Dr. Gary Blanchard

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Dr. Gary Blanchard. He died peacefully in his sleep Thursday morning, February 27. He was a fun and colorful colleague, mentor and friend to many. He charmed pet owners, referring doctors, and co-workers alike in his role as veterinary ophthalmologist and friend. He was both entertaining and enthusiastic in his professional and personal life. He made to point to bring the sunshine he so loved to all that he met. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 4th at 2:00 pm . Friends and loved ones may visit on Tuesday, March 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm . Services will be held in East Lansing at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home. It is located at 1730 E Grand River Ave.  Please call them at (517) 337-9745 for more information. It is located near the corner of Grand River Ave and Hagadorn St . Details for those wishing to provide memorial gifts are still being worked out. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home for the Archives of Alcoholics Anonymous or a fund to be started at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Please contact the Development Office and Alumni Relations at 517-353-4937 if you are interested in donating to the veterinary fund. As details become available, we will place information on the www.michvet.com website. Dr. Gary Blanchard enjoyed his role as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (Board Certified in Ophthalmology). He was with MSU’s Veterinary College for a number of years. This was the same place Gary earned his DVM. At MSU, he trained many ophthalmologists (including our own Harriet Davidson) and hundreds of students. He enjoyed teaching others and his passion was obvious to all. From MSU, he moved on and became one of our ophthalmologists at Michigan Veterinary Specialists. It is a bit unfortunate that the picture of him on the michvet website doesn’t show the whole picture. He wore shorts on the day the picture as well as every other day, regardless of the weather; he often said it is sunny and warm somewhere so he might as well dress the part. When not helping dog, cat, or horse eyes, he was splitting wood, or making chili. He had an active travel schedule preferring warm places, the east coast where he grew up, or wherever his Miata would take him. He stayed off the interstates, preferring the adventure of back roads and the people he would meet. He loved to read, especially if it was on sunny beach. He was proud of this active in his personal recovery from alcoholism; providing countless hours of service to others seeking the better life he had gained with the help of this work.