July 15, 2002


 In Memoriam

Posted July 1, 2002 


Your assistance is needed to ensure timely publication of death notices. At your earliest convenience, please report the death of a colleague or relative to the AVMA News Staff via a toll-free phone call at (800) 248-2862, ext 6754; e-mail at news@avma.org; or fax at (847) 925-9239.


AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member

Ralph W. Allen

Dr. Allen (AUB '57), 74, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died May 26, 2002. He practiced large animal medicine in south Florida for 45 years. Dr. Allen also served as track veterinarian at the area's major Thoroughbred racetracks for the past 14 years. He was an Army photographer in the Pacific following World War II and later, an avid amateur photographer.

Dr. Allen's wife, Roanne; two daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1751 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

Durward R. Avery Jr.

Dr. Avery (TEX '64), 65, Calhoun, La., died May 4, 2002. A large animal practitioner, he owned the Avery Equine Clinic in Calhoun. Earlier in his career, Dr. Avery had practiced in Gaars Mill and Newelton in Louisiana.

Known for his work in embryo transplantation, he also bred horses. Dr. Avery was a past president of the Louisiana VMA. An Air Force Security Service veteran, he attained the rank of staff sergeant. Dr. Avery's two sons and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale St., Memphis, TN 38105.

  John J. Cadden

Dr. Cadden (CAL '69), 63, San Mateo, Calif., died March 27, 2002. From 1976 until his death, he owned Laurelwood Veterinary Clinic in San Mateo. Following graduation, Dr. Cadden worked for the San Francisco SPCA for seven years.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1650 S. Amphlett Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402.

Vera S. Fenyes

Dr. Fenyes, 76, Evanston, Ill., died April 15, 2002. She was a 1950 graduate of Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Retired, she had owned a small animal practice.

Dennis A. Jackson

Dr. Jackson (SKW '74), 52, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, died May 12, 2002. A small animal surgeon, he established the Granville Island Veterinary Hospital in Vancouver in 1981. Prior to that, Dr. Jackson worked as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dr. Jackson's wife, Penny; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Dennis Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Attn. Shelly Matsuo, CIBC, 3rd Floor, 400 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C., V6C 3A6, Canada. The scholarship has been set up to assist in the development of young veterinarians wishing to pursue the advancement of small animal surgery.

  Steven S. Jordan

Dr. Jordan (PHI '82), 48, La Habra, Calif., died Jan. 26, 2002. He worked for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service in Brawley, Calif. A member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, Dr. Jordan had once served as its representative in California.

Phillip T. Pearson

Dr. Pearson (ISU '56), 69, Ames, Iowa, died May 8, 2002. Retired since 1996, he was professor emeritus and past dean of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his 38-year career at the college, Dr. Pearson served as associate professor and professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and orthopedic surgeon and director of the small animal clinic. He was named dean in 1972, working in this capacity for 17 years. Dr. Pearson also served as professor of veterinary medicine and surgery and associate director of clinics at the University of Missouri, from 1964-1965.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he was a past president and a past chairman of the board. Dr. Pearson had also chaired the Council of Deans of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. He was a member of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. Dr. Pearson received the Riser Small Animal Award, the Gaines Award and Medal, the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award from Iowa State University, and the Iowa Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award in 1989. He was the recipient of the National Academies of Practice Award of Merit.

Dr. Pearson's wife, Mary Jane; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 N. Western Ave., Ames, IA 50010; or William R. Bliss Cancer Center, c/o the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation, 111 Duff Ave., Ames, IA 50010-9843.

Patrick J. Rooney

Dr. Rooney (MIN '69), 60, Daytona Beach, Fla., died May 4, 2002. A small animal practitioner, he was associated with Rawls' Veterinary Hospital in Daytona Beach. Earlier in his career, Dr. Rooney practiced in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for many years. He had also worked as a nursing education lecturer.

Dr. Rooney was a Naval corpsman. His wife, Elana; two daughters; and a son survive him.

Jay H. Sautter

Dr. Sautter (OSU '44), 89, St. Paul, Minn., died April 20, 2002. He was a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1983-1989, Dr. Sautter served on the faculty of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. Following graduation, he joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota, working first as a research fellow and then as an instructor. In 1954, Dr. Sautter was appointed professor and head of the Department of Veterinary Pathology and Parasitology, serving in this capacity for 12 years. He retired from the University of Minnesota in 1983.

Dr. Sautter was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He served as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in several countries. He was a member of the Minnesota VMA, the Council of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U. S. Livestock Sanitary Association.

His wife, Margaret; a son; and a daughter survive him. Dr. Sautter's son, Dr. Thomas H. Sautter (MIN '78), and daughter-in-law, Dr. Linda Sifford (MIN '77), are veterinarians in Minnesota. Memorials may be made to the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum, c/o University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 1365 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108.

John E. Stefanick

Dr. Stefanick (UP '43), 81, Hermitage, Pa., died April 18, 2002. Prior to retirement in 1990, he was in mixed practice in Sharon, Pa., and Hermitage for 48 years. Dr. Stefanick had served on the Pennsylvania Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and was a past president of the Northwestern Pennsylvania VMA. He had also served as a trustee to the Pennsylvania VMA.

Actively involved in the Rotary Club, Dr. Stefanick was district governor of the club in 1967, a former Rotary District Youth Exchange officer, and chairman of the USA Rotary Tour for 25 years. In 1974, the Pennsylvania VMA honored him with the Award of Merit, for his active participation in the Youth Exchange program.

A World War II veteran, Dr. Stefanick served in the Air Force as a bombardier and navigator of B-29 bombers. He attained the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Dr. Stefanick is survived by his wife, Doris; four sons; and three daughters. One son, Dr. Larry L. Stefanick (UP '78), is a veterinarian in Sharon. Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 226 W. State St., Sharon, PA 16146.