Kenneth R. Butcher (DVM ’57), of Hart, Michigan, died January 19, 2017. Following graduation, he founded Hart Animal Clinic, where he practiced until retirement in 1995. Butcher served on the board of directors of Oceana Hospital and Hart Public Schools. He is survived by his wife, MaryJo, two daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Gilbert R. Conklin (DVM ‘71), of Cosby, Tennessee, died June 19, 2017. Following graduation, he practiced small animal medicine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and St. Petersburg, Florida. Conklin later moved to Tennessee, where he served as medical director of the Dr. Carol Hood Memorial Animal Shelter in Newport. He is survived by his brother.
Gordon G. Goodband (DVM ’46), of Walpole, Massachusetts, died December 15, 2016. He co-owned Bruce Animal Hospital in Dedham, Massachusetts with his brother, the late Dr. G. Clifford Goodband (DVM ’43), where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 30 years. Goodband also organized and held annual rabies clinics in Walpole, and served several years as the town’s animal control officer. He was in the US Air Force from 1953–1955, during which time he attained the rank of captain. He is survived by three sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Nicholas S. Gorham (DVM ’67), of Foster, Rhode Island, died July 23, 2016. He owned Foster Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for more than 30 years. Gorham is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren. Steven A. Kudla (DVM ’56), of Tucson, Arizona, died May 23, 2017. Kudla spent most of his career working for the US Department of Agriculture, first in Arizona as a veterinarian working with local tribes and then as a meat inspector. This work led him to California, Oregon, Idaho, and Iowa, where he worked to eradicate disease in livestock and as a laboratory inspector. After retirement, Kudla worked as a consultant to veterinary biologics firms and in Arizona at Banfield Veterinary Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Beverly Kudla, one son, and three daughters.
Elmer L. Lashua (DVM ’46), of Tryon, North Carolina, died September 16, 2016. Following graduation, he practiced small animal medicine. In 1953, Lashua joined the US Air Force. He retired in 1977 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his military service, he traveled to and was stationed in several countries including Poland, Greece, Iceland, Greenland, South Korea, Mexico, and England. He is survived by two sons and a daughter, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Larry W. Laudig (DVM ’60), of Pendleton, Indiana, died January 29, 2017. From 1965 until retirement in 1997, he owned a practice in McCordsville, Indiana, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine and later focused on small animals. Earlier in his career, Laudig owned a practice in Lapel, Indiana. He was a veteran of the US Army. Laudig is survived by his wife, Sondra, four children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Gerald D. Mitchell (DVM ’54), of Bonita Springs, Florida, died November 11, 2016. From 1956–1988, he practiced in Carleton, Michigan, initially in mixed animal medicine. He later focused on small animals. Earlier, Mitchell served in the Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He was a member of the Southeastern Michigan VMA. He is survived by his wife, Jean, two sons, and three grandchildren.
Ray L. Taylor (DVM ’50), of Paris, Illinois, died March 31, 2017. Following graduation, he worked briefly in West Lafayette, Indiana. Taylor subsequently moved to Paris, Illinois, where he spent the rest of his career. He first focused on large animal practice and later on small animals. He served on the Edgar County Fair Board for 35 years, and was a member of the Rotary Club, Shriners, Masonic Lodge, and Elks Club. Taylor was a veteran of the US Navy. He is survived by three daughters and a son, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Russell W. Wagner (DVM ‘60), of Benzonia, Michigan, died May 17, 2017. He was a small animal practitioner in Benzonia, where he incorporated holistic medicine, like acupuncture, into his practice. Wagner was a founding member and a past president of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1950–54. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, two sons, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Morton Wolf (DVM ‘46), of Milton, Massachusetts, died January 28, 2017. He practiced in the Boston area for more than 50 years. Wolf was a past chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine and a past president of the New England and Massachusetts VMAs, receiving the 1984 Massachusetts VMA Distinguished Service Award. He volunteered with the Milton Animal Shelter, served on the Milton Board of Health, and was a member of the Rotary Club and Kiwanis International. He is survived by his 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.