September 15, 2003

 

 Obituaries - September 15, 2003

 Posted on September 1, 2003

Memorial contributions to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are gratefully accepted. When making such contributions, please indicate the name and address of the individual who should receive notification of your donation. Contact: AVMF 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100 Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360 (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6689 www.avmf.org

AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member
Nonmember

John J. Dobrinsky

Dr. Dobrinsky (COR '51), 79, Illiopolis, Ill., died June 20, 2003. He was in mixed practice in the Illiopolis area for more than 50 years. Dr. Dobrinsky was a member of the AAEP and the Central Illinois VMA. A World War II veteran, he served in the Navy. Later, he served in the Veterinary Corps of the Army Reserve.

Dr. Dobrinksy was a past president of the Illiopolis Board of Education. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three sons; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the Illinois 4-H Foundation, 125 Mumford Hall, 1301 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801; or Blessed Visitation Church, Illiopolis, IL 62539.

Michele Gershon

Dr. Gershon (BRN '92), 40, South Wellfleet, Mass., died March 16, 2003. A small animal practitioner, she most recently worked as a relief veterinarian. Earlier in her career, Dr. Gershon had practiced at the Dighton-Reheboth Animal Hospital in North Dighton, Mass., and the Eastham Veterinary Hospital in Eastham, Mass. She was a member of the Massachusetts VMA. Dr. Gershon is survived by her husband, Jonathan.

Patricia Halloran

Dr. Halloran (COR '39), 88, Mishawaka, Ind., died July 8, 2003. Prior to retirement in 1988, she operated Halloran Animal Hospital in Stapleton on Staten Island, N.Y., a practice she had co-owned with her husband, Dr. John Halloran Jr. (now deceased). Following graduation, Dr. Halloran practiced in Charleston, W.Va, for a year. In 1942, she became the Staten Island Zoo veterinarian, remaining in that position for 28 years.

Dr. Halloran co-founded and was twice past president of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. She also co-founded what was then known as the Women's VMA. During World War II, Dr. Halloran served on a committee that established primate stations to breed animals for research. She was the author of "A Bibliography of References to Diseases of Wild Mammals and Birds."

Dr. Halloran was named Woman of the Year by the Staten Island Soroptimist Club in 1959. Her two daughters survive her.

Wendell E. Johnson

Dr. Johnson (ISU '61), 66, Waverly, Iowa, died Feb. 19, 2003. From 1972 until retirement in 1995, he worked as a circuit supervisor for the Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection Service in Waverly. Prior to that, Dr. Johnson worked in the same capacity in Indiana. Early in his career, he was employed at the U.S. Public Health Service for two years.

Dr. Johnson was a member of the Iowa VMA and the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. His brother, Dr. Lowell B. Johnson (ISU '59), is a veterinarian in Johnston, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Methodist Church, 1400 W. Bremer Ave., Waverly, IA 50677; or the Cedar Valley Hospice, 207 20th St. N.W., Waverly, IA 50677.

Edwin J. Kersting

Dr. Kersting (OSU '52), 83, Columbus, Ohio, died July 6, 2003. From 1985-1990, he was coordinator of research at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Following graduation, Dr. Kersting was in mixed practice in Ohio and West Virginia.

In 1966, he became the dean of the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture and director of the Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, serving in those capacities for 17 years. He retired from the university as professor of clinical veterinary medicine in 1985. Dr. Kersting was a past president of the 5th District Ohio VMA and the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of the Connecticut State Board of Agriculture, and chaired the National Mastitis Council and the AVMA/Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Joint Committee.

Dr. Kersting developed and coordinated agricultural exchange programs and was a consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture in Belize for 20 years. He had served on the Department of Agriculture's Animal Research Board. His research interests ranged from early studies of ethylene glycol toxicosis in dogs to bovine mastitis.

In 1985, Dr. Kersting was the recipient of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Alumnus Award. His wife, Billy Kate; a son; and a daughter survive him. Their daughter, Dr. Ann Kersting (UP '83), Columbus, Ohio; and son, Dr. Karl Kersting (PUR '78) and daughter-in-law, Dr. Karen Kline (OSU '89), Ames, Iowa, are veterinarians.

James C. Kraft

Dr. Kraft (WSU '41), 84, Bellevue, Wash., died April 25, 2003. He owned the Seattle Veterinary Clinic and the Ballard Veterinary Clinic, both in Seattle. Dr. Kraft helped found the area's first emergency clinic. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force, serving as a major in the Veterinary Corps during World War II.

He was a past president of the Washington State VMA and the Seattle-King County VMA. Dr. Kraft served on the Washington State University Foundation board of trustees, and was awarded the foundation's Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award. He also received the university's Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Kraft was a past board member of the Downtown Seattle Rotary Club.

His wife, Lillian; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pathology Department, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010.

Charles A. Lindsay

Dr. Lindsay (KSU '53), 75, Brookville, Kan., died June 22, 2003. Retired, he had served as veterinarian for the CK Ranch in Brookville for 48 years. Following graduation, Dr. Lindsay practiced in Claremore, Okla., for two years. He was a member of the Kansas VMA and the Kansas State University Alumni Association.

Dr. Lindsay's wife, Gaylene; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 702 S. 9th St., Salina, KS 67401; or the Hospice of Salina, 139 N. Penn Ave., Salina, KS 67401.

Louis R. Newlin

Dr. Newlin (MSU '42), 84, Spring Hill, Fla., died May 23, 2003. Retired, he was the founder and head of veterinary medicine at Romeo Veterinary Hospital in Romeo, Mich. A life member of the Michigan VMA, he served as president in 1955.

Dr. Newlin was a past president of the Romeo Rotary Club. His wife, Genevra; a son; and three daughters survive him.

Carlos T. Rosenbusch

Dr. Rosenbusch (ISU '35), 89, Buenos Aires, Argentina, died June 23, 2003. Prior to retirement in 1988, he was director of the Argentine Veterinary Biologics Company. Dr. Rosenbusch developed inactivated vaccines against hog cholera, equine encephalitis, and foot-and-mouth disease, and several vaccines for bacterial diseases. He also worked with bursal disease of chickens. Dr. Rosen-busch was known for the development of low-volume FMD vaccines and for pioneering their large-scale use in ruminant populations. His early research demonstrated that Pasteurella multocida strains of diverse animal origin were a single species.

Dr. Rosenbusch was a member of the Argentine Academy of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. In 1988, he received the Iowa State University Stange Award. Dr. Rosenbusch is survived by a daughter and two sons. One son, Dr. Ricardo Rosenbusch (BA '64), is a veterinarian in Ames, Iowa.

Raymond C. Storey

Dr. Storey (WSU '41), 85, Molalla, Ore., died July 13, 2003. Prior to retirement in 1980, he practiced in Molalla for 34 years. Dr. Storey was a past president and honorary member of the Oregon VMA. He had served on the Oregon State Board of Health.

Dr. Storey also served on the Molalla City Council and School Board. His wife, Mildred; three daughters; and a son survive him.

Leslie B. Weekley

Dr. Weekley (COL '89), 49, Lansdale, Pa., died May 30, 2003. He was senior research veterinarian at Merck and Company Inc., in West Point, Pa. A diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Dr. Weekley had served on its publication committee. He also served on the publication committee of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and the United States Pharmacopeia Veterinary Drug Standard Committee. Dr. Weekley was a member of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.

Thomas M. Wright

Dr. Wright (AUB '78), 54, Peletier, N.C., died April 1, 2003. He practiced equine medicine in the Cape Carteret area of North Carolina for the past five years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wright practiced in southeast Virginia for 12 years and in Snow Camp, N.C., for seven years. He was actively involved with the Foundation for Shackleford Horses.

Dr. Wright is survived by two daughters. Memorials may be made to the Foundation for Shackleford Horses, P.O. Box 841, Beaufort, NC 28516.