AVMA Honor Roll Member
Student Associate Member
Edward C. Bland
Dr. Bland (WSU '46), 86, Corte Madera, Calif., died June 15, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he co-owned Avenues Pet Hospital in San Francisco and had a practice at Skyline Pet Hospital in Daly City, Calif., prior to retirement in the late 1970s. Dr. Bland was also one of the founders of All Animals Emergency Hospital in San Francisco. In retirement, he served as a relief veterinarian in Marin County. Dr. Bland's wife, Joan; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164; or Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Suite 100, Larkspur, CA 94939.
William D. Blind
Dr. Blind (MSU '44), 88, Jacksonville, Fla., died Dec. 14, 2009. He practiced in Crawfordsville, Ind., for more than 25 years. Dr. Blind was a veteran of the Army. His two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.
Donald B. Brattain
Dr. Brattain (MSU '44), 87, Greencastle, Ind., died Nov. 12, 2009. He practiced small animal medicine in Greencastle for 61 years. Dr. Brattain was a member of the Indiana VMA and served on the board of directors of the Humane Society of Putnam County. Active in civic life, he was a founding member of the Putnam County Museum, served on the Putnam County Board of Health, and was a past president of the Putnam County and Forest Hill cemetery boards, Greencastle Kiwanis Club, and Putnam County Comprehensive Services. In 2006, Dr. Brattain was named Greencastle Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. His wife, June; four sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Donald B. Brattain Memorial Fund, c/o Putnam County Foundation, 2 N. Jackson St., Greencastle, IN 46135.
John A. Caltabiano
Dr. Caltabiano (ISU '79), 55, Old Lyme, Conn., died Nov. 6, 2009. In 1980, he established Mobile Veterinary Medical Clinic, a mixed animal house-call practice serving Southeastern Connecticut. Dr. Caltabiano also served as president of Tait's Every Animal Matters, an organization devoted to developing programs and services to help needy Connecticut animals and their caretakers. As president, he launched in 1997 the TEAM Mobile Feline Unit, a mobile spay/neuter and vaccination clinic for cats. Most recently, Dr. Caltabiano developed a feline oral contraceptive. He is survived by his life partner, Donna Sicuranza. Memorials may be made to TEAM, P.O. Box 591, Westbrook, CT 06498.
Jessica L. Cornell
Cornell (ROS '11), 28, Henderson, N.Y., died Aug. 19, 2009. She was a member of the Ross University student associate chapter of the AVMA. At the time of her death, Cornell was working as a veterinary technician at the Jefferson County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Watertown, N.Y., and North Country Veterinary Services in Pulaski, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the Jefferson County SPCA, 25056 Water St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Richard W. Frame
Dr. Frame (MO '64), 72, Smithville, Mo., died Nov. 19, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he co-owned Claycomo Animal Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., for almost 30 years. Dr. Frame was also a partner and served on the board of directors for practices on Cayman, Turks, and Caicos islands and the Animal Emergency Clinic in Kansas City. Earlier in his career, he practiced in St. Joseph, Mo., for two years.
Dr. Frame was a past president of the Missouri and Kansas City VMAs and a past member of the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Missouri Examining Board for Animal Technicians. He served as Missouri's delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1991-1999. Dr. Frame was named Missouri Veterinarian of the Year in 1986 and received the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Judith; a daughter; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine, Attn: Dr. Ron Cott, 1600 Rollins—W213 Veterinary Medicine Building, Columbia, MO 65211.
Harry G. Geyer
Dr. Geyer (OSU '36), 97, Leesburg, Va., died Dec. 22, 2009. He retired in 1980 as federal extension veterinarian from what is now known as the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Geyer began his career in the former Bureau of Animal Industry, assisting in brucellosis eradication in Virginia. In 1937, he resigned to establish a practice in Grove City, Ohio. Dr. Geyer then served in the Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He later worked for the Department of Agriculture in Ohio, eventually serving as state veterinarian. From 1963-1965, Dr. Geyer worked for the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C., where he was in charge of the medicated feed section. He joined the CSREES in 1965.
Dr. Geyer served on the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine from 1958-1961, chairing the council for two years. He was a past president of the National Association of Livestock Sanitary Officials and a member of the District of Columbia VMA, National Association of Federal Veterinarians, and U.S. Livestock Sanitary Association. In 1980, Dr. Geyer received the American Association of Extension Veterinarians' Distinguished Service Award. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University in 1982.
Dr. Geyer's three sons and two daughters survive him.
Nolan L. Gross
Dr. Gross (OKL '66), 68, Tulsa, Okla., died Dec. 4, 2009. He was the founder and president of Southern Agriculture Inc., a pet and animal supply store with seven locations in northeastern Oklahoma. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gross owned Mingo Road Veterinary Hospital in Tulsa. He was a member of the Oklahoma VMA, past president of the Tulsa County VMA, and past member of the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Gross was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Ginger; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, 1301 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119; or Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Stillwater, OK 74078.
McClain C. Jackson
Dr. Jackson (OSU '53), 88, Loveland, Colo., died Oct. 30, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1988, he worked as a meat inspection supervisor for the Department of Agriculture in Indiana. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jackson owned a large animal practice in Montpelier, Ind., for 15 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dr. Jackson's wife, Florence; three sons; and a daughter survive him.
Mark E. McManus
Dr. McManus (MSU '88), 47, Atlanta, died July 16, 2009. He was staff veterinarian at Lilburn Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Chamblee, Ga. Earlier in his career, Dr. McManus practiced mixed animal medicine in North Carolina at Fayetteville and Charlotte. Memorials in his name may be made to The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303; or Queen of the Miraculous Medal, 606 S. Wisner St., Jackson, MI 49203.
John D. Nall
Dr. Nall (AUB '43), 88, Birmingham, Ala., died Oct. 15, 2009. In 1949, he established Nall Animal Hospital in Homewood, Ala., practicing there for 50 years. Dr. Nall also served as veterinarian for the Birmingham Zoo for more than 20 years and was active with the Birmingham Humane Society. Early in his career, he worked for the former Bureau of Animal Industry. Dr. Nall was a member of the Alabama and Jefferson County VMAs. In 1974, he was honored by the Associated Specialty Clubs of Alabama and the University of Alabama Department of Comparative Medicine for his service to dogs. Dr. Nall received a Service Award from the Alabama VMA in 1981. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Nall's wife, Ginger; a son; and three daughters survive him. One daughter, Dr. Jane C. Nall (AUB '79), is a veterinarian in Madison, Ala. Memorials may be made to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, 317 S. College St., Auburn, AL 36849.
Louis K. Otto
Dr. Otto (KSU '51), 84, Arlington, Neb., died Nov. 30, 2009. Following graduation, he joined a practice in Arlington, becoming a partner in 1953. Dr. Otto retired after 28 years to join Vigortone Ag Products, where he served as a technical service veterinarian for 10 years. A life member of the Nebraska VMA, he served on the Nebraska Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine.
Active in civic life, Dr. Otto was a member of the Arlington Village Board and Arlington Volunteer Firemen. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. Dr. Otto is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two daughters; and a son. His son, Dr. Daniel L. Otto (KSU '83), owns Superior Veterinary Care in Lincoln, Neb. Memorials may be made to Arlington Community Church, 355 N. 4th St., Arlington, NE 68002; American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, National Headquarters Donations, 6350 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.
Ralph E. Rhea
Dr. Rhea (AUB '63), 74, Locust Fork, Ala., died Dec. 23, 2009. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Department of Agriculture for 30 years. Dr. Rhea's wife, Oneta, and two daughters survive him.
Garry J. Rokey
Dr. Rokey (KSU '70), 64, Kansas City, Mo., died Oct. 14, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he owned Foxwood Animal Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Rokey served on the board of directors of Vocational Services Inc. He is survived by his wife, Martha, and four daughters. Memorials may be made to Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, Manhattan, KS 66506; Vocational Services Inc., 935 S. Kent St., Liberty, MO 64068; or Apostolic Christian Church, 301 W. Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64145.
Verne A. Scott Jr.
Dr. Scott (TEX '46), 84, Stephenville, Texas, died Oct. 17, 2009. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Dublin, Texas, for 53 years prior to retirement. Dr. Scott served as a captain in the Army. He was a past president of the Dublin Rotary Club. Dr. Scott's wife, Eva Jo; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Verne A. and Pearle K. Scott Scholarship, Box T-0260, Stephenville, TX 76402.
James B. Sharp
Dr. Sharp (GA '56), 76, Louisville, Ky., died Sept. 29, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1998, he was an associate professor and director of what is now known as the Research Resource Center at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. During his career, Dr. Sharp also worked as a racing commission veterinarian at Louisville Downs and Churchill Downs. A past president of the Kentucky VMA, he was a member of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners and American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Dr. Sharp was past chair of the Air Pollution Control Board for Louisville and Jefferson County. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368; or Racetrack Chaplaincy, P.O. Box 324, Simpsonville, KY 40067.
Edward M. Smith
Dr. Smith (CAL '55), 81, Orland, Calif., died Oct. 20, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1989, he owned Orland Veterinary Hospital, a mixed animal practice, for 34 years. Dr. Smith was a life member of the California VMA. He served in the Army from 1946-1947. Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Claire; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Just For Children, P.O. Box 573, Orland, CA 95963; or Abbey of New Clairvaux (a Trappist monastery), P.O. Box 80, Vina, CA 96092.
Donald F. Swartz
Dr. Swartz (KSU '46), 85, Owasso, Okla., died Nov. 19, 2009. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Tulsa, Okla., for 50 years, focusing on equine medicine. Earlier in his career, Dr. Swartz worked for the state of Nebraska, taught histology and helped establish the pathology department at Oklahoma State University, and served as ranch veterinarian for the J.C. Penney Ranch in Hamilton, Missouri. He was a member of the Oklahoma VMA, American Quarter Horse Association, and Palomino Horse Breeders of America. Dr. Swartz served in the Army from 1943-1944. His wife, Martha; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Dr. Swartz's brother, Dr. Max L. Swartz (KSU '53), is a mixed animal practitioner in Sulphur, Okla.
Robert B. Wiggs
Dr. Wiggs (TEX '73), 61, Garland, Texas, died Nov. 29, 2009. A diplomate and past president of the American Veterinary Dental College, he owned Coit Road Animal Hospital in Dallas, where he established the Dallas Dental Service Animal Clinic. Dr. Wiggs also served as an adjunct professor at the Baylor University College of Dentistry, was veterinarian for the Baylor University College of Medicine's Surgical Research Foundation, and chaired the university's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. With a special interest in zoo and wildlife dentistry, he was a volunteer consultant to the Dallas Zoo, co-organized the Exotic Animal Dentistry program at the annual Veterinary Dental Forum, and was a board member of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation.
A founding member and past president of the American Veterinary Dental Society, Dr. Wiggs was also a past president of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the Dallas County VMA. He was amongst the first group of veterinarians inducted as fellows of the AVD. Dr. Wiggs authored "Veterinary Dentistry: Principles and Practice." He received several honors, including the AVDC Peter Emily Service Award in 1994, an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Texas A&M University in 1995, the Texas VMA Companion Animal Practitioner-of-the-Year Award in 1996, and the AVDS Research and Education Award in 1999. In 2001, Dr. Wiggs was named AVD Fellow of the Year. The AVDC established the Robert Wiggs Award in his honor.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368l; Development Office, Dallas Zoological Society, 650 S.R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203; Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110; or Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, P.O. Box 280975, Lakewood, CO 80228.
Roy C. Wilbee
Dr. Wilbee (ONT '51), 83, Boissevain, Manitoba, Canada, died Nov. 6, 2009. From 1953 until retirement in 1996, he owned a practice in Boissevain, serving farming communities in southwestern Manitoba. Early in his career, Dr. Wilbee practiced in Fairlight, Saskatchewan. In 1977, he was awarded life membership in the Manitoba VMA. Dr. Wilbee's wife, Euniece; two sons; and two daughters survive him.
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