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Alumni Class Notes

Published: Mar 20, 2020


Barry Kellogg, V’66, returned to the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry last year as the owner and chief veterinarian for Veterinary Response, Inc., providing services to the pets of the migrant farm worker community. Over the last three years, the organization has made more than 1,200 animal visits for distemper, parvovirus, and rabies vaccinations.


Mary Lombardo, V’84, published Rocket and the Donut Man: For the Love of a Dog, a true story about one of her beloved patients. All royalties from sales of the book will go to animal charities.

Howard Steinberg, V’84, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, has retired after 29 years at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was a clinical professor in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences.

John Dascanio, V’88, was named senior associate dean at the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. He previously served as executive associate dean of the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, currently serving as vice president. 

Shirley Yeo Llizo, V’89, received the Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for her service as an accreditation inspector since 2003. She was also recently recognized as the 2019 Inspector of the Year in the veterinary category.


Charles Dunn, V’96, was appointed chief medical officer of Vet’s Best Friend. He will assume responsibility for leading the organization’s veterinary, quality of care, regulatory, and medical affairs activities.


Sarah Reuss, V’05, a professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim, has joined the board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


Kathryn Bach, V’13, successfully passed her PhD defense examining health in the transition dairy cow in December. Last summer she was awarded first place in the graduate student research presentation competition at both the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and American Dairy Science Association annual conferences; the latter includes a trip to Portugal to present her research at the European Federation of Animal Science meeting. She will also present at the upcoming American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Baltimore.

Jonathan L. Lustgarten, V’13, MS, PhD, is president of the Association for Veterinary Informatics, an organization whose mission is to guide and transform the veterinary profession in understanding, using, and extending the practice of informatics. The association presented its first-ever Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement in Veterinary Informatics Award to Craig Carter, DVM, at the Fetch DVM 360 Conference in August 2019. The award recognizes leaders who have dedicated their career to the discipline of veterinary informatics and the ways in which it advances the practice of veterinary medicine.

In Remembrance


Lloyd Kornblatt, V’47, passed away on November 27. He began his veterinary career working with large and small animals and cared for Rahway State Prison’s dairy herd as well as the prize Black Angus bulls of oil magnate Armand Hammer. Together with his wife, Dolores, who was his business manager, Kornblatt built Metuchen Veterinary Hospital into a thriving small-animal practice that served the community for more than 50 years.

Robert Leighton, V’42, passed away on January 22.  A Charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he completed an internship and then worked as junior staff surgeon at Angell, before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1944, he returned to the Massachusetts SPCA Rowley Animal Hospital until he was recruited as chief of surgery for New York’s Ellin Prince Speyer Free Hospital for Animals (renamed the Animal Medical Center in 1959). Bob joined the surgical faculty at UC Davis in September 1965, teaching surgery and providing orthopedic surgical care until 1983. His professional contributions were recognized by awards from the California Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, UC Davis, the University of Chile, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Paul Husted, V’53, passed away on January 3. He had a long career with the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Service; he was commissioned first lieutenant in 1954 and retired with the rank of colonel in 1975. He worked at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as an assistant professor and administrative head of Small Animal Medicine Service from 1979 to 1989.

M. Phyllis Lose, V’57, passed away on September 30. The first female equine veterinarian in the United States and the third woman in the country to hold a horse trainer’s license, Lose owned and operated one of the world’s largest equestrian hospitals. She was also author of five books, including her autobiography, No Job for a Lady (1978).


Robert Emas, V’62, passed away on October 22. He practiced small animal medicine and surgery at the Emas Pet Hospital in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, for 54 years.

Carl Rogge, V’62, passed away on September 23. During his remarkable career, he worked with horses at the Hanover Shoe Farm in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and the Equine Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and he was director of Dynasplint’s Veterinary Division. Rogge’s lifelong passion was the Severna Park Veterinary Hospital in Maryland; he later built two more animal hospitals. Ten times selected as a veterinarian for the Iditarod, he provided care for sled dogs at checkpoints along the arctic wilderness trail.

Daniel Rice III, V’63, passed away on August 23. Rice proudly served his country in the US Navy as a lieutenant junior grade. He began his career in 1963 at the Shrewsbury Animal Hospital in Massachusetts, before opening his own practice in 1969. After retiring in 2008, he became a volunteer for the NEADS program in Princeton, Massachusetts, where he provided special care for world-class service dogs.

Joseph D. Fecher Jr., V’69, passed away on December 17. After graduation, he joined the Buzby veterinary practice in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, and years later took over the business. Fecher was a celebrated veterinarian in the community for over 50 years.


Gordon Stull, V’71, passed away on September 8. He provided low-cost care for over 40 years at his private veterinary practice, Vetco Animal Hospital, in Tabernacle, New Jersey, and committed countless hours to local animal shelters, rescues, wildlife centers, and feral animal initiatives. Stull served on the board of directors of the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights from 2003 to 2007. He was founder of the Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative, president of Millennium Wildlife Sciences, and project oversight advisor for the Black Bear Neutersol Project, working to develop an injectable sterilant for black bear population control. He was involved with passing the humane law of banning cat declaws in New Jersey. He was also responsible for banning pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania. In November 2018, Stull was recognized by Tabernacle Township for his many years of veterinary service. 

Gregory Bossart, V’78, passed away on November 19 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bossart worked for over 30 years in clinical domestic, marine mammal, and avian medicine and wildlife pathology at the national and international level. As senior vice president and chief veterinary officer at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, he oversaw the animal care, research, and conservation programs. Bossart was a highly respected veterinarian, pathologist, and conservationist who was committed to advancing the understanding of marine mammals.


Annette M. Carricato, V’87, passed away on August 18. She was the owner of Mountain View Animal Hospital in Linglestown, Pennsylvania.


Nicola Painter, V’14, passed away on January 5. She worked in small animal practice and feline medicine exclusively for several years.

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