I thought some of you animal lovers might appreciate the story of friend Bruce's life as written up by a fraternity brother.
Dr. Bruce *******, DVM ..... died
July 3rd in his Penn Valley, CA home from lung cancer. He always was an unusually cheerful, vibrant and positive "can-do" type of fellow in all matters. Bruce
served the animals and Koi fish of thousands of Silicon Valley and California clients in his ******* Hospital. He actively volunteered at ASPCA and Animal Rescue shelters. He was a significant benefactor to Cornell's Vet School and sponsor of the Cornell Vet school intern program.
Within one week after the Indonesian Tsunami, Bruce had emptied his Vet clinic of extra medical supplies/instruments and was on a Hospital Ship to Banda Aech as a volunteer Veterinarian to help the surviving animals. On the Hospital Ship he even assisted in triage and surgery on humans. On shore he helped set up an international animal treatment organization to help the local natives recover their economic lives via their live stock.
Fortunately Bruce and his wife attended the 2002 reunion at
Cornell. He made, after his terminal condition was known, the effort to travel east twice to visit Cornell and APD brothers one last time. He also skied high in the Sierras and installed new kitchen cabinets for his wife. He had
a very positive outlook on life.
(Last November, on the first farewell trip he and Bob **** drove from Philly to Ron *****'s Maryland home for a micro reunion with B A********and M****. Bruce and Bob drove up Ron's street, parked their car, entered the house and kitchen and loudly yelled "The axe murderers have arrived." But it was the home next door to Ron's. (Ding!))
Bruce candidly blamed his cancer on his youthful decision to smoke for 25 years - which he had ended in 1987. He urged us all to get chest CT scans now - because once lung cancer symptoms appear it usually is too late for treatment. Despite aggressive treatment at Stanford University,
Bruce died 11 months after symptoms appeared.
We lost a really good human and Brother.