August 01, 2003

 

 Obituaries - August 1, 2003

 Posted on July 15, 2003

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Norman J. Costello

Dr. Costello (CAL '70), 60, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., died Feb. 2, 2003. He owned The Animal Keeper, boarding facilities for animals. Earlier in his career, Dr. Costello practiced small animal medicine. He was a member of the San Diego County VMA. Dr. Costello's wife, Brenda; four daughters; and a son survive him.

Memorials may be made to Horizon Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 9070, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

Richard B. Griffin

Dr. Griffin (AUB '80), 48, Greenville, Miss., died May 7, 2003. He owned the Allen and Griffin Animal Hospital in Greenville for two years. Prior to that, he practiced at the same hospital, then known as the Allen and Allen Animal Hospital. Dr. Griffin was a member of the AAHA.

Each year, Dr. Griffin went on a mission to Honduras. He volunteered with the Hodding Carter YMCA and the Salvation Army. A member of the Kiwanis Club, Dr. Griffin served as its lieutenant governor, helping with the Special Olympics in Greenville. He was also a member of the Red Cross. Dr. Griffin's wife, Mary Ann; a son; and a daughter survive him.

Memorials may be made to the Kiwanis Club, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196; Episcopal Medical Mission, 606 Rathervue Place, Austin, TX 78705-3128; Jackson MetroYMCA, 800 E. River Place, Jackson, MS 39202; American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013; or the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 459, Greenville, MS 38702.

Clayton S. McKinnon

Dr. McKinnon (GA '88), 40, Florence, S.C., died Jan. 18, 2003. He owned Companion Veterinary Care Center in Florence. Dr. McKinnon was a member of the AAHA, the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and the Pee Dee VMA. He chaired the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 225 W. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29501; or the Morris Animal Foundation, 45 Inverness Drive E., Englewood, CO 80112-5480.

William K. Raub

Dr. Raub (OSU '52), 78, Dublin, Ohio, died May 22, 2003. He owned the Bagley Road Animal Hospital in Berea, Ohio, for 32 years. Dr. Raub was a World War II veteran. His wife, Ruth; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Karen Longbrake, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210.

Robert C. Reisinger

Dr. Reisinger (AUB '44), 81, Burtonsville, Md., died May 16, 2003. From 1993 until retirement in 1998, he worked for the Maryland State Racing Commission. Following graduation, Dr. Reisinger was an equine practitioner in Bel Air, Md. From 1945-1954, he worked for the United Nations, the Economic Cooperation Administration, and the Army, with assignments in Greece, Poland, Mexico, China, Ethiopia, Formosa, Japan, and Korea.

During this time, Dr. Reisinger served as assistant chief of the Veterinary Services Division of the Supreme Command for the Allied Powers for a year, and as chief of the Veterinary and Livestock Section of the U.N. Civil Assistance Command in Korea for four years. He traveled to China, Taiwan, and Ethiopia to conduct the rinderpest immunization program. From 1954-1955, Dr. Reisinger practiced in Miami. He moved on to become project leader of pasteurellosis research at the Animal Disease and Parasite Research Division of the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. In 1960, Dr. Reisinger became assistant chief officer of emergency diseases at the USDA Animal Disease Eradication Division.

Dr. Reisinger's honors included commendations from the Taiwan Provincial Government and the president of the Republic of Korea. He was an honorary life member of the Tokyo VMA. In 1994, he received Auburn University's Distinguished Alumnus Award in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Reisinger was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.

Joseph S. Spano

Dr. Spano (COL '66), 62, Auburn University, Ala., died May 17, 2003. He was professor emeritus at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1973 until retirement early this year, Dr. Spano served as educator, diagnostic clinical pathologist, and director of the clinical pathology diagnostic laboratory. He was a leader at the college in developing computer applications in instruction and applying telemedicine in clinical pathology.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was a member of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Dr. Spano was also a member of the AAHA and the Alabama VMA. He was the recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award and the Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Spano was involved with promoting and administering continuing education courses.

His wife, Jane, and three sons survive him.

Melvin E. Vaclavik

Dr. Vaclavik (UP '54), 76, Meadville, Pa., died March 26, 2003. He owned Woodcock Dam Animal Clinic in Saegertown, Pa., for 31 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Vaclavik worked as regional veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Animal Health. A lifetime member of the Pennsylvania VMA, he served as secretary-treasurer of the Northwestern Pennsylvania VMA for 30 years.

Dr. Vaclavik is survived by his wife, Lois; two daughters; and a son. His brother, Dr. Richard A. Vaclavik (UP '56), is a veterinarian in Millersburg, Pa. Memorials may be made to the Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, PA 16335.

Allan L. Wasserman

Dr. Wasserman (MSU '55), 72, Darien, Conn., died Feb. 1, 2003. He was a partner at Darien Veterinary Hospital for 47 years. Dr. Wasserman was a member of the AAHA and the Connecticut VMA. A past president of the Fairfield County VMA, he chaired its Veterinary Ethics Committee. Dr. Wasserman's wife, Anita, and two children survive him.