Posted Aug. 17, 2011
Honor Roll Member
John S. Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong (ONT '49), 92, Towson, Md., died March 3, 2011. He was a small animal practitioner. Dr. Armstrong is survived by two sons. Memorials in his name may be made to The Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211.
John R. Carney
Dr. Carney (COL '47), 86, Scottsdale, Ariz., died May 10, 2011. A small animal practitioner, he practiced in Arizona at Chandler and Mesa for more than 50 years. Dr. Carney served in the Army during World War II and was a captain in the Air Force during the Korean War. Active in civic life, he was a member of the Rotary Club and served as chair of the Arizona state bicentennial celebrations in 1975. Dr. Carney's wife, Yvonne; two daughters; three sons; two stepdaughters; and a stepson survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Eugene R. Carroll
Dr. Carroll (CAL '59), 77, Colorado Springs, Colo., died May 10, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1984, he owned Valley Large Animal Hospital in Morgan Hill, Calif., focusing on equine surgery. Earlier, Dr. Carroll practiced at the San Jose, Calif., location of the hospital. He served on the AVMA Judicial Council from 1987-1993, was a distinguished life member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and was a member of the California VMA. Dr. Carroll is survived by his wife, Barbara, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to TwoCor Projects, 625 Arrawanna St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909; or to the Class of 1959 Endowed Scholarship Fund (with checks payable to UC Regents), University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Dean—Development, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.
Harry F. Cook
Dr. Cook (WSU '45), 88, La Conner, Wash., died Jan 1, 2011. During his career, he practiced in Mount Vernon, Wash., and Miles City, Mont., and worked 28 years for the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Dr. Cook is survived by four sons and three daughters.
Anthony J. Costa
Dr. Costa (COL '42), 92, Roseville, Calif., died June 10, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1982, he worked for the California Department of Food and Agriculture in meat inspection for 25 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Costa was a partner at Roseville Veterinary Hospital. He served as an Army veterinarian during World War II. Dr. Costa is survived by his son and daughter.
Jonathan R. Denton Sr.
Dr. Denton (TUS '88), 49, Ellenwood, Ga., died April 5, 2011. He was a veterinarian with Banfield Pet Hospital in McDonough, Ga. Dr. Denton also served as a relief veterinarian with the Atlanta Humane Society. Earlier in his career, Dr. Denton practiced small animal medicine in Georgia at Roswell, Douglasville, and Riverdale. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Denton is survived by his wife, Felisha; a son; and a daughter. Memorials toward a scholarship in his name may be made to Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, AL 36088.
Charles F. Helmboldt
Dr. Helmboldt (MSU '38), 96, Rockport, Maine, died March 9, 2011. He was professor emeritus of animal diseases at the University of Connecticut since 1971. During his tenure at the university, which began in 1946, Dr. Helmboldt served as head of the Department of Animal Diseases for 10 years. Earlier in his career, he owned a practice in Unionville, Mich., and worked for the Department of Agriculture in tuberculosis eradication.
A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Helmboldt focused his research interests on avian pathology. He was a past member of the editorial board of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and served as associate editor of Diseases of Poultry. Dr. Helmboldt was a member of the International Academy of Pathology, Poultry Science Association, Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, Connecticut Public Health Association, and Connecticut VMA. He was the recipient of the Special Research Fellowship of Yale University in 1965 and was honored with the New York Farmers Prize in 1967. In 1968, Dr. Helmboldt received the University of Connecticut's Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 1972 he was named Special Veterinarian of the Year by the Connecticut VMA. He was an Army veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of major.
Dr. Helmboldt is survived by a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust, 101 Mount Battie St., Camden, ME 04843.
Jesse W. Houdeshell
Dr. Houdeshell (OSU '58), 77, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., died April 8, 2011. He was a consultant and past president and past chief executive officer of Innovet Inc., based in Florida. Following graduation, Dr. Houdeshell practiced mixed animal medicine in Bluffton, Ohio, for nine years. He then joined what was known as Schering Corporation as a clinical veterinarian. During his tenure at Schering, Dr. Houdeshell served as manager of clinical research and technical services, was director of pharmaceutical research in the animal health division, and served as vice president of animal health research. He was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Animal Hospital Association, and Metropolitan New Jersey VMA. In 1985, Dr. Houdeshell received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His wife, Donna; three sons; and a stepson survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.
Martin T. Johnson
Dr. Johnson (IL '84), 51, Campton Hills, Ill., died May 10, 2011. A small animal practitioner, he was a partner at Carol Stream Animal Hospital in Carol Stream, Ill. Earlier in his career, Dr. Johnson practiced at Green Trails Animal Clinic in Lisle, Ill., and Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Yorkville, Ill.
Walter F. Juliff Jr.
Dr. Juliff (TEX '46), 89, College Station, Texas, died May 30, 2011. He retired in 2004 from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as professor emeritus and director of Governmental Professional Development Programs. Following graduation, Dr. Juliff worked in Colorado City, Texas. In 1950, he moved to San Angelo, Texas, where he bought a small animal practice that became the San Angelo Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Juliff joined the TAMU-CVM in 1976 as an associate professor of small animal medicine and surgery. During his tenure, he also directed continuing education for the college for almost 10 years.
Dr. Juliff was a past president of the Texas VMA and represented Texas in the AVMA House of Delegates for 24 years, including service as delegate from 1974-1991 and also as alternate delegate. While in the HOD he served on the House Advisory Committee. Dr. Juliff was also a charter member of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice and a past member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. In 1988, Dr. Juliff was honored by the TAVP for his support of continuing education and the veterinary profession. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the TAMU-CVM in 1996. Dr. Juliff was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps. He is survived by his wife, Eva; two sons; and a daughter.
James C. Lawrence
Dr. Lawrence (AUB '58), 80, Sanford, Fla., died May 12, 2011. A small animal veterinarian, he established Lawrence Veterinary Hospital in Sanford, Fla., in 1960. During his career, Dr. Lawrence also served as veterinarian for the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club for more than 50 years and donated his services to what is now known as the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Lawrence's wife, Peggy; a son; and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Central Florida, 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, FL 32772.
James A. McKitterick III
Dr. McKitterick (KSU '50), 84, Laguna Niguel, Calif., died June 14, 2011. During his career, he practiced small animal medicine in Mexico, Mo., for 23 years, and then worked 20 years at Washington Boulevard Animal Hospital in Whittier, Calif. Dr. McKitterick was a past president of the Missouri, California, Northeast Missouri, and Southern California VMAs and was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Active in civic life, he was a past president of housing and urban renewal for the city of Mexico and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Dr. McKitterick's wife, Shirley, and two sons survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, Monarch Beach, CA 92629.
Philip G. Page
Dr. Page (UP '66), 70, Lancaster, N.H., died May 26, 2011. A small animal veterinarian, he founded Lancaster Veterinary Hospital and practiced there until retirement in 2006. Early in his career, Dr. Page practiced in Middleton, Vt., and in Concord and Dover, both in New Hampshire. Active in civic life, he was a member of the Lancaster Rotary Club and served on the Lancaster Budget Committee and Lancaster Zoning Board. Dr. Page is survived by his wife, Nancy; three daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, 278 Main St., Lancaster, NH 03584; or Lou Leaver Memorial Fund, 16 High St., Lancaster, NH 03584.
Dr. Papp (BUD '43), 91, Athens, Ga., died Jan. 18, 2011. During his veterinary career, he taught at the University of Georgia, developed and implemented a livestock artificial insemination project for the government of Colombia, and worked for the World Health Organization. Following his retirement from the WHO in 1979, Dr. Papp established a career in real estate. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Sally O. Papp (GA '70); a daughter; a son; and three step-daughters.
John G. Ravnikar
Dr. Ravnikar (KSU '57), 82, Plant City, Fla., died March 13, 2011. Prior to retirement, he served as vice president of animal health and production for Bayer Corporation in Shawnee, Kan. During that time, Dr. Ravnikar was responsible for the manufacture of biologicals and pharmaceuticals, biological research and development, and regulatory compliance, and served as a liaison with the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the biological section of the Animal Health Institute in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ravnikar was division manager of animal health and production for Fort Dodge Laboratories in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was a veteran of the Navy. Dr. Ravnikar is survived by his wife, Antoinette, and a daughter.
Dr. Samuelson (ISU '57), 83, Peoria, Ill., died April 22, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1990, he worked as a veterinary medical officer for the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Md., where he reviewed new drug applications for safety and efficacy for use in swine and beef cattle. Before that, Dr. Samuelson was with the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Md., where he was responsible for the animals used in research projects. Early in his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Princeton, Ill. Dr. Samuelson was a veteran of the Navy. His wife, Mary Alice, survives him. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
James W. Sievers
Dr. Sievers (ISU '64), 71, Cambridge, Iowa, died June 5, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Sievers Veterinary Clinic in Slater, Iowa, for 39 years. Dr. Sievers was a past president of the Iowa VMA. Active in civic life, he served on the Slater Fire Department and Ballard School Board and was a member of the Slater Business Association. In 2008, Dr. Sievers was honored as a Slater Outstanding Citizen. His wife, Marigrace; a son; and two daughters survive him. Dr. Sievers' son, Dr. Scott J. Sievers (ISU '87), practices mixed animal medicine in Jefferson, Iowa. His brother, Dr. Donald W. Sievers (ISU '73), is a small animal veterinarian in Slater, Iowa. Memorials toward the Class of 1964 Endowment Fund may be made to Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA 50011.
Robert A. Squire
Dr. Squire (COR '56), 80, Vero Beach, Fla., died May 27, 2011. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was a professor of comparative medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 1984. From 1980-1998, Dr. Squire also served as president of Robert A. Squire Associates Inc., a consulting firm that helped determine which chemicals have the potential to cause cancer.
He began his career in Fair Haven, Vt., where he was in private practice for four years. Dr. Squire went on to earn a doctorate in pathology from Cornell University in 1964. That same year, he joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins with a joint appointment as assistant professor of pathology and assistant professor of laboratory animal medicine. Dr. Squire's research interests focused on animal oncology. In the 1970s, he worked for the National Cancer Institute, where he served as head of the Tumor Pathology Section and directed what is now known as the National Toxicology Program.
Dr. Squire chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Laboratory Animal Disease from 1968-1972 and the NAS Committee of the Histologic Classification of Laboratory Animal Tumors from 1976-1982. He also served as a director-at-large of the Universities Affiliated for Research in Experimental Pathology. Dr. Squire's wife, Florence; two sons; and a daughter survive him.
James C. Taylor
Dr. Taylor (OSU '53), 89, Olmsted Falls, Ohio, died March 31, 2011. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Taylor is survived by six sons and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the Northeast Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals No Kill Shelter, 9555 Brookpark Road, Parma, OH 44129; or Crossroads Hospice of Cleveland, 9775 Rockside Road, #270, Valley View, OH 44125.
David J. Wakefield
Dr. Wakefield (MSU '54), 85, Filion, Mich., died May 23, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, he founded Bad Axe Medical Clinic in Bad Axe, Mich., in 1973 and retired in 1993. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wakefield practiced in Michigan's Huron County. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Wakefield's wife, Sally; two daughters; and a son survive him. One daughter, Dr. Kathleen E. Wakefield (MSU '79), practices small animal medicine at Clark Animal Care Center in Penfield, N.Y.
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