posted September 15, 2006
AVMA Honor Roll Member
Harold C. Ayres Jr.
Dr. Ayres (UP ’51), 86, Phoenixville, Pa., died May 4, 2006. Prior to retirement in 1991, he practiced at Valley Forge Animal Hospital in Valley Forge, Pa. Dr. Ayres was a member of the Pennsylvania VMA. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Dr. Ayres received a Purple Heart, an Oak Leaf Cluster, and a Bronze Star.
He was a charter member of the Phoenixville Area Historical Society and served on the Zoning Board of Phoenixville for 11 years. Dr. Ayres’ wife, Janet; two sons; and a daughter survive him. His brother-in-law, Dr. Charles W. Koenig (UP ’57), is a veterinarian in Limerick, Pa. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 865 S. Main St., Phoenixville, PA 19460; Phoenixville YMCA, 400 E. Pothouse Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460; or The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, 204 Church St., Phoenixville, PA 19460.
Frederick W. Baker
Dr. Baker (TEX ’43), 88, MacKay, Idaho, died July 16, 2006. He practiced in Blanchardville, Wis., for 32 years, focusing on dairy cattle. Dr. Baker was a member and a past director of the Wisconsin VMA. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Baker was a member of the American Legion. He served on the Blanchardville school board and city council. Dr. Baker’s wife, Shirley; four sons; a daughter; and four stepchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the McKeller Memorial Park, c/o Bruce Baker, P.O. Box 187, Blanchardville, WI 53516.
Raiford L. Claxton Jr.
Dr. Claxton (GA ’94), 42, West Roxbury, Mass., died July 24, 2006. He practiced in Boston and Worcester, Mass., for the past 12 years. Dr. Claxton was a member of the Massachusetts VMA. Memorials may be made to Faulkner Hospital, Philanthropy Office, 1153 Center St., West Roxbury, MA 02130.
George W. Dimmick
Dr. Dimmick (MSU ’57), 78, Crawfordsville, Ind., died June 5, 2006. From 1975 until retirement in 1998, he served as the director of the meat and poultry division of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Earlier in his career, Dr. Dimmick owned Portland Veterinary Clinic in Portland, Ind., for 17 years. He was a member of the Indiana, Central Indiana, and West Central Indiana VMAs.
A veteran of World War II, Dr. Dimmick served in the Navy. His wife, Marlyn; a daughter; two sons; and a stepdaughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 207, Crawfordsville, IN 47933; American Heart Association, 2085 S. LaSalle St., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60604; Leukemia Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pillsfield, MA 01202; or Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, A-133 East Fee Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.
Donald A. Kendall
Dr. Kendall (MSU ’41), 88, Williamsburg, Mich., died July 21, 2006. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Department of Agriculture. Before that, Dr. Kendall held a position with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Early in his career, he was in mixed practice in Maple Rapids, Mich., for 30 years. Dr. Kendall was a member of the Michigan VMA. A World War II veteran, he served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps.
Dr. Kendall’s two sons and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368; or Kewadin United Methodist Church, 7234 Cairn Hwy., Kewadin, MI 49648.
Dr. Lehman (KSU ’49), 84, Manchester, N.J., died May 21, 2006. He owned Hackensack Animal Hospital, a small animal practice, in Hackensack, N.J., for 35 years. Dr. Lehman also founded the Bergen County Emergency Veterinary Service. He was a member of the Northern New Jersey VMA and the Hackensack Rotary Club. Dr. Lehman’s wife, Beatrice, and two sons survive him.
Philip R. Mauro
Dr. Mauro (COL ’59), 71, Espanola, N.M., died July 14, 2006. He established Mauro Veterinary Clinic in Espanola, practicing there for 42 years. Dr. Mauro was a past president of the New Mexico VMA and a charter and executive board member of the Santa Fe Emergency Clinic.
David A. McConnell
Dr. McConnell (ILL ’56), 75, Dundee, Ill., died July 24, 2006. In 1957, he founded what is now known as Dundee Animal Hospital. From 1987-1995, Dr. McConnell served as a representative on the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust, now called AVMA PLIT. He was a past president of the Chicago, Northern Illinois, and Kane County VMAs. Dr. McConnell served on the Illinois Veterinary Licensing and Disciplinary Board. He chaired the Illinois State VMA Legislative Committee and received the ISVMA President’s Award in 1998.
Dr. McConnell is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to the David McConnell Fund for ALS Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Attention: Heather Brennan, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Abbott Hall #1312, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611.
Katherine L. Momeier
Dr. Momeier (GA ’82), 55, Sullivans Island, S.C., died Feb. 9, 2006.
Howard W. Ronk
Dr. Ronk (KSU ’47), 80, Twin Falls, Idaho, died July 6, 2006. Prior to retirement, he owned Green Cross Veterinary Hospital in Twin Falls. Dr. Ronk was a past president of the Idaho VMA and served on the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine for three years. Active in civic life, he was a past board trustee and chairman of the Twin Falls School District.
Dr. Ronk’s wife, Nelda; two sons; and a daughter survive him. His nephew, Dr. Marvin E. Turner (KSU ’68), is a veterinarian in Chico, Calif. Memorials may be made to the music department of First United Methodist Church, 360 Shoshone St. East, Twin Falls, ID 83301.
Carlton L. Ulrich
Dr. Ulrich (COR ’43), 86, Peoria, Ariz., died Feb. 2, 2006.