Laura Ellen Smiley-Rogatz

LAURA ELLEN SMILEY-ROGATZ, 59, of Blue Bell, PA, passed away May 15, 2013, from kidney cancer. She was the loving wife of Dr. William P. Rogatz and adoring mother of Aiden Rogatz, the devoted daughter of Lois P. Smiley, artist, and the late Dr. Douglas G. Smiley, surgeon and the sweetest sister to Andrea Smiley Higgins. She was co-owner, with her husband William, of Gwynedd Veterinary Hospital in Lansdale. Laura's life was centered around her family, friends and animals. She grew up in Riverdale, NY (she remained a loyal Yankees fan), surrounded by cats, dogs and other small animals. Her love of animals led her to Montana, where she graduated from Montana State University and owned a horse named "Snipe". She received a Master of Science degree in Ethology (animal behavior), at the University of Connecticut and then studied Molecular and Developmental Genetics at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, receiving the highly coveted "Gentle Doctor Award". After graduating, Laura did an internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, culminating in her attaining Diplomate status in the Specialty of Internal Medicine (ACVIM), with particular interest in complex internal medicine cases and critical care medicine. Wherever Laura was, she had the uncommon ability to develop extraordinarily deep and loyal friendships. She will be sorely missed by family, friends, colleagues, Buffo, Little Baby, Quode, Blubs and Schmalo. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Stray Cat Blues, Inc., PO Box 8, Colmar, PA 18915 http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/straycatblues.html) or World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037 (http://worldwildlife.org/).

Published in The Reporter on May 18, 2013