posted February 15, 2008
AVMA Honor Roll Member
William G. Andberg
Dr. Andberg (OSU ’39), 96, Anoka, Minn., died Dec. 11, 2007. He owned a mixed animal practice in Anoka until 1999. An avid runner, Dr. Andberg set more than 30 national and world running records for the age group 50-90. At age 60, he was named the fastest man of his age in the world by the Marathon Handbook. Dr. Andberg was inducted into the USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Track & Field Hall of Fame, and the University of New Hampshire Athletics Hall of Fame. His three daughters and son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Bill Andberg “Gray Ghost” Scholarship Fund, Anoka High School, 3939 7th Ave. N., Anoka, MN 55303.
Stanton E. Bower
Dr. Bower (COR ’45), 84, San Luis Obispo, Calif., died July 7, 2007. He was an equine practitioner and a life member of the California VMA.
James L. Bringgold
Dr. Bringgold (MIN ’57), 75, Faribault, Minn., died Dec. 16, 2007. Prior to retirement, he practiced in North Dakota at Valley City and Harvey, and in Neligh, Neb. Dr. Bringgold also worked for the Department of Agriculture in meat inspection and public health. His two daughters and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Homestead Hospice House, 2350 N.W. 26th St., Owatonna, MN 55060.
Bruce O. Brodie
Dr. Brodie (MSU ’51), 83, Champaign, Ill., died Dec. 13, 2007. A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was professor emeritus of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1994. Following graduation, Dr. Brodie practiced in Minneapolis and Delton, Mich. He joined the veterinary faculty at U of I as an instructor in 1954. During his career, Dr. Brodie also taught at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and the University of Zimbabwe. During his sabbatical in Egypt, Dr. Brodie lectured on herd health problems and conducted research on infertility in water buffalo.
He received the 1979 Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award and the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine’s Special Service Award in 1994. Dr. Brodie served in the Army from 1942-1946. His wife, Colleen; five daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to PACE Inc., 1317 E. Florida Ave., Urbana, IL 61801; College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61802; or Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820.
W. Henry Burger
Dr. Burger (GA ’56), 86, Dalton, Ga., died Aug. 29, 2007. From 1967 until retirement in 1990, he owned Burger Animal Hospital in Dalton. Earlier in his career, Dr. Burger worked at the Georgia Diagnostic Laboratory in Dalton. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dr. Burger is survived by his wife, Betty, and four daughters. His son-in-law, Dr. Jules Crawford (AUB ’87), is a veterinarian in Dalton. Memorials may be made to Hamilton Adult Daycare Ross Woods Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 307, Dalton, GA 30722.
William O. Butler
Dr. Butler (AUB ’56), 79, Knoxville, Tenn., died Nov. 27, 2007. He owned Karns Animal Clinic in Knoxville for more than 50 years. A member of the Tennessee VMA, Dr. Butler was named Outstanding Practitioner in 1998. He was also a member of the Knoxville Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Butler’s wife, Josephine; two sons; and three daughters survive him. One son, Dr. James B. Butler (TEN ’83), is a veterinarian in Knoxville. Memorials may be made to Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 7753 Oak Ridge Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37931.
A. Stanton Colvin
Dr. Colvin (COR ’45), 84, Durham, N.C., died Nov. 26, 2007. He owned Colvin Veterinary Hospital in Durham until 1992. Earlier in his career, Dr. Colvin served as county veterinarian in Durham. He was a life member of the North Carolina VMA. Dr. Colvin served in the Army during World War II. He was a past president of the Durham Lions Club. Dr. Colvin is survived by a stepson. Memorials may be made to the Daniel Carr Library, Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, 927 Trinity Ave., Durham, NC 27701.
Harold W. Faulkner
Dr. Faulkner (OSU ’43), 93, La Prairie, Ill., died Dec. 29, 2007. From 1946 until retirement in 1982, he owned a practice in Camp Point, Ill. An Army veteran of World War II, Dr. Faulkner was a member of the American Legion. As a member of the Camp Point Area Welfare Association, he helped establish the Community Clinic. Dr. Faulkner’s daughter and son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Camp Point United Methodist Church, 104 W. Wood St., Camp Point, IL 62320; or Golden Good Shepherd Home, 101 Prairie Mills Road, Golden, IL 62339.
Robert I. Fisher
Dr. Fisher (OSU ’43), 86, North Fort Myers, Fla., died Dec. 25, 2007. He practiced small animal medicine in the Cleveland area for 40 years. Dr. Fisher was a Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Marjorie; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4902 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 295, Tampa, FL 33634.
Juan A. Gomez
Dr. Gomez (CAL ’64), 67, Fall River Mills, Calif., died Sept. 8, 2007. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, he was a part time radiology consultant at Asher Veterinary Clinic in Redding, Calif., from 2004-2007. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gomez served as a professor of radiology at the University of California-Davis and The Ohio State University, and worked as a radiologist at VCA Animal Hospital in Los Angeles. He is survived by a daughter. Memorials toward the Dr. Juan A. Gomez Memoriam may be made to the University of California Regents, Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Office, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.
Roger E. Montoya
Dr. Montoya (FL ’97), 42, Green Cove Springs, Fla., died Sept. 23, 2007. He practiced at Banfield, The Pet Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Montoya was a member of the Florida VMA. Memorials may be made to the University of Florida Foundation, c/o Zoe Haynes Seale, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 100125, Gainesville, FL 32610.
James P. Morgan
Dr. Morgan (AUB ’53), 79, Shelby, N.C., died Nov. 30, 2007. He was a relief veterinarian in Shelby from 1991-2007. Earlier in his career, Dr. Morgan owned a practice in Henderson, Ky., for 38 years. He was a member of the Kentucky VMA. Dr. Morgan served on the Henderson City-County Planning Commission and Henderson Hospital Board for 10 years, and was a member of the Henderson and Shelby Rotary clubs. His wife, Nancy; two sons; a daughter; a stepson; and a stepdaughter survive him. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 338 3rd St., Henderson, KY 42420; Hospice and Palliative Care Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150; or Central United Methodist Church, 200 E. Marion St., Shelby, NC 28150.
Charles G. Nace
Dr. Nace (KSU ’50), 88, Littlefield, Texas, died Aug. 2, 2007. Prior to retirement in 1994, he worked for the Department of Agriculture. Earlier in his career, Dr. Nace owned a practice in Littlefield. He was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Nace was a veteran of the Army. His two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Armstrong Livestock Show Board, Box 528, Claude, TX 79019; or Lamb County Stock Show, c/o Lee Ray, P.O. Box 475, Sudan, TX 79371.
Stuart L. Nelson Sr.
Dr. Nelson (OSU ’52), 84, Columbia, Mo., died Dec. 3, 2007. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine from 1965 until retirement as professor emeritus in 1989. Prior to that, Dr. Nelson served as a veterinary pathologist at the Florida Animal Diagnostic Laboratory for three years. Following graduation, he practiced in Illinois at Quincy and Rossville, was an instructor of veterinary pathology at Purdue University, and served as an ambulatory clinician.
Dr. Nelson was a life member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and a member of the Missouri VMA and New York Academy of Science. He served in the Navy during World War II. Dr. Nelson’s wife, Helen; a son; and a daughter survive him. His son, Dr. Stuart L. Nelson Jr. (MO ’76), is a veterinarian in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, 1008 Hardin St., Columbia, MO 65203.
Richard L. Overpeck
Dr. Overpeck (OSU ’54), 85, Fort Dodge, Iowa, died Dec. 14, 2007. Before retiring in 1999, he served as director of quality control at Fort Dodge Animal Health Laboratories. Dr. Overpeck was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Dr. Pierce (TEX ’51), 84, Pearland, Texas, died Aug. 19, 2007. Prior to retirement, he owned East Freeway Animal Clinic in Houston for 35 years. Dr. Pierce served in the Army from 1945-1946, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. One of Dr. Pierce’s sons, Dr. Michael E. Pierce (TEX ’72), is a veterinarian in Houston. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 6977 Main St., Houston, TX 77030.
Richard A. Rezzonico
Dr. Rezzonico (COL ’60), 70, Phoenix, died July 12, 2007. A past president of the Arizona Thoroughbred Association, he practiced in the Phoenix area for 43 years. Dr. Rezzonico was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Donna, and two daughters survive him.
Ralph W. Smith
Dr. Smith (ISU ’56), 76, Delavan, Wis., died Oct. 4, 2007. Prior to retirement in 1998, he owned Lake Geneva Animal Hospital in Lake Geneva, Wis. Dr. Smith was member of the Wisconsin VMA. His wife, Jenny; two daughters; and two sons survive him.
Dr. Stark (MO ’57), 73, Columbia, Mo., died Sept. 20, 2007. He owned mixed animal practices in Louisburg, Kan., and Freeman, Mo., prior to retirement. Dr. Stark is survived by his wife, Wilma, and a daughter.
Judith A. Szczurek
Dr. Szczurek (OSU ’76), 56, Grove City, Ohio, died Dec. 31, 2007. She practiced at German Village Veterinary Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for several years, owning it since 1997. Earlier in her career, Dr. Szczurek practiced at Chittenden Veterinary Clinic in Columbus and served as a relief veterinarian. She is survived by her husband, James Bourne, and a son. Memorials may be made to the Stefanie Speilman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218; or Home Reach Hospice, 3595 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214.
Willis F. Witter
Dr. Witter (COR ’34), 94, Richmond, Va., died Oct. 5, 2007. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Richmond. Following graduation, Dr. Witter worked for a Cornell University extension on Long Island. He then served as a regulatory veterinarian for the state of Pennsylvania. During retirement, Dr. Witter practiced part time with his sons, Drs. Alan F. Witter (COR ’67) and Larry W. Witter (COR ’73), in Fredericksburg, Va. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of major. Dr. Witter’s wife, Rebecca, and his two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home, 860 Mount Vernon Lane, Salem, VA 24153.
Robert J. Young
Dr. Young (MSU ’62), 76, Bay City, Mich., died Oct. 24, 2007. He owned Bangor Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Bay City, from 1969 until retirement in 1994. Prior to that, Dr. Young practiced at Euclid Veterinary Hospital in Bay City. He was a member of the Michigan, Southeastern Michigan, and Saginaw Valley VMAs. Dr. Young served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a past president of the Bay City Lions Club. Dr. Young’s wife, Bonnie, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester, MI 48307.