Posted Sept. 19, 2012
AVMA honor roll member
Keith W. Chapin
Dr. Chapin (GA ’74), 69, West Palm Beach, Fla., died March 2, 2012. He was a small animal practitioner. Dr. Chapin served in the Air Force. His wife, Trish; three sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA 30602; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Robert L. Clinton
Dr. Clinton (WSU ’39), 96, Mount Vernon, Wash., died May 4, 2012. A large animal practitioner, he retired in 1977 from Skagit Animal Clinic in Burlington, Wash. Early in his career, Dr. Clinton co-founded what was known as Evergreen Breeders, an artificial insemination operation in Mount Vernon. He served as veterinarian at the Puyallup Fair for several years. Dr. Clinton was an Air Force veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of major. He was a past president of the Tri-County VMA. Active in civic life, Dr. Clinton served on the Burlington-Edison School Board and was a member of the Elks. He is survived by two daughters and two sons.
Robert W. Deegan
Dr. Deegan (COL ’74), 68, Maquoketa, Iowa, died June 20, 2012. He was the emergency management coordinator for Jackson County from 2005-2007 and was a veterinary consultant and deer farmer from 1987-2005. Earlier in his career, Dr. Deegan practiced mixed animal medicine in Waukon, Iowa, and Maquoketa, and served as a veterinary meat inspector in Oamaru, New Zealand. He was a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and Iowa VMA. Dr. Deegan served in the Army Veterinary Corps during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of captain. He was a member of the Rotary Club. Dr. Deegan’s wife, Marilyn, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society, 23354 Dark Hollow Road, Maquoketa, IA 52060; or Maquoketa Area Family YMCA, 500 E. Summit St., Maquoketa, IA 52060.
Marvin L. Denny Jr.
Dr. Denny (OKL ’61), 76, El Reno, Okla., died July 15, 2012. He was a former partner at Canadian Valley Animal Clinic in El Reno, where he practiced mixed animal medicine prior to retirement. Dr. Denny also served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma State University for 20 years and owned Denny Stables, which he continued to operate in retirement. A past president of the Oklahoma VMA, he was named Veterinarian of the Year in 2008. Dr. Denny was the official veterinarian for the National Rodeo Finals for 20 years when it was held in Oklahoma City and served as the veterinarian for the International Finals Rodeo for 18 years. The Denny/Crump Rodeo Arena in El Reno is named for him and his roping partner. Dr. Denny served on the Canadian Valley Vo-Tech School Board for 20 years and was active with the Boy Scouts. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Dr. Denny’s wife, Norma Jean; a daughter; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 101 S. Barker Ave., El Reno, OK 73036; Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Stillwater, OK 74078; or Russell-Murray Hospice, 221 S. Bickford, P.O. Box 1423, El Reno, OK 73036.
Laurence K. Dooley
Dr. Dooley (COL ’69), 70, Vista, Calif., died July 6, 2012. Retired since 2004, he co-owned a mixed animal practice in Modesto, Calif. Dr. Dooley was a founder of the Modesto Veterinary Emergency Clinic. His wife, Wanda; a son; a daughter; and a stepson survive him. Memorials may be made to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057, http://semperfifund.org
; or Love on a Leash, P.O. Box 4115, Oceanside, CA 92052, http://loveonaleash.org
Dean S. Folse
Dr. Folse (TEX ’45), 90, Galveston, Texas, died May 2, 2012. He was professor emeritus in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch since 1990. Dr. Folse began his career in the Department of Pathology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1952-1966, he worked in the Department of Pathology at Kansas State University. Dr. Folse then served as the United States representative from the Atomic Energy Commission to the International Food Irradiation Project in Vienna, Austria. He joined UTMB in 1969 as a research assistant professor of pathology. In 1970, Dr. Folse earned his doctorate in pathology from UTMB. During his tenure, he served as a veterinarian in the Animal Care Center and directed pathology courses, introducing the plastination of disease specimens into the teaching of pathology.
Dr. Folse received several teaching honors, including the 1982 Dean of Medicine’s Teacher of the Year Award, the Golden Apple Award for outstanding efforts as a medical educator in 1984, and the UTMB Alumni Teacher of the Year Award in 1986. In 1986, he also served as the senior faculty marshal for the School of Medicine commencement. Dr. Folse’s nephew, Dr. Richard A. Doak (COL ’92), is a large animal veterinarian in Maryland. Memorials may be made to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, College Station, TX 77843.
Benjamin D. Fremming
Dr. Fremming (COL ’46), 87, Bernice, La., died Feb. 14, 2012. He retired in 1986 as professor emeritus of pharmacology in the School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy and director of the Laboratory Animal Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Following graduation, Dr. Fremming was commissioned into the Army Veterinary Corps as a second lieutenant. He served in the military for the next 10 years, both in the Army and the Air Force during the Korean War. Dr. Fremming earned his master’s degree in public health from the University of California-Berkeley in 1952, and, in 1956, he founded South Hills Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Pittsburgh. Dr. Fremming also conducted research for the Astrobiological Laboratory of the Westinghouse Research Division. He went on to serve as manager of the Life Sciences Group at Westinghouse Research Laboratory and was scientist administrator in the Office of the Associate Director for Planning and Analysis, Etiology, at the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute from 1965-1967.
From 1967-1977, Dr. Fremming was a professor and chair of the Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He joined the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1977. Dr. Fremming was a charter diplomate and a past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a diplomate emeritus of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. From 1954-1959, he served on the Executive Board of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council, also chairing the NRC Committee on Nonhuman Primates during that time. Dr. Fremming was associate editor of the Journal of Animal Care Panel from 1956-1966 and served on the Advisory Board on Veterinary Specialties of the AVMA Council on Education from 1959-1964.
He is survived by his wife, Louisa, and two sons.
Walter G. Griffin
Dr. Griffin (GA ’78), 59, Waycross, Ga., died June 12, 2012. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Brunswick, Ga., and served as a relief veterinarian for the past 10 years. Dr. Griffin also mentored and trained veterinary students and new graduates. Earlier in his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Waycross, focusing on equine and bovine medicine, and served as a relief veterinarian in southeast Georgia. Dr. Griffin was a member of the Georgia VMA. His daughter survives him.
Karon R. Jennings
Dr. Jennings (AUB ’50), 86, McMinnville, Tenn., died July 12, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Animal Clinic in McMinnville prior to retirement in 2001. In retirement, Dr. Jennings served as a consultant for pharmaceutical companies. He was a past president of the Tennessee VMA. Dr. Jennings served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater. He is survived by his wife, Rita, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Main St., McMinnville, TN 37110.
Rodman L. Lancaster
Dr. Lancaster (AUB ’46), 89, Atlantic Beach, N.C., died May 11, 2012. He practiced in Morehead City, N.C., for more than 35 years. Dr. Lancaster served as mayor of Atlantic Beach from 1990-1995. He was an Army Veterinary Corps veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Lancaster’s two sons and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Dr. Kirk Budd Memorial Grant Fund, c/o PAWS of Carteret, P.O. Box 1757, Morehead City, NC 28557.
Dr. Lovell (GA ’61), 80, Gainesville, Ga., died March 22, 2012. He owned and served as president of Universal Concrete Wall Inc. in Georgia’s Habersham County for the past 22 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lovell established mixed animal practices in Georgia’s Hall and White counties. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; five sons; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Quentin O. Meadows
Dr. Meadows (TUS ’85), 57, Mobile, Ala., died June 12, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he was the founder of Eight Mile Animal Clinic in Mobile. Dr. Meadows was a past president of the Alabama VMA and a member of the ALVMA Veterinary Professional Wellness Committee. He was also a member of the Mobile VMA. A certified counselor in drug and alcohol addiction, Dr. Meadows volunteered as a sponsor and mentor with the Salvation Army. He is survived by his two children. Memorials may be made to Salvation Army, 1009 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36604.
Archie C. Priestley
Dr. Priestley (OSU ’43), 91, Columbus, Ohio, died May 25, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1988, he worked in sales for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Earlier in his career, Dr. Priestley worked for Allied Laboratories and the Pitman-Moore division of Dow Chemicals. He was a life member and a past treasurer of the Ohio VMA. Dr. Priestley was an Army Veterinary Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a captain in the European theater. His son and daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Arch and Mary Ellen Priestley Veterinary Scholarship Fund #605917, The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.
Joe L. Sledge
Dr. Sledge (AUB ’43), 90, Greensboro, Ala., died Aug. 3, 2012. He owned a mixed animal practice in Greensboro from 1944 until retirement in 2003. Dr. Sledge was a past president of the Alabama VMA and a life member of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association. He was also active with the West Alabama VMA. Dr. Sledge is survived by two sons and four daughters. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 73, Greensboro, AL 36744.
Willie L. Trahan
Dr. Trahan (TEX ’48), 93, Baton Rouge, La., died Feb. 9, 2012. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Department of Agriculture. Dr. Trahan was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. His three sons and two daughters survive him.
Howard L. Underwood
Dr. Underwood (TEX ’48), 89, Huntsville, Texas, died March 9, 2012. He was a veterinarian for more than 40 years. Dr. Underwood served in the Army Air Force during World War II. His two daughters and a son survive him.
Jack L. Winslade
Dr. Winslade (ISU ’43), 91, Washing¬ton, Ind., died Feb. 11, 2012. From 1963 until retirement in 1988, he worked for the Department of Agriculture. During that time, Dr. Winslade served as a district veterinarian and was an area supervisor. Earlier in his career, he owned a mixed animal practice in Carlinville, Ill. Dr. Winslade was an Army veteran, serving as a meat inspector and a veterinary officer. He attained the rank of captain. Dr. Winslade was a member of the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by a son and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Daviess County Right to Life Education Fund, P.O. Box 41, Washington, IN 47501.