Karin M. Kooreman, 54
Karin Kooreman, DVM, PhD, lost her 6 month battle with cardiomyopathy on Nov 20, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Haarlem, Netherlands on Sept 13, 1959. Her father was Johannas Kooreman (deceased). Her mother, Elly C.H. Kooreman-Kentie still lives in the Netherlands. She is survived by her husband, William E. Blevins and two sisters, Xandra Mulder and Madelein Kooreman, who live in the Netherlands.
Karin received her DVM degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She practiced large animal medicine in England for 5 years after graduation. She did a certificate of Equine Surgery and Large Animal Anesthesia at the University of Liverpool. In 1989, she moved to the USA to become a resident in large animal surgery at Purdue University
. After the residency, she entered a PhD program in Veterinary Anatomy and earned that degree in 1995. During that same period, she became a board certified large animal surgeon and member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After the degree program she did a post-doctoral program in the Basic Medical Science (BMS) Department at Purdue University. Karin then became a clinical track faculty member in the BMS Department. She was a staff or faculty member at Purdue University for 17 years. In 2007, she opened her own mobile large animal practice serving mainly horses and small ruminants. She hospitalized patients at the Spring Valley Ranch where she lived. She was in practice until her recent illness.
Karin was a member of the Armstrong Chapel. She was a frequent volunteer at the Lafayette Urban Ministries. She voluntarily participated and was eventually an organizer of a help group for female inmates at the Tippecanoe County Jail. Karin was an avid horse rider (dressage) and more recently developed an interest in carriage driving with her husband. She had a passion for animals and had a sixth sense that helped her determine when an animal was in distress. As she traveled through the country on her rounds, she knew where every dog belonged. If an animal escaped or was lost, she usually knew where it belonged.
Visitation will be at the Shoemaker Funeral Home in Otterbein, IN on Friday, Nov 29 from 5:00-7:00 pm. A Memorial Service will occur at the same facility on Saturday, Nov 30 at 10:00 am. A procession to the Armstrong Chapel Cemetery will immediately follow the service. There will be a brief graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Lafayette Urban Ministries in lieu of flowers.