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In Memory

Dr. James L. Voss

July 14, 2013

Dr. James L. Voss passed away peacefully to be with our Lord on July 12, after a long and courageous battle with illness.

Dr. James L. VossHe was born in Grand Junction in 1934 and grew up on the Orchard Mesa family farm until graduating from Grand Junction High in 1952.

Jim married Kathleen Alice Claxton, the love of his life, in 1954. After earning his DVM degree at Colorado A&M in 1958 and later obtaining his master's degree at CSU in 1966, he continued to teach and work at Colorado State University as an ambulatory clinician and departmental administrator. In 1986, Jim began a 15 year tenure as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from which he retired in 2001.

Read about the legacy of Dr. Voss at CSU.

Jim was instrumental in the funding and envisioning of the current CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He served on numerous professional committees locally, nationally and internationally to advance veterinary medicine. Jim's lasting contributions to equine research and literature are referenced daily by veterinarians around the world. Jim's involvement at CSU led to the development of incredible friendships and associations with gifted colleagues. Jim's affection for Colorado State University was second only to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen, sister Rose, brother Dan, sons Ed and Bill, and daughter Laura and their extended families. He has seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents, Edward and Ruth and brothers Richard and Ernest.

He will be remembered for his quick wit, honesty, integrity, work ethic and generous contributions to the field of veterinary medicine. A celebration of Jim's life will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the Fort Collins Hilton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Colorado State University Equine Reproduction Laboratory. Online donations can be made at https://advancing.colostate.edu/CVMBS*51953. Checks can be sent to the CVMBS Dean's Office, Colorado State University, 1601 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1601. In memo of check indicate Voss Memorial.

This obituary was originally published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan.


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