February 01, 2011

 

 Obituaries

 
posted January 18, 2011
 
 
 

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Charles H. Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong (OSU '51), 85, Naples, Fla., died Aug. 27, 2010. He was professor emeritus at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine since 1988. Early in his career, Dr. Armstrong practiced small animal medicine in the Chicago area. He was a life member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Dr. Armstrong served in the Marine Corps during World War II. His wife, Jayne, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison St., West Lafayette, IN 47907.

James A. Bates

Dr. Bates (IL '67), 67, Du Quoin, Ill., died Oct. 5, 2010. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Du Quoin Veterinary Clinic for 41 years. Dr. Bates was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, and Illinois State and Southern Illinois VMAs. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two sons; and three daughters. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or Christian Fellowship Church, 616 U.S. Route 51, Du Quoin, IL 62832.

Rodney K. Burroughs

Dr. Burroughs (OSU '55), 80, Tarzana, Calif., died Sept. 2, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1992, he owned a small animal house call practice. Dr. Burroughs was a veteran of the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. His wife, Marian; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 6543 Corbin Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

Thomas W. Davis III

Dr. Davis (COL '71), 63, Indianapolis, died June 15, 2010. He was senior veterinarian and consultant with Harlan Laboratories in Indianapolis since 2008, also serving as senior veterinarian and technical director with Harlan Sprague Dawley Inc. in Indianapolis for more than 25 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Davis worked with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md.; Mead Johnson in Evansville, Ind.; the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Md.; and Charles River Laboratories. He was a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners. Dr. Davis was a veteran of the Army, attaining the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Michelle; two sons; and a stepdaughter. Memorials may be made to The Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10010; or Wheeler Mission, 245 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

William H. Davis

Dr. Davis (OSU '56), 81, Zionsville, Ind., died July 25, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he owned clinics in Indiana at Elkhart and Zionsville during his 36 years of practice. Early in his career, Dr. Davis served as a captain in the Air Force, working as base veterinarian at Hahn Air Base in Germany and Toul Rosiere Air Base in France. He was a past president of the Indiana and Michiana VMAs, served on the board of directors of the Elkhart County Humane Society, and was a past director of the American Animal Hospital Association. In 1983, Dr. Davis was named Indiana Veterinarian of the Year. Active in civic life, he was a life member of Lions Club International. Dr. Davis' wife, Joyce; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Zionsville Lions Club, 115 S. Elm St., Zionsville, IN 46077.

Robert D. Dunham

Dr. Dunham (ISU '46), 87, Westboro, Mo., died July 18, 2010. He was a large animal practitioner. Dr. Dunham's daughter survives him. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, 302 E. 1st St. Westboro, MO 64498; St. John's Lutheran Church, 22186 State Highway B, Westboro, MO 64498; or Atchison County Health Center, 421 Main St., Tarkio, MO 64491.

John B. Finley

Dr. Finley (IL '71), 64, Carterville, Ill., died Sept. 28, 2010. He practiced small animal medicine in Illinois at Herrin and Carbondale. Dr. Finley was a member of the Lions Club in Carterville and received its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. His wife, Pam, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, c/o Vanderbilt Gift Processing Center Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240; or Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.

Dwayne L. Fitte

Dr. Fitte (TEX '53), 80, Marlin, Texas, died Oct. 2, 2010. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Fitte Veterinary Clinic and Hospital in Marlin. Dr. Fitte is survived by his wife, Rose; three sons; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 309 Coleman St., Marlin, TX 76661.

Daniel T. Gates

Dr. Gates (KSU '75), 63, Kansas City, Kan., died Oct. 29, 2010. He owned Gates Mobile Vet. Dr. Gates was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Memorials may be made to Animal Haven, 9800 W. 67th St., Merriam, KS 66203; or Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, 5445 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66102.

Gregory T. Hackett

Dr. Hackett (WSU '76), 60, Woodstock, Conn., died Sept. 24, 2010. He owned a small animal practice in Woodstock for nearly 30 years and served as a director of the Woodstock Fair. Dr. Hackett's wife, Barbara; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut, 320 Pomfret St., Putnam, CT 06260.

Michael J. Harbin

Dr. Harbin (FL '83), 61, Newberry, Fla., died Oct. 15, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he most recently worked for AA Pet Emergency in Gainesville, Fla. Earlier in his career, Dr. Harbin owned Archer Animal Hospital in Archer, Fla. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Dr. Harbin is survived by his wife, Joanne, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Children's Home Society of Alachua County, 605 N.E. 1st St., Suite C, Gainesville, FL 32601; or Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725.

Richard J. Kirkeminde

Dr. Kirkeminde (KSU '56), 81, Dwight, Kan., died Oct. 22, 2010. He owned a mixed animal practice in Dwight. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kirkeminde served in the Army Veterinary Corps for two years and practiced in Nampa, Idaho, and Eureka, Kan. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a son; and two daughters. Dr. Kirkeminde's brother, Dr. William P. Kirkeminde (KSU '50), is a veterinarian in Channing, Texas.

Ernest A. Liptak

Dr. Liptak (MSU '56), 81, Chesterfield, N.J., died Aug. 5, 2010. He practiced in the Chesterfield and Wrightstown areas of New Jersey for more than 40 years. Dr. Liptak was a member of the Rotary Club. His daughter survives him. Memorials may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.

William L. Meyers

Dr. Meyers (WSU '45), 86, Clarkston, Wash., died July 31, 2010. He owned Riverview Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Clarkston. Prior to that, Dr. Meyers owned Meyers Animal Clinic in Clarkston, where he practiced mixed animal medicine before shifting his focus to small animal medicine in 1970. Early in his career, he practiced in Oregon for two years. Dr. Meyers was a founding member of the Clarkston Jaycees and was active with the 4-H Club. He is survived by three sons and five daughters. One son, Dr. William L. Meyers Jr. (WSU '82), practices at Riverview Animal Clinic. Memorials may be made to Helping Hands Rescue, P.O. Box 1975, Lewiston, ID 83501.

Jane Nall-Douthit

Dr. Nall-Douthit (AUB '79), 54, Madison, Ala., died Oct. 8, 2010. A small and exotic animal practitioner, she owned Nall Animal Hospital in Madison. Dr. Nall-Douthit was a member of the Alabama VMA and the American Animal Hospital Association. Her husband, James Douthit, and a daughter survive her. Dr. Nall-Douthit's brother-in-law, Dr. William D. Lamb (AUB '85), practices at Brookwood Animal Clinic in Birmingham, Ala. Memorials may be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation, 101 Sivley Road, Huntsville, AL 35801; or Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL 36849,

William C. Patterson

Dr. Patterson (OSU '54), 82, Salisbury, Md., died Nov. 12, 2010. From 1985 until retirement in 2005, he worked for the Department of Agriculture in poultry inspection. Earlier in his career, Dr. Patterson owned small animal practices in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Tipp City, Ohio. He was a veteran of the Air Force. Dr. Patterson's wife, Barbara; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to the Mason-Dixon Woodworkers, P.O. Box 103, Delmar, DE 19940.

E.C. Peck

Dr. Peck (OSU '43), 94, Monroe, Ohio, died Sept. 8, 2010. He practiced in Ohio at Middletown and Madison Township for 35 years, beginning with large animal medicine and then focusing on small animals. Dr. Peck was a member of the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Madison School District Board of Education. Dr. Peck is survived by his wife, Ida Mae. Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Retirement Village Life Care Fund, 1001 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229.

Warren A. Phillips

Dr. Phillips (TEX '44), 90, Pepperell, Mass., died Aug. 4, 2010. Retired since 1983, he founded Pepperell Veterinary Hospital, a mixed animal practice. Dr. Phillips was a lifetime member of the Massachusetts VMA. He served in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Active in civic life, Dr. Phillips was a past president of the Pepperell Board of Health and Groton Rotary Club and a member of the Pepperell School Committee. He is survived by his wife, Edith; two daughters; and a son.

F. James Schoenfeld Sr.

Dr. Schoenfeld (COL '44), 92, Roy, Utah, died Sept. 10. 2010. From 1968 until retirement in 1984, he served as Utah state veterinarian. Earlier in his career, Dr. Schoenfeld practiced in South Ogden, Utah, and owned Schoenfeld Large Animal Clinic in Roy. His wife, LaRue; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund, 50 E. North Temple St., Room 1521, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.

Alan E. Schwichtenberg

Dr. Schwichtenberg (COL '60), 79, Satellite Beach, Fla., died Sept. 22, 2010. A retired small animal practitioner, he was the founder of Indialantic Veterinary Clinic in Indialantic, Fla. Early in his career, Dr. Schwichtenberg served as a veterinarian with the Air Force in Germany and Okinawa, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Schwichtenberg's four daughters and a son survive him. One daughter, Dr. Debra L. Volenec (FL '88), is a small animal practitioner in Ormond Beach, Fla.

John W. Shaw III

Dr. Shaw (GA '67), 67, Sumter, S.C., died Aug. 21, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Palmetto Veterinary Clinic in Sumter, where he practiced for 40 years. Dr. Shaw was a member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians and past chair of the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He served in the Air Force from 1967-1969, attaining the rank of captain. Active in civic life, Dr. Shaw was a member of Rotary International. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; a daughter; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Sumter, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150; The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, S.C. Chapter, 107 Westpark Blvd., Suite 150, Columbia, SC 29210; First Presbyterian Church, Women of the Church, 9 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150; or Edisto Spay/Neuter Program Inc., 8232 Oyster Factory Road, Edisto Island, SC 29438.

Leon Slatko

Dr. Slatko (COL '46), 92, Houston, died Oct. 29, 2010. He practiced small animal medicine at Long Drive Dog and Cat Hospital in Houston for 45 years. Prior to that, Dr. Slatko worked at Palestine Veterinary Hospital in Palestine, Texas. Early in his career, he served as city veterinarian in Waco, Texas. Dr. Slatko was a member of the Harris County VMA and a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Flora Lee; two sons; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401; or 6200 N. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77074.

Ernest D. Stuart

Dr. Stuart (AUB '50), 90, Greenwood, S.C., died June 9, 2010. A mixed animal practitioner, he was a partner at Cleveland Park Animal Hospital in Greenville, S.C., for more than 30 years, prior to retirement. In retirement, Dr. Stuart farmed and raised cattle. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dr. Stuart is survived by a daughter. Memorials may be made to Coronaca Baptist Church, 300 Highway 246 N., Greenwood, SC 29649; or HospiceCare of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646.

Jack D. Tiner

Dr. Tiner (TEX '44), 87, Lynchburg, Va., died Oct. 6, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1993, he worked for Lederle Laboratories at American Cyanamid in Pearl River, N.Y. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tiner conducted research in parasitology, served as editor of the Merck Veterinary Manual, and was involved in the development of testing methods for pharmaceuticals at Merck and other companies. He is survived by his daughter.

H. Fred Troutt

Dr. Troutt (UP '62), 74, Champaign, Ill., died Dec. 4, 2010. He was a professor of veterinary clinical medicine and interim director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. Troutt practiced mixed animal medicine in Quakertown, Pa., before joining the Department of Veterinary Clinics at Purdue University, where he served as an assistant professor of food animal medicine and surgery. In 1970, he became a member of the veterinary faculty at the University of Georgia, establishing herd health programs for cattle and swine and teaching large animal medicine and pathology. Dr. Troutt was appointed head of the Department of Veterinary Science at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1975, eventually serving as founding associate dean for research and service at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1986, he joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of California-Davis, also serving as director of the university's Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center.

Dr. Troutt began his career at the University of Illinois in 1988, as head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. During his tenure, he taught clinical nutrition and large animal medicine and conducted research on the prevalence and control of food safety pathogens, especially those related to dairy cattle. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and an honorary diplomate and past president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. Troutt was a consultant on food animal health, food safety issues, and veterinary education programs with the Department of Agriculture, industry, academic institutions, and state agencies. He was also a consultant with the World Bank. Dr. Troutt served as chair of the Food Animal Production Medicine Consortium and was program coordinator for Strategic Partnership Illinois: Safe Food, Air, and Water.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, he was a member of the AVMA Council on Education from 2001-2007, chairing it from 2006-2007. Dr. Troutt also served on the AVMA Steering Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance from 2001-2005, chairing it from 2004-2005, and was a member of the AVMA Strategic Planning Committee from 2003-2006 and the AVMA Task Force on Council Selection in 2007. He was past chair of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's Animal Production Food Safety and Security Committee and served on the board of directors of the American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians.

Dr. Troutt was a member of the American Dairy Science Association, United States Animal Health Association, United States Public Health Association, and National Academies of Practice. He was also affiliated with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, International Association for Food Protection, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, and the Illinois State and Eastern Illinois VMAs.

Dr. Trout received the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984 and was the recipient of the 1987 AABP Award for Excellence in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in Dairy Cattle. He was honored as a founder by the ABVP in 1993 and received special recognition in 2000 from the AAFHV for his contributions to the Food Animal Production Medicine Consortium program presented in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Troutt is survived by his wife, Jan; two daughters; a son; and a stepdaughter. Memorials in his name may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation, Office of Advancement, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61802.

Willard L. Vanderlinden

Dr. Vanderlinden (ISU '56), 78, Centerville, Iowa, died Oct. 25, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1998, he was a veterinary inspector with the Department of Agriculture. Earlier in his career, Dr. Vanderlinden owned a large animal practice in Henderson, Iowa, and farmed in the Seymour area of Iowa. He was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. Dr. Vanderlinden is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two daughters; and three sons.

Ray B. Watkins

Dr. Watkins (WSU '49), 88, Republic, Wash., died Oct. 26, 2010. Prior to retirement, he served as chief veterinarian for the city of Seattle and King County for 33 years. During that time, Dr. Watkins also served as interim veterinarian at the Woodlands Park Zoo in Seattle for 20 years. Early in his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Washington state at Anacortes and Redmond. Dr. Watkins was an Army and Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Dolly; four daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 910 W. 5th Ave., Suite 256, Spokane, WA 99204; or Tri County Team, Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 808, Chewelah, WA 99109.

Dean C. Wyatt

Dr. Wyatt (ISU '76), 59, Tyler, Minn., died Nov. 7, 2010. He was a supervisory public health veterinarian with the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Early in his career, Dr. Wyatt practiced small animal medicine in Washington state at Seattle and Longview, and in Eugene, Ore. An advocate for the safe and humane slaughter of food animals, he consulted with the Humane Society of the United States on the issue and testified in March 2010 at a congressional hearing on problems in the USDA's enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. His efforts led to the permanent shutdown of a slaughter plant in Vermont that violated federal food safety and humane slaughter laws. Dr. Wyatt is survived by his wife, Sally, and five children. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037.

 

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