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Alumni Class Notes

Published: Nov 1, 2021


Lawrence Gerson, V’75, owned and operated Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic for 45 years and retired in 2020. On June 7, Pittsburgh City Council declared June 7 as “Lawrence Gerson, VMD, Day.”

Linda Rhodes, V’78, has written a memoir, The Lady Cow Vet, reflecting on her career as a large animal veterinarian. Rhodes began her career in a dairy practice in Utah at a time when female veterinarians were a rarity in large animal practice. She is now gathering oral histories of other women from that era who were pioneers in large animal and food animal medicine: dairy, beef, equine, swine, and poultry. If you are a woman veterinarian and have a story about how you entered a predominantly male profession at the time, email Rhodes at You can learn more about her oral project at


Hilton J. Klein, V’80, received the Bennett J. Cohen Award at the AAALAC International’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Member Organization Delegates in September 2021. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who have, through their service and contributions to AAALAC International, demonstrated a strong and abiding commitment to advancing animal welfare and science through the highest standards of animal care in research and education.

Lynn S. Frankhouser Keller, V’82, was recognized as the 2020 Veterinarian of the Year by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association.

Gerald Frye, V’89, finished his first season as an assistant replay official for the NFL.


Scott Weber, V’97, published two chapters, “Fish Surgery” and “Amphibian Surgery,” in Wiley’s Surgery of Exotic Animals textbook, edited by R. Avery Bennett and Geoff W. Pye. His co-author was Claire Vergneau-Grosset.


Brady Beale, V’02, was appointed Hospital Director and Chief Medical Officer of Ryan Hospital this past June. For the previous six months she served as Interim Director. Beale contributed to a variety of significant school and hospital decisions related to public health mitigation efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amy Durham, V’05, associate professor of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathobiology at Penn Vet, accepted the school’s newly created leadership position of assistant dean for Education. Durham also received the prestigious Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, one of eight faculty members at Penn to receive the award this past spring.

Fred Wininger, V’05, recently joined the editorial board of dvm360, the veterinary profession’s print resource for news, product resources, tools, and practice solutions. Wininger is in practice at North Carolina’s Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency and is a Diplomate of the ACVIM in Neurology and Neurosurgery.


Renee Cotton, V’21, was awarded the Dr. Andy Binns Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate and Professional Student Life. This award is presented to graduate or professional students, upon their graduation from Penn, who have significantly impacted graduate and professional student life through service in student life initiatives or organizations. Cotton was recognized for service and leadership in advocating for equity and inclusion, and for implementing finance reforms at Penn’s Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.


In Remembrance



Lillian A. Giuliani, V’57, passed away on October 4, at 96. One of only four females in a class of 43, Giuliani owned her own practice for 36 years in Bryn Mawr, PA. In a 2016 interview for Bellwether magazine, she recalled her first job after college in “Dr. Israel Live’s lab at Penn Vet. He was a brilliant man and he really spurred me to apply to Penn’s veterinary school. The School admitted me at a time when vet schools weren’t really accepting women. My education was excellent, and I was treated with respect.” In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Lillian Giuliani VMD’57 Opportunity Scholarship Fund, Penn Vet Institutional Advancement Office, 3800 Spruce Street, Suite 151 E, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


Donald Lundy, Jr. V’63, passed away on April 21. He served Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, for 50 years. Lundy established Twin Hills Veterinary Hospital in Muncy, Pennsylvania in 1963. Bovine medicine was a large part of his practice early on but as the rural dairy farms diminished, he expanded into small animal practice expanded. A graduate of Lycoming College, his true veterinary education was handed down from his father, “Doc Sr.,” and his great-grandfather, Dr. Daniel H. Super.

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