Grateful Clients: Barb and Joe Mendelson
Barb and Joe Mendelson
Some people really
are larger than life. Joe and Barb Mendelson are two such people.
When they wanted to give to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, they
asked what would do the most good. When they were told that the
hospital desperately needed a new
, they didn't hesitate.
But that wasn't their first gift. After their dog, Scout, received
treatment from Dr. John Oplinger (WSU CVM '79) at Wickenburg Veterinary
Clinic in Arizona, the Mendelsons asked what they could do to help the
profession. Dr. Oplinger asked them to give to his alma mater. They
started a cancer research fund made in their dog's name in 1996.
Over the years, Joe and Barb Mendelson have become loyal Cougars and
dear friends of the college. When they first visited in 2009, they fell
in love with the campus and with Pullman. And they wanted to find other
ways to contribute to WSU. Joe now serves on the
Board of Governors
and Barb is on the
Board of Trustees. She is also interested in supporting the good
work in the Paul G. Allen School
for Global Animal Health.
The Mendelsons' ties to the college run deep. Their current
veterinarian Dr. Ron Faoro (WSU CVM '81) in Santa Barbara, Calif. is
also a WSU alumnus. Although they have never brought a pet to the WSU
Veterinary Teaching Hospital, they have shown extraordinary gratitude
for what we do here. We couldn't be more grateful to them.