Donald Boyd French, ’53 DVM, Chatfield, Minn., died on Sept. 3, 2022, at 93. French founded Chosen Valley Vet Clinic in 1955 in Chatfield. The practice operates to this day, though French retired from being on in 1989. He continued to treat horses up until 1996. He and his wife, Isabel, also generously created the Dr. Don and Isy French Large Animal Medicine Fund to provide equipment upgrades, clinical outreach, and research to the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine. He is survived by two sons and one daughter, four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, his sister, his great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
William Rogers, ’59 DVM, died in March of 2022.
Hans Peterson, ’59 DVM, Kaufman, Texas, died on Jan. 8, 2022, at 88. Peterson practiced veterinary medicine for 51 years. In addition to treating animals, he also served as a lay minister, including overseeing a jail ministry in Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras, Mexico. Peterson is survived by his wife, JoAnne Peterson; seven children; his brother; his sister Lila (Tom) Creager, two sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews; 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and their families.
Terrance Curtin, ‘54 DVM, MS, PhD, Raleigh, N.C., died on Dec. 15, 2020, at 94. Curtin began practicing after graduation but the lure of academia led him to hold faculty positions at Purdue University, the University of Missouri, and North Carolina State University. Curtin served as the founding dean for NCSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 1981 to 1992. He is survived by his wife Sharon; his sister; four children; stepdaughter; three grandchildren; step-granddaughter; and step-grandson.
William “Bill” Horne, ’54 DVM, Eagan, Minn., died on Nov. 25, 2021, at 94. Horne ran both large- and small-animal veterinary practices during his career. Among his achievements was performing open-heart surgery on a poodle in 1983. Outside his profession, he led an active civic life and was a nationally ranked bridge player. Horner is survived by his six children, his sister-in-law, 11 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
Lyle J. Hanson, ’52 DVM, Canon City, Colo., died on July 31, 2021, at 94. After receiving his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Hanson joined the College as an instructor in the veterinary pathology and parasitology division.
Thomas Hagerty ’59 DVM, St. Michael, Minn., died on August 14, 2021, at 85. Hagerty spent 25 years of his career practicing large and small animal medicine in St. Michael. He also served as the executive director of the Minnesota State Board of Animal Health from 1984 until his retirement as state veterinarian in 2001. Hagerty spent another 15 years as the lead veterinarian of the Minnesota State Fair. He also was active in many civil and agricultural organizations for decades. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his five children; 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two siblings; and many other relatives.
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.