June 15, 2003

 

 Obituaries - June 15, 2003

Posted on June 1, 2003
 
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Allen M. Heath

Dr. Heath (GA '87), 41, Auburn, Ala., died March 30, 2003. He was an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Food Animal Section, at Auburn University. From 1990-1994, Dr. Heath practiced at Gainesville Veterinary Hospital in Gainesville, Ga. Prior to that, he practiced at Hendricks Animal Clinic in Manchester, Ga., for three years.

A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, Dr. Heath was a member of the AABP and the Society for Theriogenology. He was also a member of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and served as director of the Lee County Cattlemen's Association.

Dr. Heath's wife, Jennifer; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Allen M. Heath Memorial Fund, 317 S. College St., Auburn University, AL 36849.

George V. Ott

Dr. Ott (WSU '44), 83, Kelso, Wash., died March 12, 2003. Prior to retirement in 1984, he owned a practice in Kelso for nearly 50 years. During his career, Dr. Ott also worked as a veterinarian for the Portland Zoo and practiced in Cathlamet, Wash. In retirement, Dr. Ott inspected animals at the Cowlitz and Wahkiakum county fairs. An Army veteran, he served as a captain during World War II and the Korean War.

Dr. Ott received three major Rotary Club awards, including the Four Avenues Service Award. In 1985, he was the recipient of the chamber of commerce's White Hat Award. Dr. Ott was First Citizen of the Year in Cowlitz County in 1988 and Kelso Citizen of the Year in 1993.

His wife, Ruth; two sons; and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Dr. George V. Ott Memorial Fund, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, P.O. Box 657010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010; or the Cowlitz County Historical Society, 405 Allen St., Kelso, WA 98626.

Ole J. Rollag

Dr. Rollag (KSU '47), 80, Albuquerque, N.M., died April 3, 2003. Retired, he built the Blue Cross, Sandia, and Manzano animal clinics in Albuquerque. During his 30-year career, Dr. Rollag served as the public health veterinarian for the state of New Mexico for nine years. He also served as executive director of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine for seven years.

A member of the New Mexico VMA, Dr. Rollag was twice named Veterinarian of the Year. His wife, Buddy, and two sons survive him.

John W. Thimmig

Dr. Thimmig (COL '37), 87, Brighton, Colo., died March 3, 2003. He owned Brighton Animal Clinic for 42 years. From 1979 until retirement in 1990, Dr. Thimmig was chief executive officer of Englewood Press, an office supply company in Brighton.

He was past president of the Colorado VMA and had served as its representative in the AVMA House of Delegates. Dr. Thimmig was a member of the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine from 1963-1968, and past president of the Colorado State Board of Agriculture. He was also past president of the Colorado State University Foundation.

Dr. Thimmig's many honors include the Colorado VMA Outstanding Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award and its Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award in 1969 and 1970, respectively, and the CSU Alumnus Award from the veterinary college in 1973 and the university in 1993. He was inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, and the Thimmig School in Henderson, Colo., is named after him. Dr. Thimmig served as president of the Brighton School Board for 12 years.

He is survived by three daughters. Dr. Thimmig's nephews, Dr. Charles M. Thimmig (COL '71) and Dr. Robert L. Redman (COL '72), are veterinarians in Fort Morgan, Colo., and Brighton. Memorials may be made to the CSU Foundation/Thimmig Family Scholarship, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522; or First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, 510 S. 27th Ave., Brighton, CO 80601.

Jerry D. Thomerson

Dr. Thomerson (TEX '69), 59, Kerrville, Texas, died March 3, 2003. He owned Thomerson Veterinary Services in Kerrville. Prior to that, Dr. Thomerson had owned the Town and Country Animal Hospital in Kerrville. Earlier in his career, he practiced in Mason, Texas.

Dr. Thomerson was a past president of the Kerr County 4-H Program. His wife, Gail; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 291217, Kerrville, TX 78029; or Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

William T. Thompson

Dr. Thompson (MIN '59), 72, Tempe, Ariz., died March 29, 2003. From 1985 until retirement in 1996, he owned McClintock Animal Care Center in Tempe. Earlier in his career, Dr. Thompson practiced large animal medicine in Red Wing, Minn. He was a member of the Arizona VMA.

Dr. Thompson served in the Army from 1952-1955. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to the King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282.