AVMA Honor Roll Member
Joe W. Atkinson
Dr. Atkinson (KSU '50), 93, Arlington, Va., died Oct. 20, 2010. A diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he served as head of the Surgery and Bioengineering Study Section at the National Institutes of Health Division of Research Grants for 20 years, beginning in 1961. During that time, Dr. Atkinson coordinated the input of researchers, navigating conflicting viewpoints and agendas to identify which research projects would be supported by the NIH.
Following graduation, he worked for the Department of Agriculture as plant inspector-in-charge in Sioux City, Iowa, and Topeka, Kan. In 1952, Dr. Atkinson joined the United States Public Health Service in Kansas City, Mo. During his career with the PHS, he helped improve standards in the poultry industry, advised on veterinary aspects of model restaurant ordinances and milk sanitation issues, and served as PHS representative to other federal agencies on veterinary public health. Dr. Atkinson moved to the NIH as assistant chief of the Laboratory Aids Branch in the Division of Research Services in 1960.
He was active with the Conference of Public Health Veterinarians and was a fellow of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Atkinson received several honors, including a Certificate of Commendation from the Chief of the Bureau of State Services in 1956, the PHS Commendation Medal in 1972, and the ACVPM Helwig-Jennings Award in 1982. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Atkinson is survived by his two daughters.
John A. Burger
Dr. Burger (UP '79), 61, Lake Elsinore, Calif., died Sept. 19, 2010. Prior to retirement, he owned a practice in Huntington Beach, Calif. Early in his career, Dr. Burger practiced in upstate New York and in Maryland. His daughter and son survive him.
Andrew P. Cullen
Dr. Cullen (UP '61), 81, Everett, Mass., died Nov. 17, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Everett Animal Clinic since 1964. Dr. Cullen was a veteran of the Army. His two sons and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.
John W. Fields
Dr. Fields (TEX '70), 67, Sonora, Texas, died Oct. 28, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1996, he was in rural mixed animal practice. Dr. Fields served on the board of directors of the Texas VMA, Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, and Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice. He was a member of the Texas Cattlemen's Association and the Wild Sheep Foundation. Dr. Fields' wife, Jeryl, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, 8104 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX 78754.
Klaus M. Friedburg
Dr. Friedburg (OSU '42), 93, Ypsilanti, Mich., died Nov. 20, 2010. A mixed animal veterinarian, he founded Parkdale Animal Hospital in Manistee, Mich., practicing there until retirement in 1989. Prior to that, Dr. Friedburg owned Three Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Three Oaks, Mich. Early in his career, he practiced in Chicago. Dr. Friedburg was active with the efforts to eradicate rabies and distemper in dogs and was known for his expertise on medical problems of canaries and parakeets. Active in civic life, he was a longtime member of the Manistee Rotary Club. Dr. Friedburg's wife, Donna; two sons; and a stepson survive him.
Wayne G. Gaulke
Dr. Gaulke (KSU '57), 78, Maribel, Wis., died Oct. 28, 2010. Prior to retirement, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Wrightstown, Wis., focusing on small animals in later years. Before that, Dr. Gaulke was in mixed practice in Colby, Wis., for 20 years. Early in his career, Dr. Gaulke practiced in Wisconsin at Cumberland and Black Creek. He was a lifetime member of the Wisconsin VMA and a member of the Northeastern Wisconsin VMA. Dr. Gaulke volunteered with the Brown County PALS program and was named Volunteer of the Year in 1987 by Brown County Human Services. His wife, Loma, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Frank J.P. Grasse
Dr. Grasse (CAL '74), 61, Willits, Calif., died Nov. 18, 2010. From 1978 until retirement in 2010, he owned East Hill Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Willits, which originally was primarily a livestock practice. Earlier in his career, Dr. Grasse practiced at White Ivie Veterinary Hospital in San Bruno, Calif. A member of the California VMA, he established the Ivan G. Pollock Memorial Scholarship at the University of California-Davis in memory of a friend and fellow veterinary student. Dr. Grasse was the author of the book "Vet Tails," written under the pseudonym Charlie Freed. He is survived by his wife, Frances.
Roy E. Hubbard
Dr. Hubbard (MO '62), 78, Mililani, Hawaii, died Oct. 18, 2010. During his 30-year career as a small animal veterinarian, he owned Waipahu Veterinary Clinic in Waipahu, Hawaii; served as a partner at Waipahu-Leeward Veterinary Clinic; and practiced at Mililani Town Center Pet Clinic. Dr. Hubbard was a member of the Hawaii VMA and Honolulu Veterinary Society. He served in the Navy and Marine Corps. Dr. Hubbard is survived by his wife, Patsy; two sons; and three daughters.
Albert M. Jonas
Dr. Jonas (ONT '55), 79, Boston, died Dec. 5, 2010. He was founding dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Following graduation, Dr. Jonas joined his father, Dr. Salo Jonas (now deceased), in practice in New Haven, Conn. In 1959, he began training in human and comparative pathology at the Yale University School of Medicine, where in 1960 he was appointed instructor in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Jonas subsequently became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and undertook the reorganization and modernization of the School of Medicine's Division of Animal Care. In the mid-1960s he was instrumental in establishing what is now known as the Section of Comparative Medicine at Yale, serving as founding chair of the section. Under Dr. Jonas, the section provided veterinary care to laboratory animals at Yale's medical school, conducted basic and applied research on the biology and diseases of laboratory animals, and studied animal models of human disease, in an effort to improve human health.
In 1974, Dr. Jonas became a professor in the Department of Pathology, the first veterinarian in Yale's history to do so. He served on committees for the National Institutes of Health and National Academy of Sciences, guiding the scientific priorities of laboratory animal care and use. Dr. Jonas was an early advocate of comparative research and One Medicine. In 1978, he became the founding dean of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. As dean, Dr. Jonas oversaw the building of a large animal hospital, redeveloped a farm to provide on-site training, and arranged for experiential small animal medicine and surgery teaching in a private practice setting.
Dr. Jonas established his own consulting company, Research Animal Consultants Inc., in 1981, focusing on architectural design of high-tech facilities housing research animals, management of research animal facilities, preventive medicine and disease control, laboratory animal pathology, and computer system design. In 1982, he left Tufts University to join the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, as director of laboratory animal medicine and comparative pathology and chief of scientific resources. Dr. Jonas was responsible for animal health in the laboratory's research and resource colonies and involved in independent and collaborative research. In 1989, he was appointed acting director of the Animal Resources Center and visiting professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, serving in this capacity for about five years.
Dr. Jonas continued his consulting business until the mid-1990s. During his career, he served on the examining board of the ACVP and was a member of the New England Primate Research Center evaluation panel and the carcinogenesis study section of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Jonas chaired the NAS Committee on Long-Term Holding of Laboratory Rodents and was active with the Registry of Comparative Pathology of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He served on the board of directors of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International and the advisory board of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources.
In 1978, Dr. Jonas received the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science's Research Award. His wife, Donna, and two sons survive him.
David R. McGhee
Dr. McGhee (KSU '81), 55, Overland Park, Kan., died Sept. 16, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he was a partner at what is now known as Kansas City Veterinary Care in Overland Park. Earlier in his career, Dr. McGhee worked in Oklahoma and California. He was a past president of the Covina Host Lions Club. Dr. McGhee is survived by a son and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Foundation of Veterinary Dentistry, P.O. Box 6264, Ketchum, ID 83340; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Dr. Miroslav (MON '84), 65, La Sarre, Quebec, died Oct. 30, 2010. He was a large animal practitioner. Dr. Miroslav's wife, Nicole, and four children survive him. Memorials may be made to the Quebec Cancer Foundation, 2075 Rue de Champlain, Quebec, Canada H2L 2T1.
Glen H. Nelson
Dr. Nelson (MIN '51), 88, Roseville, Minn., died Sept. 29, 2010. He was professor emeritus of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine since 1992. Dr. Nelson was a past president of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and a past executive secretary of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. He was a life member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Dr. Nelson received the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Service Award in 1990 and the Minnesota VMA Distinguished Service Award in 1991. He was an Army veteran of World War II and an Army Veterinary Corps veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Nelson was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by two sons.
George C. Neserke
Dr. Neserke (GA '55), 82, Largo, Fla., died Aug. 18, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he founded Academy Animal Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Neserke was a past president of the Maryland VMA and a veteran of the Army. His wife, Louise; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714.
William H. Rhodes
Dr. Rhodes (UP '55), 85, Douglasville, Pa., died Sept. 29, 2010. A charter member and diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, he retired in 1985 as professor emeritus of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure at the university, Dr. Rhodes held a joint appointment in radiology at the School of Medicine. From 1963-1979, he served as editor-in-chief of what is now known as Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
A founding member and past president of the Educators in Veterinary Radiologic Science, Dr. Rhodes was a member of the American Veterinary Radiologic Society, past chair of the ACVR Organizing Committee, and a founding member of the International Veterinary Radiologic Society. He received several honors, including the University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1965 and the ACVR Distinguished Service Award in 1999.
Dr. Rhodes was a veteran of the Navy. He is survived by four sons and a daughter. Memorials (with the memo line of the check notated "In memory of Dr. William H. Rhodes") may be made to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 3800 Spruce St., Suite 172E, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Thomas E. Sooy
Dr. Sooy (UP '83), 58, Ellicott City, Md., died Oct. 9, 2010. Prior to retirement in 2010, he owned Maryland Veterinary Surgical Service in Catonsville for 22 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Sooy worked in the Baltimore area. He was a member of the American Whippet and Potomac Hound clubs and a veteran of the Navy. Dr. Sooy is survived by his wife, Diane, and a son.
Betsy L. Trenckmann
Dr. Trenckmann (TEN '84), 51, Streetman, Texas, died Dec. 19, 2010. She practiced at Fairfield Veterinary Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Fairfield, Texas. Dr. Trenckmann is survived by her husband, Keith Turchi; a son; and a daughter. Memorials toward the Companion Animal Fund may be made to The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996; or New Leash on Life Fund, P.O. Box 1605, Fairfield, TX 75840.
John V. Viren
Dr. Viren (MIN '62), 78, Two Harbors, Minn., died Oct. 18, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Riverbend Pet Hospital in Hastings, Minn., from 1980 until retirement in 1998. Earlier in his career, Dr. Viren practiced in Minnesota at White Bear Lake and Grand Marais. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Viren is survived by his wife, Janice; two daughters; and three sons.
William D. Wright
Dr. Wright (WSU '57), 83, Windsor, Calif., died Nov. 25, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he owned Northtown Animal Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., for 33 years. During that time, Dr. Wright also served as an adjunct associate clinical professor at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wright practiced in Brentwood, Calif. He was a life member of the California VMA and a past president of the Redwood Empire VMA. Dr. Wright co-founded the Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center and served on the board of directors of the Sonoma County Humane Society and the Sonoma County Veterinary Emergency Clinic. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dr. Wright is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son; and two daughters.
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