June 15, 2012



Posted May 30, 2012
AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member


George H. Atkins
Dr. Atkins (ISU ’66), 69, Springfield, Ill., died Jan. 20, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Animal Medical Clinic in Springfield for almost 30 years. Dr. Atkins also helped establish the Animal Emergency Clinic in Springfield. He was a life member of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Atkins’ wife, Muriel; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 675 E. Linton, Springfield, IL 62702; or American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

William D. Bush
Dr. Bush (AUB ’54), 81, Albany, Ga., died April 3, 2012. He owned Bush Animal Clinic, located first in Blakely, Ga., and later in Albany, for 46 years. Dr. Bush was initially a mixed animal veterinarian, focusing on small animals for the last 19 years of practice. He was a past president of the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine and University of Georgia Veterinary Advisory Board, and a member of the Georgia VMA. In 2003, Dr. Bush was named GVMA Veterinarian of the Year. His wife, Linda; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to The Anchorage (a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of men with substance abuse issues), 162 Hampton Lane, Leesburg, GA 31763; or The Albany Humane Society, P.O. Box 3151, Albany, GA 31706.

Joseph R. De Leo
Dr. De Leo (COR ’69), 68, Cranbury, N.J., died March 13, 2012. He practiced equine medicine in New Jersey, including the Meadowlands Racetrack. Dr. De Leo is survived by his wife, Christine; two sons; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 108 F Old York Road, Hamilton, NJ 08620; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Andrew M. Draper
Dr. Draper (COR ’38), 99, Ocala, Fla., died March 2, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1972, he practiced small animal medicine in Fairfield, Conn. Dr. Draper was known for his expertise in veterinary dermatology. He is survived by two daughters; a stepson; and a stepdaughter. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478.

Newton P. Eunice
Dr. Eunice (GA ’80), 63, Pelham, Ga., died April 13, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he owned Mitchell County Animal Clinic in Camilla, Ga. Dr. Eunice was a member of the Pelham Rotary Club and a veteran of the Air Force. His wife, Margaret, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Hand Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Pelham, GA 31779.

Robert C. Graham
Dr. Graham (IL ’57), 79, Arthur, Ill., died March 21, 2012. He owned a practice in Arthur for 51 years prior to retirement in 2008, beginning with mixed animal medicine and then focusing on small animal medicine in later years. Dr. Graham’s father, Dr. Thomas L. Graham, and his brother, Dr. Thomas L. Graham Jr., were also veterinarians. He was a member of the Illinois State VMA and a 20-year member of the Moultrie Douglas Fair Board. Dr. Graham was also a past president of the Arthur Business Club. He is survived by his wife, Verneal; a son; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E. Illinois St., Arthur, IL 61911.

James L. Hourrigan
Dr. Hourrigan (KSU ’40), 94, Vienna, Va., died March 27, 2012. He worked for the Department of Agriculture for 39 years, stationed in Mexico; Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Maryland. During that time, Dr. Hourrigan developed and executed programs for the control and eradication of infectious livestock diseases, managed operations to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease in cattle, and conducted feasibility studies. He also conducted research on the causes and eradication of scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Dr. Hourrigan was an Army Veterinary Corps veteran of World War II. After the war, he served in the Reserve, retiring as a colonel in 1973. Dr. Hourrigan is survived by two stepdaughters.

Robert H. McLain
Dr. McLain (ISU ’64), 76, Richmond, Ill., died April 8, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, he owned a practice in Addison, Ill., for 41 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. McLain worked at Berwyn Animal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill. He was a member of the Illinois State and Chicago VMAs. Dr. McLain’s wife, Linnea, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI  48307; or American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.

Fayne H. Oberst
Dr. Oberst (KSU ’43), 92, Barefoot Bay, Fla., died April 5, 2012. A member of the organizing committee, charter diplomate, and second president of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was professor emeritus at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine since 1984. Following graduation, Dr. Oberst practiced briefly in Grinnell, Iowa. He then joined the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he eventually became a professor in the Department of Surgery and Medicine.

From 1962-1964, Dr. Oberst was director of development for Vet-A-Mix Inc. in Shenandoah, Iowa. He next served as director of veterinary medicine extension and was professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia, until being appointed director of veterinary clinics and professor and head of the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Michigan State University in 1965. From 1974-1984, Dr. Oberst was a professor and head of the Department of Medicine and Surgery in the veterinary college and director of the Boren Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Oklahoma State University.

He was a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians and Kansas VMA, and he served on the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service from 1965-1975, chairing the council from 1970. Dr. Oberst also served on an AVMA Executive Board advisory committee on animal technicians and was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and Michigan VMA. He received several honors, including the Pfizer-Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1968, the Michigan VMA Service Award in 1974, the Oklahoma State University Clinician of the Year Award in 1988, and the KSU-CVM Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998.

Dr. Oberst is survived by a daughter and two sons. One son, Dr. Richard D. Oberst (OKL ’83), is a professor of diagnostic medicine and director of the Molecular Diagnostic Lab in the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Hallsey R. Palmer
Dr. Palmer (COR ’43), 90, New Hartford, N.Y., died March 2, 2012. He practiced in the Canton area of Pennsylvania from 1947-1983. During that time, he co-founded Troy Veterinary Clinic in Troy, Pa. Dr. Palmer was a member of the Pennsylvania VMA and Northern Tier VMA. He served as a captain in the Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Palmer’s two daughters and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Home of Central New York, Stars of the Night Sky Program, 4290 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.
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