posted December 15, 2006
AVMA Honor Roll Member
Harvey A. Bier
Dr. Bier (UP ’64), 66, Delray Beach, Fla., died May 1, 2006.
Richard L. Dorner
Dr. Dorner (MSU ’59), 78, Galesburg, Mich., died Sept. 6, 2006. Retired, he owned several practices in Michigan during his career, in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Galesburg, Jackson, and Detroit. Dr. Dorner was also past owner of a practice in Guam. He was involved with Beagle research as president of Tri-Co Research from 1963-1970 and as director of research and medicine at Laboratory Research Enterprises from 1971-1975. In addition, Dr. Dorner owned a feline and canine contract research facility from 1975-1985.
He was a life member and a past member of the board of directors of the Michigan VMA, past president of the Kalamazoo County and Southwestern Michigan VMAs, and a member of the Calhoun County VMA and Michigan Society for Medical Research. His wife, Delores; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Galesburg-Augusta Education Foundation, 1076 N. 34th St., Galesburg, MI 49053.
Kimberly B. Fincher
Dr. Fincher (FL ’88), 45, Chestertown, Md., died Oct. 5, 2006. A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, she owned an equine practice in Chestertown. Dr. Fincher also worked as state veterinarian for the Delaware Harness Racing Commission at Dover Downs and Harrington raceways. Her husband, Gerald Clabaugh; a daughter; and a son survive her. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund for Carter and Sam Clabaugh, c/o Vicki Neal, Sun Trust Bank, 611 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620.
Emil O. Gast
Dr. Gast (KSU ’52), 80, Jerseyville, Ill., died May 24, 2006. He was co-founder and partner at Jersey-Calhoun Veterinary Clinic in Jerseyville, retiring in 1987. Early in his career, Dr. Gast practiced in Hardin, Ill. He was a past president of the Illinois State and Central Illinois VMAs. Dr. Gast served on the Jersey School Board and the Illinois Valley Economic Board. An Army veteran of World War II, he attained the rank of sergeant. Dr. Gast was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His wife, Ruth; three sons; and a daughter survive him.
Leland C. Grumbles
Dr. Grumbles (TEX ’45), 84, College Station, Texas, died May 4, 2006. He was professor emeritus of veterinary microbiology and parasitology and former head of the Department of Microbiology at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. Early in his career, Dr. Grumbles served on the veterinary faculties of Rhode Island State College and Louisiana State University.
A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and a past president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and Animal Disease Research Workers in the Southern States, he was involved in studies of several avian respiratory diseases. Dr. Grumbles was known for promoting the use of chemotherapeutic agents fed at low concentrations for the prevention of coccidiosis and histomoniasis, and was among the first to recognize feed ingredients as a common source of Salmonella infection in poultry. He was a member of the team that determined chlamydiosis to be a problem in turkeys, characterized the disease, and developed treatment procedures. Dr. Grumbles served as editor of Avian Diseases from 1966-1973.
In 1983, he received the AAAP Special Service Award. Dr. Grumbles’ wife, Helen, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 2300 Welsh Ave., College Station, TX 77845; or Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX 77833.
David C. Kradel
Dr. Kradel (COR ’55), 76, State College, Pa., died Oct. 12, 2006. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he served as a poultry diagnostician and extension specialist at Pennsylvania State University prior to retirement. During his career, Dr. Kradel also worked as a veterinary diagnostician and epidemiologist at Cornell University and North Carolina State University, was a field veterinarian for the Department of Agriculture, and served as a laboratory diagnostician and veterinary pathologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
His research interests included the influence of nutrition and environment on infectious and noninfectious diseases of livestock and wildlife under field conditions. A consultant with the Pennsylvania Poultry Industry, Dr. Kradel had particular interest in the prevention and control of avian influenza and the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program. His two daughters and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 3091 Enterprise Drive, State College, PA 16801; or Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross, 121½ E. Beaver Ave., State College, PA 16801.
Paul J. Lindsey
Dr. Lindsey (KSU ’46), 89, Madison, Ga., died Nov. 1, 2006. From 1946 until retirement in 1992, he owned a mixed practice in Madison. Dr. Lindsey was a lifetime member and past president of the Georgia VMA. In 1984, he received the GVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Lindsey served in the Army from 1942-1945. His wife, Catherine, and two sons survive him. One son, Dr. Roy W. Lindsey (GA ’70), is a veterinarian in Douglas, Ga. Memorials may be made to Madison Baptist Church Building Fund, 328 South Main St., Madison, GA 30650.
Joseph C. O’Dea
Dr. O’Dea (COR ’44), 85, Geneseo, N.Y., died July 12, 2006. A past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, he owned Roscommon Farm in Geneseo, where he operated his practice and bred Thoroughbreds since 1960. Dr. O’Dea also served in the Army.
He was the official veterinarian for the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden for 25 years. From 1955-1975, Dr. O’Dea served as veterinarian for the U.S. equestrian team, providing care for horses in four Olympic games. He was a member of the Veterinary Commission of the International Equestrian Federation and officiated at two World Championships. Dr. O’Dea served on the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for six years.
He wrote the book “Olympic Vet,” and was named Horseman of the Year by the magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse. Memorials may be made to Geneseo Valley Conservancy, P.O. Box 73, Geneseo, NY 14454; or Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Clinic, P.O. Box 728, Ithaca, NY 14851.
Lewis W. Puckett
Dr. Puckett (AUB ’51), 78, Charlotte, N.C., died May 6, 2006. He practiced at Greenock Farm Veterinary Hospital in Midland, N.C., for the past 10 years. Prior to that, Dr. Puckett owned Clear Creek Animal Hospital, a practice he founded in Charlotte, N.C., in 1964. He served in the Army of Occupation in Japan in 1948. Dr. Puckett’s wife, Billie, and three sons survive him. One son, Dr. Michael J. Puckett (AUB ’84), practices at Greenock Farm Veterinary Hospital. Memorials may be made to Cabarrus Pet Society, P.O. Box 5042, Concord, NC 28027.
Paul R. Sell Sr.
Dr. Sell (MSU ’46), 80, Walnutport, Pa., died Sept. 9, 2006. Prior to retirement in 1983, he owned Airport Pet Hospital in Allentown, Pa. Dr. Sell was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Geraldine; a daughter; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville, PA 18035; or American Heart Association N.E. Pennsylvania District, 212 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Donald W. Whaley
Dr. Whaley (MSU ’45), 83, Cape Coral, Fla., died May 13, 2006.
Cynthia A. Wheeler
Dr. Wheeler (MSU ’77), 52, Laingsburg, Mich., died July 19, 2006. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, she owned Animal Eye Care of Michigan in Laingsburg. During her career, Dr. Wheeler also served as assistant professor of veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A breeder of English Springer Spaniels and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, she researched the nature and inheritance of retinal dsyplasia and progressive retinal atrophy in these breeds.
Dr. Wheeler was a member of the Michigan VMA. Memorials may be made to ESSFTA Health Foundation (toward the PRA Task Force), c/o Sandy Henriques, 24 Elliott Lane, Stafford, VA 22554; or English Springer Rescue America, c/o Judy Manley, 5394 N. Park Ave. Ext., Warren, OH 44481.
Donald A. Willigan
Dr. Willigan (ONT ’52), 79, Henderson, Nev., died Aug. 3, 2006. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he owned a consultancy from 1973-2000, providing drug development and drug safety assessments, and toxicology services, preclinical trials, and audit services. Dr. Willigan also conducted continuing education classes on good laboratory practices and procedures in drug and chemical safety assessment.
Early in his career, he worked as a department manager at Stine Laboratory in Newark, Del., and division manager at Ethicon Inc., in Somerville, N.J. Dr. Willigan’s wife, Marcella, and two sons survive him.