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MVMA Mourns Passing of Olson, Holbrook

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 animals.

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, , Annapolis, MD 21403.

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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