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Dr. Robert L. "Bob" Ticehurst

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(Asbury Park Press)

DR. ROBERT L. "BOB" TICEHURST
AGE: 97
FORMERLY OF RED BANK
Robert Leonard "Bob" Ticehurst, V.M.D., beloved family, veterinary, and community leader, peacefully died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, his 97th birthday, with relatives at hand in Bethesda, Md., after a brief illness. A native and longtime resident of N.J., he was raised in Morsemere, Tenafly, and Shrewsbury before graduating from Red Bank High School in 1930 and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Veterinary Medicine in 1934. In 1936 after training in Lexington, Ky. and Ossining, N.Y., he partnered with his father, Harry Ticehurst, D.V.S. (1871-1964), and wed Alice Louise Pope, R.N. (1914-2004). During 67 married years, they lived in or near Red Bank until 1982, Wildwood, Fla. until 2002, and Kensington, Md. Until the early 1940s, he was also Red Bank Health Officer. In 1951, as the Shore became suburban and the practice shifted to small animals, he built Ticehurst Animal Hospital that still operates in Middletown. He had been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assn., Benjamin Franklin Society of UPenn, and Penn Club of N.Y.; past president, American Animal Hospital Assn., N.J. Veterinary Medical Assn., Red Bank Rotary Club, Beacon Hill Country Club, Leonardo, and Continental Residents' Assn., Wildwood, Fla.; past co-president, UPenn Veterinary Medical Alumni Society, and Kensington Park Residents' Assn.; former Trustee and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank, and Master Mason, Scottish Rite & Shrine. UPenn honors included the Bellwether Medal, 2000, for "thoughtful compassion and contributions to society in general and the School of Veterinary Medicine in particular" and Alumni Award of Merit, 1972. He was also known as an avid, skilled golfer, and for "pun-ctuated" humor.
Dr. Ticehurst is survived by Harry W. Ticehurst (Penelope) of Shrewsbury, Susan Ticehurst Daehling, RN (James) of Englewood, Fla., and John Robert Ticehurst, MD (Lynne) of Kensington, Md.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
To commemorate his remarkable life, the family suggests contributions to the Humane Society (humanesociety.org), Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD (suburbanhospital.org), or UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine (vet.upenn.edu).

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 6, 2009
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