September 15, 2011

 

 Obituaries

posted August 31, 2011
 

Community Obituaries


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Gerald W. Albright

Dr. Albright (MIN '58), 79, Bethany Beach, Del., died May 28, 2011. He retired in 1990 from Pennfield Corporation, an agribusiness in Lancaster, Pa. Earlier in his career, Dr. Albright worked in the poultry industry in Maryland and Alabama. In retirement, he served, mainly overseas, as a consultant and volunteer for 10 years. Dr. Albright's wife, Darleen; three sons; and a daughter survive him.

Roger A. Asplin

Dr. Asplin (MIN '57), 77, Slayton, Minn., died May 26, 2011. A mixed animal veterinarian, he moved to Slayton in 1958 and practiced at the Slayton Veterinary Clinic until retirement. Prior to that, Dr. Asplin worked for the Department of Agriculture, testing cattle in Aberdeen, S.D. He was a member of the Minnesota VMA. Dr. Asplin is survived by his wife, Jean; three daughters; and a son.

William C. Dolowy

Dr. Dolowy (IL '53), 84, Mercer Island, Wash., died June 12, 2011. From 1976 until retirement in 2001, he owned Animal Care Hospital on Mercer Island. Dr. Dolowy began his career as administrator of the Medical Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago. In 1967, he was appointed as a professor of experimental animal medicine at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where a year later he became chair of the newly created Department of Experimental Medicine.

Dr. Dolowy returned in 1974 to Illinois, where he served as a microbiologist at Hines Veterans Hospital, was a professor in the Department of Microbiology at the Chicago Medical School, served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and owned Dolowy Animal Hospital in Chicago. During his career in Illinois, he also served as a consultant for Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Research Foundation, and the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. While in Washington state, Dr. Dolowy served part time as a senior biologist at the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation and as director of the Northwest Institute for Animal Studies. His research interests focused on the link between veterinary and human medicine. Dr. Dolowy showed that L-asparaginase is beneficial in treating human acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Microbiology, and Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

Dr. Dolowy was also a member of the Washington State, Seattle, Illinois State, and Chicago VMAs. He was a past chair of the ACLAM Examination Committee and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Animal Care Committee. In 1988, Dr. Dolowy was named Washington State Veterinarian of the Year. His wife, Joan, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

David V. Engstrom

Dr. Engstrom (MSU '58), 82, Marquette, Mich., died April 22, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Marquette Veterinary Clinic until 1996. During that time, Dr. Engstrom also established a trauma clinic. He was a past president of the Michigan VMA and a veteran of the Army. Active in civic life, Dr. Engstrom served on the Marquette General Hospital board of directors for 31 years and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. His wife, Eileen Marie; two sons; and three stepchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Lake Superior Hospice Association, 914 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855; or First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund, 120 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Paul G. Fink

Dr. Fink (MIN '75), 60, Scottsdale, Ariz., died July 9, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Aitkin Veterinary Clinic in Aitkin, Minn., for 18 years. After moving to Arizona, Dr. Fink worked at the Arizona Humane Society. He is survived by his wife, Katherin, and two daughters.

Silvio A. Fittipaldi

Dr. Fittipaldi (AUB '37), 99, Cocoa Beach, Fla., died March 28, 2011. He practiced in Collingswood, N.J., for 40 years. During that time, Dr. Fittipaldi established Collingswood Veterinary Hospital and owned it until 1978. He was a past president of the New Jersey and Southern Jersey VMAs and was a past member of the New Jersey Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Fittipaldi was also a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. In 1981, the NJVMA honored him for his service on the NJBVME. Dr. Fittipaldi's two sons and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, 1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103.

Walter R. Hendricks

Dr. Hendricks (OSU '53), 87, Gurnee, Ill., died May 30, 2011. Prior to retirement, he owned Hendricks Animal Hospital in Gurnee. Dr. Hendricks was a member of the Illinois State VMA and was honored by the association in 2003 for having graduated from veterinary school 50 years prior. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Hendricks is survived by his daughter. Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 85 W. Algonquin Road, Suite 100, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.

Stephanie M. Imperatore

Dr. Imperatore (UP '92), 67, Oakwood Village, Ohio, died May 14, 2011. She practiced small animal medicine in northeast Ohio. Dr. Imperatore also bred and showed French Bulldogs and bred, trained, and owned Thoroughbred horses. Her two sons survive her.

Gerald W. Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson (MIN '68), 67, Cook, Minn., died June 22, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, he practiced in Clarissa, Minn., for 32 years. In 2000, Dr. Jacobson moved to Cook, where he established a part-time practice. He was a life member of the Minnesota VMA. Active in civic life, Dr. Jacobson served on the Clarissa School Board for 18 years and was a member of the Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; three sons; and a daughter.

John C. LeMay

Dr. LeMay (GA '59), 84, Durham, N.C., died June 6, 2011. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Guess Road Animal Hospital in Durham from 1978-2002. Dr. LeMay also served as an adjunct professor at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Early in his career, he was chair of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Duke University Medical School. During that time, Dr. LeMay also served as a professor and was university veterinarian. He was a member of the North Carolina VMA and North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine and served on the Advisory Board of the Central Carolina Technical Institute's veterinary assistant program. Dr. LeMay is survived by his wife, Louise; a daughter; and a son.

Wendell C. Morse

Dr. Morse (MSU '43), 90, South Bend, Ind., died June 27, 2011. From 1982 until retirement in 1992, he served as executive director of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries. Following graduation, Dr. Morse worked as veterinarian-in-charge for what was known as the American Scientific Breeding Institute in Elgin, Ill. He also owned a mixed animal practice at the same time. In 1948, Dr. Morse moved to Charlotte, Mich., where he was in mixed animal practice for the next 16 years. During that time, he established Town and Country Animal Hospital. From 1964-1967, Dr. Morse worked for the Food and Drug Administration's Bureau of Veterinary Medicine in Fairfax, Va. He then joined the American Animal Hospital Association in Elkhart, Ind., as assistant executive secretary. In 1969, Dr. Morse was named executive director of AAHA, serving in that capacity until 1978. He was appointed editor of the publication American Hospital Product News in 1980.

Dr. Morse was a member of the Michigan VMA and a past president of the Midwest VMA. He was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Morse is survived by his wife, Bette; two sons; two daughters; and two stepchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 720 Harrison Ave., Suite 207, Boston, MA 02117; or Center for Hospice, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637.

Bruce S. Ott

Dr. Ott (MSU '46), 88, Longwood, Fla., died July 7, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1985, he served as director of research and development for Lambert Kay Company, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical and nutritional products for pets. Following graduation, Dr. Ott was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Army. During his 25-year military career, he served as senior veterinary adviser to the Military Assistance Command in Vietnam, was chief of the laboratory animal branch at the Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, and served as chief of the Veterinary Medicine Department at the Medical Research Laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal. Dr. Ott attained the rank of colonel and received several honors, including a Bronze Star, a Legion of Merit, and the Army Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary, and United Nations Service medals. After his military service, he served as director of animal health services at Parke-Davis and Company and practiced small animal medicine in California, before joining Lambert Kay in 1978.

Dr. Ott was a past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and a member of the Scientific Research Society of America. He is survived by five sons and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203.

William J. Owen

Dr. Owen (ISU '55), 82, Maxwell, Iowa, died May 21, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1991, he taught and served as an epidemiologist at Iowa State University for 13 years. During that time, Dr. Owen took a brief sabbatical and earned a master's in preventive veterinary medicine from the University of California-Davis. He began his career in Maxwell, where he practiced food animal medicine for 17 years. Dr. Owen also ran a cow-calf operation at his farm. He then worked for the state of Iowa as district veterinarian for six years before joining the faculty at ISU. Dr. Owen was a member of the Iowa VMA and a veteran of the Army Air Corps. His wife, JoAnne; four daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials toward the Science Department may be made to Collins-Maxwell School, 400 Metcalf St., Maxwell, IA 50161.

Allen G. Robinson

Dr. Robinson (MO '66), 71, Palmyra, Mo., died May 5, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Palmyra Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Robinson was a past president of the Missouri VMA and a past MVMA Veterinarian of the Year. He was also a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Active in civic life, Dr. Robinson was a past president of the Palmyra R-1 School Board. He served as a captain in the Army during the Vietnam War. Dr. Robinson's wife, Linda; four daughters; and a son survive him. One daughter, Dr. Julie A. Robinson (MO '86), is a veterinarian in Evanston, Ill. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; Palmyra Nutrition Center, 219 W. Ross St., Palmyra, MO 63461; or Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, 2500 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Harry S. Russell

Dr. Russell (COR '58), 79, Springville, N.Y., died May 28, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Delphine; a son; and a daughter.

William H. Whitenack

Dr. Whitenack (KSU '63), 84, Conway, Ark., died July 15, 2011. A mixed animal veterinarian, he practiced in Grand Island, Neb., for 25 years prior to retirement. Dr. Whitenack was a member of the Nebraska VMA and a past member of its board of directors. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Whitenack's wife, Joy, survives him.

Charles C. Wunderlich

Dr. Wunderlich (MSU '56), 86, Pittsburgh, died May 24, 2011. He practiced small animal medicine in Pittsburgh. Dr. Wunderlich was a past president of the Pennsylvania VMA and a past chair of its Long Range Planning and Policy Committee. He also served as its alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1974-1984. In 1975, Dr. Wunderlich was named Veterinarian of the Year. He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation. Active in civic life, Dr. Wunderlich was a member of the Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary International Foundation. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, and two daughters.