COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Office of the Dean
Dear PVM Alumni and Friends,
It is with profound sadness that I share with you news that we learned after this publication
already had been printed about our friend and colleague Jeff Spielman, who served as our
Director of Advancement until this past July. As mentioned in the Dean’s Column on the inside
cover of this Annual Report, Jeff left Purdue to take a position with the University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences in St. Paul, where he could be closer to family. Tragically, his life
ended unexpectedly November 19, due to a heart attack.
Jeff had a robust love for life that quickly became evident to those who knew him, as well as a
passion for his work and a fervent dedication to his family. A former college basketball coach, he
was a mentor to many and particularly enjoyed sharing quotes from coaching legend (and Purdue
graduate) John Wooden. With his energy and enthusiasm, and outgoing nature, he made a lasting
impact on the institutions and people he served. He will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service for Jeff was held November 23, in Hudson, Wisc. The O’Connell Family Funeral
Home handled arrangements ( http://www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com). For those of you who
would like to memorialize Jeff with a gift, a fund that was near and dear to his heart was that of
Dr. Debbie Knapp’s research with bladder cancer and its impact on both humans and dogs. If you
would like to make a contribution you can give on-line or send a check to the Purdue Foundation
and note in the memo line:
TCC Bladder Cancer Research in memory of Jeff Spielman.
Checks may be mailed to:
403 W Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Willie M. Reed, DVM, Ph.D.