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  • Eric Thorsgard, ’87 DVM, Bemidji, Minn., died on July 8, 2022, at 64. Thorsgard worked at two veterinary practices in northern Minnesota before opening one of his own, Animal Care Clinic, in Bemidji in 1997. Orthopedic surgery was his passion and he enjoyed the challenge of developing orthopedic hardware for animals. Thorsgard is survived by his wife, Gerri; his six children; his siblings; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

  • Ernest Drager, ’83 DVM, Bloomington, Minn., died on April 8, 2022, at 73. Drager opened Bush Lake Pet Hospital in 1984 and France Avenue Pet Hospital in 2004. He retired in February 2022. He is survived by his spouse, Lola; two daughters; his brother; his sister; nieces and nephews; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and friends.

  • Christopher Lee, ’87 DVM, Cape Coral, Fla., died on Jan. 10, 2021, at 66. Lee owned and operated the South Berwick Veterinary Hospital in South Berwick, Maine, for 20 years where he practiced small animal medicine and surgery with special interests in dermatology, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and orthopedics. He also founded and owned the Eliot Veterinary Hospital in Eliot, Maine.

  • Alan Flory, ’87 DVM, Benzonia, Mich., died on Dec. 21, 2021, at 70. A man of many passions, Flory started his professional journey in automobile assembly before earning degrees in economics, an MBA, his DVM in his 30s, and, upon retirement, a graduate degree in ecology. He spent the majority of his career leading clinical and regulatory teams to bring heart valves, stents, and other lifesaving medical device products to market. He is survived by his wife, Monica; five siblings; and many nieces and nephews.

  • Robert “Bob” Stoll, ’82 DVM, Sandpoint, Idaho, died on Nov. 29, 2021, at 69. After graduation, Stoll built his first veterinary practice in McCall, Idaho in 1982. Later in 1994, he and his family moved to Sandpoint in 1994 and opened Animal Medical Care. Stoll is remembered for having a passion for sailing, skiing, and all creatures, great and small. He is survived by his wife Heidi; his daughter; Laura; his sons Will, Erik, and Kurt; and his loyal dog companion, Anker. 

  • Randall Murray, ’85 DVM, Bemidji, Minn., died on April 30, 2021, at age 62. In pursuit of his passion for animal care, Murray purchased the Blackduck Vet Clinic in Blackduck, Minn., before moving his operation to Bemidji, where he opened the Friendly Vet Clinic. Murray worked at the clinic until his passing. He also had an affinity for rabbits and spent much of the 1990s successfully breeding and showing New Zealand Reds all over Minnesota. Murray is survived by his two children, his mother, three siblings, two grandchildren, and many extended relatives.

    Issue: Fall 2021
  • 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.

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    Issue: Fall 2020
  • 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.