December 15, 2007



Posted Dec. 1, 2007

AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member

Howard E. Bayles
Dr. Bayles (ISU ’54), 84, Homewood, Ill., died April 30, 2007. In 1956, he established Harvey Animal Hospital in Harvey, Ill. Dr. Bayles was a member of the Illinois State VMA and a past member of its board of directors. An Army veteran of World War II, he attained the rank of captain. Dr. Bayles was a 50-year member of the Rotary Club and a past president of the Harvey and Homewood clubs. His wife, Geraldean; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Rotary Club of Homewood, c/o Calumet Country Club, 2400 W. 175th St., Homewood, IL 60430.

Lionel H. Brazil
Dr. Brazil (CAL ’53), 79, Tulare, Calif., died Sept. 7, 2007. Following graduation, he established Tulare Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Brazil later became a dairy producer and founded Western Dairies and Western Dairy Research Inc. He also served as an international consultant for dairy producers.  Dr. Brazil’s wife, Terry; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Tulare Historical Museum, P.O. Box 248, Tulare, CA 93275. 

Frederick F. Krusekopf
Dr. Krusekopf (MO ’51), 82, Jasper, Mo., died July 18, 2007. He practiced in Jasper for 56 years. An Army veteran of World War II, Dr. Krusekopf was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Active in civic life, he served as mayor of Jasper, as a city councilman, and as president of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. In 1995, Dr. Krusekopf was honored by the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate with a personal Declaration
of Achievement.

His wife, Joetta; a daughter; and two sons survive him. One son, Dr. Steven J. Short (MO ’83), is a veterinarian in Lamar, Mo. Memorials may be made to Jasper United Methodist Church, c/o Weng Funeral Chapel, 605 S. Main St., Jasper, MO 64755.

Francis E. Lynch
Dr. Lynch (IL ’69), 64, Chatham, Ill., died Sept. 27, 2007. He owned Chatham Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice. Dr. Lynch was a member of the Illinois State VMA. His wife, Becky, and three daughters survive him. Memorials toward a veterinary scholarship may be made to the Gene Lynch Memorial Fund, 265 Plover Drive, Chatham, IL 62629.

Bonnard L. Moseley
Dr. Moseley (MO ’62), 87, Columbia, Mo., died April 22, 2007. Prior to retirement in the early ’90s, he was an associate professor of pathology and director of the continuing education and extension unit at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Moseley served in the Navy during World War II. His wife, Rusty, and two sons survive him. Dr. Moseley’s daughter-in-law, Dr. Jill Moseley (MO ’98), is a veterinarian in Columbia. Memorials may be made to Broadway Christian Church/Youth Programs, 2601 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.

Marvin A. Norcross
Dr. Norcross (UP ’59), 76, Darnestown, Md., died Sept. 11, 2007. From 1994 until retirement in 1996, he served as the first full-time U.S. coordinator for Codex Alimentarius, an intergovernmental body that coordinates international food safety and quality standards. Dr. Norcross began his career practicing in Jarrettsville, Md. He then worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. In 1966, Dr. Norcross moved to Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, serving first as a pathologist and, later, as director of clinical research and senior director of domestic veterinary research.

From 1975-1982, he worked for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, serving as director of the division of veterinary medical research, associate director for research, and associate director for new animal drug evaluation. In 1982, Dr. Norcross joined the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, where he eventually became the deputy administrator of science and technology. He resigned from the FSIS as executive assistant to the administrator in 1994.
Dr. Norcross was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, New Jersey Academy of Science, New York Academy of Sciences, and Society of Toxicology Pathologists. He received the FDA Merit Award in 1978 and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1989. A veteran of the Korean War, Dr. Norcross retired from the Army Veterinary Corps as a colonel. He received the Meritorious Service and Korean Service medals, and the U.N. Service Ribbon. In 2000, Dr. Norcross was inducted into the Field Artillery Office Candidate School Hall of Fame.

His wife, Joan; a son; a daughter; and three stepchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851. 

Virgil M. Reinhart
Dr. Reinhart (ISU ’44), 86, Walford, Iowa, died Oct. 1, 2007. Prior to retirement in 1991, he practiced in Norway, Iowa. Dr. Reinhart was a member of the Iowa and Eastern Iowa VMAs. In 1989, he received the President’s Award from the IVMA. Dr. Reinhart was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. He was a past president of the Norway Board of Education.

Dr. Reinhart is survived by his wife, Marie; five daughters; and three sons. Memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Church, 512 Evergreen St., Norway, IA 52318; or National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 30 16th Ave., S.W. Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

Ty M. Tankersley
Dr. Tankersley (COL ’89), 46, Highlands Ranch, Colo., died June 10, 2007. He co-owned Hampden Family Pet Hospital in Englewood, Colo., for 15 years. Dr. Tankersley taught techniques to other veterinarians in the country and designed the Tankersley ovariectomy hook and the TT endoscopic positioner.

He was south area director of the Denver Area VMS in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Tankersley served in the Alaska Air National Guard from 1979-1981. Dr. Tankersley’s wife, Lorena; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Ty Tankersley Memorial Fund Money Market, 44 Cook St., Suite 110, Denver, CO 80206.

Robert W. White
Dr. White (COL ’43), 89, Lincoln, Neb., died Sept. 30, 2007. Prior to retirement in 2003, he owned a mixed animal practice in Lincoln for 60 years. Dr. White was a member of the Nebraska VMA and a charter member of the Nebraska Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He served as board member and director of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Nebraska. Dr. White’s two daughters and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Lincoln Humane Society, 2320 Park Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68502; or Noah’s Assistance Dogs, c/o Noah’s Service Sertoma Club, P.O. Box 421, Crete, NE 68333.


Memorial contributions to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are gratefully accepted. When making such contributions, please indicate the name and address of the individual who should receive notification of your donation. Contact: AVMF, Department 20-1122, P.O. Box 5940, Carol Stream, IL 60197-5940