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Connect to Vet Med April 2017: In Memoriam

Thomas Victor Dickerson, DVM 1965

Please note that Dr. Dickerson’s graduation year was 1965 and not 1976 as previously reported.

Dickerson Thomas Victor Dickerson, D.V.M., 65, passed away surrounded by family on January 31, 2017. He was born on August 15, 1940 to the late Hartzell and Grace Rowland Dickerson. Tom graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1965. Following two years of service in the United States Air Force, he practiced veterinary medicine for 40 years as an owner of the Reynoldsburg Animal Hospital in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He served on numerous committees and held offices for The Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine, The Columbus Veterinary Emergency Service, and The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. He volunteered much of his leadership, time, and veterinary services to Pilot Dogs, Inc. He was instrumental in the development of their Puppy Program and breeding program for a superior guide dog. His community benefited from his involvement in the Reynoldsburg High School intervention assistance team, the High School Mentorship Program, and volunteering his time, service, and expertise to the Reynoldsburg Police Department. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Sander Dickerson; daughters, Debbie (Aaron) Seaman and Amanda (Tim) Clancy; sister, Jane Lehner; and grandchildren, Amber, Morgan, Tanner, Payton and Delaney Seaman, Owen, Elliot, and Patrick Clancy.    


Jerry C. Haughn, DVM 1969

Dr. Haughn (Ohio State ’69), 73, Chandler, Texas, died March 8, 2017.  He practiced small animal medicine, with an emphasis in surgery, at North 23rd St. Veterinary Clinic in McAllen, TX, from 1982 until his retirement in 2009.  Afterwards, he divided his time between working on his farm in Leipsic, OH, and residing nearer to his children in Chandler, TX. Dr. Haughn began his veterinary career as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps.  In 1971, he moved to Leipsic, OH, where he partnered in a mixed practice until moving to the Rio Grande Valley in 1978.  He provided mixed animal relief services until joining the McAllen clinic. Dr. Haughn was appointed to the West Point Military Academy in 1962.  Over the course of his career, he was a member of the American, Ohio, Texas, and Valley Veterinary Medical Associations, and the OSU Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Melinda, son Jarrod, two  granddaughters and one grandson.  Daughter Dr. Melinda Hill (Texas A&M ’97) and son-in-law Dr. John Hill (Texas A&M ’97) actively practice small animal medicine in Grapevine, TX.


Dr. Robert R. Sigler, DVM 1946

Bob Sigler, 91, of Akron, passed away March 14, 2017.  He was born on the family farm in Fowler, Ohio on April 28, 1925 to the late Glenn and Frances (Jones) Sigler.  After graduating from Fowler High School in 1942, Bob’s oldest brother Ted drove him to Columbus, Ohio to start veterinary school and admonished him to work hard.  While at Ohio State he was in mandatory ROTC, washed dishes on Neil Avenue and joined the veterinary fraternity, Omega Tau Sigma. Bob graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine on March 15, 1946 making him one of the youngest graduates, just shy of his 21st birthday. After graduation, he moved to Akron, Ohio to join the veterinary practice of Barrett and Noonan in North Hill.  In August 1949, he was told to go see the young woman with the Chow and met Betty Baum.  She agreed to go on a date with Bob to celebrate his Boxer dog's birthday.  They were engaged by her November birthday and married February 25th, 1950. 

Bob was called to active military service during the Korean War and was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and later in California, before returning home to Akron where he continued to work for Barrett and Noonan.  In January 1955, Bob opened Sigler Animal Hospital and practiced regularly until 1995; then intermittently after he retired; until he let his license expire in 2004.  He was active attending meetings and conventions of the Summit County, Ohio, American Veterinary Medical Associations.


Bob was a member of Main Street United Methodist (now Church of the Good Shepherd) where he served as a trustee for many years.  Most recently, he belonged to Firestone Park United Methodist Church. Bob would want to be remembered for his love and faith in God, even more than his love of veterinary medicine, the value of education, and OSU football. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, of 65 years, Betty; sister, Nell Elizabeth Hudson; brothers, James Theodore Sigler and Wayne Eugene Sigler.   He is survived by his children, Dr. Robert G. (Pat) Sigler, Dr. William K. Sigler, Susan (Grant) Neilley, and Cynthia Sigler (Dennis McNamee); 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. James E. Phillips and Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz; caregivers, Wendy Bentley, Karen McGrady, Sandra Neiman, Julia Robinson, Sue Robinson, Kathy Starcher, and everyone at Summa Hospice. 

Lawrence M. "Larry" Borst Jr., DVM 1950
Lawrence M. "Larry" Borst Jr., 89, of Greenwood and formerly of Indianapolis, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.  He was born July 16, 1927 at Champaign County, Ohio to the late Lawrence M. and Mary Waldeck Borst Sr. Larry married Eldoris J. Wood March 20, 1948 at Columbus, Ohio and she survives. Other survivors include daughter Elizabeth (Bill) Murphy; sons; Philip (Jill) Borst DVM and David Borst all of Indianapolis; grandchildren Adam (Amanda) Yates, Brandon Yates, Alex Borst, Eric Borst and Andrew Borst; brother John Borst.

He was a 1950 graduate of "The" Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine and was owner of Shelby St. Animal Clinic retiring in 1986. Larry was a WWII Army Veteran. His memberships include University Lodge No.631 F&A. M.; Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and was a 33rd Degree recipient; Murat Shrine; American Veterinary Medical Assn.; Indiana Veterinary Medical Assn.;  and Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Assn.; Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity and Honorary Member Phi Zeta, and recipient of "The" Ohio State University Distinguished Alumnus 1996 award. Larry served in the Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Senate a total of 38 years, receiving the 1987 National Legislator of the Year award. He was recognized with many other honors and awards during his Public Service Life.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00pm