Daniel Hughes Gift Creates the Donald K. Bos and Robin Lane Thoroughbreds LLC Equine Support Fund at the LSU Veterinary School

BATON ROUGE—Daniel Hughes, CEO of Robin Lane Thoroughbreds, LLC, in Montgomery, Ala., gave a $30,000 gift that will provide general support to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Equine Health Studies Program.

“This donation will allow the LSU SVM Equine Health Studies Program to continue our mission of providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for critically ill and injured horses in Louisiana and surrounding areas,” said Frank Andrews, DVM, DACVIM, director of Equine Health Studies Program and head of the LSU SVM Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department.

The gift honors Hughes’ lifelong friend, the late Donald “DJ” Bos, whose greatest joy was fitting and showing fine halter horses (horses that are led, not ridden, when shown).

“I chose to honor my friend in this manner because of the excellent work done by the LSU vet school equine department. I am especially grateful to Dr. Britta Leise, her work, and her team,” said Hughes.

“We are honored to receive this donation from Mr. Hughes in memory of his friend. Due to the nature of this gift, we are able to use it where it is most needed throughout the equine hospital and equine program to benefit the health and well-being of horses throughout our region,” said Britta Leise, DVM (LSU SVM 2002), Ph.D., DACVS, associate professor of equine surgery and associate dean for faculty affairs.

Donald K. Bos was a lifelong horseman whose career spanned youth rodeos to training horses and managing farms.


“His positive spirit as a founder of Robin Lane Thoroughbreds was instrumental in establishing the success and values of the stable that proudly remembers him with every foal and every race,” Hughes said.


More information about Donald K. Bos is available in his obituary, which states, “He valued providing the best care for horses, friends, and family. Those who knew him learned about each by witnessing the way he lived and loved.”


About the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research, and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.

Obituary: Martin Anthony Spindel DVM

Martin Anthony Spindel DVM Obituary

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Dr. Martin “Doc” Anthony Spindel passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 88. He was born September 13, 1930 to Edward Robert Spindel and Mildred Blanchard Spindel, and was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia McWilliams Spindel, and sibling Joyce Mary Ann Spindel. Survived by children Brian M. Spindel (Cathy), Allison S. Travers (Tom), Kimberly S. Perniciaro and Marcia S. Weilenman (Chris); Grandchildren Denise Matthews (Craig), Paul Romig (Lindsey), Michelle Stacey (Xavier), Robin Goodin (Roland), Quentin Sierra (Dara), Jordan Perniciaro (Olivia), Ryan Schneider (Chris), and Zack Weilenman; Great Grandchildren Fable, Jack, CJ, Carmen, Kalina, Jet, Jax, Oakley and Keaton. Doc Spindel received his BS in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. He practiced Equine – large animal medicine in New Orleans until his retirement, including many years as track vet at the Fair Grounds and Jefferson Downs. After retiring Doc enjoyed volunteer open hearth cooking at area historic sites and plantation homes. The Spindel family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the community of River Ridge for their support and friendship, especially to the Harahan Senior Center and Mr. Po Boy! There will be a private graveside service with his children and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Doc wished for donations to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (https://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/giving/how_to_give/index.php)or Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (https://cvhs.okstate.edu/giving/all-giving-opportunities.html).

Published in The Times-Picayune from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2019