Kakambi V. Nagaraja, ’80 DVM, St. Paul, died on July 22 at 76. Nagaraja worked for the University of Minnesota from 1974 to 2020, most recently serving as a professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. His research involved the study of food safety, including bacterial and viral diseases of poultry.
Debra Nielsen, ‘86 VMD, passed away at the age of 63 in Richfield, MN. She graduated valedictorian of her class. A lifelong animal lover, she went on to become a compassionate veterinarian. Survived by husband Dr. Alan Russell; daughter Dr. Cori Russell; son-in-law Matthew Lacki; grandson, Wesley Alan Wilder; mother, Betty Ritchie; niece, Janelle Nielsen.
John W. Reynolds, ’84 DVM, South Milwaukee, Wis., died February 7, 2017 at 65. Reynolds spent the majority of his career working at Cudahy Veterinary Clinic, and shared his love of animals with his daughter, who went on to pursue a career in veterinary medicine as well. He is survived by his wife Jeanne; and two children.
Paul E. McCune, ’85 DVM, Cedar Lake, Ind., died March 24 at 59. After veterinary school, McCune moved to Indiana where he started the Illiana Equine Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Debbie McCune, and two children.
Marshall “Kim” Brinton, '81 BS, '83 DVM, died December 4, 2016, at his home in Miami Beach, Florida, at age 62. After working at a veterinary clinic in Roswell, New Mexico, Brinton and his wife, former classmate Jane Nygaard, returned to St. Paul and the University of Minnesota in 1985, when Brinton did graduate work in avian microbiology. His first major success was developing a vaccine for Pasteurella anatipestifer, an economically devastating turkey disease. In the ensuing years, he developed and patented several vaccines and toxoids to improve flock and herd health and reduce the need for antibiotics in poultry and swine. He founded the Poultry Veterinary Center in 1994 and retired in 2006.
Bob Morrison, '84 PhD, '86 DVM, MBA, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine, died in a traffic accident near Prague in the Czech Republic on May 2, 2017. Morrison joined the CVM in 1986. In addition to teaching and conducting research, he coordinated two swine health management conferences: the St. Paul-based Allen D. Leman Swine Conference and the Leman China Conference in Nanjing, China. He had recently launched the Swine Health Monitoring Project, which provides weekly reports on the health status of more than 50 percent of U.S. sow herds. Morrison earned his DVM at the University of Saskatchewan and his PhD and MBA at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, National Hog Farmer honored him as one of the Masters of the Pork Industry.