March 15, 2005

 

 Obituaries - March 15, 2005

 

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Obituaries
posted March 1, 2005
 
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Robert Crossley

Dr. Crossley (WSU '53), 80, Missoula, Mont., died Jan. 11, 2005. Prior to retirement, he owned a practice in Missoula for 38 years. Dr. Crossley's wife, Deloris, and three sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Missoula Humane Society, 1105 Clark Fork Drive, Missoula, MT 59801.

James A. Gjesvold

Dr. Gjesvold (WSU '74), 65, Omak, Wash., died July 26, 2004. He practiced at the Alpine Veterinary Hospital in Omak. Dr. Gjesvold was a member of the Washington State VMA.

Hoyt C. Hall

Dr. Hall (AUB '43), 84, Tampa, Fla., died July 21, 2004. He practiced small animal medicine in Tampa for more than 50 years. A past president of the Florida VMA, Dr. Hall had served on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. His two sons and a daughter survive him.

Marvin H. Meyer

Dr. Meyer (MSU '73), 54, Ann Arbor, Mich., died July 31, 2004. He owned Aardvark & Friends Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor.

E. Barclay Rile

Dr. Rile (UP '39), 88, Lansdale, Pa., died July 26, 2004. He was a small animal practitioner.

Edwin Thomas Thorne

Dr. Thorne (OKL '67), 63, Laramie, Wyo., died Dec. 29, 2004. Known for his expertise on brucellosis and chronic wasting disease, he was a wildlife disease consultant with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. During his 36-year career with the department, Dr. Thorne also served as veterinarian, chief of its services division, and acting director. He had also been branch chief of Wyoming's Wildlife Veterinary Research Services.

Vice president of the Wildlife Disease Association from 1983-1985, Dr. Thorne served on several of its committees and as member-at-large on its council. He was a past president of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and chaired the AAWV Advisory Council and the United States Animal Health Association's Wildlife Diseases Committee. Dr. Thorne was also active in the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, serving on the Fish and Wildlife Health Committee and the Animal Use Issues Committee. He was a member of the Wyoming VMA and The Wildlife Society.

Dr. Thorne co-authored the book "Diseases of Wildlife in Wyoming," and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, also publishing there. In 1988, the Wyoming Wildlife Federation honored him as Conservationist of the Year for engineering the first successful black-footed ferret captive breeding program. That same year, Dr. Thorne also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep for his work with Wyoming bighorn sheep. In 1996, he was the recipient of the WDA Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Thorne's wife was the late Dr. Elizabeth S. Williams (see obituary).

Memorials may be made to the University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture, 1000 E. University Ave., Department 3354, Laramie, WY 82071; Wildlife Disease Association, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044; or Wyoming Game and Fish Department, c/o Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming, P.O. Box 20088, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

Paul D. Weinmeister

Dr. Weinmeister (COL '44), 87, Aledo, Ill., died Dec. 10, 2004. From 1948 until retirement in 1978, he was in mixed practice in Aledo. Dr. Weinmeister was a member of the Mercer County Angus Association. His two sons and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Mercer County YMCA, 401 S.W. 2nd Ave., Aledo, IL 61231; or United Methodist Church, 301 N. College Ave., Aledo, IL 61231.

Elizabeth S. Williams

Dr. Williams (PUR '77), 53, Laramie, Wyo., died Dec. 29, 2004. Known for her expertise in chronic wasting disease and brucellosis, she was a professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Wyoming and editor of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, also publishing there. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Williams also served as a pathologist at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory.

A leader in the efforts that saved the black-footed ferret from extinction, she was appointed to a United Nations advisory committee on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and served on committees for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Williams had also served on the Food and Drug Administration's Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee. She was a member of the Wildlife Disease Association, serving on several of its committees and as member-at-large on its council from 1982-1985. Dr. Williams was also a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, The Wildlife Society, and the Wyoming VMA.

In 1996, Dr. Williams was the recipient of the WDA Distinguished Service Award. She was honored with the Wyoming Game Warden Association's award for outstanding assistance to wildlife law enforcement in 1999. In 2001, Dr. Williams was selected as the University of Wyoming President's Speaker, which honors outstanding research faculty.

Her husband was the late Dr. Edwin Thomas Thorne (see obituary). Dr. Williams' stepmother, Dr. Era J. Moorer (FL '81), is a veterinarian in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Memorials in Dr. Williams' name may be made to the University of Wyoming Foundation, P.O. Box 3963, Laramie, WY 82071; or Wildlife Disease Association, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044.