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  • Mary Urhausen, ’73 DVM, Milwaukee, died on Nov. 20, 2018, at age 70. Urhausen acquired a love for animals while growing up on a farm. After obtaining her DVM, she worked for many years at Franksville Veterinary Clinic in Franksville, Wis. Urhausen is survived by two sisters, her brother, a cousin, and other relatives and friends.

  • Janice Niedermeier, ’73 DVM, Clinton, Wis., died on Aug. 4, 2021, at age 71. Niedermeier operated Healthy Companions Veterinary Clinic in Janesville, Wis.

  • Wayne O. Larson ’73 DVM, Kaneville, Ill., died on Dec. 29, 2022, at age 75. After graduation, Larson and his family moved to Kaneville, where he would go on to establish his own clinic, Kaneville Veterinary Services, which served the large and small animal community for over 30 years.

  • David L. Holmberg, ’73 DVM, Elora, Ontario, died on May 13, 2008, at age 58. Holmberg taught small animal surgery at the University of Guelph from 1986 to 2008. The Stoneymeadow Dr. David Holmberg Scholarship was established in his honor.

  • James Weege, ’69 DVM, Ocean Ridge, Fla., died on Oct. 20, 2022, at age 77. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his two sons; a stepson; a stepdaughter; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.

  • Kenneth Speltz, ’67 DVM, Lino Lakes, Minn., died on Feb. 15, 2023, at age 80. Speltz founded Skyline Veterinary Hospital in 1970 and continued to practice until his passing. He also served as a board member for the Affiliated Emergency Veterinarian Service for multiple years throughout his career. Speltz is survived by his wife, Jayne; four children; and 13 grandchildren.

  • Jerome Schmidt, ’65 DVM, Pulaski, Wis., died on Jan. 1, 2023, at age 86. After graduation, Schmidt established a veterinary practice in Edgar, Wis., and worked there until he retired in 1991. Called back to veterinary medicine, he began a small animal mobile practice and operated it until 2017. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Karen; three children; six grandchildren; a brother; two sisters; a sister-in-law; brother-in-law; and many nephews and nieces.

  • Kenneth H. Johnson, '60 DVM, '65 PhD, St. Anthony, Minn., died on Jan. 31, 2023, at age 86. Upon graduating from veterinary school, Johnson joined the UMN faculty and served as the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology chair from 1976 to 1983. He retired in 1998 after 33 years at the University and gaining prominence in conducting research in the field of amyloidosis as well as in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Johnson is survived by his wife, Jean; their two sons and daughter; and their grandson.

  • R. George Lyon, ’53 DVM, Pelican Rapids, Minn., died on June 15, 2017, at age 89. He owned and operated Lyon Animal Clinic for many years. Following the sale of his practice in Pelican Rapids, he moved to Princeton, Minn., and worked as a veterinarian there until he retired. Lyon is survived by his son, daughter, four grandsons, granddaughter, 10 great-grandchildren, his brother, and numerous nieces and nephews.