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posted February 15, 2005
AVMA Honor Roll Member
John E. Blunschi Jr.
Dr. Blunschi (AUB '41), 86, Ferriday, La., died Sept. 26, 2004. From 1943 until retirement in 2000, he owned a practice in Ferriday. Earlier in his career, Dr. Blunschi practiced in Pineville, La. He was a past president and life member of the Louisiana VMA.
Dr. Blunschi's wife, Marie; six sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the St. Patrick's Building Fund, 601 Florida Ave., Ferriday, LA 71334; or Huntington School, 300 Lynwood Drive, Ferriday, LA 71334.
Vincent W. Chaffee
Dr. Chaffee (ILL '56), 75, Broken Arrow, Okla., died Aug. 26, 2004. Prior to retirement, he served as professor of surgery and director of the Biomedical Research Center at Oral Roberts Medical School. Dr. Chaffee was a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
His wife, Marilyn; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Therapetics Service Dogs of Oklahoma, 7717 E. 21st St., Suite B, Tulsa, OK 74129.
Vincent E. Greening
Dr. Greening (TEX '39), 89, Cerritos, Calif., died Nov. 13, 2004. Retired, he had most recently practiced in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Following graduation, Dr. Greening practiced in Los Angeles County before establishing a mixed practice in Long Beach, Calif. He then worked briefly for Los Angeles County, moving to Teague, Texas, in 1959, where he was in mixed practice until returning to California in 1968.
Dr. Greening had been a member of the California VMA. His three daughters and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to The Amanda Foundation, 351 N. Foothill Road, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
James F. Hallmark
Dr. Hallmark (TEX '50), 84, Comanche, Texas, died July 2, 2004. He was in mixed practice.
Dr. Jarrett (GA '60), 69, Rome, Ga., died Jan. 22, 2005. Since 1993, he was executive vice president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, an organization he helped found in 1964. Following graduation, Dr. Jarrett practiced at Williams Animal Clinic in Rome for five years. He then spent two years with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, organizing and directing the nation's second statewide quality milk program. In 1967, Dr. Jarrett started a dairy production consulting business, working with dairy farms around the world. He quickly established himself as an innovator, focusing on animal health management, nutrition, and food safety. Dr. Jarrett developed a roomier free stall for cows that is now the industry standard and is known as the Jarrett stall.
President of the AABP in 1978, he had served as its delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1984-1988. Dr. Jarrett was a member of the National Mastitis Council and served on the former AVMA Mastitis Committee for several years. He also served on the AVMA Council on Education from 1988-1994 and was appointed member-at-large to the AVMA Group Health and Life Insurance Trust in 2002. Dr. Jarrett was a past president of the Eastern States VA. A member of the Georgia VMA, he had served on its Food Animal Medicine Committee. Dr. Jarrett was also involved with the North American Veterinary Conference, American Dairy Association, American Society of Association Executives, and the World Association of Buiatrics.
He wrote and contributed articles to numerous professional publications, and performed research and clinical trials for animal health and dairy-related companies around the world. In 1984, the AABP named Dr. Jarrett the Bovine Practitioner of the Year. He was the Georgia VMA Veterinarian of the Year in 2002 and received the AABP's highest honor, the Amstutz-Williams Award, in 2003. Dr. Jarrett's wife, Margaret; a son; and a daughter survive him. His nephew, Dr. Alan B. Herring (GA '85), is a veterinarian in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Memorials may be made to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Amstutz Student Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1755, Rome, GA 30162; or First Baptist Church of Rome, P.O. Box 1189, Rome, GA 30162.
Elmer B. Kipp
Dr. Kipp (UP '46), 86, Allentown, Pa., died July 5, 2004. He was a small animal practitioner.
Urban L. Kramer Jr.
Dr. Kramer (MO '60), 75, Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Sept. 21, 2004. From 1960 until retirement in 1989, he owned Kramer Pet Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Dr. Kramer was a member of the Missouri VMA and Southeast Missouri VMA. His wife, Marian, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ, 33 S. Ellis, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703.
James R. Mahler
Dr. Mahler (FL '81), 49, Orlando, Fla., died Nov. 9, 2004. He co-owned Pershing Oaks Animal Hospital in Orlando, where he focused on avian medicine. Dr. Mahler's wife, Janice; three daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1601 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804.
E. Henry Scheel
Dr. Scheel (COL '53), 80, Greeley, Colo., died Oct. 17, 2004. He co-founded Associated Veterinarians in Greeley in 1966 after serving as a resident veterinarian for Montfort Feedlots since 1955. Later in his career, Dr. Scheel managed Fossil Creek Horse Farm and was associated with Norden Laboratories before retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Colorado VMA and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.
Dr. Scheel's wife, Zetta; three daughters; and two sons survive him.
John E. Schneider
Dr. Schneider (LSU '94), 37, St. Martinville, La., died July 12, 2004. He practiced small animal medicine at Parkway Animal Hospital in Broussard, La. Dr. Schneider was a member of the Louisiana VMA.
Vyrle D. Stauffer
Dr. Stauffer (COL '42), 88, Greeley, Colo., died Dec. 26, 2004. From 1947 until retirement in 1979, he owned a practice in Arvada, Colo. Following graduation, Dr. Stauffer served on the clinical staff of Colorado State University. He then worked as a staff veterinarian with the United States Agency for International Development in Lima, Peru.
Dr. Stauffer held the patent for the Stauffer endo-light, an instrument used for intubating the trachea of small animals. He was also a member of the medical team at the Veterans Administration Hospital and Colorado Medical Center who first made horse-produced antilymphocyte globulin practical for use in human organ transplant patients. Dr. Stauffer had served on the AVMA Executive Board from 1958-1970 and was a past member of the Council on Veterinary Service and the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. He had also been an AVMA PLIT trustee from 1962-1978.
A past president of the Colorado VMA and the Denver Area VMS, Dr. Stauffer had served as the CVMA's delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1956-1959. He also served on the Colorado Veterinary Medical Examining Board and the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Stauffer was the Colorado Veterinarian of the Year in 1975.
His four daughters and a son survive him.
Russel V. Strandberg
Dr. Strandberg (WSU '51), 86, Garden Valley, Idaho, died July 6, 2004. He was a small animal practitioner.
Jesse G. Walker
Dr. Walker (OKL '56), 80, Anadarko, Okla., died July 9, 2004. He was a small animal practitioner.