March 01, 2010

 

 Obituaries

posted February 18, 2010
 

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George W. Abbott

Dr. Abbott (COR '45), 87, Ithaca, N.Y., died Sept. 17, 2009. He owned Grafton Animal Hospital in Grafton, Mass., and co-owned Abbott Animal Hospital in Worcester, Mass., with his brother, Dr. Richard J. Abbott (COR '57). In later years, Dr. Abbott was associated with Pawtucket Animal Clinic in Pawtucket, R.I. During his career, he also served as an adjunct professor of clinical medicine at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and was director of hospital administration at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. Dr. Abbott served as a captain in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He was a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, Massachusetts VMA, and Worcester County VMA, and a member of the Rhode Island VMA. He served on the board of directors of the Worcester Animal Rescue League and the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In 1977, Dr. Abbott received an AAHA Regional Practitioner Award. He was the recipient of the Massachusetts VMA Distinguished Service Award in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three daughters; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Jonathan S. Allan

Dr. Allan (MSU '84), 57, Helotes, Texas, died Sept. 27, 2009. He joined the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio as an assistant scientist in the Department of Virology and Immunology in 1987, becoming a scientist in 1992. Dr. Allan was involved in preparing the initial base grant application that led to the establishment of the Southwest National Primate Research Center in 1999, and he led the SNPRC Retrovirus Diagnostics Laboratory until his death. He was known for his research on the pathogenesis of simian immunodeficiency virus, the transmission of viruses from nonhuman primates to humans, and the risks of xenotransplantation.

Dr. Allan served as mayor of Helotes from 2005-2007 and founded the Helotes Heritage Association, an organization dedicated to preventing urban sprawl.

Gordon D. Brown

Dr. Brown (COL '53), 80, Greeley, Colo., died Sept. 10, 2009. He practiced in Fort Lupton, Colo., and the surrounding area from 1955-1991. Dr. Brown also served as a cattle and sheep consultant, working closely with the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. He was a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, Academy of Veterinary Consultants, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, National Lamb Feeders, and National Wool Growers. Dr. Brown's wife, Mayvis; three daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Christian Veterinary Mission or First Baptist Church of Fort Lupton, c/o Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.

Donald A. Ellis

Dr. Ellis (MIN '58), 81, Canton, S.D., died Oct. 2, 2009. From 1971 until retirement in 1992, he practiced at Canton Veterinary Clinic. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ellis practiced in Rapid City, S.D.; Roseville, Minn.; and Lake Andes, S.D. He was a member of the South Dakota VMA. Dr. Ellis served in the Army during the Korean War. His wife, Phyllis; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Building Fund, 621 E. 4th St., Canton, SD 57013.

Ronald A. Engelken

Dr. Engelken (KSU '70), 63, St. Joseph, Mo., died Nov. 22, 2009. He owned a large animal practice and served as livestock veterinarian for the St. Joseph Stockyards for 34 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Engelken practiced at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in St. Joseph. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; six sons; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509; or Agency Methodist Church, 10775 State Route Ff S.E., Agency, MO 64401.

Gregory W. Gallagher

Dr. Gallagher (COR '68), 65, East Aurora, N.Y., died Nov. 29, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he co-owned Seneca Animal Hospital in Elma, N.Y. Dr. Gallagher was a member of the New York State VMS, Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, and Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine. He is survived by his son. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

David W. Gregory

Dr. Gregory (KSU '49), 95, Ames, Iowa, died Nov. 1, 2009. From 1966 until retirement in 1986, he worked as a bacteriologist at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, focusing on Escherichia coli research. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gregory owned a practice in Washington, Iowa, and conducted research on Edema disease and E coli infection. He authored several articles on bacterial disease in domesticated animals, and his research on E coli was cited in the fourth edition of "The Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals."

Dr. Gregory served as a medical bacteriologist in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of major. His wife, Marjorie; three daughters; and two sons survive him. One son, Dr. Ronald S. Gregory (ISU '72), is a veterinarian in Sartell, Minn. Memorials may be made to National Parks Conservation Association, 1300 19th St. N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036.

Keith D. Henrikson

Dr. Henrikson (KSU '43), 87, Bolivar, Mo., died Nov. 17, 2009. Prior to retirement, he owned a mixed animal practice in Bolivar. Dr. Henrikson was a member of the Missouri VMA and a past president of the Southwest Missouri VMA. He was also a member of the Bolivar Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Henrikson served as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

His wife, Kelly; three daughters; and a son survive him. Other veterinarians in Dr. Henrikson's family include his nephews, Drs. Duane M. Henrikson (KSU '67) and G. Warren Henrikson (KSU '72), and his grandnephew and grandniece, Drs. Todd D. Henrikson (KSU '98) and Sarah L. Dugan (KSU '03). Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Sacred Heart Church Building Fund, 1405 W. Fair Play St., Bolivar, MO 65613.

Carol J. High

Dr. High (UP '71), 62, Pottstown, Pa., died Aug. 26, 2009. A small animal practitioner, she practiced at Phoenixville Animal Hospital in Phoenixville, Pa., for 28 years. Earlier in her career, Dr. High practiced at Valley Forge Animal Hospital in Phoenixville. She is survived by her husband, Lester, and two sons. Memorials toward Compassion International (a child sponsorship organization) may be made c/o Lester High, 2655 St. Peters Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.

Kenneth L. Huggins

Dr. Huggins (GA '58), 78, Walterboro, S.C., died Dec. 14, 2009. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned the Dillon Animal Hospital in Dillon, S.C., for 41 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Huggins practiced at Marion Animal Hospital in Marion, S.C. He served as a second lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. Dr. Huggins was a member of the Dillon Rotary Club. His two sons and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 229, Dillon, SC 29536.

J. Mack Oyler

Dr. Oyler (OKL '53), 83, Grove, Okla., died Dec. 31, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1991, he served as associate dean of academic affairs and professor of medicine and surgery at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation and until 1965, Dr. Oyler owned a practice in Grove. During that time, he also served as herd veterinarian at the Fair Oaks Ranch in Boerne, Texas, for a year, and spent a year teaching at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Oyler later served as associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Georgia. In 1973, he joined Oklahoma State University as an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Oyler moved to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as a professor in 1975, eventually becoming assistant dean. He returned to Oklahoma State University as associate dean of academic affairs in 1980.

Dr. Oyler was a life member and past president of the Oklahoma VMA. He was also a past president of the Southwest Virginia VMA. In 1998, Dr. Oyler was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son; and a daughter. Memorials toward the J. Mack and Mary J. Oyler Seminar Room may be made to the OSU Foundation, Office of College Outreach, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078; or First United Methodist Church, 1005 Leisure Road, Grove, OK 74344.

Robert E. Robinson

Dr. Robinson (AUB '65), 81, Seminole, Fla., died Nov. 20, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he owned Disston Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., for 29 years prior to retirement in 2007. Earlier in his career, Dr. Robinson practiced in Birmingham, Ala., and owned practices in the state at Dothan and Mobile. He was a past president of the Alabama, Mobile, and Jefferson County VMAs. In 1978, Dr. Robinson received a Service Award from the Alabama VMA. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Robinson's wife, Evelyn, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL 36849; or Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

Howard E. Tewell III

Dr. Tewell (TEX '80), 55, San Benito, Texas, died Oct. 6, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he owned San Benito Animal Hospital since 1991. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tewell practiced in Harlingen, Texas. He was a past president of the Valley VMA. In 2000, he received the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge Humanitarian Award. Dr. Tewell was the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Leader Award in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter; and a son. Dr. Tewell's daughter, Allison T. Tewell, is a fourth-year veterinary student at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and his son, Joshua C. Tewell, is a first-year veterinary student at Ross University.

Memorials may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, Office of the Dean, 4461 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843; or Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 450, Rio Hondo, TX 78583.

Stanley Weissman

Dr. Weissman (COR '57), 78, Scarsdale, N.Y., died Nov. 10, 2009. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced in Washington Heights, N.Y. Dr. Weissman was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps. His wife, Lila; a son; and a daughter survive him.

John R. Whitehead

Dr. Whitehead (ONT '52), 80, Ormstown, Quebec, Canada, died Aug. 26, 2009. He is survived by his daughter and two sons. Memorials may be made to the Quebec Parkinson Society, 550 Sherbrooke St. W., Office 1470, Tower West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1B9; or Barrie Memorial Hospital Foundation, 28 Gale St., Ormstown, Quebec, Canada J0S 1K0.