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  • Arnold “Arnie” Follstad, ’60 DVM, Red Wing, Minn, died on Aug. 25, 2023, at age 94. Follstad worked as a veterinarian for 34 years. Beginning his practice in 1960, he owned and operated a clinic in Ellendale, Minn. In 1968, he went into a partnership at Hiawatha Valley Veterinary Clinic where he worked until 1994. After, he continued working for the USDA in Faribault from 2004 until his retirement in 2009. He is survived by his wife, seven children, 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two nephews.

  • Curtis Sanford, ’90 DVM, Brooklyn Park, Minn., died on Aug. 11, 2023, at age 59. In 1995, he purchased Willmar Pet Hospital in Willmar, Minn. In 2009, he sold Willmar Pet Hospital and built a new hospital in downtown Minneapolis where he worked until 2018. He is survived by many family members and friends.

  • Daniel Suther, ’54 DVM, died on Aug. 8, 2023.

  • Robert W. Page, ’54 DVM, Alexandria, Minn., died on Aug. 11, 2023, at age 95. Page built a career as an epidemiologist, earning international recognition as a leader in animal disease control and eradication. He is survived by his son, Bill Page.

  • Alana Gage, ’22 DVM, died on July 18, 2023, following a battle with cancer. After graduating, Gage began practicing veterinary medicine at VCA Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago. She also worked as a veterinary technician at VCA Blum for many years prior to attending veterinary school.

  • John C. Rodgers, ’83 DVM, ’08 MS, Fairmont, Minn., died on July 18, 2023, at age 68. Rodgers worked as a large animal veterinarian at the Fairmont Veterinary Clinic for 13 years where he enjoyed caring for local farms. He then became a beef cattle reproductionist and consultant with Pfizer Animal Health. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, 10 grandchildren, a sister, his mother-in-law, and other relatives and friends.

  • Delmar Finco, ’59 DVM, ’68 PhD, Watkinsville, Ga., died on June 8, 2023, at age 86. In 1970, Finco became a professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he taught and conducted research in small animal nephrology and urology until his retirement. He was a founding diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Finco is survived by his wife, his former wife, four children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, two sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews.


  • Paul Dettloff, ’67 DVM, Arcadia, Wis., died on July 7, 2023, at age 81. Dettloff founded Dr. Paul's Lab in 1996 and served as the staff veterinarian for Organic Valley from 2002-2019. In 2017 he was honored with Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association’s 50 Years of Veterinary Service Award. He is survived by his wife, five children, six grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

  • Arden Nelson, ’76 DVM, LaPorte, Colo., died on May 8, 2023, at age 70. Nelson was a board-certified dairy veterinarian. He and his wife, Dr. Meg Cattell, owned and operated Windsor Dairy. Nelson was recognized by his colleagues as the American Association of Bovine Practitioners as the 1994 Practitioner of the Year. He is survived by his wife, four children, a grandson, and his sisters.