April 15, 2004

 

 Obituaries

Posted April 1, 2004
 

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Paul V. Belkin

Dr. Belkin (VI '44), 85, South Pasadena, Fla., died Nov. 15, 2003. A small animal practitioner, he had owned Belkin Veterinary Clinic and Suburban Animal Clinic in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Belkin was a member of the Missouri VMA.



Robert P. Brimble

Dr. Brimble (WSU '50), 84, Portland, Ore., died Aug. 23, 2003. From 1951 until retirement in 1985, he co-owned Town and Country Animal Clinic in Portland. Early in his career, Dr. Brimble practiced in Ronan, Mont., for a year. He was a lifetime member of the Oregon VMA. Dr. Brimble was also a member of the Society of Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Scuba Diving Association.

An Army veteran, he served as a liaison officer in China. Dr. Brimble attained the rank of lieutenant. His wife, Maryhelen; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Research, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164.



Reid B. England

Dr. England (KSU '46), 86, Peoria, Ill., died Feb. 8, 2004. From 1951 until retirement in 1983, he was a partner at McGinnis-England Veterinary Hospital in Peoria. Earlier in his career, Dr. England served on the faculties of the Texas A&M University and University of Minnesota colleges of veterinary medicine. He was a member of the board of directors of the Peoria City-County Animal Shelter.

Dr. England's wife, Betty, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church, 4229 N. Monroe Ave., Peoria Heights, IL 61616.



Richard C. Groff

Dr. Groff (KSU '50), 81, Walnut Creek, Calif., died Jan. 31, 2004. Retired since 1983, he owned Groff Animal Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., for 27 years. Early in his career, Dr. Groff practiced in Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa. A World War II veteran, he served as his military company's aide in the Army Medical Corps in France, Belgium, and Germany.

Dr. Groff's wife, Marilyn; two daughters; and two sons survive him. One son, Dr. Richard M. Groff (KSU '77), is a veterinarian in Alamo, Calif. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017.



Charles W. Hayward

Dr. Hayward (WSU '44), 84, Otis Orchards, Wash., died Feb. 7, 2004. From 1960 until retirement in 1980, he worked for the Department of Agriculture in the area of disease eradication. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hayward owned a mixed practice in Colfax, Wash., for 17 years. He was a member of the Washington State VMA.

Dr. Hayward's wife, Letia; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Family Home Care, 9922 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 3, Spokane, WA 99206; Cat Tales Zoological Park, N. 17020 Newport Highway, Mead, WA 99021; or Delta Society, The Human-Animal Health Connection, 580 Naches Ave. S.W., #101, Renton, WA 98055.



Mary A. Leisner

Dr. Leisner (UP '72), 59, Lutz, Fla., died Aug. 26, 2003. She had owned Lutz Animal Hospital. Dr. Leisner was a member of the Florida VMA.



Harold B. McCutcheon

Dr. McCutcheon (ONT '54), 79, Ransom, Ill., died Jan. 23, 2004. Retired, he had owned a practice that he established in Ransom in 1955. Prior to that, Dr. McCutcheon practiced briefly in Streator, Ill. He served in the Navy from 1942-1946.

Memorials may be made to the Evelyn McCutcheon Music Fund, c/o Allen School, Ransom, IL 60470.



W. T. Nagge

Dr. Nagge (ONT '43), 80, Camrose, Alberta, Canada, died Aug. 30, 2003. He was retired. Dr. Nagge's wife, Margaret, survives him.



Henry A. Pattison

Dr. Pattison (MIN '61), 73, Sturgeon Lake, Minn., died Feb. 8, 2004. From 1984 until retirement in 1995, he owned a small animal practice in Moose Lake, Minn. Dr. Pattison also owned a mixed practice in Cloquet, Minn., from 1962-1992. Earlier in his career, he practiced in Minot, N.D.

An honor roll member of the Minnesota VMA, Dr. Pattison had served on its executive board and headed several of its committees. He was also a charter member of the Arrowhead VMA. An Air Force veteran, Dr. Pattison served in Germany. He was a torchbearer for the 2002 U.S. Winter Olympics opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Pattison's wife, Gayle; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Helping Paws of Minnesota Inc., 11-7th Ave. N., Hopkins, MN 55343.



Milton L. Risinger

Dr. Risinger (TEX '59), 68, Terrell, Texas, died Sept. 25, 2003. He and his son, Dr. Casey M. Risinger (TEX '86), practiced together at Risinger Veterinary Hospital since 1987. Following graduation, Dr. Risinger practiced in Bryan and Kaufman, Texas. From 1982-1993, he owned and managed the Terrell Livestock Commission. Dr. Risinger served on the Texas Board of Health for three years.

In 1993, he was named Kaufman County Outstanding Cattleman. A member of the Texas VMA, Dr. Risinger was Food Animal Practitioner of the Year in 1997. President of the Trinity Valley Community College Board, he was also a member of the TVCC Foundation. Dr. Risinger's wife, Marie, and his two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Valley Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund, 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, TX 75751; or The George Truett Seminary (Friends of First Baptist Church of Terrell Scholarship Fund), Baylor University, P.O. Box 97126, Waco, TX 76798.



Vernon A. Rodgers

Dr. Rodgers (OSU '50), 91, Venice, Fla., died Dec. 24, 2003. Retired since 1970, he had owned practices in Aurora, Ill., and Racine, Wis. Dr. Rodgers was a veteran of World War II. His daughter survives him.

Memorials may be made to Suncoast Humane Society, 6718 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224.



Steven L. Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz (UP '80), 51, Bethesda, Md., died Dec. 5, 2003. An emergency care veterinarian, he was managing partner at Metropolitan Emergency Animal Clinic in Rockville, Md., since 1981.



Isidor I. Sprecker

Dr. Sprecker (COR '39), 90, Boynton Beach, Fla., died Jan. 10, 2004. Prior to retirement, he owned a small animal practice in Waterbury, Conn., for 40 years. A World War II veteran, Dr. Sprecker served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps for four years, attaining the rank of captain.

He and his wife, Sylvia, were the foremost benefactors of the Roswell P. Flower-Isidor I. and Sylvia M. Sprecher Veterinary Library and Learning Center at Cornell University. The Spreckers also funded the Frank and Rosa Rhodes Presidential Scholarships for Veterinary Students, the Abraham Joseph Sprecher Scholarships for Undergraduates in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and an endowment for Jewish Studies. In 2003, they endowed the Isidor I. and Sylvia M. Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Sprecker's wife survives him. Memorials may be made to the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research, c/o Linda Kabelac, 55 Brown Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.



Nell L. Stockton

Dr. Stockton (COL '58), 84, Arvada, Colo., died Jan. 18, 2004. She owned Stockton Pet Hospital in Lakewood, Colo. Dr. Stockton served on the Colorado Veterinary Medicine Examining Board for five years. An accomplished dog handler and breeder, she was instrumental in developing the Lutheran Medical Center's Pet Therapy Program in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Dr. Stockton's niece, Dr. Kirsten Tillotson (COL '98), practices in Leasburg, N.C.



Robert Eugene Wright

Dr. Wright (GA '56), 76, Central, S.C., died Jan. 20, 2004. Retired since 1991, he had been extension veterinarian at Clemson University. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wright owned a mixed practice in Greer, S.C. He had served as president of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians and vice president of the American Association of Retired Veterinarians. A life member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, Dr. Wright was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1976. He was also a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.

Dr. Wright was a Navy veteran. His wife, Marian, and three children survive him.