March 15, 2010

 

 Obituaries

 

posted March 1, 2010

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Ellwood G. Barker

Dr. Barker (PUR '69), 65, Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Nov. 10, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he owned Three Point Veterinary Clinic in Elkhart, Ind., from 1972 until retirement in 1996. Prior to that, Dr. Barker served in the Army Veterinary Corps. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; two sons; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037.

Glenn C. Bullock

Dr. Bullock (UP '53), 86, Beaver Falls, Pa., died Nov. 9, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1997, he practiced in Rochester, Pa., for more than 40 years. Dr. Bullock was a Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and a son. Memorials may be made to the Beaver County Humane Society, P.O. Box 63, Monaca, PA 15061.

Robert E. Dracy

Dr. Dracy (MIN '53), 82, Cannon Falls, Minn., died Dec. 12, 2009. Retired since 1986, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Cannon Falls for 33 years, establishing the Cannon Falls Veterinary Clinic in 1973. Dr. Dracy also served as veterinarian for the Cannon Valley Fair for more than 40 years. In retirement, he worked part time as a livestock inspector for the South St. Paul Stockyards. Dr. Dracy was a member of the Minnesota VMA. A veteran of the Marine Corps, he was also a member of the American Legion. Dr. Dracy's wife, Marge; two sons; and two daughters survive him.

Thomas B. Eville

Dr. Eville (WSU '42), 90, Penn Valley, Calif., died Nov. 27, 2009. A retired small animal practitioner, he owned a practice in Fresno, Calif. Dr. Eville was a life member of the California VMA and a member of the Southern California VMA. An avid underwater photographer, he won several awards for his slides and motion pictures. Dr. Eville was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps.

Roger R. Fales

Dr. Fales (COR '41), 92, Falconer, N.Y., died Jan. 2, 2010. He owned Falconer Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice, for 55 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fales practiced in the Avon, Henrietta, and Rochester areas of New York state. He was a member of the New York State VMS, Western New York VMA, Chautauqua County VMS, and Chautauqua County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Active in civic life, Dr. Fales was also a member of the Village of Falconer Recycling Committee and a past president of the Falconer Central School Board of Education.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Patricia J. Fales (MSU '66); a daughter, Dr. Mary Fales-Wilshire (ROS '98); and a son. Dr. Fales' wife and daughter co-own and practice at Falconer Veterinary Clinic. Memorials may be made to the Falconer Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 20 N. Phetteplace St., Falconer, NY 14733; or Falconer Public Library, 101 W. Main St., Falconer, NY 14733.

Peter A. Kieren

Dr. Kieren (MSU '81), 52, Grant, Mich., died Nov. 24, 2009. He co-owned Newaygo Veterinary Services, a mixed animal practice in Newaygo, Mich., with his wife, Dr. Joellyn K. Kieren (MSU '81). Dr. Kieren was a member of the Michigan and West Michigan VMAs. He is survived by his wife; three daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604.

Calvin B. Kuenzi

Dr. Kuenzi (WIS '88), 47, Waukesha, Wis., died Jan. 7, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he was a partner since 1990 at Kuenzi Family Pet Hospital in Waukesha with his brother, Dr. Rodney S. Kuenzi (WIS '87), and his sister-in-law, Dr. Lana A. Kuenzi (MIN '82). Earlier in his career, Dr. Kuenzi practiced in Madison, Wis. He was a member of the Wisconsin VMA and Waukesha County VA and served on the board of directors of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.

Dr. Kuenzi volunteered at the Waukesha County Fair and with the 4-H Club. He was also a member of the Waukesha Kiwanis Club. Dr. Kuenzi is survived by his wife, Gloria; a daughter; and two sons. His father, Dr. John E. Kuenzi (KSU '56), is a retired veterinarian in Waukesha. Memorials toward a college fund for his children may be made c/o Dr. Rodney S. Kuenzi, S52 W24082 Glendale Road, Waukesha, WI 53189.

Roy W. Lybrook

Dr. Lybrook (OSU '53), 87, Mesa, Ariz., died Dec. 9, 2009. He owned a practice in Scottsdale, Ariz., until retirement in 1982. Dr. Lybrook was a veteran of the Army Air Corps. His wife, Carolyn; two daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Church of the Master, 6659 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85205; or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Leslie E. Meckstroth

Dr. Meckstroth (OSU '44), 91, Camden, S.C., died Dec. 5, 2009. He owned Springdale Stables in Camden for 28 years. Following graduation, Dr. Meckstroth practiced in Ohio and California. He then served 29 years in the Army Veterinary Corps, retiring as a colonel in 1975. Dr. Meckstroth received several military honors, including the National Defense Service, Army Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Forces, and Meritorious Unit Service medals. He was a member of the American Legion and Kiwanis Club. Dr. Meckstroth is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters; and four stepchildren.

Raymond L. Morter

Dr. Morter (ISU '57), 89, West Lafayette, Ind., died Nov. 19, 2009. He was professor emeritus of preventive medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine since 1991. Dr. Morter began his career as an assistant professor at Iowa State University's Veterinary Medical Research Institute. In 1960, he joined the veterinary faculty of Purdue University as an associate professor, becoming a professor in 1964. Dr. Morter's research interests focused on veterinary microbiology and immunopathology.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Purdue University Veterinary Medicine 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, School of Veterinary Medicine Development Office, Lynn Hall 1177-A, 625 Harrison St., West Lafayette, IN 47907.

Truman K. Mostrom

Dr. Mostrom (ISU '56), 88, Grandin, N.D., died Oct. 28, 2009. He owned a mixed animal practice in Manly, Iowa, for more than 30 years. Dr. Mostrom was a member of the Iowa VMA. He served as a Navy fighter pilot during World War II. Dr. Mostrom is survived by his wife, Miriam, and two daughters. One daughter, Dr. Michelle S. Mostrom (ISU '78), is a veterinary toxicologist at North Dakota State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fargo.

Emil E. Perona

Dr. Perona (COR '56), 78, Andover, N.J., died Dec. 26, 2009. A small animal practitioner, he was the founder of Andover Animal Hospital and owned The Cozy Cat Boarding Kennel in Sparta, N.J. Dr. Perona was a past president of the Northwest Jersey VMS and a member of the New Jersey VMA and American Association of Feline Practitioners. He authored "All About People, Pets, and the Vet" and served on the board of directors of the Garden State Cat Club.

A state champion in wrestling, Dr. Perona helped establish the wrestling program at Pope John High School in Sparta and coached wrestling at the grammar school in Andover. In 2002, he was elected to the 2002 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association College of Fame. Dr. Perona's wife, Adrienne, and a son survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to B.A.R.K.S (an animal rescue organization), P.O. Box 593, Stanhope, NJ 07874; or The Sparta Cancer Treatment Center, 89 Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ 07871.

Allison D. Reed Sr.

Dr. Reed (AUB '52), 80, Theodore, Ala., died Nov. 26, 2009. He practiced small animal medicine, first in Meridian, Miss., and later in Mobile, Ala. Dr. Reed was a member of the Alabama VMA and past president of the Mobile VMA. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Reed's wife, Nan; three sons; and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2921 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36606.

Mark B. Sherrill

Dr. Sherrill (OKL '89), 45, McAlester, Okla., died Nov. 19, 2009. He ran market operations at the McAlester Stockyards. Earlier in his career, Dr. Sherrill worked at Windsor Animal Clinic in Coalgate, Okla. He was a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and a past president of the Pittsburg County Cattlemen's Association. Dr. Sherrill is survived by his wife, Twylia; two daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Donald F. Walker

Dr. Walker (COL '44), 86, Auburn, Ala., died Jan. 5, 2010. A charter diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was professor emeritus of large animal surgery and medicine at the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine since 1988. Following graduation, Dr. Walker owned a large animal practice in Broken Bow, Neb. During that time, he became interested in evaluating the breeding soundness of bulls with frost-damaged scrotums. Dr. Walker subsequently helped develop surgical techniques for correction of penile problems in bulls.

In 1958, he joined the veterinary faculty of Auburn University as an associate professor, becoming a professor in 1978. That same year, Dr. Walker was named head of the university's Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine. With his expertise in bovine urogenital surgery, Dr. Walker co-authored "Bovine and Equine Urogenital Surgery." He was a past president of the Society for Theriogenology and the recipient of its Bartlett Award in 1994. Dr. Walker is survived by his wife, Patricia, and a daughter.

Daniel A. Woesner

Dr. Woesner (OKL '53), 83, Lawton, Okla., died Sept. 16, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1990, he owned Woesner Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Lawton. Dr. Woesner was a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, American Academy of Veterinary Cardiology, and Dallas County and Comanche County VMAs. He also served on the Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Committee.

A Navy veteran of World War II, Dr. Woesner received the Victory and American Campaign medals. He was a member of the American Legion. Active in civic life, Dr. Woesner was also a member of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma, P.O. Box 2074, Lawton, OK 73502; or First Baptist Builders, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1409, Lawton, OK 73502.

Keith V. Wold

Dr. Wold (MIN '66), 67, Wilton, Wis., died Nov. 24, 2009. He was a mixed animal practitioner. Prior to retirement in 2001, Dr. Wold served as either a partner or practice owner in Minnesota at Grand Meadow, Lewiston, Zumbrota, Lanesboro, and Preston and in Iowa at Dyersville, Farley, and Holy Cross. His wife, Kay; two daughters; and a son survive him.

Memorials may be made to the Western Iowa Synod Center for Agricultural Development in Tanzania, P.O. Box 577, Storm Lake, IA 50588; The Land Institute, Development Director, 2440 E. Water Well Road, Salina, KS 67401; Commonweal Theatre Company, 208 Parkway Ave. N., Lanesboro, MN 55949; or University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN 55108.

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