December 15, 2002


 In Memoriam

Posted Dec. 1, 2002

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Kenneth W. Chamberlain

Dr. Chamberlain (COR '52), 77, Ocala, Fla., died Sept. 27, 2002. Retired, he was a small animal practitioner. A World War II veteran, Dr. Chamberlain served in the Army Air Corps.

His wife, Marjorie; two daughters; two stepsons; and two stepdaughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611.

Edward F. Donovan Jr.

Dr. Donovan (OSU '49), 83, Sarasota, Fla., died Oct. 15, 2002. He was a faculty member of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 27 years, retiring as professor and head of small animal medicine. During this time, Dr. Donovan also served as a lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology at the OSU College of Medicine, was director of research for the Morris Animal Foundation, and practiced part time at Beechwold Animal Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. His research interests in ophthalmology at OSU led to the clinical and genetic characterization of ocular fundus anomaly of Collies. Dr. Donovan also researched the effects of low-level radiation on the retinas of Beagles.

Following graduation, he practiced in North Canton, Ohio, for four years. He then worked at American Cyanamid in Pearl River, N.J., as a clinical researcher, before joining the faculty of OSU in 1955. In 1973, Dr. Donovan helped organize the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, becoming a charter diplomate. He was active in the AAHA Committee on Ophthalmology, the Ohio VMA, and served on the executive board of the Fifth District VMA.

Dr. Donovan received The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Teaching Award in 1970. A World War II veteran, he served as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Forces. Dr. Donovan's wife, Theda; four sons; and a daughter survive him. Two of his sons, Dr. Steven P. Donovan (OSU '79) and Dr. John C. Donovan (OSU '77), and John's wife, Dr. Marilyn B. Donovan (OSU '77), are veterinarians in Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively. Memorials may be made to the General Scholarship Fund of The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1900 Coffey Road, 127F VMAB, Columbus, OH 43210.

Larry G. Ficklin

Dr. Ficklin (COL '77), 49, Littleton, Colo., died Aug. 12, 2002. He was the owner of Brentwood Animal Hospital in Denver for eight of his 14 years there. During his career, Dr. Ficklin had also practiced at Buena Pet Clinic in Tucson, Ariz., for three years.

His wife, Lynda, and three sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Colorado Neurological Institute, 701 E. Hampden Ave., #160, Englewood, CO 80110.

Trevalyn S. Holt

Dr. Holt (TEX '79), 46, Hempstead, Texas, died July 30, 2002. She had owned a mixed practice, Holt Veterinary Services, in Hempstead since 1984. Prior to that, Dr. Holt practiced at Hempstead Veterinary Clinic and Waller Veterinary Clinic in Waller, Texas. During her career, she was also involved in equine reproduction and lent her services to the Houston Livestock Show and the Waller County Fair.

Dr. Holt was a member of the AAEP, AABP, Texas VMA, Bluebonnet VMA, Brazos Valley VMA, and the Southwest Cattlemen's Association. Dr. Holt had served as president of the Greater Houston Large Animal Veterinary Association. She was active in her community. Dr. Holt is survived by two sons.

Harry E. "Sonny" Lowry

Dr. Lowry (GA '62), 69, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Oct. 27, 2002. From 1985 until retirement in 2000, he owned Academy Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to that, Dr. Lowry owned Lowry Animal Hospital in Greenville, N.C., and Boulevard Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.

He was an Army veteran, working on the Saturn rockets for NASA. Dr. Lowry's wife, Marion, and four daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA 30602; or Humane Society of Broward County Inc., 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.

Paul W. Martin

Dr. Martin (AUB '73), 54, Jasper, Ala., died July 20, 2002. He was a partner at Farmstead Veterinary Clinic in Jasper for 28 years. Dr. Martin was a member of the Alabama VMA and the Jefferson County Veterinary Association.

His wife, Debbie, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Paul Martin Scholarship Fund, Walker County Auburn Club, P.O. Box 721, Jasper, AL 35502. The fund will benefit a local student pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine.

Cynthia L. Rhodes

Dr. Rhodes (AUB '84), 43, Gloucester, Va., died June 24, 2002. She practiced at Gloucester Veterinary Clinic for 18 years. A federal wildlife rehabilitator, Dr. Rhodes worked with endangered species and consulted with the Virginia Marine Science Museum and the Humane Society. She was a member of the Stranded Mammal Team of the Virginia Marine Science Museum.

Dr. Rhodes is survived by her husband, Warner; two sons; and a stepdaughter.