August 15, 2007



Posted Aug. 1, 2007


AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member


Edgar R. Folkers Jr.
Dr. Folkers (IL ’69), 65, Mission Viejo, Calif., died May 2, 2007. He was medical director at VCA Mission Viejo Animal Hospital, a practice he owned from 1974-2006. Dr. Folkers also co-founded the Animal Urgent Care Facility in Mission Viejo and volunteered his services at the Mission Viejo Animal Shelter. He served as a member of California’s Animal Health Technicians Examining Committee for four years and was an official of the Southern California VMA’s local chapter. In 2006, Dr. Folkers received the Mission Viejo Hometown Hero Award.
His wife, Lila; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Science and Mind Universal Truth Building Fund, 27121 Calle Arroyo, Suite 2200, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675.
Matt D. Holmes Jr.
Dr. Holmes (AUB ’66), 76, Hayneville, Ala., died Dec. 24, 2006. He owned a mixed practice in Letohatchee, Ala., for 40 years. Dr. Holmes’ wife, Nanette; two daughters; a son; a stepson; and two stepdaughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, NC 28607.
Rodney L. Hubert
Dr. Hubert (TEX ’53), 81, Fairhope, Ala., died Dec. 29, 2006. Prior to retirement, he practiced at Animal Ark Pet Clinic in Baton Rouge, La. Dr. Hubert served in the Marine Corps during World War II in the South Pacific. His wife, Nona; three daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 28788 N. Main St., Daphne, AL 36526; or St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
Wallace G. Jones
Dr. Jones (COR ’43), 89, Setauket, N.Y., died April 23, 2007. He owned Jones Animal Hospital in Nesconset, N.Y., from 1947 until retirement in 1984. Dr. Jones was an Army veteran of World War II. He was active with the Nesconset Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Corps for several years. Dr. Jones is survived by his wife, Audrey; three daughters; and a son.
Lynn F. Leadbetter
Dr. Leadbetter (COL ’43), 91, Henderson, Colo., died April 25, 2007. From 1967 until retirement in 1981, he owned a small animal practice near Henderson. Following graduation, Dr. Leadbetter served in the Army, attaining the rank of captain. He then  practiced large animal medicine in the Denver area. Dr. Leadbetter also owned a small animal practice in Commerce City, Colo., for a period of time.
He was a lifetime member of the Colorado VMA and the Denver Area VMS. Dr. Leadbetter’s three daughters survive him. One daughter, Dr. Linda A. Leadbetter (COL ’73), owns Leadbetter Small Animal Hospital in Henderson. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Lynn Leadbetter and Family Scholarship Endowment, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, CO 80523.
Amy A. Patrick
Dr. Patrick (WIS ’04), 33, Woodland Hills, Calif., died April 27, 2007. She was a relief veterinarian in Los Angeles. During her career, Dr. Patrick also worked as an associate veterinarian in Hawaii. Memorials may be made to Malama Na Honu Foundation (to protect sea turtles), Attn: Joanne Pettigrew, P.O. Box 1078, Haleiwa, HI 96712; or Surfrider Foundation (to protect oceans, waves, and beaches), Hawaii Branch, Attn: Olaf Lohr, P.O. Box 6010, San Clemente, CA 92674.
Basil W. Pshyk
Dr. Pshyk (MUN ’51), 88, Durham, N.C., died April 23, 2007. He practiced at Vine Veterinary Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., for more than 40 years. Dr. Pshyk was a member of the North Carolina VMA. His daughter survives him.
Irving Pudalov
Dr. Pudalov (MID ’44), 86, Hollywood, Fla., died Dec. 30, 2006. From 1990-2003, he was part-time staff veterinarian at Wantagh Animal Hospital, a practice he founded in Wantagh, N.Y., in 1957. Earlier, Dr. Pudalov was in mixed practice in Poplar Grove, Ill. During his career, he also served as a meat inspector in Chicago and as ship veterinarian for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Dr. Pudalov was a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.
His son and daughter survive him. Dr. Pudalov’s son, Dr. Mitchell E. Pudalov (IL ’80), is the director of Wantagh Animal Hospital. Memorials may be made to Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, 50 W. 58 St., New York, NY 10019.
Raymond A. Weitkamp
Dr. Weitkamp (CAL ’56), 76, Arcadia, Calif., died May 20, 2007. He owned Santa Anita Small Animal Hospital in Monrovia, Calif., for 46 years, focusing on neurology, neurosurgery, and orthopedics. Dr. Weitkamp served as the director of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals from 1987-2000. During his career, he also directed the Emergency Pet Clinic of San Gabriel Valley, the East Valley Emergency Pet Clinic, and Veterinary Investments Inc.
Dr. Weitkamp was a member of the California and Southern California VMAs and a charter member of the California Academy of Veterinary Medicine. From 1975-1980, he served as area director of the American Animal Hospital Association. A past president of the Animal Health Foundation of California, Dr. Weitkamp served on the California Veterinary Medical Board in 1999. He received several honors, including AAHA’s Practitioner of the Year and Special Service awards, and the SCVMA’s Don Mahan Award. 


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