AVMA Honor Roll Member
Fred W. Bush
Dr. Bush (OKL '76), 65, Flagstaff, Ariz., died May 5, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Flagstaff Animal Hospital. Dr. Bush was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. His wife, Brenda; two daughters; and a stepson survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to Greenlaw Baptist Church, 3400 E. Lockett Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004.
Douglas T. Chilcoat
Dr. Chilcoat (GA '69), 71, Talkeetna, Alaska, died June 17, 2010. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned a practice in Talkeetna. Dr. Chilcoat also volunteered with the Iditarod Trail sled dog race. Earlier in his career, he practiced at Westminster Veterinary Hospital in Westminster, Alaska, for more than 30 years. Dr. Chilcoat is survived by his wife, Marlene, and two sons.
Robert G. Conness
Dr. Conness (AUB '68), 70, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., died Aug. 18, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he owned Companion Animal Hospital in Shallotte, N.C., since 2004. Earlier, Dr. Conness owned Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital in Orlando, Fla. He was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Conness is survived by his wife, Marti; two sons; and a daughter.
Lowell C. Dorius
Dr. Dorius (WSU '56), 79, Oakdale, Calif., died July 2, 2010. In 1972, he established a large animal practice in Oakdale, focusing on beef cattle. Earlier in his career, Dr. Dorius practiced mixed animal medicine in Oakdale with his then wife, Dr. Gay E. Dorius (WSU '56). A member of the California VMA, he was the 2005 honoree of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum for his service to the livestock industry and the community of Oakdale. Dr. Dorius was also a member of the Oakdale Lions Club. He is survived by his life partner, Patricia Kuhn; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Lowell C. Dorius D.V.M. Scholarship Fund, c/o Oakdale Cowboy Museum, 355 East F. St., Oakdale, CA 95361.
James H. Evans Jr.
Dr. Evans (MO '50), 91, St. Charles, Mo., died Aug. 25, 2010. Prior to retirement in the late 1980s, he practiced mixed animal medicine in St. Charles and the surrounding counties. Dr. Evans was an Army veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the St. Charles Board of Education and a member of the American Red Cross and Kiwanis Club. Dr. Evans' wife, Emily; two sons; two daughters; and four stepchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St., Toledo, OH 43604.
Harry C. Johnson
Dr. Johnson (COL '64), 76, Upland, Calif., died Sept. 5, 2010. Retired since 1990, he was past owner of Claremont Animal Hospital in Claremont, Calif. Earlier in his career, Dr. Johnson practiced small animal medicine in Upland. He was a member of the Orange Belt VMA and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. Dr. Johnson was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Rosemary, and two daughters survive him.
Dr. Munson (COR '80), 61, Winters, Calif., died May 13, 2010. A past president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, she was a professor of veterinary pathology in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Munson practiced in Vermont and Maine. In 1988, she joined the Smithsonian Institution as an associate pathologist and research fellow. From 1991-1997, Dr. Munson was a member of the faculty in the Department of Pathology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She then joined the UC-Davis veterinary school to lead the Anatomic Pathology Service as service chief. She became a full professor in 2001. Dr. Munson conducted research on reproductive pathology and diseases of free-ranging and captive terrestrial wildlife. She authored the manual "Necropsy Procedures for Wild Animals."
In 2001, Dr. Munson received the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians' Emil P. Dolensek Award for exceptional contributions to the conservation, care, and understanding of zoo animals and free-ranging wildlife. She was also the recipient of the 2003 UC-Davis Faculty Development Award and the 2007 Presidential Award from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Memorials in her name may be made to the ACVP, 2424 American Lane, Madison, WI 53704.
Joe B. Trimble
Dr. Trimble (COL '57), 77, Littleton, Colo., died Aug. 15, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he founded Broadway Estates Veterinary Clinic in Littleton in 1960, practicing there until retirement in 2006. Dr. Trimble also co-founded and served as president of the Animal Hospital Center and volunteered with the Denver Dumb Friends League and the Colorado Humane Society. He is survived by his wife, Rita; three sons; and three daughters. One son, Dr. Phillip G. Trimble (COL '83), owns Broadway Estates Veterinary Clinic. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, WWP National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
Karen L. Zielezienski-Roberts
Dr. Zielezienski-Roberts (VMR '87), 49, Davie, Fla., died Aug. 22, 2010. An avian veterinarian, she practiced at Plantation Animal Hospital in Plantation, Fla., since 2006. Earlier in her career, Dr. Zielezienski-Roberts worked at Academy Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her husband, David Roberts; a daughter; and a son survive her. Memorials may be made to the Roberts Children College Fund, Account No: 132539886, Regions Bank, 4725 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City, FL 33330.
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