Kenneth C. Bovée, professor emeritus of medicine in Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, passed away on May 23 at age 77.
Dr. Bovée was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a BSc and DVM in 1961 from Ohio State University. He joined the faculty of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor in 1964 and in 1969 completed a post doctoral fellowship and master of medical science degree in Penn’s Graduate School of Medicine.
Dr. Bovée served the school and clinical department in many roles, including chief of the section of medicine for a total of 16 years, and as chairman of the department of clinical studies for six years. Dr. Bovée was chairman of the department during the construction of and move into the new small animal hospital (Ryan Veterinary Hospital) in 1981. He also served the University as a member of the Faculty Senate and of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee, and served for 10 years as the chair of the Graduate Group in Comparative Medical Sciences. In 1981 he was the first recipient of the Corinne R. and Henry Bower Chair and Professorship in Medicine. He was appointed to a secondary faculty position at Penn’s School of Social Work in 1985.
A charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 1972, Dr. Bovée served the Internal Medicine College in many ways, including chairing their examination committee for six years and as president in 1979-1980. His writings described original studies such as canine hereditary hypertension and chapters in textbooks in the field of veterinary urology. He also wrote a book, Canine Nephrology, published in 1984. Dr. Bovée was internationally recognized for his expertise in small animal urology and was awarded the Ralston Purina Small Animal Research Award in 1980.
He was a member of numerous veterinary and medical societies such as American Veterinary Medical Association, American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension, College of Physicians of Philadelphia and both the American and International Society of Nephrology.
He became an emeritus professor in 1998.
Dr. Bovée is survived by his wife, Terry; and two sons, Brad (V’92) and Ben.
A memorial service is being planned for the last week in August in Deer Isle, Maine.
Contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 30 South 17th St., ste. 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103.