June 15, 2010



Posted June 1, 2010
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Everett L. Cook

Dr. Cook (ISU '53), 84, Sebastian, Fla., died April 14, 2010. He owned a dairy practice in Greenwood, Wis., prior to retirement in 1992. Dr. Cook was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. His wife, Jennie, survives him. Memorials may be made to the Royal Palm Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 2180 10th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Mark H. Engelhardt

Dr. Engelhardt (MSU '97), 40, Chelmsford, Mass., died March 7, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he co-founded Chelmsford Animal Hospital with his wife, Dr. Patricia M. Hart (UF '98). Early in his career, Dr. Engelhardt practiced emergency medicine for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Glenn A. Hilliard

Dr. Hilliard (WSU '54), 87, Lacey, Wash., died Jan. 23, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1982, he owned Aberdeen Animal Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. Early in his career, Dr. Hilliard practiced in Bellevue, Wash. He was a life member of the Washington State VMA and past director of the South Puget Sound VMA. Active in civic life, Dr. Hilliard was a past president of the Aberdeen Lions Club and a member of the Elks Club. He served in the Army during World War II. Dr. Hilliard's wife, Jean, and three sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164.

Chester F. Meinecke

Dr. Meinecke (KSU '52), 86, Fayetteville, Ark., died Feb. 22, 2010. From 1977 until retirement in 1998, he taught poultry science at the University of Arkansas. Prior to that, Dr. Meinecke worked for Merck & Company in Coleman, Ala. Early in his career, he co-owned a practice in Hot Springs, Ark.; worked in animal research for Nutrilite Company in Lakeview, Calif.; taught at Amadu Bello University in Nigeria; taught physiology at South Dakota State University; and worked as a poultry pathologist for Campbell Soup's research department in Fayetteville. He was a Marine veteran of World War II. Dr. Meinecke's wife, Elaine; two sons; and a daughter survive him.

Jones W. Miller

Dr. Miller (AUB '57), 81, Enterprise, Ala., died Nov. 20, 2009. From 1957-1977, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Enterprise. In 1974, Dr. Miller founded WKMX Radio Inc. in Enterprise and for the next 30 years served as its president. He was a member of the Alabama and Southeast Alabama VMAs and the Coffee County Cattlemen's Association. Active in political and civic life, Dr. Miller served in the Alabama State Senate from 1976-1982, chaired the Alabama Dairy Commission for 12 years, and was a past president of the Enterprise Lions Club and Alabama-Florida Boy Scout Council. He received several honors, including the Lions International Dag Hammarskjold Peace Award in 1963, the Alabama Broadcasters Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990, and the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award in 1991. In 2001, Dr. Miller was named ABA Broadcaster of the Year, and in 2008, he was inducted into the ABA Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Anne; a daughter; and a son. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Building Fund, 302 N. Main St., Enterprise, AL 36330; or Day Spring Hospice, P.O. Box 31246, Enterprise, AL 36331.

H. Graham Purchase

Dr. Purchase (OND '59), 73, Dagsboro, Del., died March 12, 2010. From 1998 until retirement in 2000, he was chief of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg, Pa. Dr. Purchase began his career in 1961 at what is now known as the Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in East Lansing, Mich. During that time, he led a research team that developed a safe and effective vaccine against Marek's disease in the United States. From 1974-1988, Dr. Purchase worked for the ARS in Beltsville, Md., serving a period as assistant administrator of the National Program Staff and as scientific adviser to the director of the Beltsville Research Center. In 1988, he was appointed director of research at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his 10-year career at Mississippi State, Dr. Purchase also served as associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

A founding diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, he was also a diplomate and past chair of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. Dr. Purchase received several honors, including the 1971 Arthur S. Fleming Award and the USDA Distinguished Service Award. His wife, Nancy, and two children survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 North High St., Columbus, OH 43214; or CaringBridge, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 131447, Houston, TX 77219.

A. Pat Riggins Jr.

Dr. Riggins (MO '59), 77, Bloomington, Ind., died March 13, 2010. From 1983 until retirement in 1995, he served as director of laboratory animal research at Indiana University. Earlier in his career, Dr. Riggins owned mixed animal practices in Indiana at Richmond and Bloomington and conducted research in the pharmaceutical and medical industries. A member of the Indiana VMA, he was past president of the Indiana Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences. Active in civic life, Dr. Riggins was past district governor for the Rotary Club, past secretary of the Salvation Army board of directors, and past president of the Bloomington Hospital Auxiliary. In 2009, the city of Bloomington honored him with the Be More Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Riggins was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Dotti, and four sons. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 221 E. Sixth St., Bloomington, IN 47408; Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202; or Teachers Warehouse, P.O. Box 7556, Bloomington, IN 47407.

Cherry A. Rogers

Dr. Rogers (ONT '50), 86, Orange, Va., died Feb. 19, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1998, she owned a mixed animal practice in Mill Spring, N.C., for almost 20 years. Dr. Rogers began her career at what is now the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She then served as resident veterinarian at Llangollen Farm in Upperville, Va., where she focused on reproductive work. From 1965-1979, Dr. Rogers owned a horse farm in Cecil County, Md., before moving to Mill Spring. She was a past member of the North Carolina VMA and served on the Rutherford County (N.C.) Board of Public Health from 1984-1992. Dr. Rogers was a Royal Canadian Air Force veteran of World War II. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Gillian A. Comyn (NCU '87), and her son, Dr. Patrick Comyn (NCU '88), both veterinarians in Virginia. Dr. Rogers' daughter-in-law, Dr. Barbara Butler (NCU '87), is also a veterinarian in Virginia.

Robert L. Ticehurst

Dr. Ticehurst (UP '34), 97, Kensington, Md., died Oct. 28, 2009. Past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, he founded Ticehurst Animal Hospital in 1951 in Middletown, N.J., retiring as a partner in the early 1980s. Prior to that, Dr. Ticehurst practiced with his father, Dr. Harry Ticehurst, in Shrewsbury, N.J., and served as health officer for Red Bank High School in Red Bank, N.J. He was a past president of the New Jersey VMA and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Alumni Society. Dr. Ticehurst received several honors, including the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Award of Merit in 1972 and the AAHA Award in 1982. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Red Bank Rotary Club and Kensington Park Retirement Community Residents' Association. Dr. Ticehurst is survived by a daughter and two sons. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037; Suburban Hospital, 8600 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; or University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Frank W. Young

Dr. Young (ISU '51), 84, Sumner, Iowa, died April 7, 2010. A large animal practitioner, he owned a practice in Waucoma, Iowa, from 1963 until retirement in the late 1990s. Earlier in his career, Dr. Young practiced in Waukee, Iowa. He was a member of the Iowa VMA. A veteran of the Army Air Corps, Dr. Young was also a member of the American Legion. Active in civic life, he served on the Sumner Board of Adjustment and was past mayor of Waucoma. Dr. Young's wife, Kathleen, and four sons survive him.

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