December 01, 2008






Posted Nov. 15, 2008
AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member
Richard E. Benson
Dr. Benson (AUB ’49), 83, Tyler, Texas, died Sept. 19, 2008. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he worked for the Department of Energy in Oakridge, Tenn., prior to retirement. Following graduation, Dr. Benson practiced in Mobile, Ala. From 1950-1976, he served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. During that time, he had postings in Germany and Spain. Dr. Benson also served as a radiation scientist with NASA. In 1969, he was one of seven veterinarians who supported the Apollo 11 program while assigned to NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, serving on the radiologic health team.
Dr. Benson was awarded the Army Commendation Medal in 1964. He is survived by his wife, Wanda; three daughters; and four sons. Memorials in his name may be made to the Humane Society, P.O. Box 6151, Tyler, TX 75711. 
Caroline Bevins-Taylor
Dr. Bevins-Taylor (AUB ’87), 46, Frankfort, Ky., died Aug. 2, 2008. She owned Bevins Animal Hospital in Frankfort. Dr. Bevins-Taylor served on the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners. She was active with the Franklin County Humane Society and volunteered her services in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. An accomplished equestrian, Dr. Bevins-Taylor was a member of the United States Equestrian Foundation and a board member of the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association. She is survived by her fiancé, James W. Bolser III, MD. Memorials may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society, 241 Steedly Drive, Louisville, KY 40214.
Ralph E. Doutey
Dr. Doutey (OKL ’60), 77, Yukon, Okla., died Aug. 31, 2008. He owned Alfalfa Veterinary Clinic in Cherokee, Okla., for 30 years. Dr. Doutey was a lifetime member of the Oklahoma VMA. He served in the Army. Dr. Doutey’s wife, Norma; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, P.O. Box 850249, Yukon, OK 73085; or Hospice of Oklahoma County, 4334 N.W. Expressway, Suite 106, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.
Brenda A. Gurule
Dr. Gurule (COL ’88), 47, Boulder, Colo., died June 24, 2008. She served as medical director at VCA All Pets Animal Hospital in Boulder. Dr. Gurule was a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Her son and daughter survive her. 
Gary W. Johnson
Dr. Johnson (KSU ’79), 55, Checotah, Okla., died Sept. 11, 2008. He owned a practice in Checotah. Recently appointed to the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Dr. Johnson was a member of the Oklahoma VMA and McIntosh County Cattlemen’s Association. He was also a member of the Lions Club and Checotah Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Gayle, and four children. Memorials in his name may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 36, Checotah, OK 74426.
Loren D. Kintner
Dr. Kintner (OSU ’49), 86, Kissimmee, Fla., died Aug. 21, 2008. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he served on the veterinary faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years, retiring in 1985 as a professor of veterinary pathology. Following retirement from the university, Dr. Kintner worked at the state animal diagnostic laboratory in Kissimmee.
He received several honors, including three Norden Distinguished Teaching awards in 1966, 1977, and 1985; the Amoco Good Teaching Award in 1977; and an Award of Merit from the Missouri VMA and the University of Missouri Alumni Association in 1973. Dr. Kintner is survived by his wife, Treva; a daughter; and a son.
Leonard L. Mortimer
Dr. Mortimer (TEX ’45), 85, Honolulu, died Aug. 23, 2008. From the early 1950s to retirement in the late 1980s, he owned Palos Verdes Animal Hospital in Redondo Beach, Calif. He also took care of the mammals at Marineland of the Pacific in Palos Verdes. Dr. Mortimer was a member of the Southern California VMA. His wife, Marie; a son; and two daughters survive him. 
William R. Nissen
Dr. Nissen (CAL ’59), 81, Sheridan, Calif., died April 14, 2008. He practiced equine medicine in Valley Center, Calif. During his career, Dr. Nissen also served as a racetrack veterinarian. His wife, Twinkie, and four daughters survive him. 
Marshall P. Reeve
Dr. Reeve (KSU ’43), 87, Garden City, Kan., died June 19, 2008. Prior to retirement, he owned Reeve Cattle Company in Garden City. Earlier in his career, Dr. Reeve practiced in St. Charles, Mo., and Garden City. He was a past member of the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners and past president of the Kansas Livestock Association. In 1976, Dr. Reeve served on the Kansas Board of Regents and as regional vice president of the National Cattlemen’s Association. He was a member of the Santa Fe Trail Association.
In 1995, Dr. Reeve received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was the recipient of the Livestock and Meat Industry Council/KSU Department of Animal Sciences and Industry’s Stockman of the Year Award in 2001. A veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Reeve attained the rank of captain. Active in civic life, he served as a director of the Fidelity State Bank in Garden City from 1968-1988. Dr. Reeve’s wife, Agnesa; a son; two daughters; a stepson; and two stepdaughters survive him.
Floyd M. Ward
Dr. Ward (TEX ’48), 86, Angleton, Texas, died Oct. 2, 2008. He owned a practice in Angleton for more than 50 years. Dr. Ward is survived by his wife, Tena, and two daughters. His brother, Dr. Drue S. Ward (TEX ’39), is a veterinarian in Fort Worth, Texas, and his nephews, Drs. Billy C. Ward (TEX ’64) and Kenneth L. Ward (TEX ’67), are veterinarians in Dallas. Memorials may be made to IPH Hospice, 135 E. Hospital Drive, Angleton, TX 77515.
Ronald B. Wilson
Dr. Wilson (MSU ’77), 54, Nashville, Tenn., died Oct. 5, 2008. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was Tennessee state veterinarian and director of the C.E. Kord Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Nashville. Dr. Wilson also served as an adjunct professor of pathology at the University of Tennessee and as an adjunct assistant professor of pathology at Vanderbilt University. Early in his career, he practiced in Perry, Mich.
Dr. Wilson was a past president of the Southern Animal Health Association and past chair of the Tennessee VMA Regulatory and Public Health Committee.  He served on the National Animal Health Laboratory Network Steering Committee and was a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and United States Animal Health Association. In 2004, Dr. Wilson received the TVMA Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his service and leadership on behalf of the veterinary profession, animal health, and community.
His wife, Dr. Debra A. Wilson (MSU ’79); two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials toward the “Survivors-R-Us” Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Foreign Mission Fund may be made c/o Epworth United Methodist Church, 4241 Arno Road, Franklin, TN 37064.