Dr. William A. Suro, a Denver veterinarian for more than 50 years, and co-founder with his wife Nanci, of MaxFund, which has provided shelter and new homes for thousands of animals, died Thursday, September 6th. He was 82.
Dr. Suro was born April 15, 1936, and raised in Washinton, D.C., the son of Ann Nelson, a writer, and Guillermo Suro, a State Department official, and the step-son of Dr. Erich Mosettig, a bio-chemist at the National Institutes of Health.
After receiving degrees from Penn State Univeristy, and in 1960 his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, he first practiced in the Philidelphia area.
In 1964, after attending a conference in Denver and becoming enchanted with the area, he moved his young family and established his small animal practice in that city. He was the owner of Anderson Animal Hospital in the 1980s. He was past president of DAVMS and a member of AAHA, and received many awards for accomplishments in his field.
Dr. Suro and his wife Nanci established MaxFund in 1988. It soon became a major regional center for animal rescue, especially because of its principle never to euthanize animals. The annual black-tie fund raiser for MaxFund has become a highlight of the Denver social season.
His enthusiasm for animals extended to a household full of dogs and cats, and for many years's residence at The Flying Pig Ranch in Elizabeth, Colorado. There, an array of horses, pigs, goats and other livestock competed for attention.
Dr. Suro was an entuhusiastic athlete, playing amateur and semi professional football into his 40s, and tennis from his high school years on.
He combined that activity with years of painting and writing. At his death he was working on a novel about World War I.
His Denver residency coincided with the city's growth into a major urban center, both in the arts and professioinal sports. He supported both. He was a long-time season ticket holder with the Broncos, as much as any Denver area resident a part of the team's fanatic fan base. He was wearing a Broncos tee shirt when he died.
He was also a spiritual searcher, and his religious jouneys took him from South Carolina and beyond.
He enjoyed travel for family events and with family members, around the United States, especially Hawaii, but also to Mexico and Europe.
Dr. Suro is survived by his wife, Nanci Suro, and also four children from his first marriage to Nancy Hayworth Baird: Anne Suro and David Suro in Denver, Gail Starr in Portland, Oregon, and Lee Suro in Stillwater, Minnesota. Survivors include ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, and also half-brothers Roberto Suro and Michael Mosettig, and half sister Carmen Suro-Bredie. Mourning his death are his dogs Gus and Bandit, and cat Faulkner.
In lieu of flowers for his furry friends' support, please send donations to MaxFund, 720 W 10th Avenue, Denver, CO, 80204