December 15, 2011



​​Posted Nov. 30, 2011

Honor Roll Member

Eugene T. Alessio

Dr. Alessio (OSU '65), 77, Medina, Ohio, died Oct. 22, 2011. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced in the Akron and Medina areas of Ohio for more than 40 years. Dr. Alessio was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Shirley, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087; or United States Wounded Soldiers Foundation, c/o Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333.

Roland C. Bunge

Dr. Bunge (ISU '51), 91, Nacogdoches, Texas, died July 11, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1991, he worked for the Department of Agriculture, first assigned to Lane Poultry in Broken Bow, Okla., and then to Heriders Farms in Nacogdoches. In retirement, Dr. Bunge continued to work part time at Heriders Farms. Early in his career, Dr. Bunge practiced large animal medicine in Hawarden, Iowa, for 18 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Active in civic life, Dr. Bunge served as a volunteer firefighter for the Melrose Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Claire; a daughter; and two sons.

Alfred M. Creswell

Dr. Creswell (AUB '51), 88, Jackson, Tenn., died April 27, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1990, he served as assistant state veterinarian for Tennessee. Earlier in his career, Dr. Creswell practiced in Union City, Tenn. He was a member of the Tennessee VMA, receiving its Meritorious Service Award in 1995. Dr. Creswell served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 1997, he received his VFW post's Judge Gene Walker Award for Outstanding Veteran of the Year. Active in civic life, Dr. Creswell was a charter member of the Union City Council, chaired the Union City Board of Education from 1964-1968, and was a member of the Union City Rotary Club and Union City Jaycees. His wife, Roberta; two daughters; a son; and a stepson survive him.

Jack S. Dunlap

Dr. Dunlap (MSU '50), 95, Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, died Sept. 25, 2011. A veterinary parasitologist, he retired in 1978 as professor emeritus of veterinary microbiology and pathology at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dunlap began his career at WSU as an assistant professor of veterinary hygiene and pathology, also serving as an assistant veterinarian. He became a professor in 1961. During his tenure, Dr. Dunlap also served as acting chair of the Department of Veterinary Pathology. He was a veteran of the Army, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. Dr. Dunlap is survived by a son, a daughter, and a stepdaughter.

Grant S. Frazer

Dr. Frazer (QLD '80), 53, Brisbane, Australia, died July 28, 2011. A diplomate and a past treasurer of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was director of veterinary clinical and diagnostic services at the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science since 2009. Following graduation from the University of Queensland, Dr. Frazer was in private practice for six years in Australia. From 1986-1988, he served as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center. He then returned to Australia, where he worked as resident veterinarian at Haddon Rig Merino Stud in New South Wales.

Dr. Frazer joined the veterinary faculty of The Ohio State University in 1991 as an assistant professor of theriogenology, becoming an associate professor in 1997. Dr. Frazer received the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award in 1994. In 2000, he moved to the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine as an extension veterinarian in reproduction. From 2006-2009, Dr. Frazer directed the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He was a member of the Society for Theriogenology and American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Dr. Frazer is survived by his wife, Lou; two daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to The Ohio State University (with the memo line on the check notated to the "GS Frazer Memorial Scholarship"), Development Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210.
Irwin Gross

Dr. Gross (OSU '42), 93, Pittsburgh, died Aug. 23, 2011. He

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had owned a small animal practice in Pittsburgh since 1946. From 1946-1976, Dr. Gross also worked for the Department of Agriculture, supervising meat inspectors in the Pittsburgh tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, and, from 1976-2000, he neutered cats and dogs at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. During World War II, he served as a captain in the Army. Dr. Gross is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

Bruce E. McLaury

Dr. McLaury (KSU '65), 88, Wichita, Kan., died June 2, 2011. He was a mixed animal practitioner. Dr. McLaury is survived by his wife, Beverly, and eight children.

Christie L. Peterson

Dr. Peterson (PUR '91), 44, Bremen, Ind., died Aug. 20, 2011. A small animal practitioner, she was the founder of St. Francis Family Pet Healthcare in Bremen. Dr. Peterson volunteered with Heart and Hands, teaching English as a second language. Memorials may be made to St. Michael Church, 612 N. Walnut St., Plymouth, IN 46563; or St. Dominic Catholic Church, 803 W. Bike St., Bremen, IN 46506.

Judith A. Sanders

Dr. Sanders (OSU '68), 67, Urbana, Ohio, died Oct. 15, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, she co-founded Urbana Veterinary Clinic with her husband, Dr. Donald E. Sanders (OSU '68). Dr. Sanders also served as Champaign County Fair veterinarian for 37 years and was one of the hosts of Down the Road, a television show on which she addressed small animal and pet concerns of the day. She was a member of the Ohio VMA. Dr. Sanders is survived by her husband, a daughter, and two sons. Memorials may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202; or Urbana Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 38130, Urbana, OH 43078 (for scholarships to Champaign County graduates attending The Ohio State University).

Birger T. Sather

Dr. Sather (WSU '59), 84, Hansville, Wash., died Sept. 7, 2011. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Redmond, Wash., for 30 years. Dr. Sather served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Veterans for Foreign Wars and American Legion. Active in civic life, he was also a member of the Lions Club. Dr. Sather's wife, Barbara; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 641925, Pullman, WA 99164.

Donald W. Zantop

Dr. Zantop (MSU '76), 59, Fallston, Md., died Oct. 13, 2011. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (avian practice), he co-owned Fallston Veterinary Clinic for 32 years, practicing avian and small and exotic animal medicine. Dr. Zantop also volunteered his services to Wildlife Rescue, Phoenix Wildlife Rescue, Carrie Murray Center, and Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge. He was a past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Mid-Atlantic States Association of Avian Veterinarians, and Maryland VMA. Known for his expertise in avian medicine, Dr. Zantop served as avian specialty certification examination chair of the ABVP. He was a member of the Greater Baltimore and Harford VMAs. Dr. Zantop served on the editorial board of Exotic DVM and was one of the authors of the abridged version of the text "Avian Medicine: Principles and Applications." His wife, Suzanne, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the AAV Research Fund, 90 Madison St., Suite 403, Denver, CO 80206.  

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