Fritz P. Gluckstein, ’55 DVM, Kensington, Md., died on Feb. 14, 2021, at 94. Gluckstein was born in Berlin, Germany. Following the events of World War ll, Gluckstein immigrated to America in 1948 and settled in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He pursued a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine. From there, he worked in an Iowa laboratory before holding positions at the Smithsonian Institute and the National Library of Medicine. Gluckstein also served as a dedicated volunteer to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is survived by his wife Maran, his daughter, two stepchildren, and five grandchildren.
Fred "Will" Willard Carlson, ’57 DVM, Forest Lake, Minn., died on Feb. 14, 2021, at 89. Upon graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Carlson set up a small and large animal practice in Forest Lake. He was known to residents as “Doc Carlson.” He also farmed and planned conservation-focused housing developments. Will was preceded in death by his first wife, son, two brothers, one sister, one grandson, one daughter-in-love, and one son-in-law. He is survived by his wife Jeanette, four sons, his daughter, and his sister, a daughter-in-love, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Calvert Larsen, ’79 PhD, South Jordan, Utah, died on Jan. 24, 2021, at 87. Larsen grew up on a farm and received his veterinary doctorate from Colorado State University. Later, he obtained a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology-Virology from the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1979, Larsen became one of the first faculty members to join the new Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He served as poultry specialist until his retirement in 2002. Larsen is survived by his four children, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, two sisters and a sister-in-law. He was preceded in death by his wife Colleen, his brother, and his parents.
Diane Sittig, ’72 DVM, St. Paul, Minn., died on February 12, 2021. Upon graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Sittig started a veterinary house call that eventually became Century Animal Clinic in Maplewood, Minn.
Marcus R. Berg, ’69 DVM, Rochester, died on November 8, 2020, at 76. Berg started his career practicing veterinary medicine in Fairmont, Minn., where he met his beloved wife, Susan. He eventually purchased the Sleepy Eye Veterinary Clinic after practicing in Fairmont, Clarks Grove, and Tracy. His interest in small animals and the Arizona sun led him to the Phoenix area in 1996, where he provided pet care before eventually retiring in 2007. He is survived by his wife, two children, three grandchildren, four brothers, and many nieces and nephews.
John Melancon, ’68 DVM, St. Cloud, died on October 30, 2020, at 77. Melancon owned a veterinary clinic in Sauk Center, Minn., for many years and then went on to work in veterinary pharmaceuticals. He retired from Merck/Merial in 2003. When not travelling the globe with his wife, Nancy, he enjoyed spending time with his adored children and grandchildren, playing bridge, fishing, and hunting. Melancon is survived by his wife, five children, brother, two sisters, and seven grandchildren.
Don Minnick, ’63 DVM, Richland, Wash., died on November 14, 2020, at 84. Minnick was a co-founder of the Moffat Minnick Animal Hospital in Kent, Wash., where he practiced for 33 years. He loved caring for all types of animals and treasured getting to know his clients. Following his retirement, Minnick volunteered for and supported several charitable causes, including helping the homeless and ministering to prisoners. He is survived by his wife Joan, three children, two sisters, his grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
William Zwiener, ’55 DVM, St. Cloud, died on November 9, 2020, at 92. Zwiener practiced veterinary medicine into his 80s and was able to help many animals and meet many wonderful people—many of whom became good friends. He also was passionate about Boys State, a summer leadership camp where he served as a counselor or director for 65 years. Zwiener is survived by four children and 10 grandchildren.
Jack Lambert, ’58 DVM, Wolf Point, Mont., died on December 1, 2020, at 86. Lambert started a private practice in Townsend, Mont., often performing spaying and neutering on the ironing board in the kitchen. In 1961, his family moved to Wolf Point, and Lambert accepted a job with the USDA as a veterinarian, working with the agency until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by five children, a niece and nephew, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchild.