February 15, 2012



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Honor Roll Member



Leland C. Allenstein

Dr. Allenstein (ISU '50), 86, Whitewater, Wis., died Oct. 22, 2011. He practiced dairy medicine for more than 40 years in Whitewater. He lobbied for establishment of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, where he taught for many years.

For 30 years, Dr. Allenstein was a regular contributor to Hoard's Dairyman magazine, authoring more than 350 columns. He was chief veterinarian for the Dairy World Expo for more than 25 years.

Dr. Allenstein served as president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 1976 and completed terms on the AABP Board of Governors and editorial board. The AABP named him Bovine Practitioner of the Year in 1982 and honored him with the Amstutz-Williams Award in 1989. In 1990, he became an honorary member of the Klussendorf Memorial Association, an organization of dairy cattle show people. The World Dairy Expo named him Industry Person of the Year in 1992. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Holstein Association. In 2006, he received the National Dairy Shrine's highest recognition, Guest of Honor.

Dr. Allenstein chaired the former AVMA National Board Examination Committee, represented the AABP in the AVMA House of Delegates, and served on the AVMA Council on Education and former JAVMA Committee on Publications.

He was a Wisconsin VMA board chairman, and the WVMA recognized him as Wisconsin Veterinarian of the Year in 1973. The National Academies of Practice elected Dr. Allenstein as a member in 1986. He received the Student AVMA award for teaching excellence in clinical sciences. He also received recognition from Iowa State University and UW-Madison for his achievements. He was a member of the Society for Theriogenology.

In his community, Dr. Allenstein served on the board of directors of First Citizens State Bank for more than 40 years and was a past president of the UW-Whitewater Quarterback Club, which supports the Whitewater football program.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter. His son Dr. Scott E. Allenstein (PUR '79) is a veterinarian at Segga Embryo Transfer in Weyauwega, Wis.

Memorial donations may be made to First English Lutheran Church, 417 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190, or to the Dr. Leland Allenstein Dairy Teaching Herd, UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706.


Gilbert W. Carl

Dr. Carl (KSU '41), 94, Abilene, Kan., died July 30, 2011. From 1973 until retirement in 1982, he was an area supervisor with the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Meat and Poultry Inspection Division.

Early in his career, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Vermont, Maine, and Ohio, then practiced in St. Louis. In 1946 he became a partner at Abilene Animal Hospital. Dr. Carl served with the Army Veterinary Corps as a captain from 1943-1946 and then as a major on reserve duty until 1956.

Active in his community, Dr. Carl was district chairman of the Quivera Coronado Area Boy Scouts Council and part president of the Abilene Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife, Maurine; three daughters; and two sons. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1400 N. Cedar St., Abilene, KS 67410.


Fred B. Coates

Dr. Coates (OSU '38), 97, Reidsville, N.C., died Oct. 31, 2011. He established Reidsville Veterinary Hospital, retiring in 1983 but acting as a consultant for the practice until age 92. Dr. Coates was a founder of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board, on which he served for 10 years. The North Carolina VMA presented him with its Distinguished Veterinarian Award in 1977.

Active in his community, Dr. Coates served on the Reidsville City Council and on Rockingham County's board for alcoholic beverage control. He also served as chairman of the board of directors of First Federal Savings and Loan and as president of the Reidsville Kiwanis Club.

His daughter and son survive him. Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 338, Reidsville, NC 27323-0338, or to Rockingham Community College Foundation Fred B. Coates Scholarship, P.O. Box 38, Wentworth, NC 27375.


Bernard W. Donelan

Dr. Donelan (ISU '59), 81, Montrose, S.D., died Dec. 4, 2011. He practiced veterinary medicine in the Montrose area for 40 years. He was active in the American Legion and was an avid conservationist and outdoorsman. He also had served as an Army Ranger in the special operations forces. Dr. Donelan was a lifetime member of the South Dakota VMA.

Dr. Donelan is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; five sons; and four daughters.


Jena M. Hirschbein

Dr. Hirschbein (OSU '02), 38, Fullerton, Calif., died Oct. 30, 2011.


Bernard Marks

Dr. Marks (AUB '40), 97, Jacksonville, Fla., died July 1, 2011. He founded a practice in Jacksonville to which he devoted himself for many years. Dr. Marks served in the Army during World War II as veterinarian for the 101st Airborne Division. He is survived by his wife, Lee; two sons; and two daughters. Memorial donations may be made to River Garden Hebrew Home, 11401 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258, or to Friends of Jacksonville Animals Inc., 2020 Forest St., Jacksonville, FL 32204.


Robert J. Nelson

Dr. Nelson (ISU '54), 85, Waupaca, Wis., died Oct. 24, 2011. He owned and operated the Lakeside Animal Hospital in Whitefish Bay, Wis., for 40 years. He gave back to his community through various volunteer activities. Dr. Nelson served in the Marines during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and two sons. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 206 E. Badger St., Waupaca, WI 54981.


Melvin N. Nuckolls

Dr. Nuckolls (ISU '40), 94, Oskaloosa, Iowa, died Dec. 1, 2011. He practiced veterinary medicine in Oskaloosa from 1946 until his retirement in 1995, earning regard as both a large and small animal practitioner. Dr. Nuckolls served in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. He was a 64-year member of the Oskaloosa American Legion post. His two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Mahaska Hospice, 1229 C Ave. E., Oskaloosa, IA 52577; Harry L. Anderson Post 34, American Legion, 302 High Ave. E., Oskaloosa, IA 52577; or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Clarence A. Tervola

Dr. Tervola (MIN '55), 86, Hastings, Minn., died Nov. 6, 2011. He owned Hastings Veterinary Clinic, where he was a mixed animal practitioner from 1963 until his death. Dr. Tervola also had worked at the stockyards in South St. Paul, Minn. He served in the Army during World War II. He is survived by five daughters and two sons.


Allen B. Wisner

Dr. Wisner (UP '65), 71, Glen Rock, Pa., died Oct. 27, 2011. After a short time as a general practitioner, he established the Green Glen Equine Center in Glen Rock in 1968, one of the first equine surgical facilities in the area, and continued to operate the center until his retirement in 2002. His work took him to various racetracks and farms. He was a career-long member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Dr. Wisner is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and three sons. One of his sons, Dr. Wade A. Wisner (UP '92), now owns Green Glen Equine Center. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 Frederick St., Hanover, PA 17331; or VNA Hospice, 540 S. George St., P.O. Box 2404, York, PA 17403; or to the AAEP Foundation, 4075 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.