The North Dakota Veterinary Association named him Veterinarian of the Year in 2015.
Raymond L. Grefe, ’54 DVM, Walnut Grove, Minn., died Feb. 22 at age 90. Grefe was a large and small animal veterinarian in the Walnut Grove and Westbrook areas for over 40 years, with his own private practice. He also served as Walnut Grove’s mayor for 13 years. He is predeceased by his wife, Joni; and his daughter, Ann. Grefe is survived by 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Wayne O. Hagen, ’72 DVM, ’89 PhD, Belgrade, Minn., died April 27 at age 70. Hagen owned the Belgrade Veterinary Clinic from 1972 to 1987 when he left practice and went on to earn a PhD in veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota. He then began employment at NutriBasics (now Trouw) of Willmar, Minn. Hagen is survived by his wife, Mary; 2 daughters; and 1 granddaughter.
Lois E. Harmon, ’97 DVM, Becker, Minn., died Feb. 17 at age 63. Harmon was a shelter veterinarian at the Tri-County Humane Society for 13 years, during which time the Tri-County Humane Society estimates that she cared for more than 40,000 animals.
Eugene K. Karnis, ’54 DVM, Miltona, Minn., died Jan. 17 at age 90. Karnis was a partner at the Alexandria Veterinary Clinic. He is predeceased by his first wife, Pat (1985) and his second wife, Twyla (2014). He is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
George A. Lakes, ’56 DVM, Oxnard, Calif., died April 19 at age 90. Lakes worked for the California State Bureau of Poultry Inspection and Mackey Animal Hospital. He opened his own practice, Lake’s Pet Clinic, in 1961. He is survived by his wife, Arline; 4 children; and 3 grandchildren.
Daryl D. Larson, ’77 DVM, Paynesville, Minn., died April 24 at age 65. Larson worked as a veterinarian in the poultry and swine industry. He owned multiple hog confinements in Iowa.
William V. Lumb, DVM, ’57 PhD, Fort Collins, Colo., died Feb. 3 at age 96. Lumb received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1943 and his PhD from CVM in 1957. He taught small animal surgery and medicine at Colorado State University and taught in the small animal clinic and did research at Michigan State University. In 1963, Bill was made Director of the Surgical Laboratory at Colorado State, where he developed a graduate teaching and research program in surgery and anesthesiology. He was a Past President and Founding Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Founding Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. Lumb was the recipient of The ACVS Founders’ Award for Career Achievement. He was an External Examiner at the faculty of veterinary medicine in Kabete, Kenya, and a consultant to the faculties of veterinary Medicine in Libya and the Sudan. He held the first patent for a complete prosthetic vertebra and a second for spinal plates. Lumb is survived by his wife, Lilly; 1 child; and 2 grandchildren.
Donald O. Manthei, ’54 DVM, Mesa, Ariz., died March 29 at age 91. Manthei was a dog trainer while serving in the U.S. Army, and many of the service dogs he trained went on to Vietnam. He was a partner at the Melrose Veterinary Clinic in Melrose, Minn. Manthei is predeceased by his son, Michael, and survived by his wife, Maxine; 5 children; and 7 grandchildren.
Roger W. Meads, ’63 DVM, Hortonville, Wis., died April 7, 2017, at age 83. Meads practiced veterinary medicine at the Heritage Animal Hospital in Hortonville for 46 years. He was a proponent of preventative herd health management. He is survived by his wife, Stannye; 3 children; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Roland “Rollie” C. Olson, ’57 DVM, St. Paul, Minn., died June 8 at age 85. From 1987 to 2002, he served as executive director of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. Olson served as a member and President of the CVM’s Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and worked with his classmates to establish the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum at the University of Minnesota. Olson was a consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Military Public Health. He was also the recipient of the Legion of Merit Award for exceptional meritorious conduct in outstanding services to the United States as Command Veterinarian, and Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Service Award. He is survived by his wife, Muriel J. Bebeau; 2 children; 2 stepchildren; and 7 grandchildren.
Lowell L. Patterson, ’54 DVM, Whitehall, Wis., died Nov. 4, 2017, at age 90. Patterson established the Whitehall Veterinary Service and served the veterinary needs of Trempealeau, Jackson, and Buffalo counties in dairy herd health and management with emphasis on dairy production. He is predeceased by his first wife, Clara Mae; and 1 son. He is survived by his second wife, Shirley; 6 children; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Bennett J. Porter, Jr., ’61 DVM, Wayzata, Minn., died Dec. 14, 2017, at age 86. Porter was founder and owner of Westgate Pet Clinic from 1971 to 1995. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Jean. He is survived by 4 children, including Bennett Porter III, class of 1982, and Thayer Porter, class of 1959. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Darold L Strandberg, ’57 DVM, Alma Center, Wis., died April 12 at age 90. Strandberg served in the Korean war and received the Purple Heart after being seriously wounded in action on March 8, 1951. After Korea, he attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth before attending the CVM. He began his practice in Alma Center shortly after graduating. He served on the Wisconsin Veterinary Examination Board and belonged to the American Jersey Cattle Association, serving on the board of directors and as vice president. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia, and is survived by 5 children; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Janet D. Veit, ’96 DVM, La Crescent, Minn., died May 20 at age 48. Viet worked as a veterinarian at Hillside Animal Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. for 22 years.
Frederick M. Wells, ’61 DVM, Berlin, Wis., died Jan. 30 at age 86. Upon graduating from CVM, Wells purchased the Berlin Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced for 35 years. He is predeceased by his first wife, Kathy, and his daughter, Beth. Wells is survived by his second wife, Sylvia; 2 children; 2 grandchildren; and 5 step-children.
Robert A. Williams, ’60 DVM, Olympia, Wash., died April 16 at age 86. Williams had practices in Minnesota, Illinois, Vermont, Colorado, and Washington state. He also was a USDA Federal Veterinary Medical Officer in charge of shipping animals around the world from SeaTac and sea ports. Williams is survived by his wife, Georgia Mae; 4 children; 10 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.