LEBLANC, MICHELLE M. 58
Gainesville - Michelle M. LeBlanc, 58, of Gainesville died April 13, 2013 at the ET York Care Center after a battle with colon cancer. Michelle received her DVM degree from Michigan State University in 1977 and became a world-renowned specialist in equine reproduction. She served on the the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine faculty for 22 years prior to practicing at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY, where the LeBlanc Reproduction Center has been named in her honor.
Michelle received numerous awards, including the World Equine Veterinary Association Lifetime Achievement Award and the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award; she was named 2000 Theriogenologist of the Year by the American College of Theriogenologists. She was an avid horsewoman and most recently rode and competed in dressage. Michelle loved to travel and enjoyed gardening and a variety of other outdoor activities.
She is survived by her parents, Douglas and Lillian LeBlanc, sisters Lizette (John) Bryan, Denine LeBlanc, and Josette LeBlanc (James Wise), brother Paul LeBlanc, stepsons Brett and Jon (Michelle) Anderson, and six nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Michelle's life will be held at the UF IFAS Straughn Center, 2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville FL, at 7pm on May, 4, 2013.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Michelle LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship at the UF college of Veterinary Medicine (352-294-4256), the Theriogenology Foundation, or Haven Hospice.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2013