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MVMA Mourns the Passing of Two Maryland Veterinarians

E. Edgar Ruebush

Dr. E. Edgar Ruebush, 92, the owner and director of the Ambassador Animal Hospital in Silver Spring from 1943 until his retirement in 1987, died June 20, 2013 at the Sunrise senior living community in Washington.

Ephraim Edgar Ruebush, Jr., a native Washingtonian, was a 1938 graduate of Roosevelt High School and earned his veterinary degree from Cornell University, following in the footsteps of his veterinarian father, Dr. E. Edgar Ruebush. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. During his career he cared for presidential pets and assisted with surgery on a white tiger at the National Zoo.

He was a founder and former president of what is now the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine and past president of the American Animal Hospital Association. His other memberships included the Maryland State Veterinary Medical Association, the Silver Spring Rotary Club and Manor Country Club in Aspen Hill. Dr. Ruebush was Maryland’s alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1971-1983 and was delegate from 1983-1990.

He is survived by his three daughters; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Thomas L. Wolfle

Thomas Lee Wolfle, D.V.M., Ph.D., 77, died at his family home, Black Dog Farm, in Cambridge, Maryland on June 28th, 2013.

Dr. Wolfle earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961 from Texas A&M University. He began his career with the US Air Force, working on collaborative animal behavior projects between the Air Force School of Aerospace and NASA involving health and behavior issues during space flight. In 1966, at the behest of NASA, he entered graduate school at UCLA, where he studied comparative animal behavior and the brain mechanisms of pain. In 1970 he received his Doctorate in Philosophy, with distinction, and continued work in animal behavior.

In 1976 he transferred his Air Force commission to the Public Health Service and moved to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He eventually served as Director of the Interagency Research Animal Committee. In 1988, he joined the National Academy of Sciences as Director of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources where he improved the lives of animals in research and helped train and educate those who used them.

Upon leaving the National Academy of Science, Tom continued to hold memberships in numerous national and international professional organizations. He considered two of his professional highlights to be working with the early NASA primates (including HAM the first chimpanzee launched to outer space) and attaining diplomate status in both the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, of which he was a founding member.

Upon his move to the Easter Shore Dr. Wolfle became very active in his community, working on the Board of the Dorchester Center for the Arts; serving as Flotilla Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; and volunteering at the National Blackwater Wildlife Preserve.

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