November 15, 2002


 In memoriam

Posted Nov. 1, 2002
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Lorenz L. Beuschel

Dr. Beuschel (KSU '46), 78, Williamsburg, Va., died Sept. 16, 2002. Prior to retirement in 1990, he worked for the Virginia Department of Agriculture for 12 years. From 1946-1977, Dr. Beuschel served in the Army, retiring as a colonel. Following graduation, he practiced briefly in Montana and Tennessee. He was an emeritus diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Beuschel is survived by his wife, Marvel; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Richmond Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 26424, Richmond, VA 23260; or Jamestown Presbyterian Church, 3287 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

  Sammy M. Halley

Dr. Halley (TEX '60), 66, Cookville, Texas, died June 29, 2002. He was a founding member of the Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Prior to that, Dr. Halley had worked for the Texas Animal Health Commission.

Sandra O. Karn

Dr. Karn (MSU '65), 65, Middletown, Md., died Sept. 15, 2002. A small animal practitioner, she was the owner of Seneca Valley Veterinary Clinic in Germantown, Md., since 1974. Following graduation, Dr. Karn practiced at Penn Daw Animal Hospital in Alexandria, Va.

She served on the Maryland VMA board of directors from 1973-1977, as president in 1980, and as delegate to the AVMA from 1983-1999. Dr. Karn was also a past secretary, vice president, and president of the District of Columbia VMA. In 1984, she was appointed to the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Karn was the recipient of the Women's VMA (now known as the Association for Women Veterinarians) Award in 1965 for being the female graduate with the highest grade-point average.

She is survived by her husband, John; two sons; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Attn: Elizabeth McMillen, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; or Maryland Veterinary Foundation, c/o MVMA, 8015 Corporate Drive, Suite A, Baltimore, MD 21236-4977.

Kristina M. Layne

Dr. Layne (TEN '97), 31, Hendersonville, Tenn., died July 22, 2002. She was the owner of New Shackle Island Veterinary Hospital in Hendersonville. Following graduation, Dr. Layne practiced small animal medicine for three years.

Her husband, John, and two sons survive her. Memorials may be made to the Layne Children Trust, c/o Carolyn Leftwich, Suite 1700, 511 Union St., Nashville, TN 37219.

Robert B. Morris

Dr. Morris (COR '38), 86, Great Neck, N.Y., died June 2, 2002. He had co-owned Roslyn Animal Hospital and Morris Animal Hospital in Roslyn and Jamaica, N.Y., respectively, with his brother, Dr. Alexander Morris (now deceased). Dr. Robert Morris served in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of captain.

His daughter; stepson; and four stepdaughters survive him. Dr. Morris' brother-in-law, Dr. Mort Kramer (MID '45), and nephew, Dr. Jeffrey M. Kramer (COR '80), are veterinarians in Northport and Huntington, N.Y., respectively.

Gene R. Petersen

Dr. Petersen (ISU '53), 73, Johnston, Iowa, died Aug. 28, 2002. Retired, he had worked for the Squealer Feed Co. in Grimes, Iowa, as technical service director. Prior to that, Dr. Petersen practiced large animal medicine in Fontanelle, Iowa, for 17 years. He served on the Iowa VMA executive board.

An Army veteran of the Korean War, Dr. Petersen worked as a meat inspector in the United States, France, and Yugoslavia. He attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, and two sons. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice, 5820 Winwood Drive, Johnston, IA 50131; or Mercy Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 1111 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314.

J. Robert Ross

Dr. Ross (OSU '59), 70, Granger, Ind., died Aug. 4, 2002. From 1967 until retirement in 1987, he owned the Niles Animal Clinic in Niles, Mich. Prior to that, Dr. Ross practiced at Magrane Animal Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind. He was a lifetime member and a past president of the Michiana VMA.

Dr. Ross served on the park board and local baseball committee, and acted in civic theatre productions. His wife, Jill; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 1502 Broadway St., Niles, MI 49120; South Bend Civic Theatre, 701 Portage Ave., South Bend, IN 46616; Purdue Foundation, 1800 Purdue Memorial Union, West Lafayette, IN 47907; or Purdue Alumni Center, 101 N. Grant St., PMU 160, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

James T. Simper

Dr. Simper (KSU '55), 75, Brigham City, Utah, died Aug. 29, 2002. He owned a mixed practice in Brigham City for more than 40 years. Dr. Simper had served on the board of directors of the Utah VMA. He was a medical corpsman in the Navy during World War II, caring for many of the survivors of the Bataan death march.

Dr. Simper served as chair of the Brigham City Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustments. He was the Rotary Club district governor for the state of Utah from 1991-1992. In 1996, Dr. Simper was named Total Citizen of the Year by the Brigham City Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Shirley; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Rotary Foundation, c/o Bruce Evans, Brigham City Rotary Club, P.O. Box 841, Brigham City, UT 84302.

Jack O. Whitaker

Dr. Whitaker (UP '51), 83, Chapel Hill, N.C., died Sept. 3, 2002. From 1957 until retirement in 1995, he owned a bovine reproductive and herd health practice in Chapel Hill that served the Mid-Atlantic states. Earlier, Dr. Whitaker practiced in Richmond, Va.

An Army veteran, he served during World War II in the Philippines. Dr. Whitaker's three daughters; a son; and two stepchildren survive him. Memorials to any animal protection association would be appreciated.

R. George Wiswall

Dr. Wiswall (COR '40), 82, Glens Falls, N.Y., died Sept. 15, 2002. Prior to retirement in 1984, he owned Glens Falls Animal Hospital. Dr. Wiswall also served as the veterinarian for Warren County, New York.

He was the founder and first president of the American Association of Retired Veterinarians. Dr. Wiswall was also a past president of the New York State VMS and the Hudson Valley VMS. Active in the Humane Society of the United States, he joined the board of directors in 1953. Dr. Wiswall was hospital director emeritus of the American Animal Hospital Association.

His community involvement included serving on the board of the Glens Falls YMCA, as a member of the Warren County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol, and as founder and first chief of the Queensbury Central Fire Co. Dr. Wiswall and his wife, Polly, were awarded the Warren County Bar Association's Annual Liberty Bell Award in 1999. The Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, the Fort Hudson Pavilion, the Prospect Child and Family Center, and the Center for Independent Living are among his many charitable endeavors.

Dr. Wiswall is survived by his wife; son; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Adirondack Region Branch Office, 71 Glenwood Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804; or West Glens Falls Emergency Squad, 105 Main St., Queensbury, NY 12804.