MVMA Mourns Passing of
MVMA mourns the recent loss of two
members of Maryland's veterinary community -Roger E. Olson, DVM
and Joann Steely Holbrook.
Roger E. Olson, DVM
Roger E. Olson, DVM, 75 of Frederick
died Saturday, January 8, 2011 after an extended illnes. He was
the husband of Barbara L. Olson. Born March 19, 1935 in Racine,
Wis., he was the son of the late Edwin and Elsie Olson.
Dr. Olson attended Marquette
University and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
from Cornell University. He came to Frederick in 1960 as an
associate veterinarian to Dr. Harold Schaden. Later, he opened a
successful practice of his own which included a partnership with
Dr. James f. McClellan, with particular emphasis on large
In 1994, he joined the Maryland
Department of Agriculture's Animal Health Division and
eventually rose to the top of the division. He served as the
Maryland chief of animal health/state veterinarian from April
1994 until his retirement in June 2002. He was a highly
respected authority and sought-after speaker on topics of animal
testing and disease control. He remained active following his
state retirement as a consultant to Thomas Morris Associates.
During his career and retirement, he
served as president and director of the Maryland Veterinary
foundation, president of the Western Maryland Veterinary Medical
Association and president of the Northeastern U.S. Animal Health
Association. He was also a member of the Frederick County Farm
Bureau, Maryland Ag Commission, Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Frederick County Fish and Game Protective Association and
numerous other foundations, boards and scholarship funds.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to Frederick County Fish and Game
Protective Association. Make check payable to The Community
Foundation of Frederick County, 312 E. Church St., Frederick, MD
21701. Note "Frederick County Conservation Fund" in the check's
memo lone. Or donations may be sent to Maryland Veterinary
Foundation, 3230 Maiden Lane, Suite 5, Manchester, MD 21102.
Joann "Jody" Steely Holbrook
Joann "Jody" Steely Holbrook passed
away Monday, Jan. 10, 2010. She was born May 24, 1929, in
London, Ky. Although a Kentucky native, Jody spent most of her
life in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. As a young
girl, Jody's mother and father relocated their family to College
Park, where later she would attend the local college, the
University of Maryland, class of 1950, and met her husband of 58
years, Harold Hamilton "Doc" Holbrook. Doc and Jody would marry
at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Aug. 23, 1952, just blocks
from their childhood homes. After their marriage, they would
become more than a married . couple sharing each other's love
and beliefs, they would become partners in business, creating
Town and Country' Animal Clinic, Doc the veterinarian, Jody the
boss. Jody always keeping her plate full, managed the clinic and
a family of three children, Kathryn, Ann and Harold "Buster."
In 2007, Jody was diagnosed with cancer, and as a true fighter,
she battled through treatments for four years before succumbing
to the disease. This beloved mother, grandmother and friend is
survived by her husband; three children; nine grandchildren; and
two great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the Holbrook family asks that donations be
made in hon'or of Joann Holbrook to Days End Farm Horse Rescue
to benefit the Holbrook Critical Care Unit, P.O. Box 309,
Lisbon, MD 21765..
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