PennVet | In Memoriam
New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

In Memoriam

Published: Mar 31, 2022

Jeffrey Arnold Wortman

Dr. Jeffrey WortmanJeffrey “Jeff” Arnold Wortman, V’69, PhD, passed away on March 11, 2022. He was 75. After receiving his VMD, Wortman was commissioned as a captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps, serving in the 20th Preventative Medicine Unit in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He received the Bronze Star. After his military service, Wortman completed a small animal internship, a residency in Radiology, and a postdoctoral PhD program at the University of California’s Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1977, he was elected Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and joined the faculty at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Wortman returned to the University of Pennsylvania and served on the Radiology faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine for more than 30 years, with 19 of those years as associate dean for Academic and Curricular Affairs. He also held a secondary appointment at the School of Medicine. Wortman is survived by his wife of 52 years, two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren.

An endowed scholarship to support a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania is to be established in his name. If you would like to make a gift to the Jeffrey A. Wortman, VMD’69, PhD Endowed Scholarship by check, please make it payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, indicate in the memo line “Wortman Endowed Scholarship,” and mail it to Office of Institutional Advancement, 3800 Spruce Street, Suite 151E, Philadelphia, PA 19104. If you would like to make a gift by credit card or through a security or cash wire transfer, please contact Claire Wilson at or 215-898-4235.


James Bruce

James “LeRoy” Bruce, of Quarryville, Pennsylvania, passed away at home in January 2022. He was 92.

Bruce was the farm manager for Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center for 50 years, from 1952 to 2002. His father, Charles, was the farm manager at the original large animal research station of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Bolton Farm, and Bruce began his career as a farm employee there. He went on to become manager of Bolton Farm, and then supervised the move of the farm, including its registered Guernsey dairy herd, to New Bolton Center’s current location. Bruce helped to shape the New Bolton Center campus into what it is today.

“I remember LeRoy fondly from the time I spent here as a resident and lecturer, as I think everyone who was working at New Bolton Center during his tenure here does,” said Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, DACT, Harry Werner Endowed Professor of Equine Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Clinical Studies at New Bolton Center. “LeRoy was kind and supportive to everyone, while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to his job — underlined with a background of consistent humor. He will be missed.”

In addition to his wife, Betty, Bruce is survived by five children, 21 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa.