In Memory: Dr. Terry Brandenburg (PU DVM ’76)

Friday, January 15, 2021

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The Purdue Veterinary Medicine family is saddened to learn that alumnus Terry Brandenburg, of Carmel, Ind., passed away on January 4. He was 69. 

Born in Lafayette, Ind., Dr. Brandenburg came to Purdue after graduating from Muncie Central High School and earned his DVM degree in 1976. He worked as an equine veterinarian for 43 years and owned an equine practice in Lebanon, Ind.  Dr. Brandenburg was known and respected for his knowledgeable, practical, and dedicated approach. He retired in 2019, following a career in which he was highly regarded for being very understanding toward his clients and caring as much for them as he did for their animals.

Remembered as a generous, kind, and principled man who always took the lead and was there to take care of people in need, Dr. Brandenburg was loved for how he made everyone feel valued and had the strength and patience to give thoughtful and tough advice. A loyal Purdue fan, Dr. Brandenburg never missed a game, regardless of whether he was at home or in Mexico, where he and his wife, Sue, enjoyed spending winters at their home in Mazatlan.

Dr. Brandenburg stayed very active. A 38-year member of the Lebanon Rotary Club, Dr. Brandenburg served as chair and host of the traditional Octoberfest for the club for a number of years in addition to taking part in many service projects.  He also loved canoeing the Boundary Waters on the Minnesota-Canada border and was an avid pickleball player in both Indianapolis and Mazatlan.  In addition, he and Sue loved taking their horses camping and trail riding all over the country.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home, Inc. and the Dr. Andy Lavignette Fund at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, which supports veterinary students in need of help to cover an emergency.  Gifts to the Lavignette Fund can be made by check, payable to the Purdue Foundation, with a notation on the memo line that the contribution is for the College of Vet Med A. Lavignette Emergency Fund, and sent to Purdue Foundation, Gift Processing, PO Box 772401, Detroit, MI 48277-2401.

Friends and colleagues are invited to visit the website of the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary at, to sign the online register and leave a personal message. Click here for a complete obituary.

Writer(s): Kevin Doerr |

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