September 15, 2012

 

 Obituaries

 
Posted on September 5, 2012
 
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Horace T. Barron
Dr. Barron (TEX ’41), 92, Taylor, Texas, died March 5, 2012. From 1974 until retirement in 1989, he was a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, an institution he helped establish. During his tenure at UT, Dr. Barron served as the first head of the college’s large animal department for 14 years. Earlier in his career, he owned Taylor Animal Hospital for 17 years and was a professor of veterinary medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University. Dr. Barron served as president of the Texas VMA in 1960. He was also a past president of the Taylor Kiwanis Club and served on the Taylor City Commission. Dr. Barron’s daughter and son survive him. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.


Russel O. Bieri
Dr. Bieri (KSU ’61), 78, Jamestown, N.D., died April 19, 2012. He practiced mixed animal medicine at Southwood Veterinary Clinic in Jamestown prior to retirement. Dr. Bieri was a past president of the North Dakota VMA. He was active with the Boy Scouts and 4-H Club. Dr. Bieri is survived by his wife, Aloyth; two sons; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 523 4th Ave. S.E., Jamestown, ND 58401.

Dawn R. Blasczak
Dr. Blasczak (ROS ’11), 27, Clyde, N.Y., died Jan. 19, 2012. She most recently worked for Merrell Dairy Farms in Wolcott, N.Y. Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Wayne County, 1475 County House Road, Lyons, NY 14489.

William C. Burns Jr.
Dr. Burns (AUB ’54), 88, Whiteville, N.C., died May 16, 2012. He practiced in Whiteville for more than 50 years, initially focusing on large animals and later switching to mixed animal medicine. Dr. Burns was a member of the North Carolina VMA and the Christian Veterinary Mission. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts. Active in civic life, Dr. Burns served on the Columbus County Board of Health and the Whiteville City Board of Education. He is survived by his wife, DesBert; two daughters; and three sons. Dr. Burns’ granddaughter, Dr. Grace E. Burns (NCU ’11), is an equine veterinarian in Florida. Memorials may be made to the Whiteville United Methodist Church, 902 Pinckney St., Whiteville, NC 28472; Wildlife Action, P.O. Box 1314, Whiteville, NC 28472; or Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

Kwai Fong Choy
Dr. Choy (ONT ’60), 81, Honolulu, died July 17, 2012. Retired since 1995, he was a small animal veterinarian and the founder of Kapalama Pet Hospital in Honolulu and Waipio Pet Clinic in Waipio, Hawaii. Dr. Choy was a past president of the Honolulu VMA. His wife, Constance; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Dr. Choy’s niece, Dr. Lissa W.G. Kam (COL ’84), practices small animal medicine at Ohana Veterinary Hospital Inc. in Honolulu.
 
Joe M. Dixon
Dr. Dixon (OKL ’52), 94, Lakeland, Fla., died May 13, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1993, he owned a mobile dairy and beef cattle practice, operating in Louisiana and Mississippi. Following graduation, Dr. Dixon practiced large animal medicine in Tulsa, Okla. In 1955, he joined the Louisiana State University Agricultural Experiment Station’s Veterinary Science Department. Dr. Dixon earned a master’s degree in animal nutrition from the university in 1958, eventually becoming a professor of veterinary science in the LSU College of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure, he also served as a poultry pathologist and conducted research on avian diseases. Dr. Dixon left the university in 1980 to establish his practice.

He was a past secretary of the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, served as Louisiana’s delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1981-1994, and was elected to the AVMA House Advisory Committee in 1986. Dr. Dixon was a member of several organizations, including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Avian Pathologists, Poultry Science Association, and Animal Disease Research Workers in Southern States. In 1970, the LVMA named him Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. Dixon served as a captain in the Army from 1941-1945 and was in the Oklahoma Reserve from 1945-1952. He is survived by two daughters; two stepdaughters; and a stepson.

Stuart P. Dowling
Dr. Dowling (AUB ’58), 85, Mobile, Ala., died July 23, 2012. He practiced in Mobile and Birmingham, Ala., for more than 40 years. Dr. Dowling was an Army veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of captain. He received a Bronze Star Medal for his service. Dr. Dowling is survived by his wife, Ann; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1900 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36606; St. Francis Episcopal Church, Key St., Dauphin Island, AL 36528; Animal Rescue Foundation, 6140 Rangeline Road, Theodore, AL 36582; or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

Robert E. Ebright
Dr. Ebright (WSU ’45), 88, Bellingham, Wash., died Jan. 24, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Ebright Animal Hospital in Bellingham for 40 years prior to retirement. Dr. Ebright was a past president of the Washington State VMA. He served as a Whatcom County Public Utility District commissioner for more than 40 years, was a member of the Bellingham City Council, and served on the Horizon Bank board of directors. Dr. Ebright’s wife, Donna; three sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Endowment Fund, 2117 Walnut St., Bellingham, WA 98225.

Morris Erdheim
Dr. Erdheim (COR ’39), 95, Boca Raton, Fla., died May 20, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1982, he worked for Royal Dutch Shell in Canterbury, England, helping to establish its animal nutrition division. Earlier in his career, Dr. Erdheim owned a large animal practice in Grayslake, Ill., and worked for Dawes Laboratories Inc. in Chicago, where he established its animal nutrition division, eventually serving as president of the division. In 1956, he founded what is now known as the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, serving as its first president. Dr. Erdheim was an Army Veterinary Corps veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Jean; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Box 39, Ithaca, NY 14853.

David L. Erlewein
Dr. Erlewein (MSU ’67), 69, Traverse City, Mich., died July 20, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital in Traverse City. Earlier in his career, Dr. Erlewein worked at Wyoming Animal Hospital in Wyoming, Mich., and Oakwood Veterinary Hospital in Traverse City. He served as a contributing veterinary author for several magazines. Dr. Erlewein was a member of the Michigan VMA.
His wife, Kathy, and two sons survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to Lucky Fund for Needy Animals, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824; or A.C. Paw, P.O. Box 94, Acme, MI 49610.

Thomas H. Fore Jr.
Dr. Fore (TUS ’83), 55, Powhatan, Va., died June 2, 2012. He owned Claws and Paws Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Powhatan, since 2004. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fore worked at Ambassador Animal Hospital in Richmond, Va. An avid chess player, he was a life member of the U.S. Chess Federation. Dr. Fore’s wife, Jean, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Bethany Christian Church, 5400 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225; or Tom Fore DVM Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Virginia Tech, University Development, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Otto C. Granzin
Dr. Granzin (TEX ’45), 87, Baton Rouge, La., died Jan. 17, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Sherwood South Animal Hospital in Baton Rouge. Dr. Granzin was a past president of the Louisiana VMA and a member of the Baton Rouge Zoo Advisory Committee. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. Active in civic life. Dr. Granzin was a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Health Board. He is survived by his wife, Sue, and two daughters. Dr. Granzin’s son-in-law, Dr. Alfred G. Stevens (LSU ’79), is a small animal veterinarian in Baton Rouge.

Karen A. Gunn
Dr. Gunn (TEX ’94), 44, Spring, Texas, died May 28, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, she owned the Veterinary Medical Center of Spring. Early in her career, Dr. Gunn practiced briefly in North Carolina.
She was a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Animal Hospital Association, and Texas, Harris County, and Montgomery County VMAs. Dr. Gunn was also active with the Woodlands Dog Park Club. Her two children survive her.

Don H. Helfer
Dr. Helfer (WSU ’49), 87, Corvallis, Ore., died May 24, 2012. He was professor emeritus of veterinary medicine and poultry science at Oregon State University since 1986. Following graduation and until 1953, Dr. Helfer practiced in Oregon’s Tillamook County, focusing on dairy medicine. He then joined the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, also working with the university’s Department of Poultry Science. During his tenure, Dr. Helfer helped write the proposal for a poultry training and extension project for what was known as North Yemen, eventually serving as the director of staff assigned to the project. He was a veteran of the Navy and a member of the Corvallis Historic Auto Club. Dr. Helfer’s wife, Ginger; two daughters; and a son survive him. One daughter, Dr. Carol J. Helfer (WSU ’81), practices in Portland, Ore. Memorials may be made to Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 1433, Corvallis, OR 97339; or Benton Hospice Service, 2350 Northwest Professional Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330.
 
Michael L. Herndon
Dr. Herndon (KSU ’75), 63, Cheney, Kan., died June 17, 2012. From 1979 until retirement in 2008, he owned Herndon Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Wichita, Kan. Earlier in his career, Dr. Herndon practiced large animal medicine at Cheney Animal Clinic. He was a member of the Kansas VMA. Dr. Herndon is survived by his wife, Peggy; two daughters; and three sons. Memorials in his name may be made to Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Foundation Alumni Division Office, 103 Trotter Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.

James R. Hundley
Dr. Hundley (GA ’56), 85, Heathsville, Va., died May 18, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he founded Heathsville Animal Hospital in 1957, later expanding his practice to include clinics in Virginia at Warsaw and Kilmarnock. Dr. Hundley retired in 1991. In 1999, he received the Northern Neck Humane Society Award. Dr. Hundley was an Army veteran of World War II. A founding member and a past president of the Northern Neck Rose Society, he served as a master consulting rosarian and horticulture judge during retirement. Dr. Hundley’s wife, Charlotte, and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, P.O. Box 609, Heathsville, VA 22473; Mid-County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 355, Heathsville, VA 22473; Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578; or Colonial District of the American Rose Society, 2433 Hemlock St., Norfolk, VA 23513.

Thomas G. Kuhn
Dr. Kuhn (KSU ’66), 74, Carmichael, Calif., died June 7, 2012. Prior to retirement in 2011, he served as a relief veterinarian and volunteered at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kuhn practiced small animal medicine in the Sacramento area for seven years and established the Sacramento Cat Clinic in 1974. His wife, Carolyn, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K St. N.W., #500, Washington, DC 20005; www.melanoma.org

George D. McCarroll
Dr. McCarroll (TEX ’73), 62, Bridge Creek, Okla., died May 25, 2012. An equine veterinarian, he owned Interstate Equine Services in Goldsby, Okla., a practice he founded in 1993. Following graduation, Dr. McCarroll practiced in Texas before moving to Oklahoma to teach at the  Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine for two years.  He then taught at the University of Tennessee; practiced in Pilot Point, Texas; and worked at Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic in Norman, Okla. Dr. McCarroll was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American and Oklahoma Quarter Horse associations, and Oklahoma VMA. He served as the official veterinarian for the AQHA. Dr. McCarroll is survived by his wife, Trina, and five children. His brother, Dr. John McCarroll (TEX ’77), is a veterinarian in Pilot Point. Memorials may be made to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340.

Arthur J. McCarthy
Dr. McCarthy (MID ’43), 94, Tallahassee, Fla., died May 27, 2012. In 1954, he founded Brookside Animal Hospital in Natick, Mass., where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 1983. Earlier in his career, Dr. McCarthy owned a practice in Framingham, Mass. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dr. McCarthy’s wife, Dorothy Priscilla, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Angell Animal Medical Center, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130; or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahasee, FL 32308.

Karon G. McCreary
Dr. McCreary (TEX ’64), 72, Greenville, Texas, died June 26, 2012. He owned Greenville Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice, since 1964. Dr. McCreary was active with the National FFA Organization and youth livestock organizations in Greenville and Hunt County. His two sons and two daughters survive him. Dr. McCreary’s son, Dr. Clay B. McCreary (TEX ’99), practices small animal medicine in Houston. His grandson, Dr. Juddsen C. McCreary (TEX ’12), is a mixed animal veterinarian in Texas at Hearne and Franklin, and his granddaughter-in-law, Dr. Karri McCreary (TEX ’08), practices small and exotic animal medicine in College Station, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Texas FFA Foundation, 614 E. 12th St., Austin, TX 78701, www.texasffa
foundation.org; or Hunt County Junior Livestock Association, P.O. Box 1095, Greenville, TX 75403.

Colleen M. O’Keefe
Dr. O’Keefe (IL ’74), 61, Springfield, Ill., died June 16, 2012. She was a past manager of food safety and animal protection at the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Earlier in her career, Dr. O’Keefe practiced small animal medicine in Illinois. She bred Welsh Springer Spaniels and was a past president of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America. Dr. O’Keefe was also a member of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. Her brother, Dr. John O’Keefe (IL ’80), is a veterinarian in Springfield. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265; or AKC Canine Health Foundation, P.O. Box 900061, Raleigh, NC 27675.

Billie C. Roberson
Dr. Roberson (TEX ’43), 89, Abilene, Texas, died Jan. 23, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he owned Abilene Veterinary Clinic prior to retirement. Early in his career, Dr. Roberson served in the Army for three years. He was a longtime member and a past president of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Active in civic life, Dr. Roberson was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and Rotary Club of Abilene. He is survived by his wife, Ernesteen, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Rescue the Animals, 5933 S. First, Abilene, TX 79603; Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, TX 77843; or First Baptist Church, 1333 N. 3rd St., Abilene, TX 79601.

Craig A. Saveraid
Dr. Saveraid (ISU ’84), 59, Winterset, Iowa, died June 26, 2012. He owned an equine practice in Winterset since 2003. Earlier in his career, Dr. Saveraid practiced mixed animal medicine at DeSoto Veterinary Clinic in DeSoto, Iowa. He was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Iowa VMA. Dr. Saveraid served in the Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, Marta, and two sons. One son, Dr. Travis C. Saveraid (ISU ’00), is a veterinary radiologist in St. Paul, Minn.

Roger Van Prooien
Dr. Van Prooien (ISU ’58), 81, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., died June 20, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Van Prooien Veterinary Clinic in Hazelhurst, Wis., for 50 years prior to retirement. Dr. Van Prooien is survived by his wife, Ginny, and five stepchildren. Memorials in his name may be made to Sheboygan County Humane Society, 3107 N. 20th St., Sheboygan, WI 53083; www.myschs.com

Leonard C. Witt
Dr. Witt (KSU ’40), 94, Fremont, Neb., died March 24, 2012. He practiced in the Scribner area of Nebraska for more than 40 years prior to retirement. Dr. Witt’s son and daughter survive him.
 

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