February 15, 2008




Posted Feb. 1, 2008

AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member

Roscoe K. Balch
Dr. Balch (WSU ’47), 85, McKenna, Wash., died Oct. 18, 2007. Retired since 1999, he had been supervisor of poultry health at Wilcox Farms in Roy, Wash. Dr. Balch began his career as an avian pathologist at the Washington State University Western Washington Experiment Station Veterinary Laboratory in Puyallup. In 1965, he joined Heisdorf-Nelson Farms in Redmond, Wash. Dr. Balch moved to Wilcox Farms in 1977.

He was a veteran of the Air Force, establishing and supervising the Far East Air Force Sentry Dog Training Program. Dr. Balch’s wife, Goldie, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164; or American Heart Association, 710 2nd Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104.

Ralph R. Buoncristiani
Dr. Buoncristiani (CAL ’55), 82, Granada Hills, Calif., died Oct. 23, 2007. A member of the San Fernando Valley VMA, he practiced small animal medicine in Mission Hills, Calif., until 1982. Later in his career, Dr. Buoncristiani served on the California State Board of Accountancy and the board of directors of Cathay Bancorp.

He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Buoncristiani’s three daughters and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Hope University, c/o Jan Reyes, P.O. Box 8495, Anaheim, CA 92812.

Lewis R. Diamond
Dr. Diamond (AUB ’40), 91, Valley Stream, N.Y., died June 22, 2007.

Ralph N. Estensen
Dr. Estensen (ONT ’67), 67, Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada, died June 16, 2007. He practiced large animal medicine in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia for 40 years. Dr. Estensen was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. His wife, Gail, and a son survive him.
William H. Herron
Dr. Herron (CAL ’54), 79, Sonoma, Calif., died Oct. 25, 2007. Prior to retirement, he owned Norco Veterinary Hospital in Norco, Calif., for 33 years. Dr. Herron was a life member of the California and Orange Belt VMAs. He served as a sergeant in the Army from 1945-1948 and, later, as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. Dr. Herron was a member of the board of directors of the Norco Community Service District, Corona-Norco Unified School District, and the Norco City Council. He was also a life member of the Norco Lions Club.

Dr. Herron’s wife, Marion; a son; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.
Truman L. Hudson
Dr. Hudson (OKL ’62), 72, Duncan, Okla., died Dec. 24, 2007. He practiced large animal medicine in Duncan for 45 years. Dr. Hudson also served as track veterinarian at Blue Ribbons Downs Racetrack in Sallisaw, Okla., for 19 years. He was one of three founders of the Stephens County Veterinary Students Scholarship Trust and a life member of the Oklahoma VMA.

Dr. Hudson’s wife, Jean; two sons; and two daughters survive him. One of his sons and son-in-law, Drs. Michael P. Hudson (OKL ’95) and Brad Howard (OKL ’92), are veterinarians in Norman, Okla., and Tulsa, Okla., respectively. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Boys Ranch, Route 1, Box 999, Gore, OK 74435.

Ural K. Kiefer
Dr. Kiefer (COL ’42), 86, Brighton, Colo., died Sept. 8, 2007. Retired since 2004, he owned a practice in Brighton for 48 years. During his career, Dr. Kiefer also worked for Badger Breeding in Wisconsin, helping with artificial insemination of dairy cows. Dr. Kiefer’s two sons; a daughter; a stepdaughter; and a stepson survive him. Memorials may be made to the Tennyson Center for Children, 2950 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212; or Brighton United Methodist Church— Church Carpet Fund, 625 S. 8th Ave., Brighton, CO 80601.

Lionel W. Lindsey
Dr. Lindsey (COR ’43), 90, Fort Myers Beach, Fla., died Sept. 13, 2007. During his career, he practiced small animal medicine. 
Clarence H. Little
Dr. Little (GA ’59), 82, Easton, Md., died Sept. 26, 2007. He was the co-founder of Tidewater Veterinary Hospital in Charlotte Hall, Md. During his career, Dr. Little also served as an associate professor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a board member of Rosecroft Raceway and a past president of the Maryland VMA.

Dr. Little served in the Navy during World War II in the European-African-Middle East campaign and the Asiatic-Pacific theatre. His daughter and son survive him. Memorials may be made to The Ellice MacDonald Pipe & Drum Corps, c/o St. Andrews Society of the Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 1364, Easton, MD 21601.
Arch J. Murphy
Dr. Murphy (ISU ’45), 83, Waverly, Iowa, died Sept. 19, 2007. Retired since 1997, he owned a practice in Waverly. Dr. Murphy was a member of the Iowa VMA. He served during World War II in the Army. Dr. Murphy was a past president of the Waverly Kiwanis Club. An avid golfer, he won several local championships and tournaments. Dr. Murphy is survived by two daughters and a stepdaughter. 
Karen M. Vollmar
Dr. Vollmar (KSU ’94), 40, Colorado Springs, Colo., died June 16, 2007. She owned Centennial Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs. Dr. Vollmar is survived by her husband, Brad, and a son.