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Dr. Bob MorrisonDr. Robert (Bob) Morrison, DVM, MBA, PhD, age 64, died in an auto accident in the Czech Republic on May 2, 2017. Dr. Morrison, his wife, Jeanie Morrison, and several other companions were traveling in the Czech Republic prior to attending a Swine Health Management Conference in Prague.
Dr. Morrison received his BS and DVM from the University of Saskatchewan, and received his MBA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. Bob was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine. He was a leader in swine medicine and was known nationally and internationally for his work in the swine industry. Dr. Morrison was the coordinator of two internationally-respected swine health conferences: the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, MN and the Leman China Conference in Nanjing, China. He was well known among Chinese swine producers and contributed to the swine industry in China for over 20 years. Bob most recently launched the Swine Health Monitoring Project, which provides weekly health status reports for over half of the U.S. sow herds. Dr. Morrison received the National Meritorious Service Award from the American Association of Swine Practitioners in 1995 and the Master of the Pork Industry award from the National Hog Farmer in 2016. 


Dr. Stan DieschDr. Stanley L. Diesch, DVM, MPH Professor Emeritus University of MN, College of Veterinary Medicine, age 91, of Roseville, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on May 10, 2017.
Stan was born on May 16, 1925 in Blooming Prairie, MN. He was a 3-time University of Minnesota alumnus, receiving his BS, DVM, and MPH, in 1951, 1956, and 1963, respectively. Dr. Diesch owned and operated a large-animal practice in Iowa for 5 years before pursuing his MPH. Stan started his career in veterinary public health at the Institute for Agricultural Medicine at the University of Iowa Medical School where he was an assistant professor and chief epidemiologist. In 1966, Stan joined the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, where he worked for over 30 years in the Department of Clinical and Population Sciences and as a joint appointment at the School of Public Health in the Division of Epidemiology. He also served as the Director of International Veterinary Medicine Programs from 1985-1998.
Dr. Diesch became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine with a subspecialty in epidemiology in 1984. He also co-founded and operated the small animal Apache Animal Hospital in NE Minneapolis. Stan served as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization in animal/human related diseases, the World Health Organization, and in several developing countries as a representative of the University of Minnesota. He was the president of the International Society for Animal Hygiene for 3 years, which he helped expand to the U.S., Mexico, and South America. Dr. Diesch was a leader in both the human-animal bond movement and the Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas program. Following his impressive work with the Partners of the Americas Program, Dr. Diesch was named Honorary Consul for Uruguay in Minnesota from 1990 to1996 by the President of Uruguay. Dr. Diesch received the International Veterinary Congress Prize from the AVMA and the Siehl Prize Award for Excellence in Agriculture in 2015 from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences, U of MN.  He also received the MVMA’s Distinguished Service award.
Stan is survived by his wife of nearly 61 years, Darlene, his two daughters: Lauren and Stephanie, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 2 step-grandsons, his sister, nieces and nephews, sister-in-law and their families.


Dr. Carl Osborne

Dr. Carl Osborne, College of Veterinary Medicine professor and founder of the Minnesota Urolith Center, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2017, surrounded by his family and best friend, Chloe, his longtime service dog.
Dr. Osborne was a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine faculty for 53 years. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 17, 1940, he earned his DVM from Purdue University in 1964, joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine the same year, and earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1970.
His clinical specialty was internal medicine, with emphasis on nephrology and urology. He began the Minnesota Urolith Center “on a shoestring” in 1981. Later funded by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, it has since analyzed more than one million stones sent from around the world and continues to research the prevention of and cures for diseases of the urinary system in companion animals under the leadership of Osborne’s colleague, Dr. Jody Lulich.

Osborne earned more than 50 teaching and research awards over the course of his career, and was the inaugural recipient of the Robert R. Shomer Award for outstanding achievements in veterinary medical ethics in 2005. He also held several leadership positions, including chair of the Small Animal Clinical Sciences Department from 1976 to 1984. In recognition of his extraordinary career, the College of Veterinary Medicine created the Osborne-Hills Chair in Nephrology and Urology in 1998.
He was also one of the college’s One Health pioneers and innovators in comparative medicine. Osborne’s revolutionary work in the dissolution of urinary tract stones in dogs, cats, and humans began with funding from the Paralyzed Veterans of America.


Dr. John WrightDr. John H. Wright, Age 90, of Edina, MN, formerly of Eden Prairie, Hopkins and Lake Park, MN, died peacefully Sept.16, 2016. Preceded in death by wife, Charlene Whittum Wright; parents, Edgar DeVault Wright, veterinarian, and Emily Jordan Corken Wright; sister, Ruth (Robert) Whitesel and brother, William Wright, veterinarian. Survived by children, Douglas (Naomi Smith), Lucy (Randy) Mattson, and Amy (Steven) Krabbenhoft; grandson, Justin Wright-Pedersen; great-grandson, Owen; brother, Dr. Benjamin (Lois) Wright; sister-in-law, Barbara Wright; many nieces and nephews. John was born April 10, 1926 in LaFayette, IN. He graduated from Chester High School in North Manchester, IN and Michigan State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Member Alpha Gamma Rho (agricultural) Fraternity. He married Charlene Whittum in 1949 in Eaton Rapids, MI. After college he practiced veterinary medicine with his father in Indiana until 1950. He served in US Army from 1950-1954 as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War and was a member of Legion Post 320.
John started Eden Prairie’s first veterinary practice in 1954, Wright Animal Hospital (later renamed Eden Prairie Animal Clinic & Hospital) where he enjoyed talking with clients (many of whom called him “Doc”) and treating farm animals and pets. After practicing for 37 years in Eden Prairie, he sold his practice and retired in 1991. John was active in community service. He was a key founder and charter president of Eden Prairie AM Rotary (first Rotary breakfast club in Twin Cities) in 1976 and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was Treasurer of Eden Prairie School Board. John assisted the Eden Prairie Police Department in forming a Canine Unit in 1981 and volunteered his professional services until his retirement, for which he received an Award of Merit from City of Eden Prairie. He was a Shriner and belonged to Albert Pike (Hopkins) Masonic Lodge #237. John enjoyed traveling across country and to Mexico in his Airstream trailer. He loved riding his bicycle, driving his cars and reading. Many thanks to Sunnyside Care Center Lake Park and Sunrise Senior Living Edina. Source:


Dr. Duane Paul JacobsDr. Duane Paul 'Doc' Jacobs, Age 91, of Waconia, passed away on September 7, 2016. Born July 4, 1925 in Wheaton, MN, son of Louis and Verna (Hartwig) Jacobs. Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lowell Jacobs; sisters, Ila Mae Larson and Vionne Crouch; daughter, Pam Carlberg; granddaughters, Katy Knutson and Sara Jacobs. Duane served in the Army and Navy during WWII. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Veterinary medicine. He & Margie were married on March 3, 1950. He was hired by the USDA, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, working in animal disease control assigned to Springfield, MN. He and Margie raised their family in Springfield. They then moved to Eagan, MN, where he continued his career with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He treasured time spent with family, running marathons, playing tennis and cribbage. Margie and Doc enjoyed spending winters south on the gulf shore beaches.
He will be remembered for his fun sense of humor. We all thank you, Doc/Dad/Grandpa/Great Grandpa, for your legacy. You will be deeply missed. Lovingly survived by wife, Margie (Robinson) Jacobs; brother, Errol Gooding and sister, Betty Jean Hasbargen; 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A private memorial service was held. Memorials preferred to be sent to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Source:


Dr. John NewmanDr. John Andrew Newman, Sr. age 82, of Peachtree City, GA passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 6, 2016 after an extended illness. Dr. Newman was born on January 23, 1934 in St. Paul, MN to the late Richard and Kathleen Glenn Newman. He made Peachtree City, GA his home for the past several years, moving there from the Twin Cities, MN area. He was a Veterinarian and a Microbiologist, having worked for the University of Maryland and the University of Minnesota. He also owned and operated Southview Animal Hospital in Minnesota for several years until his retirement. While he was passionate about his work as a veterinarian, he was also a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Esther Newman of Peachtree City, GA; daughters: Margaret Rieck, Marty (Gary) Smith and Monica Newman all of Peachtree City; son John (Susan) Newman, Jr. also of Peachtree City; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Source:,-sr


Dr. Milton StenslandDr. Milton Stensland, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday July 9, 2016 at home surrounded by his family after being diagnosed with brain cancer. A service celebrating his life was held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church on Saturday July 16th
Milt was born in December 1931 to Maurice and Cora Stensland of Mabel Minnesota. During high school he enjoyed basketball, 4H, and life on the farm with his two sisters Arleen and Mavis. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1956. Milt married his loving wife Jaci Stensland in 1956. He practiced Veterinary medicine in White Bear Lake and Grand Meadow, Minnesota before moving to Austin where he practiced for over 30 years. He served as President of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Alumni Association. He was elected Minnesota's Veterinarian of the Year in 1980 and into the Mower County Livestock Hall of Fame in 1995. He was an active member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Rotary International, Sertoma, the YMCA, the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, and served on the boards of several community organizations. Milt was an avid golfer that enjoyed rounds of golf (regardless of weather conditions) with many of the same friends at the Austin Country Club over the past 50 years, as well as new friends in Naples, Florida.
He will be missed by his wife Jaci; his children, Jill Gilbertson (Dave Gilbertson), Mike Stensland (Marie Stensland), Jeff Stensland (Farleigh Earhart), and Juli Stensland (Paul Nordin). Source:!/Obituary


Dr. Donald SimeDr. Sime, Donald L., "Don" Age 80, of Roseville, died on June 12, 2016. Owner of Suburban and Highland Veterinary Hospitals for over 40 years. He is preceded in death by his infant daughter Sarah. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Elaine; Children, Kara Sime (Ted Mackintosh) and Michael (Tara) Sime; grandchildren, Catherine Sime-Mackintosh and Eden Sime; sister, Janice Gordon and brother Dale Sime; brothers-in-law, Pastor Eric vanLeeuwen and Philip (Carol) vanLeeuwen. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the MN Veterinary Historical Society, the Sime family Scholarship Fund at the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Roseville Lutheran Church. Roseville Memorial Chapel (651) 631-2727. Source:,-dvm.


Dr. Allen LarsonDr. Allen Larson., age 93, of Greenbush, MN, died on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Karlstad Senior Living in Karlstad, MN.
Dr. Allen F. Larson, was born March 6, 1922 at Backus, MN to Harry & Marova (Hanks) Larson. He attended country school and graduated from Backus High School in 1941. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 and served until 1946 as a motor machinist on a mine sweeper. He married Carol Jeanne Krinke on Christmas Day in 1950. They had two children, Paul and Patricia.
Allen attended the University of Minnesota, Veterinary College 1948-1954. After graduation he established a practice in Greenbush. He practiced 32 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Greenbush Community Hospital Board 1955-1973. He was chairman of the board when the Nursing Home was built. He served as Mayor of Greenbush 1958-1960. The land for Oak View Golf Course was purchased during his tenure. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assn., The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Assoc. and Bethel Lutheran Church.
Dr. Larson wanted to become a veterinarian when, as a child, he saw a veterinarian deliver his state fair colt. He was devoted to his practice, spending almost all of his time working for 32 years. His retirement was busy also, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, planting trees, gardening and caring for his lawn. He enjoyed fishing and water-skiing with Paul and the grandchildren. He water skied into his 80's. He and Carol spent 29 winters in Arizona, enjoying square dancing, shuffleboard and their friends. They also enjoyed traveling, both in the US and abroad.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Larson of Greenbush, daughter, Patty (Peter) Fahnlander of Lakeville, MN. 5 Grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Source:


Dr. Donna den Boer, of Minneapolis, MN, died on January 27, 2016 at the age of 88. She was proud to be one of the earliest women graduates from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Her Minneapolis home was also her office where she cared for any animal brought to her, often at no cost. She had a heart for the underdog, animal and human. She was a life member of the MVMA.  Survived by dear friend Victoria Judkins, long-time assistant Mary Williams as well as caring staff at Redeemer Health and Rehabilitation. 


Dr. Mylo Hagberg of Faribault, MN, died on February 8, 2016 at the age of 85. Dr. Hagberg graduated from Faribault High School with the class of 1948. Following high school, Mylo began his 30+ year military career in 1948, retiring from the U.S. Army in 1986. On November 10, 1951, he was united in marriage to Lucille Johnson in East Chain, MN.  He was a life member of the MVMA. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Hagberg of Faribault; son, Robert (Carol) Hagberg of Farmington, MN; daughter, Roxanne (Mike) Laskey of Houston, TX; and many other relatives and friends.



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