posted July 27, 2011
Honor Roll Member
Joseph F. Fulton
Dr. Fulton (KSU '44), 93, Kearney, Neb., died April 29, 2011. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Loup City, Neb., from 1954-1972, after which he farmed and ranched full time until his retirement in 2002. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fulton served as a captain in the Army and practiced in Atchison, Kan., and Superior, Neb. Active in civic life, he was a past city councilman and mayor of Loup City. Dr. Fulton's wife, Kathleen; two sons; and two daughters survive him.
William J. Griffing
Dr. Griffing (KSU '44), 88, Shelbyville, Ind., died May 4, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1984, he was a senior veterinary pathologist with Eli Lilly and Company in Greenfield, Ind. Earlier in his career, Dr. Griffing owned a practice in Bremen, Ind., for 15 years. Involved in civic life, he was active with the Kiwanis Club and volunteered with the American Cancer Society and United Way. Dr. Griffing is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons; and two daughters. Memorials in his name may be made to the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, 1484 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140.
Samuel J. Kellett Jr.
Dr. Kellett (AUB '42), 90, Easley, S.C., died May 9, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1988, he owned a small animal practice in South Carolina's Oconee County for 41 years. Early in his career, Dr. Kellett practiced in Shelby, N.C., worked for the federal government, and served in the Army Veterinary Corps where he attained the rank of captain. He was a member of the American Legion and Lions and Rotary clubs. Dr. Kellett's wife, Martha; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605; or The Oconee Humane Society, P.O. Box 966, West Union, SC 29696.
Charles L. Olson
Dr. Olson (KSU '55), 83, Salina, Kan., died May 19, 2011. He practiced small animal medicine in Salina for more than 35 years. Dr. Olson was a past president of the Kansas VMA and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1978. Active in civic life, he served on the Saline County Board of Health and was a member of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International. Dr. Olson also served on the board of trustees of Kansas Wesleyan University and was chairman from 1993-1994. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons; and two daughters. One son, Dr. Chuck Olson (KSU '83), is a small animal practitioner in Wichita, Kan. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 122 N. 8th St., Salina, KS 67401.
John B. Simpson
Dr. Simpson (MO '50), 88, Armstrong, Mo., died April 23, 2011. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Department of Agriculture. During that time, Dr. Simpson served in Mexico, where he assisted with the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in that country. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Simpson is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two daughters.
Eric P. Smith
Dr. Smith (COL '70), 65, Colorado Springs, Colo., died April 1, 2011. Recently retired, he had owned Park Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Colorado Springs, since 1970. Dr. Smith was a past president of the Colorado VMA and Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society and a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. In 2008, he received the CVMA President's Award.
Jerome A. Theobald
Dr. Theobald (OSU '55), 79, Cocoa Beach, Fla., died Feb. 7, 2011. A small animal practitioner, he owned Theobald Animal Hospital in Cincinnati and Collins Animal Hospital in Pompano Beach, Fla., during his career. Dr. Theobald also served as the Cincinnati Zoo veterinarian. He retired in 1992. Dr. Theobald was a member of the Ohio VMA and received its Leadership Award in 1971. He was a past president of the Cincinnati VMA and a past chairman of the American Animal Hospital Association's Committee on Zoo Animals and authored the AAHA booklet "Care of Pet Primates." Dr. Theobald is survived by his wife, Camille; three daughters; and two sons. Memorials in his name may be made to The Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220.
Warner B. Van Aken
Dr. Van Aken (MSU '50), 90, Jacksonville, Ore., died May 1, 2011. From 1959 until retirement in 1980, he owned Van Aken Pet Hospital, a small animal practice in Phoenix. Prior to that, Dr. Van Aken practiced mixed animal medicine in Indiana. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Van Aken's two daughters and two sons survive him.
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