Posted Oct. 18, 2010
AVMA Honor Roll Member
Lawrence W. Cottle Jr.
Dr. Cottle (AUB '44), 88, Mobile, Ala., died June 8, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1999, he practiced small animal medicine in Mobile for more than 50 years, focusing on ophthalmology for 25 years. Dr. Cottle was a past president of the Alabama VMA, Mobile/Baldwin VMA, and Alabama Academy of Veterinary Practice. He was named Alabama Veterinarian of the Year in 1966 and received the ALVMA Distinguished Service Award in 1992. Dr. Cottle served as a captain in the Air Force Veterinary Corps during the Korean War. His son and two daughters survive him.
George G. Freier
Dr. Freier (MSU '43), 89, Columbus, N.C., died Aug. 21, 2010. Retired since 1985, he founded Freier Animal Hospital and Hawthorne Animal Clinic in Benton Harbor, Mich. Early in his career, Dr. Freier served as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve, during which time he practiced large animal medicine in Unionville, Mich. Dr. Freier was a past president of the Michigan and Michiana VMAs and a past chair of the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine. He was also a past president of the Rotary Club of Tryon and volunteered with the Hospice of the Carolina Foothills for more than 20 years. In 1992, Dr. Freier was awarded the State of North Carolina Certificate of Appreciation for his dedication and devotion in providing volunteer services to the people of North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter; and a son. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, NC 28722; Tryon Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 122, Tryon, NC 28782; or The Tryon Presbyterian Church, 432 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC 28782.
Charles B. Hill
Dr. Hill (AUB '53), 83, Amory, Miss., died Aug. 27, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1990, he owned Amory Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice. Dr. Hill was a past president of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and Mississippi Board of Veterinary Medicine and was a past member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. He was also a past executive board member of the Mississippi VMA and served on its Veterinary Technician Committee. In 1990, Dr. Hill was named Mississippi Veterinarian of the Year. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Dr. Hill is survived by his wife, Edna; a daughter; and a son. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821.
James F. Hyssong
Dr. Hyssong (UP '71), 63, Conyngham, Pa., died March 14, 2010. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Brook Hill Animal Hospital in Conyngham for 35 years. Dr. Hyssong was a member of the Pennsylvania VMA. His son survives him.
Donald E. Jasper
Dr. Jasper (WSU '42), 91, Davis, Calif., died July 25, 2010. Retired since 1989, he served as dean of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine from 1954-1962. During his tenure at the university, Dr. Jasper also served as a professor of veterinary clinical pathology, chaired the Department of Clinical Pathology, and was assistant director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Known for his expertise in mycoplasmal mastitis, Dr. Jasper was past chair of the National Mastitis Council's Research Committee. In 1984, he was appointed to the first National Commission of the International Dairy Federation Group of Experts on bovine mastitis.
Dr. Jasper received several honors, including the AVMA Borden Award in 1967, in recognition of his research contributions to dairy cattle disease control. In 1974, he was the recipient of the NMC Distinguished Service Award. That same year, Dr. Jasper was honored by the Araqua VMA of Venezuela for his work in mastitis control in South America. In 1980, he was named WSU Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Jasper was honored by the American Dairy Science Association in 1987 for his research on milk quality as affected by control of mastitis, management of milking, and practices in production of milk.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son; and a daughter. Memorials toward the Dr. Donald E. Jasper Scholarship at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (with checks payable to UC Regents), may be made to the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.
Dr. McCann (ISU '47), 95, Leawood, Kan., died Sept. 1, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1985, he practiced large animal medicine in California, Mo. Earlier in his career, Dr. McCann practiced in Kirksville, Mo. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dr. McCann's son and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to The Fatima Crusader, 17000 State Route 30, Constable, NY 12926; or The Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103.
Charles L. Roberts
Dr. Roberts (MSU '45), 86, Battle Creek, Mich., died Aug. 23, 2010. A mixed animal practitioner for more than 40 years, he was the founder of Lakeview Veterinary Clinic in Battle Creek. Dr. Roberts served as a captain in the Army during the Korean War. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Lakeview School District Board and the Battle Creek Kiwanis Club. Dr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Sally; a son; two daughters; two stepsons; and a stepdaughter. Memorials may be made to the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, 157 Chapel Hill Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015.
William J. Roenigk
Dr. Roenigk (OSU '54), 81, College Station, Texas, died Aug. 25, 2010. A diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, he retired in 1991 from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine as a professor of veterinary radiology. Earlier in his career, Dr. Roenigk served as a professor of veterinary radiology at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was an associate professor of radiology and associate professor of laboratory animal medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. A veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps and an Army Reserve colonel, he also consulted in radiology for the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service. Dr. Roenigk was a past president of the Ohio VMA and a member of the Texas VMA. His wife, Jean; a son; and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to The Ohio State University Foundation, Class of 1954 Veterinary College Scholarship Fund, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.
Richard J. Schwabe
Dr. Schwabe (ISU '66), 76, Breda, Iowa, died March 19, 2010. Prior to retirement in 2003, he practiced part time at Breda-Lake View Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice where he was a partner earlier in his career. Dr. Schwabe was a member of the Iowa VMA, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Active in civic life, he served as a Breda City Council member for 22 years and was a past president of the Breda Business Club. In 2003, Dr. Schwabe received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from the Carroll County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a son; and three daughters.
Merlin E. Shuck
Dr. Shuck (PUR '64), 78, Morristown, Tenn., died Aug. 15, 2010. Retired since 2008, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Morristown. Dr. Shuck served on the board of directors of the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society. He was a member of the Morristown Lions Club. Dr. Shuck's wife, Betty; a son; and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Morristown, 504 W. Main St., Morristown, TN 37814; or Morristown Humane Society, 300 Dice St., Morristown, TN 37814.
Dr. Yasgur (COR '49), 84, Polk City, Fla., died Aug. 3, 2010. From 1960 until retirement in 1987, he owned a small animal practice in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Dr. Yasgur also took care of the cattle at his brother Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., the site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair held in August 1969. Earlier in his career, Dr. Yasgur practiced mixed animal medicine in New York at Bethel and Jeffersonville. His wife, Eileen; three sons; and a daughter survive him.
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