August 01, 2009

 

 Obituaries

 
posted July 15, 2009
 
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Joseph N. Beasley
 
Dr. Beasley (TEX ’49), 85, Fayetteville, Ark., died May 14, 2009. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was professor emeritus of poultry science at the University of Arkansas since 1995. Dr. Beasley was one of the first pathologists to work on Marek’s disease of poultry, helping to identify the means by which the disease was spread. His research interests also included turkey hemorrhagic enteritis, mycotoxins and bursal disease, and the pathology and pathogenesis of proventriculitis in broilers. Early in his career, Dr. Beasley served on the veterinary faculty of Texas A&M University. 
In 2001, the Arkansas VMA named him Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Beasley served in the Army and Navy during World War II. He was a longtime member of the Fayetteville Rotary Club. Dr. Beasley is survived by his wife, Joan, and a son.
 
Earl D. Carlson
 
Dr. Carlson (COL ’77), 57, Fort Collins, Colo., died June 12, 2009. Before retiring in 2007, he served as animal welfare veterinarian for the state of Colorado, overseeing the safety and care of racing animals. At the start of his career, Dr. Carlson founded Carlson Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Fort Collins. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Mary E. Carlson (COL ’87), a relief veterinarian. Dr. Carlson’s father, Dr. William D. Carlson (COL ’52), was a founder and diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Memorials may be made to Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 E. Girard Ave., Suite B430, Denver, CO 80231.
 
Earl L. Drake
 
Dr. Drake (COL ’51), 84, Reno, Nev., died May 10, 2009. Extension professor of veterinary medicine emeritus at the University of Nevada since 1985, he owned ABC Spay clinics in Nevada at Sparks and Carson City until retirement in 1996. Dr. Drake began his career practicing in Greeley, Colo., for two years. He then established a practice in Eaton, Colo. Dr. Drake joined the faculty of the University of Nevada in 1967.
 
He was a past president of the Western Veterinary Conference and the Weld County Veterinary Association. Dr. Drake served on the Eaton School Board. A veteran of the Navy, he was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Drake is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and two sons.
 
William S. Kolling
 
Dr. Kolling (COL ’68), 67, Wray, Colo., died March 26, 2009. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Northeast Colorado Health Department, first as an environmentalist, and, later, as director of environmental health. Dr. Kolling began his career practicing in Loveland, Colo. He then worked briefly as a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture before moving to Wray, where he established a small animal practice. Dr. Kolling also served as on-site veterinarian for the Ranchland Livestock Auction in Wray and Yuma Livestock Auction in Yuma, Colo.
 
He was a member of the Wray Museum Board since 1995. Dr. Kolling is survived by his wife, Nola Rae. Memorials toward research for Lyme disease may be made to Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, Columbia University, Attn: Barbara Strobino, PhD, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 69, New York, NY 10032.
 
Joseph H. Krichel Jr.
 
Dr. Krichel (ISU ’57), 75, Naples, Fla., died May 12, 2009. Following graduation, he joined his father, Dr. Joseph H. Krichel Sr. (CVC ’16), at Krichel Animal Hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, practicing there until retirement. Dr. Krichel was a past president of the Iowa and Eastern Iowa VMAs and a past trustee of the AVMA Group Health and Life Insurance Trust. He was also a member of the Iowa Academy of Veterinary Practice.
 
Dr. Krichel received several honors, including the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Stange Award in 1971, the IVMA President’s Award in 1979, and the IVMA Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award in 1986. Active in civic life, he served as treasurer of the Keokuk Industrial Development Corporation, was a past president of the Keokuk Area Hospital Board, and served as campaign chair of the Keokuk Hoerner YMCA.
 
Dr. Krichel’s wife, Isabelle; a daughter; and two sons survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210; Krichel SCAVMA Scholarship, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Development Office, 2514 Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA 50011; or the Keokuk Area Community Foundation for the Joseph and Isabelle Krichel-Family Foundation, 1610 Morgan St., Keokuk, IA 52632.
 
Richard P. Luedtke
 
Dr. Luedtke (ISU ’45), 85, Eastport, Idaho, died Dec. 11, 2008. Prior to retirement, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Earlier in his career, Dr. Luedtke owned a practice in Oregon, Ill. He was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Luedtke’s son and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Idaho Conservation League, P.O. Box 844, Boise, ID 83701.
 
Kenneth E. McWilliams
 
Dr. McWilliams (OSU ’46), 91, Mount Gilead, Ohio, died May 12, 2009. Before retiring in 2003, he served as a veterinary judge for the Ohio State Racing Commission. Prior to that, Dr. McWilliams worked as a staff veterinarian for Producers Live Stock in Hilliard, Ohio. Early in his career, he practiced in Ohio at Plain City and Galion.
 
Dr. McWilliams was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion. His son and daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine General Fund, Office of Development, 127 Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210; or Mount Gilead Church of Christ, 7197 County Road 46, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
 
William J. O’Reilly
 
Dr. O’Reilly (UP ’67), 66, Taneytown, Md., died April 27, 2009. Prior to retirement, he practiced at Closter Animal Hospital in Closter, N.J., where he also served as medical director. Dr. O’Reilly was a past president of the Bergen County Veterinary Association and the Old Tappan (N.J.) Board of Health. His wife, Judith; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Friends of Karen Inc., 118 Titicus Road, Purdys, NY 10578.
 
Ghery D. Pettit
 
Dr. Pettit (CAL ’53), 82, Pullman, Wash., died May 17, 2009. A diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he retired in 1991 as a professor of veterinary clinical medicine and surgery at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure, Dr. Pettit also headed the Division of Small Animal Surgery at the veterinary college. Early in his career, he served on the veterinary faculty of the University of California-Davis for eight years and practiced briefly in Sacramento, Calif.
 
In 1971, Dr. Pettit received the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award. He was appointed to the Washington State University Board of Governors in 1981, serving as chair in 1987. Dr. Pettit was a life member of the Washington State VMA. In 1994, he received the ACVS Distinguished Service Award. A veteran of the Navy, Dr. Pettit was a member and past commander of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Pullman Child Welfare Committee and the Kiwanis Club of Pullman.
 
Dr. Pettit is survived by his wife, Frances, and two sons. Memorials may be made to Pullman Presbyterian Church, 1630 N.E. Stadium Way, Pullman, WA 99163; The Pettit-Robinette Scholarship, c/o WSU Foundation, P.O. Box 641925, Pullman, WA 99164; or Friends of Hospice, 1610 N.E. Eastgate Blvd., Suite 850, Pullman, WA 99163. 
 
Jeff W. Tyler
 
Dr. Tyler (MIN ’81), 51, Columbia, Mo., died May 17, 2009. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he was a professor and director of strategic initiatives in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Tyler began his career practicing large animal medicine in Iowa. He then served on the veterinary faculties of Auburn and Washington State universities before joining the MU in 1997.
 
Dr. Tyler’s research interests focused on nutrition and disease affecting livestock and poultry production. He helped develop international livestock health programs and was known for reshaping the understanding of passive transfer of immunity in neonatal livestock. Dr. Tyler served as a consultant to the International Rhinoceros Foundation and Rhinoceros Taxon Advisory Group. He was a past associate editor of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 2003, Dr. Tyler received the American Feed Industry Award in recognition of his research.
 
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Carolyn J. Henry (AUB ’90), a professor of oncology in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at MU, and eight children. Information on memorials toward funds established in honor of Dr. Tyler may be obtained from the CVM Development Office, Veterinary Medicine Building 203, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. 
 
Anna E. Worth
 
Dr. Worth (UP ’78), 55, Shaftsbury, Vt., died May 16, 2009. She co-owned West Mountain Animal Hospital, a mainly companion animal practice in Bennington, Vt., with her husband, Dr. Robert L. Bergman (UP ’78). Early in her career, Dr. Worth practiced mixed animal medicine in Glasgow, Mont.
 
She was immediate past president of the American Animal Hospital Association. She served on several AAHA entities, including the Foundation Board of Trustees, the Accredited Referral Practice Task Force, and the Animal Welfare and Ethics Task Force.  Dr. Worth was AAHA’s representative to the CATalyst Council, National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, and World Small Animal Veterinary Association. In 2005, she helped found the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, which provides funds to pets and clients in need.
 
Dr. Worth was also past president of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics and Vermont VMA and served as Vermont’s delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1992-1999.  She was past chair of the Vermont Cruelty Task Force, Vermont Animal Welfare Committee, and Vermont Euthanasia Board of Animals. Dr. Worth was also a board member of the Bennington County Humane Society.
 
 Dr. Worth received several honors, including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award in 1992 and the VVMA David Walker Award in 1997. She is survived by her husband; a son, Dr. Robert Bergman Jr. (NCU ’09); and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, online
at www.aahahelpingpets.org/individuals.html; or to the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Resource Fund, c/o E.P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home Inc., 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
 
Gary R. Zimmerman
 
Dr. Zimmerman (KSU ’73), 59, Holton, Kan., died Dec. 23, 2008. He worked for Banner Creek Animal Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Holton. Dr. Zimmerman’s wife, Jan; four sons; and two stepdaughters survive him. 
 
 

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