Made in memory of a beloved family horse, Just Java, who succumbed in 2015 to laminitis, a generous gift from Karen Jones Squires and James Squires supported a much-needed renovation and expansion of a neurologic stall at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in Leesburg, Virginia. To acknowledge the Squireses’ vision, commitment, and generosity—and to memorialize the horse who inspired the gift—the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved naming the stall the “Just Java” Neurologic Stall.

Completed in spring 2018, the new stall replaced a makeshift stall located in the center’s intensive care unit. Small and cramped, the former stall not only made it difficult for clinicians and staff to comfortably treat patients, but also did not fully secure contagious horses. The new stall was created by combining two stalls in the center’s isolation unit, a critical necessity because neurologic horses often carry a contagious disease. Now, besides being secure, the stall is both private and quiet, greatly improving patient well-being.

Dedicated members of Virginia Tech’s Ut Prosim Society, which recognizes leaders in the philanthropic community that sustains the university, the Squireses have long championed the vision and plans for EMC’s expansion to better serve patients.

“Having lost a once-in-a-lifetime horse, Just Java, to chronic illness, we thought that funding a firstrate, purpose-built neurologic stall at the Equine Medical Center would be a meaningful way to honor him while supporting the excellent work of EMC,” said Karen Jones Squires, whose daughter, Eleanor, was inspired to pursue a career in equine medicine in her horse’s honor.