02/21/2014 3:48PM

Veterinarian Raker dies at 93

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Dr. Charles Raker Sr., a retired professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, died Feb. 16 at the Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, Pa. He was 93.

Raker was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1942, and returned to serve as its director of clinics and professor of veterinary surgery after eight years as a private veterinarian.

He then became the school’s chief of large animal surgery at New Bolton Center, which he held from 1964 until his retirement in 1985. Raker held the appointment of the Lawrence Baker Sheppard Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania from 1967 until his death.

Raker was a member of the American and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and he was a founder diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Raker is survived by sons Charles Jr. and Edward, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wives Mazie in 1948 and Sara in 1994. A memorial service will be held to honor his life at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Penn. with the date and time pending.

Memorial donations may be made to the Charles Raker Endowed Opportunity Scholarship Fund or the Tamworth Fund.