Dr. LeRoy Stanwood Roemer, DVM, passed peacefully in his sleep in the Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, VA. on May 7, 2023. He lived at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia with his wife, Ellie.
Lee was born in Montclair, New Jersey on August 21, 1936. He was 86 years old.
He was pre deceased by his parents Stanwood O. Roemer and Elsie Roemer (Anderson).
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor (Ellie) Palm Roemer. He is also survived by his 3 children: Linda Roemer Kuntz (Ray) of Frederick, MD, Karen Roemer Carl (Brian) of Potsdam, NY, and Glenn Eric Roemer (Ines) of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Dominic Roemer, San Diego, CA, Matthew Kuntz, Alexandria, VA, Alena Carl, Minneapolis, MN, Jenna Kuntz, Frederick, MD and Marissa Carl, South Hadley, MA.
Lee was a retired companion animal Veterinarian. He always knew he wanted to be a vet. At age 14 he started to work in the Doremus Animal Hospital, Cedar Grove, NJ, after school and every summer. He graduated from Henry B. Whitehorne High School in Verona, NJ in 1954. He needed farm credits to get into the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell, in Ithaca, NY, so he studied at Kansas State University, 1954-56, then took extra courses at Seton Hall in New Jersey. He finally went to Cornell where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in June 1961. He was a member of the Omega Tau Sigma fraternity at Cornell.
In his Senior year at Cornell, Lee became engaged to Eleanor (Ellie) Palm, a 1955 graduate of Verona High. In 1959, Ellie graduated from Mount Holyoke College and had taken a position in medical research in the Zoology Dept. of Cornell University. They were married on April 1, 1961 in Montclair, NJ, returned to Ithaca the next day, Easter Sunday, and on Monday Lee returned to his vet classes and Ellie to her research job.
Immediately following graduation, the couple went to live in Verona while Lee went right to work at the Doremus Animal Hospital, now with his DVM degree! He worked there until 1965 as a Senior Partner with Dr. Richard Lunna at the Plainfield Animal. His specialty was dogs and cats. Several years later, he took over the ownership of the animal hospital plus the Edison Animal Clinic.. and the practice grew to include six veterinarians on the staff. In 1983, he and Ellie got interested in computers and became “value added dealers for IBM personal computers with PSI and a specialized veterinary program. They may have been the first in the state to have a computer in the hospital.
Lee was a member of AAHA…the American Animal Hospital Assoc. and an Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Assoc. as well as the Veterinary Group Management Assoc. He was listed in “Men of Achievement “. Lee was a member of the Christian Veterinary Mission. As an active member of the Oak Tree Presbyterian Church in Edison, NJ , he became President of the Session.
In 1987, Lee sold his practice and semi-retired to Tryon, NC. He practiced in North Carolina and passed his state board exams in South Carolina so he could be a relief veterinarian in the area. He was a member of the Tryon Methodist Church, then the Tryon Presbyterian Church with his wife. They were members of the Red Fox Country Club of Tryon where they both played tennis. Lee also started a Pet Pals program with volunteers taking their pets to visit in hospitals and nursing homes. They lived happily in Tryon for 27 years.
In 2013, Lee and Ellie moved to Smith Mountain Lake to enjoy boating, swimming, riding their Sea Doo and playing Pickleball…and walking, Jed, our beloved Golden Doodle dog! They became members of the Waterfront Country Club. They joined the Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Lee loved the lake and enjoyed warm friendships with many of the neighbors. He was dearly loved and respected by his entire family as well as his friends and other relatives. Lee was grateful he was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of caring for and bringing healing to pets, especially dogs and cats, for so many years. He was a wonderful, respected Veterinarian! He will surely be missed but we know he is at peace now.
A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Francis Service Dogs, P.O. Box 19538, Roanoke, Va. 24019 or visit www.saintfrancisdogs.org.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Smith Mountain Lake is assisting the family.