December 15, 2009

 

 Obituaries

posted December 1, 2009
 

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Delmar D. Diercks

Dr. Diercks (ISU '56), 78, Mason City, Iowa, died Aug. 31, 2009. Prior to retirement, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Rockwell, Iowa, for 37 years. His wife, Marylen; two sons; and two daughters survive him.

Tevis M. Goldhaft

Dr. Goldhaft (COR '35), 95, Haverford, Pa., died July 20, 2009. Retired since 1975, he was a partner and, in later years, a consultant for Vineland Poultry Laboratories, an avian vaccine company in Vineland, N.J., established by his father, Dr. Arthur Goldhaft (UP '10). During his tenure, Dr. Goldhaft helped expand operations to include plants in Mexico, Israel, and the Virgin Islands. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Vineland Board of Education and Vineland Rotary Club. Dr. Goldhaft served on the board of trustees of Ancora Psychiatric Hospital and Rowan State University. He was past Man of the Year, honored by the City of Vineland Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Goldhaft's three daughters and a stepson survive him.

Kermit Harborth

Dr. Harborth (TEX '76), 63, Marion, Texas, died Sept. 3, 2009. Before retiring in 2008, he owned Schertz Animal Hospital in Schertz, Texas, initially practicing mixed animal medicine and then small animal medicine. Dr. Harborth was a member of the Comal County VMA, served as veterinarian for the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, and was a stockholder of the Emergency Animal Clinic in San Antonio. He was a past president of the Randolph Metrocom Rotary Club and a member of the Guadalupe County Fair Association..

Dr. Harborth served in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a major. His wife, Dorothy, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Texas 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 11020, College Station, TX 77842; First Protestant Church Music Fund, 172 W. Coll St., New Braunfels, TX 78130; or Randolph Metrocom Rotary Club, P.O. Box 2381, Universal City, TX 78148.

Jack G. Harvey

Dr. Harvey (COL '54), 80, Loveland, Colo., died Aug. 19, 2009. Prior to retirement, he owned Harvey Bird and Animal Hospital, a small animal and avian practice in Denver, for 30 years. Dr. Harvey was past secretary-treasurer of the Colorado VMA and a member of the Kiwanis Club. His wife, Marion, and three children survive him. Memorials may be made to Larimer Humane Society, 5137 South College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525; or Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

Donald E. Mattson

Dr. Mattson (CAL '59), 75, Corvallis, Ore., died Aug. 25, 2009. Prior to retirement in 2003, he was a professor at Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine for 39 years, teaching immunology. During his tenure, Dr. Mattson also directed the virology section of the Oregon State Diagnostic Laboratory and served on the selection committee for the college. Early in his career, he was commissioned into the Army Veterinary Corps as a first lieutenant and served in the Department of Veterinary Virology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mattson is survived by his wife, Jackie; two sons; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Calvary Chapel, 2125 N.W. Lester Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330; or Benton Hospice, 2350 N.W. Professional Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Edward J. Meehan

Dr. Meehan (MSU '73), 60, Chichester, N.H., died June 5, 2009. He owned a mobile large animal practice for 36 years. Dr. Meehan served on the Chichester Board of Adjustments and was Chichester health officer for several years. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Dr. Meehan's daughter, Victoria Meehan, is a third-year veterinary student at the University of Mississippi.

Memorials may be made to the Strawberry Banke Museum, P.O. Box 300, Portsmouth, NH 03802; or New Ipswich Children's Fair, New Ipswich Congregational Church, 156 Main St., New Ipswich, NH 03071.

Thomas E. Messler

Dr. Messler (OKL '56), 86, Tulsa, Okla., died Aug. 21, 2009. He owned a small animal practice in Tulsa prior to retirement. Dr. Messler served as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Messler's wife, Ruth, and a daughter survive him.

Andrew Mozlin

Dr. Mozlin (FL '80), 55, Kenosha, Wis., died July 20, 2009. During his career, he practiced small animal emergency medicine in Florida at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Miami Shores, Animal Emergency Clinic in Daytona Beach, Smyrna Veterinary Hospital in New Smyrna Beach, and Clay Duval Pet Emergency Clinic in Orange Park. Dr. Mozlin is survived by his wife, Laurel; a son; and a daughter.

Max M. Nold

Dr. Nold (OSU '45), 87, Williamsburg, Va., died Aug. 18, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1978, he served as assistant director of the California National Primate Research Center at the University of California-Davis. Earlier in his career, Dr. Nold owned a mixed animal practice in Montpelier, Ohio, and served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of colonel. In 1967, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Nold's wife, Mary; two sons; and a daughter survive him. One son, Dr. James B. Nold (OSU '73), is a veterinarian in Littleton, N.C. Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

Kelly L. Palm

Dr. Palm (COL '97), 38, Laramie, Wyo., died Aug. 23, 2009. She owned Snowy Range Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Laramie. Early in her career, Dr. Palm practiced in Billings, Mont., and Cheyenne, Wyo. She was a past president of the Wyoming VMA and a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Palm's husband, Dex, and a daughter survive her. Memorials toward the Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Animal Shelter of Laramie, and Laramie Hospice may be made to the Kelly L. Palm Memorial Fund, First Interstate Bank of Laramie, 221 Ivinson St., Laramie, WY 82073.

Margaret L. Petrak

Dr. Petrak (UP '52), 81, Medway, Mass., died Oct. 19, 2009. She was a staff veterinarian at The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston until her retirement in 1992. Known for her expertise in avian medicine, she was a life member and former board member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Dr. Petrak authored "Diseases of Cage and Aviary Birds." Memorials may be made to the AAV Research Fund, P.O. Box 811720, Boca Raton, FL 33481.

Philip J. Pfarr

Dr. Pfarr (WSU '40), 93, Spokane, Wash., died Sept. 16, 2009. He was the founder of what is now known as the Animal Clinic of Spokane. Dr. Pfarr was a past president of the Washington State VMA and helped establish the Inland Empire VMA and the Pet Emergency Clinic of Spokane. In 1969, he became the first recipient of the WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Pfarr was a 50-year member of the Lions Club. His wife, Barbara; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Arc of Spokane (an organization that creates opportunities for people with developmental disabilities), 127 W. Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201; Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164; or Saint David's Episcopal Church, 7315 N Wall St., Spokane, WA 99208.

Geoffrey J. Rourke

Dr. Rourke (ONT '50), 86, Mooresville, Ind., died Aug. 4, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1995, he practiced small animal medicine at All Pet Veterinary Hospital in Indianapolis for 30 years. A native of Canada, Dr. Rourke served in the Canadian Navy during World War II. His wife, Elsie; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Wheeler Mission, 245 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

George D. Wetherill

Dr. Wetherill (EDN '54), 83, Lexington, N.C., died July 1, 2009. He owned a hog farm in Lexington and served as a consultant for Cargill Industries. Early in his career, Dr. Wetherill practiced in England, taught at the University of Guelph, and practiced large animal medicine in Listowel, Ontario. He was a past president of the Lexington Rotary Club. Dr. Wetherill's wife, Morfydd; a son; and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Davidson County Medical Ministries Clinic, P.O. Box 584, Lexington, NC 27293; or First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 586, Lexington, NC 27293.

Charles E. Whiteman

Dr. Whiteman (KSU '43), 91, Manhattan, Kan., died Sept. 30, 2009. Prior to retirement, he was a member of the veterinary faculty at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for 23 years, serving as a professor and a pathologist. Earlier in his career, Dr. Whiteman practiced large animal medicine in Illinois and was a pathologist at Michigan State University. He served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Whiteman is survived by his wife, Helen; a daughter; and two sons.