August 15, 2009



Posted Aug. 1, 2009

AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member

George M. Baer

Dr. Baer (COR '59), 73, Mexico City, died June 2, 2009. Known for leading a team in developing the oral vaccine that led to the eradication of rabies in wildlife in Europe, he was chief of the rabies laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from 1969 until retirement. There he was known as the father of oral rabies vaccination. Dr. Baer began his career as an equine practitioner in New York and Connecticut, also working at racetracks in California. In 1961, he joined the CDC as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Baer served the next two years as a veterinary epidemiologist at the New York State Health Department Laboratories for Research in Albany, where he began research on zoonotic diseases, including rabies, brucellosis, and chlamydiosis.

In 1963, he became acting chief of the CDC Rabies Laboratory, and a year later, was transferred to the Southwest Rabies Investigations Station in New Mexico, where he worked on rabies in bats. In 1966, Dr. Baer was assigned to the Pan American Health Organization in Mexico City for three years to assist in improving national vaccine production programs for dogs, laying the groundwork for Mexico's public health programs against rabies. During that time, he also worked with the National Institute for Livestock Research and conducted research on paralytic rabies in cattle and brucellosis in goats. Dr. Baer was named chief of the rabies laboratory in the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases on his return to the CDC in 1969.

During retirement in Mexico, he established a diagnostic laboratory in Mexico City, continuing his research and working to develop public health programs. Dr. Baer was a member of the Mexican International Steering Committee for the Rabies in the Americas Conference. He also served on the World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Rabies and was past secretary of the International Society for Veterinary Economics and Epidemiology. Dr. Baer was the author of the text "The Natural History of Rabies."

His wife, Maria, and three daughters survive him.

Gary L. Blanchard

Dr. Blanchard (MSU '68), 63, Haslett, Mich., died Feb. 26, 2009. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, he practiced at Animal Eye Specialists of Haslett and Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, Mich. During his career, Dr. Blanchard also taught at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine for several years. His son survives him.

Arden G. Kemler

Dr. Kemler (KSU '50), 90, Corinth, Texas, died April 23, 2009. He was professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. During his tenure, Dr. Kemler received the Faculty Achievement Award and the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award.

A veteran of the Air Force, he was the recipient of the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, Bronze Battle Star, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater with three stars, and American Defense Service Ribbon. Dr. Kemler's son and two daughters survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, 4461 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843.

William W. Lovett

Dr. Lovett (IL '58), 74, Geneva, Ill., died April 8, 2009. From 1960 until retirement in 2002, he owned Valley Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Geneva. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lovett practiced large animal medicine in the area. Dr. Lovett was a member of the Illinois State VMA and helped found the Anderson Animal Shelter. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Geneva Optimist Club and a member of the Jaycees and Boy Scouts organizations. Dr. Lovett's wife, Arline, and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Association Midwest Chapter, 2050 Pfingsten Road, Suite 127, Glenview, IL 60026; or Geneva Park District Foundation, 710 Western Ave., Geneva, IL 60134.

Katie E. McEachran

Dr. McEachran (WSU '02), 34, Spokane, Wash., died May 21, 2009. She practiced at Peone Pines Veterinary Hospital in Spokane since 2002. Dr. McEachran was a member of the Inland Empire VMA. Her husband, Marc; two daughters; and a son survive her. Memorials may be made to Life Services of Spokane, 2659 N. Ash St., Spokane, WA 99205.

Meredith H. Moore

Dr. Moore (ISU '53), 87, Clear Lake, Wis., died May 17, 2009. From 1977 until retirement in 1990, he worked as a field veterinarian for the state of Wisconsin. Prior to that, Dr. Moore owned a practice in Clear Lake. Early in his career, he practiced in Medford, Wis. Dr. Moore was a past president of the Northwestern Wisconsin VMA. Active in civic life, he served on the Clear Lake School Board for 21 years and was involved with the 4-H Club for 16 years. Dr. Moore's wife, Grace; three daughters; and two sons survive him.

Abbie B. Moos

Dr. Moos (UP '82), 58, Philomath, Ore., died May 15, 2009. She practiced veterinary acupuncture in the Eugene and Corvallis areas of Oregon. Dr. Moos also worked at Springfield-Eugene Emergency Veterinary Hospital until 2007. She was recently honored with the Massachusetts VMA Merit Award for her volunteer work with the association's Mazunte Project, spaying and neutering dogs to protect endangered sea turtles on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Dr. Moos is survived by her life partner, Tom Leach; a daughter; and a son. Memorials may be made to Benton Hospice Service, 2350 N.W. Professional Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Donn S. Paulson

Dr. Paulson (WSU '85), 57, Spokane, Wash., died June 18, 2009. He practiced small animal medicine in Spokane. Dr. Paulson's former wife, Dr. Linda L.H. Wood (WSU '76), is a veterinarian in Spokane.

Barry S. Philipp

Dr. Philipp (TEX '62), 77, Wimberley, Texas, died June 8, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1985, he owned Fondren Road Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Houston. Dr. Philipp authored the book "The Fear Factor: Finding Peace in a Desperate Society." He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. Dr. Philipp is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons; and two stepsons. Memorials may be made to Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, TX 78676.

David B. Schauer

Dr. Schauer (NCU '87), 48, Newton, Mass., died June 7, 2009. He was a professor of biological engineering and comparative medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Schauer ran a laboratory at MIT that focused on how bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal tract can lead to inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, or cancer. His wife, Carol, and two sons survive him.

Leonard D. Smith

Dr. Smith (TEX '45), 87, Hendrix, Okla., died Dec. 26, 2008. Prior to retirement, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 30 years. Dr. Smith was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Army Veterinary Corps during the Korean War, attaining the rank of captain. His wife, Johanna; two sons; and a daughter survive him.

George E. Whitmore

Dr. Whitmore (MSU '41), 93, Southern Pines, N.C., died March 4, 2009. Prior to retirement, he served as chief of toxicology at the Food and Drug Administration. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, owned a practice in Indiana, served as chief of veterinary service for the Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center, and worked for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Whitmore's wife, Treva; three sons; and two daughters survive him.


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