March 01, 2003



 Posted Feb. 15, 2003
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Alan W. Burnikel

Dr. Burnikel (ISU '89), 40, Maple Park, Ill., died Nov. 29, 2002. He owned Animal House Veterinary Hospital in St. Charles, Ill., since 1995. Prior to that, Dr. Burnikel practiced in Franklin Park, Ill.

His wife, Michele, survives him. Memorials may be made to the Alan W. Burnikel Memorial Fund, c/o Harris Bank, 1 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. The fund will benefit institutions including the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah; the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Schaumburg, Ill.; and cancer research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Robert B. Cotton

Dr. Cotton (COL '67), 65, Stapleton, Neb., died Oct. 12, 2002. Prior to retirement in 1988, he owned Concord Animal Hospital in Concord, N.H. Following graduation, Dr. Cotton worked at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston for six years, participating in diabetes research and establishing the animal intensive care unit.

President of the New Hampshire VMA in 1985, he was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1987. Dr. Cotton served in the Navy for four years.

L. Mike Cummings

Dr. Cummings (TEX '63), 64, Monroe, La., died Dec. 3, 2002. Retired, he owned Cummings Veterinary Hospital in Monroe, practicing there for 40 years. At the time of his death, Dr. Cummings was president of the Louisiana VMA. He also wrote the weekly column "Pet Doc" for the local newspaper.

Dr. Cummings had served as president of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Examining Board for four years. He was a member of the Baton Rouge VMA and the Northeastern Louisiana VMA. In 1995, Dr. Cummings was named Louisiana Veterinarian of the Year.

A Vietnam War veteran, he served in the Army. Dr. Cummings attained the rank of captain. His wife, Linda; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Office of Development, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

George A. Deauville

Dr. Deauville (CAL '62), 64, Salinas, Calif., died Nov. 1, 2002. Prior to retirement, he owned Northridge Veterinary Hospital in Salinas. Following graduation, Dr. Deauville served in Fort Dietrich, Md., as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps, doing research on biologic agents.

He is survived by a son and a daughter. Dr. Deauville's brother, Dr. Paul M. Deauville (CAL '59), is a retired veterinarian in Fresno, Calif. Memorials may be made to the National Steinbeck Center, Attn: Development Department 1, Main St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Robert E. Dickerson

Dr. Dickerson (OSU '57), 68, Visalia, Calif., died Nov. 30, 2002. From 1961 until retirement in 1987, he was a partner in Valley Veterinarians Inc., in Tulare, Calif. Following graduation, Dr. Dickerson practiced in Mayfield, Ky., for two years. From 1959-1961, he practiced in Visalia, Calif.

Dr. Dickerson was a past president of the Tulare-Kings VMA. He traveled to Haiti as a member of the Christian Veterinary Mission. Dr. Dickerson is survived by his wife, Mary, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to The Visalia Wesley Foundation, 5200 W. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277; Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133; or The National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 N. W. 9th Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136.

Richard P. Lannen

Dr. Lannen (MSU '41), 85, Williamsburg, Mich., died Dec. 8, 2002. Until his retirement in 1975, he owned a practice in Elsie, Mich. A member of the Michigan Trail Riders, Dr. Lannen had served as president and board member of the organization. He was also a past president of the Elsie School Board and a member of the Lions Club for several years.

Dr. Lannen's wife, Jean; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Michigan State University, University Development, 4700 S. Hagadorn Road, Suite 220, East Lansing, MI 48823; or Munson Hospice, 1105 6th St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

Lester L. Larson

Dr. Larson (MIN '53), 79, Amherst Junction, Wis., died Sept. 21, 2002. Retired, he worked for American Breeders Service in Deforest, Wis., for 28 years. During his career, Dr. Larson also practiced in Westby, Wis., for a year.

He was a charter diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. A life member of the Wisconsin VMA, Dr. Larson was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1984. In 1985, he received the Merial Award for Excellence in Veterinary Preventive Medicine from the AABP.

Dr. Larson was a World War II veteran. His wife, Norma; two daughters; and a son survive him. Dr. Larson's son, Dr. Paul L. Larson (MIN '82); daughter-in-law, Dr. Julie A. Larson (MIN '80); and brother-in-law, Dr. Robert J. Kirkpatrick (ISU '43), are veterinarians in Mindoro, Wis., and Escondido, Calif., respectively.

Memorials may be made to the Wisconsin VMA, 301 N. Broom St., Madison, WI 53703.

Jo-Marie Sekol

Dr. Sekol (MSU '72), 53, Carlsbad, Calif., died Nov. 1, 2002. She practiced at the ABC Veterinary Hospital in San Marcos, Calif., since 1997. From 1992-1997, Dr. Sekol owned Family Pets Medical Center in San Marcos. She was a college instructor for Mesa College's Animal Health Technology Program from 1979-1991, also serving as director of the program for a period of time.

Dr. Sekol was a member of the San Diego County VMA. She is survived by her husband, Barry, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Pet Assistance, P.O. Box 104, Escondido, CA 92033.

T. L. Swartz

Dr. Swartz (COR '63), 64, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, died Dec. 23, 2002. Prior to retirement, he owned a small animal practice in Streetsboro, Ohio. During his retirement, Dr. Swartz was involved with the management of St. Hazard's Resort on Middle Bass Island, Ohio. Following graduation, he practiced in Sugarcreek and Warren, Ohio.

Dr. Swartz's wife, Helena; a son; a daughter; and a stepson survive him. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Ted Swartz Scholarship Fund, c/o Bellevue (High School) Alumni Association, P. O. Box 191, Bellevue, OH 44811.

Arnold C. Taft

Dr. Taft (ILL '57), 74, Bowie, Md., died Dec. 30, 2002. He was senior staff veterinarian of swine programs at the Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service in Riverdale, Md., since 1991. Prior to that, Dr. Taft was chief veterinarian of the Illinois Bureau of Health in Springfield, Ill. Following graduation, he owned Taft Veterinary Clinic, a mixed practice in Olney, Ill., until 1986.

Dr. Taft was a past executive board member of the Illinois State VMA. A Korean War veteran, he served in the Meat and Dairy Inspection Service. Dr. Taft's wife, Patricia; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association (Research for Pulmonary Fibrosis), 14435 Cherry Lane Court, Suite 410, Laurel, MD 20707-4959.

Richard S. Woods

Dr. Woods (COL '43), 82, Monte Vista, Colo., died Nov. 24, 2002. He practiced large animal medicine for 25 years. During his career, Dr. Woods also practiced at the Alamosa Auction, ranched, and raised Quarter Horses. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the China-Burma-India theatre. Dr. Woods attained the rank of captain.

His wife, Catherine; three sons; and a daughter survive him. One son, Dr. Richard G. Woods (COL '76), is a veterinarian in Newton, N.J.