Meaghan E. Swensen, ’00 DVM, Lindstrom, Minn., died February 27 at 46. Before completing her DVM at the CVM, Swensen completed her BS in biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1995. She practiced small animal veterinary medicine at Lakes Veterinary and Surgical Center in Lindstrom, Minn., for 17 years. Swensen loved and rescued retired racing greyhounds, volunteering many hours for Minnesota Greyhound Rescue. She is survived by her husband, Jeremy; and 3 children.
Lois E. Harmon, ’97 DVM, Becker, Minn., died Feb. 17, 2018 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.
Janet D. Veit, ’96 DVM, La Crescent, Minn., died May 20, 2018 at age 48. Viet worked as a veterinarian at Hillside Animal Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. for 22 years.
Guy S. Hohenhaus, ’88 BS, ’90 DVM, Annapolis, Md., died June 25 at age 57. Hohenhaus was the state veterinarian and chief of animal health for the Maryland Department of Agriculture from 2005–14. He previously served as Maryland's state public health veterinarian for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and was a past president of the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials. He was a professor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 1990–2002 and director of its veterinary epidemiology residency program. He was a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. During his army service, Hohenhaus designed and implemented food safety, zoonotic disease, and refugee programs in eight countries. He received the Bronze Star in 2004 for his contributions toward rebuilding Afghanistan's veterinary and public health infrastructure. He is survived by his wife, Michelle.
Bob Morrison, '84 PhD, '86 DVM, MBA, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, died in a traffic accident near Prague in the Czech Republic on May 2, 2017. Morrison joined the CVM in 1986. In addition to teaching and conducting research, he coordinated two swine health management conferences: the St. Paul-based Allen D. Leman Swine Conference and the Leman China Conference in Nanjing, China. He had recently launched the Swine Health Monitoring Project, which provides weekly reports on the health status of more than 50 percent of U.S. sow herds. Morrison earned his DVM at the University of Saskatchewan and his PhD and MBA at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, National Hog Farmer honored him as one of the Masters of the Pork Industry.
Marshall “Kim” Brinton, '81 BS, '83 DVM, died December 4, 2016, at his home in Miami Beach, Florida, at age 62. After working at a veterinary clinic in Roswell, New Mexico, Brinton and his wife, former classmate Jane Nygaard, returned to St. Paul and the University of Minnesota in 1985, when Brinton did graduate work in avian microbiology. His first major success was developing a vaccine for Pasteurella anatipestifer, an economically devastating turkey disease. In the ensuing years, he developed and patented several vaccines and toxoids to improve flock and herd health and reduce the need for antibiotics in poultry and swine. He founded the Poultry Veterinary Center in 1994 and retired in 2006.
Theresa A. Damiano, ’79 DVM, Clifton NJ, died April 11 at 67. Damiano openedHanover Veterinary Hospital in East Hanover, NJ, where she tended to a wide variety of animals for over 20 years before retiring in the early 2000’s. She rescued older dogs and cats that could not find homes due to their age. She was also an avid equestrian. Damiano is predeceased by 1 step-child and survived by her husband, John; and 3 step-children.
René A. Carlson, ’76 BS, ’78 DVM, Chetek, Wisc., died March 29 at 64. Carlson started her professional career serving a clinical internship at Rowley Memorial Hospital in Springfield, MA. She practiced in Elmwood and Madison. Wisc., before moving to Chetek in 1990. In 1996, She built the Animal Hospital of Chetek.
Carlson was elected President of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVA) in 1994. She was the first woman to hold that office. In 2001, she was voted Wisconsin's Veterinarian of the Year by her colleagues. She served as the Wisconsin delegate in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates from 1995 through 2003 and was elected to a two year term as AVMA vice president in 2004.
In 2010, Carlson was elected president-elect of the AVMA and became president in 2011. In 2013, she was appointed director of international affairs for the AVMA. In 2014, she was elected president of the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the first woman to hold that office. Carlson traveled to over thirty countries to promote veterinary causes during her term, which ended in 2017. She also served the AVMA on the Council of Education and on the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. In 2018, the AVMA awarded her the Global Veterinary Service Award for promoting veterinary medicine worldwide. She was also honored with a lifetime honorary membership in the WVA. This year, during International Woman's Day, Carlson was named to the list of groundbreaking women in veterinary medicine. She loved mentoring young veterinarians in leadership skills. Carlson is survived by her husband, Mark.
Daryl D. Larson, ’77 DVM, Paynesville, Minn., died April 24, 2018 at age 65. Larson worked as a veterinarian in the poultry and swine industry. He owned multiple hog confinements in Iowa.