Robert E. Becker (DVM ’55), of Crosslake, Minnesota, died December 15, 2017. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Indiana and Minnesota for more than 40 years. Dr. Becker also was a beef cattle rancher. He was active with the Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association, Crow Wing County Soil & Water Conservation District, Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Masonic Lodge.
Alan F. Berger (DVM ’59), of Ray Township, Michigan, died April 7, 2018. A small animal veterinarian, he founded Macomb Veterinary Associates in Utica, Michigan, where he practiced for 40 years. Dr. Berger helped establish the Humane Society of Southeast Michigan, and served in a leadership role with the Macomb Oakland Management Seminars Group. A member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, he also served on its Information Technology Committee. In 1983, the MVMA honored Dr. Berger with its Merit Award. In 2013, he received the association’s W. Kenneth McKersie Service Award.
Lauriston “Larry” B. Farnsworth (DVM ’43), of Greenville, Michigan, died August 29, 2018. Early in his career, Dr. Farnsworth practiced in Howell and then in Edmore, Michigan during World War II as an essential war service. In 1946, he and his wife, Frances, bought a practice in Litchfield, Michigan, where they lived and ran the practice until her death in 1982. Dr. Farnsworth sold his practice in 1984 and moved to his family’s farm, Farnsworth Farm, with his wife, Lois. While at MSU, Dr. Farnsworth was a founding member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity Chapter. He also was a Spartan Football fan; he held season tickets for 66 years and missed less than 20 games.
Mark L. Griswold (DVM ’76), of Milford, Michigan, died November 1, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Hernando Animal Hospital in Spring Hill, Florida for more than 30 years. Dr. Griswold retired in 2011. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
Samuel M. Grossman (DVM ’43), of Southfield, Michigan, died January 30, 2018. Following graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the Army during World War II, during which time he worked in meat inspection. Dr. Grossman subsequently established Gratiot Animal Clinic in Eastpointe, Michigan, where he practiced small animal medicine until 1995. He then continued working at several practices in the Detroit area until retiring in 2004.
Kathleen A. Lane (DVM ’88), of Wilson, Michigan, died February 4, 2018. Lane owned and operated Best Friends Veterinary Clinic out of her home in Wilson for many years. She was a Sunday school teacher and choir director at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hyde and a member of Sion Lutheran Church in Chatham, Michigan.