Posted July 13, 2011
Gene P. King
Gene P. King and Barbara Madison received the Service Above Self Award, given by Lake Erie Seminars to individuals who have served the veterinary profession, during the 17th annual Lake Erie Walleye Fishing & Golf Seminar Weekend, May 12-15 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The event provides recreation along with veterinary continuing education.
King was an executive secretary and director of the Ohio VMA, with 34 years of service. He founded the breakfast and luncheon program of the association's Veterinary Political Action Committee.
Madison was an assistant executive director of the Ohio VMA, with 42 years of service. She has been a volunteer for the Rotary and the Virginia Gay Fund for retired female teachers in Ohio.
King and Madison also received recognition from the Ohio Senate for their service.
Dr. James R. Coffman
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently honored Dr. James R. Coffman (KSU '62) with the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
He served on the K-State faculty of the Department of Surgery and Medicine from 1965-1969, then as professor of equine medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1971-1981 and as director of its Equine Center from 1973-1977.
Dr. Coffman returned to K-State in 1981 as the head of the Department of Surgery and Medicine. This marked the beginning of his 28-year tenure at K-State, where he served as the veterinary college's dean from 1984-1987 and as provost from 1987-2004. For the past two years, he has worked as a volunteer with K-State's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, helping in the development of an equine-assisted therapy program.