Roderick Stenzel, ’58, DVM, Eau Claire,Wis., died on March 9, 2021, at age 87. Prior to beginning his veterinary career, Stenzel served in the Air Force for several years before moving to Durand, Wis., and practicing veterinary medicine. He worked as a veterinarian for 44 years until he retired in 2005. In addition to animal care, Stenzel had a passion for flying and took many trips in his Cessna 172. Stenzel is survived by his wife, Lorraine; his brother; his four daughters and four stepchildren; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Gerald “Jerry” Rosen ’57, DVM, Fort Myers, Fla., died on December 5, 2020, at age 88. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Rosen established Park Pet Hospital in Milwaukee and practiced until his retirement in 2002. He also served in leadership roles over the years for the Milwaukee Veterinary Medical Association, the Wisconsin Humane Society, and the Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board. Rosen is survived by his wife, Anne; their four children; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
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.
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.
Harold Leo “Bud” Strandberg, ’54 DVM, Tacoma, Wash., died on March 31, 2020, at 92. Strandberg worked for the state of Minnesota upon graduating with his veterinary degree, but after two years, he was activated as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Army with the rank of colonel. Standberg went to work for the United States Department of Agriculture and retired after 20 years at age 71. Strandberg is survived by his wife, Ginger, five children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, his sister, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
John B. Gratzek ’56 DVM, Athens, Ga., died on November 22, 2020, at 89. Gratzek began his veterinary career in Ames, Iowa, before moving to Athens, Ga., in 1966, where he became professor and head of medical microbiology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. His field of expertise was aquatic medicine, and he often encouraged fellow veterinarians to learn more about treating fish and other aquatic animals. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, four children, and seven grandchildren.
Thomas Wanous, ’59 DVM, Minneapolis, died on October 17 at 84. After earning his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota, Wanous joined the U.S. Army and served as a captain in France. He worked with local churches in Kenya and other East African countries to provide veterinary care and community support workshops. He returned to veterinary practice in Minnesota in the 1980s. Wanous is survived by his wife, Bette; his brother; five children; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.