February 01, 2004



Posted Jan. 15, 2004

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


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Kenneth J. Bruchez

Dr. Bruchez (COL '63), 71, Hobson, Mont., died Sept. 8, 2003. Retired, he owned Red Barn Veterinary Service in Hobson. Following graduation, Dr. Bruchez practiced at Lewistown Veterinary Service in Lewistown, Mont., for two years. He served on the Montana Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Bruchez was a Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion of Hobson. He served on the Hobson Emergency Services Board. Dr. Bruchez's wife, Rosalie; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home of Montana, 2010 Masonic Home Road, Helena, MT 59602; or Hobson Emergency Services, Hobson, MT 59452.

Donald T. Buck

Dr. Buck (OSU '56), 73, London, Ohio, died Sept. 23, 2003. Prior to retirement, he practiced in London for 40 years. During retirement, Dr. Buck farmed, concentrating on beef cattle. He was a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the Ohio VMA. Dr. Buck was also a member of the Madison County Farm Bureau and the Ohio Corn and Soybean associations.

His wife, Helen, and three sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 62 E. 2nd St., London, OH 43140.

Orval E. Bunnell

Dr. Bunnell (COL '42), 89, Worland, Wyo., died Oct. 19, 2003. Retired, he was deputy veterinarian for the state of Wyoming from 1973-1975. Dr. Bunnell also served as a state livestock inspector for several years. Following graduation, he practiced in Worland. In 1945, Dr. Bunnell co-established Stockman's Service and Supply, a chemical applications company. During his career, he also established Chem-Air, a crop-spraying company, and managed the H.A. Taylor Ranch in Hyattville, Wyo.

A life member of the Wyoming VMA, Dr. Bunnell served as president from 1964-1965. He was Washakie County representative in the state legislature from 1963-1967. Dr. Bunnell was a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and a past president of the Washakie County Cancer Society. His wife, Mildred; one son; and two daughters survive him.

Memorials may be made to the Worland Senior Citizens Center, 326 N. 11th, Worland, WY 82401.

David L. Carnahan

Dr. Carnahan (KSU '59), 75, Manhattan, Kan., died Sept. 29, 2003. Professor emeritus at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he served as associate professor of surgery and medicine at KSU from 1961-1990. Following graduation, Dr. Carnahan practiced in Clay Center, Kan. From 1960-1961, he served as area supervisor for the Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Carnahan was a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a member of the Kansas VMA. He served in the Navy from 1946-1947. Dr. Carnahan's three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454; or the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Davison E. Crill

Dr. Crill (OSU '50), 83, Hastings, Minn., died Nov. 6, 2003. From 1964 until retirement in 1986, he worked for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Following graduation, Dr. Crill practiced large animal medicine in St. Cloud and Reedsville, Wis. He also bred and trained Plott hounds.

Dr. Crill was a member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians, Wisconsin VMA, and Wisconsin East Central Regional VMA. In 2001, the Wisconsin VMA honored him with its 50-Year Award. A World War II veteran, Dr. Crill served in the 5th Service Command Laboratory.

His wife, Barbara, and three sons survive him. Memorials may be sent to E. Barbara Crill, 920 14 St. W., Hastings, MN 55033. The money will be gifted to the Afton State Park in Hastings.

Ryan A. Degner

Dr. Degner (OSU '99), 31, Houston, died July 4, 2003. He practiced at Jones Road Animal Hospital in Houston. Dr. Degner also worked part time at Bellair Richmond Pet Hospital in Houston, and volunteered at the local SPCA. Earlier in his career, Dr. Degner practiced at Pet Vet Animal Hospital in Houston. He was a member of the Texas VMA.

Dr. Degner is survived by his wife, Tanya, and a son. Memorials toward a college fund for his son may be made to AIM Investments and mailed to Tanya Degner, P.O. Box 1467, Branson, MO 65615.

Layne K. Lunsway

Dr. Lunsway (KSU '90), 38, Oakley, Kan., died June 11, 2003. He was a partner at Oakley Veterinary Service, concentrating on bovine medicine. Dr. Lunsway was also a business partner of the Beef Production Management Association and owned a commercial cowherd.

He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Embryo Transfer Association, and Academy of Veterinary Consultants. Dr. Lunsway served on the board of the Kansas VMA and the Colby Community College Vet-Tech Advisory Board.

His wife, Michele, and three daughters survive him.

Lee R. McGregor

Dr. McGregor (ISU '51), 80, Freeport, Ill., died Nov. 2, 2003. From 1957 until retirement in 1991, he was a partner at The Freeport Animal Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. McGregor practiced in Salem, S.D. He was a member of the Illinois State VMA and a past president of the Northern Illinois VMA.

Dr. McGregor served in the Army from 1943-1946. He was animal control administrator for Stephenson County for more than 15 years. Dr. McGregor also served on the district school board. His wife, Dorothy, and three daughters survive him.

Robert W. Mead

Dr. Mead (CAL '66), 67, Eatonville, Wash., died Nov. 15, 2003. Prior to retirement in 2003, he was Washington state veterinarian for 15 years. As state veterinarian, Dr. Mead was instrumental in eradicating pseudorabies from Washington's swineherds, and worked to keep the state free of brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis, and pullorum typhoid. Earlier, he served as assistant state veterinarian for two years. Dr. Mead also practiced equine medicine in Spanaway, Wash., and served as a research veterinarian with the International Pacific Salmon Fisheries in British Columbia, Canada.

He organized and served as secretary-treasurer of the Washington Association for Animal Welfare. Dr. Mead was a past president of the Western States Livestock Health Association. In 1993, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington State University Department of Animal Sciences. Dr. Mead was appointed by the governor to the Washington State Racing Commission. He served in the Air Force from 1954-1958.

His wife, Linda; three daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Eatonville Baptist Church Building Fund, 825 Eatonville Highway, Eatonville, WA 98328; or Homespun Ministries, P.O. Box 1185, Eatonville, WA 98328.

Frank Mueller Jr.

Dr. Mueller (OSU '53), 74, Lakeland, Fla., died Aug. 16, 2003. Prior to retirement in 1979, he owned Mueller Animal Hospital in Hialeah, Fla., for 26 years. Dr. Mueller was a past president of the South Florida VMA. An Air Force veteran, he attained the rank of captain.

Dr. Mueller's wife, Norma, and four sons survive him.

Francis A. Murry

Dr. Murry (KSU '50), 82, Kankakee, Ill., died Nov. 27, 2003. Retired since 2001, he owned Kankakee Animal Hospital from 1954-1992. Dr. Murry was a member of the Illinois State VMA. His two sons and a daughter survive him. One son, Dr. Francis D. Murry (KSU '70), is a veterinarian in Kankakee.

Keith I. Pittman

Dr. Pittman (OSU '53), 78, Los Angeles, died June 24, 2003. He owned the Pittman Dog and Cat Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Pittman was an Army veteran. His wife, Sun, survives him. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 816 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Berwyn Richards

Dr. Richards (CAL '52), 83, Santa Rosa, Calif., died June 4, 2003. He was in mixed practice in Santa Rosa for more than 30 years, concentrating on dairy cattle. During his career, Dr. Richards also served as veterinarian at the Guerneville Rodeo, Sonoma Fairgrounds, Howarth Park Petting Zoo, and Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows racetracks.

He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, and California VMA. Dr. Richards had served as president of the Redwood Empire Veterinary Association. A World War II veteran, he was a Navy pilot and attained the rank of lieutenant.

His wife, Majel; four daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Dean's Office, University of California-Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.

John A. Stetson

Dr. Stetson (MSU '54), 73, St. Johnsbury, Vt., died Oct. 2, 2003. From 1954 until retirement in 1994, he practiced large and small animal medicine in St. Johnsbury, part of that time with his brother, Dr. Harvey Stetson (now deceased). Dr. Stetson was a past president of the Vermont and New England VMAs. In 1992, he received the Dr. Dave Walker Award as the Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year in Vermont.

A past chair of the board of trustees at St. Johnsbury Academy and the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, he was named Citizen of the Year in St. Johnsbury. Dr. Stetson served in the Army from 1955-1957, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. His wife, Doris; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the St. Johnsbury Academy, 1000 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819; or Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, P.O. Box 905, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

Myron W. Thompson Jr.

Dr. Thompson (COL '54), 75, Buhl, Idaho, died Aug. 10, 2003. From 1956 until retirement in 2002, he was a partner at Buhl Animal Clinic. Prior to that, Dr. Thompson practiced in Twin Falls, Idaho, for two years. He was a member of the Idaho VMA and served on the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Thompson was a Navy veteran of World War II. In 1967, he was elected mayor of Buhl. Dr. Thompson had also served on the Buhl School Board and City Council. His wife, Georgia; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the People for Pets Building Fund, P.O. Box 1163, Twin Falls, ID 83303.