posted August 1, 2006
AVMA Honor Roll Member
Lloyd A. Erickson
Dr. Erickson (WSU ’64), 77, Butte, Mont., died Jan. 13, 2006. Following graduation and until retirement in 1992, he owned a small animal practice in Butte. During retirement, Dr. Erickson taught anatomy and physiology at Montana Tech. He also volunteered his services as a leader for guide dogs. Dr. Erickson was a member of the Montana VMA. He served in the Army from 1951-1953. Dr. Erickson’s wife, Jean; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Leader Dog for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester, MI 48307.
Richard C. Guise
Dr. Guise (UP ’44), 92, Elizabethtown, Pa., died June 5, 2006. Prior to retirement in 1984, he owned Lockwillow Avenue Animal Clinic in Harrisburg, Pa., a practice he established in 1945. Following graduation, Dr. Guise worked briefly for the Department of Agriculture in meat inspection. From 1945-1961, he practiced at his Harrisburg clinic. Dr. Guise then joined the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as chief of the brucellosis and tuberculosis divisions of the Bureau of Animal Industry. During his service, Pennsylvania qualified as a brucellosis-free state. Dr. Guise retired from the state department of agriculture and resumed his practice in Harrisburg in 1974. During his career, he also served as show veterinarian with the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for 35 years.
A past president of the Capital City and Pennsylvania VMAs, Dr. Guise was Pennsylvania’s delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1962-1979. In 1968, he was elected to the AVMA House Advisory Committee, chairing it three times during his nine-year service. Dr. Guise also served on the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine from 1974-1978. He was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the United States Animal Health Association.
In 1980, Dr. Guise received the PVMA Distinguished Veterinarian Award. A past president and board member of the Harrisburg Kiwanis Club, he was the recipient of the Kiwanis International Tablet of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the club. Dr. Guise is survived by two sons and a daughter. His son, Dr. Mark B. Guise (UP ’82), has owned Lockwillow Avenue Animal Clinic since 1984. Memorials may be made to the Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Richard B. Jogodnik
Dr. Jogodnik (COR ’60), 70, New Rochelle, N.Y., died Feb. 19, 2006. He owned Stamen Animal Hospital in New Rochelle since 1963. Dr. Jogodnik also served as veterinarian for the New Rochelle Canine Unit. His wife, Victoria; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Vernon E. Johnson
Dr. Johnson (COL ’51), 86, Mesa, Ariz., died Feb. 24, 2006. Prior to retirement, he owned a practice in Gordon, Neb., also serving the Pine Ridge area of South Dakota. Early in his career, Dr. Johnson practiced in Julesburg, Colo. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in the European and Pacific theatres. Dr. Johnson attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. His wife, Marge; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Arbor Rose Home, 6063 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa, AZ 85201.
Wilbur C. Maker
Dr. Maker (COR ’44), 84, Hartland Four Corners, Vt., died May 29, 2006. Prior to retirement in the early 1990s, he was a partner at Shrewsbury Animal Hospital in Shrewsbury, Mass. During his career, Dr. Maker also conducted research on embryo transfer in cattle at the Worcester Foundation for Applied Experimental Biology of Shrewsbury and Edenton, N.C.
He served as president of the Massachusetts VMA in 1971. As a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Health, Dr. Maker helped bring fluoridation to the town’s water system. His wife, Sylvia; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England, P.O. Box 3221, North Attleboro, MA 02761.
Edward K. Nakagawa
Dr. Nakagawa (MSU ’56), 81, Kaneohe, Hawaii, died Dec. 20, 2005. Prior to retirement, he owned Windward Veterinary Service in Kaneohe for more than 40 years. Dr. Nakagawa was a past president of the Hawaii VMA. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Military Intelligence Service. After Dr. Nakagawa’s death, the Hawaii House of Representatives recognized his professional and personal contributions to the state via proclamation. Dr. Nakagawa’s wife, Elinor; a son; and two daughters survive him.
Jordon J. Rexroat
Dr. Rexroat (KSU ’51), 81, Poplar Bluff, Mo., died March 18, 2006. Before retiring in 1992, he worked for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Following graduation, Dr. Rexroat established Hillcrest Animal Clinic in Poplar Bluff. From 1963-1990, he worked as an area supervisor for the Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Rexroat was a member of the Southeast Missouri VMA and the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. An Army veteran of World War II, he attained the rank of staff sergeant. Dr. Rexroat is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a son; and a daughter. His nephew, Dr. Gayle D. AraSmith (KSU ’71), is a veterinarian in Alton, Mo. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 500 N. Main, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901; or Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.