October 15, 2012

 

 Obituaries

Posted on October 3, 2012
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Lawrence E. Barnes
Dr. Barnes (ISU ’46), 87, Jackson, N.J., died Aug. 7, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1991, he was an inspector with the Department of Agriculture. In retirement, Dr. Barnes served as veterinarian for the Ocean County Animal Shelter in Jackson. Early in his career, he practiced small animal medicine in Illinois; worked in research and development for Eli Lilly, Diamond Shamrock, Schering, and A.L. Laboratories; and owned a small animal practice in Venice, Fla. Dr. Barnes was a member of the Florida VMA. He is survived by his wife, Paula; two daughters; two sons; two stepsons; and a stepdaughter.
 
John P. Baugh
Dr. Baugh (TEX ’01), 41, Plano, Texas, died April 13, 2012. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Plano. Earlier in his career, Dr. Baugh worked at the Kyle Veterinary Clinic in Carthage, Texas, and in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a captain in the Army and served as a marksman during Operation Desert Storm. Dr. Baugh’s wife, Cassandra, survives him. Memorials in his name may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.
 
Kenneth O. Fertig
Dr. Fertig (ISU ’57), 79, Mesa, Ariz., died Aug. 8, 2012. He owned a practice in Sheldon, Iowa, until 1993.
Dr. Fertig was a past president of the Iowa VMA and received the state association’s 1990 President’s Award. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Active in civic life, Dr. Fertig was president of the Sheldon Industrial Development Corporation and Village Northwest board of directors and served on the Sheldon Public School board of directors. He is survived by his wife, Janet; two sons; and a daughter.
 
Lee O. Fletcher
Dr. Fletcher (UP ’62), 75, Claremont, N.H., died Aug. 10, 2012. He owned Fletcher Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Claremont. Dr. Fletcher also served farms in New Hampshire and Vermont. His wife, Susan; three daughters; and a son survive him.
 
Charles P. Gandal
Dr. Gandal (COR ’51), 84, Trappe, Md., died July 2, 2012. He practiced equine medicine in New York’s Westchester County and surrounding areas prior to retirement in 2001. Earlier in his career, Dr. Gandal served 17 years as veterinarian for the Bronx Zoo, where he became known for his expertise in zoo medicine, avian surgery, and anesthesia. During his career, he also served as an adjunct professor at Pace University. Dr. Gandal is survived by his wife, Jeanne; two daughters; and a son.
 
Jay E. Graber
Dr. Graber (OSU ’55), 83, Plain City, Ohio, died May 5, 2012. Prior to retirement in the late 1980s, he worked for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Industry. Dr. Graber was a veteran of the Army. He also served in the Ohio National Guard, retiring with the rank of colonel. Dr. Graber was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by two daughters and a son. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Indiana chapter, 10401 N. Meridian St., Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN 46290; www.jdrf.org/indiana
 
James M. Hagely
Dr. Hagely (OSU ’50), 85, Lancaster, Ohio, died Feb. 23, 2012. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned Hagely Veterinary Clinic in Lancaster for 56 years. Dr. Hagely was a life member of the Ohio VMA. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dr. Hagely is survived by his wife, Judy; a son; a daughter; and two stepdaughters. Memorials may be made to The Pickering House, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, OH 43130. 
 
Donald B. Hicks
Dr. Hicks (MIN ’51), 85, Tracy, Minn., died July 31, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1994, he served as state veterinarian with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Dr. Hicks also served as veterinarian at the state fair for 27 years. Early in his career, he owned a mixed animal practice in Tracy. Dr. Hicks was a life member of the Minnesota VMA and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 2005. He served in the South Dakota Reserve Veterinary Medical Office Corps for five years. Active in civic life, Dr. Hicks was a member of the Tracy school board, fire department, and city council. His wife, Olga Mae; a son; three daughters; a stepson; and a stepdaughter survive him. 
 
Stanley F. Hopkins
Dr. Hopkins (UP ’62), 76, Saegertown, Pa., died May 23, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he owned Brookside Veterinary Clinic in Meadville, Pa. Dr. Hopkins was a member of the Pennsylvania VMA. He is survived by his wife, Karen; three daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Road, Meadville, PA 16335.
 
Fred F. Johnson
Dr. Johnson (KSU ’73), 63, Ottawa, Kan., died July 24, 2012. From 1992 until retirement in 2011, he worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Earlier in his career, Dr. Johnson served in the Army Veterinary Corps and practiced at El Dorado Animal Clinic in El Dorado, Kan., for 14 years. He was a member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. Dr. Johnson’s wife, Jane, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Kansas State University Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund, Manhattan, KS 66506; or Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203.
 
Gertraud H. Matt
Dr. Matt (IL ’74), 63, West Brattleboro, Vt., died July 16, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, she owned a practice in Brattleboro since 1980, initially doing house calls. Earlier in her career, Dr. Matt worked at South Side Veterinary Hospital in Chicago and Windham Veterinary Clinic in Brattleboro.
 
Her husband, David, and two sons survive her.
 
Leslie McHenry
Dr. McHenry (KSU ’47), 96, Laguna Woods, Calif., died March 20, 2012.
 
James E. Prier
Dr. Prier (COR ’46), 88, Blue Bell, Pa., died Aug. 20, 2012. From 1976 until retirement in 2010, he owned Centre Square Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Centre Square, Pa.
 
Dr. Prier began his career working at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, N.Y. After obtaining his doctorate in bacteriology from the University of Illinois in 1950, he served as chair of the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wyoming for three years. Dr. Prier then worked in the Department of Bacteriology at the State University of New York Medical College in Syracuse.
 
He went on to serve as director of the Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories’ Division of Biologic Development; was a virologist in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Microbiology; and directed the Bureau of Laboratories of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
 
Dr. Prier also served as an adjunct professor of microbiology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1963-1998 and direc­ted clinical laboratory programs for the New Jersey Department of Health from 1982-1984. He was a past president of the American Board of Bioanalysis. Dr. Prier was also a past president of the eastern Pennsylvania branch of the American Society for Microbiology, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He authored “Turkey Diseases” and “Basic Medical Virology” and co-authored “Textbook of Large Animal Surgery” and “A Textbook of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.”
 
Dr. Prier is survived by three sons and a daughter. One son, Dr. Steven Prier (UP ’81), owns a small animal practice in Malvern, Pa. Memorials may be made to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853.
 
Timothy L. Stout
Dr. Stout (IL ’71), 64, Saint Charles, Mo., died March 5, 2012.
He practiced small animal medicine at North County Animal Clinic in Florissant, Mo. Dr. Stout was a past board member of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Society. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean, and three daughters. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
 
Robert J. Weaver
Dr. Weaver (KSU ’50), 90, Great Bend, Kan., died July 12, 2012. During his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Great Bend and served as the first supervisor for the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Board. He was a member of the Kansas VMA. Dr. Weaver served in the Army during World War II and retired as a major from the Army Reserve. He was a member of the American Legion, Military Officers Association, and Reserve Officers Association. Active in civic life, Dr. Weaver was a past president of the Great Bend Kiwanis Club and a member of the Barton County Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Mae. Dr. Weaver’s nephews, Drs. Fred D. Wingert (KSU ’56) and Robert E. Wingert (KSU ’66), are small animal veterinarians in Kansas. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St.,  Great Bend, KS 67530; Golden Belt Humane Society, 151 U.S. 281, Great Bend, KS 67530; or Barton County Historical Society, 85 U.S. 281, Great Bend, KS 67530.
 
Donald W. White
Dr. White (MO ’62), 81, Lake St. Louis, Mo., died July 27, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1993, he owned North County Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in St. Louis. Dr. White was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. In retirement, he volunteered with the American Red Cross for several years. Dr. White is survived by his wife, Doris, and two daughters.
 
 
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