Posted on October 31, 2012
||Dr. Fred M. Enright
||Dr. John F. Otto
||Dr. Solomon Gartman
Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences honored its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—one posthumously—at a luncheon on Sept. 28.
Dr. Fred M. Enright (OKL ’70) of Baton Rouge, La., is a professor emeritus with Louisiana State University. He joined the institution’s Agricultural Center in the Department of Veterinary Sciences in 1976. Dr. Enright is known for developing and implementing a program to eliminate bovine brucellosis from the marsh cattle herds in southwestern Louisiana. He co-developed what is now the official U.S. Department of Agriculture brucellosis vaccine used in the United States.
Dr. John F. Otto (OKL ’90) of Norman, Okla., is a small animal veterinarian who is also known for his volunteer work and for being an advocate for the veterinary profession. Dr. Otto has mentored future veterinarians, helped reconnect owners and pets following an Oklahoma tornado, volunteered with the Special Olympics, and worked with the Lexington Correctional Facility dog training programs.
The late Dr. Solomon Gartman (OKL ’51) of Pharr, Texas, was a member of the first class to graduate from Oklahoma State’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He went to work for the USDA as an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service veterinarian. Starting in 1962, as veterinarian in charge of the screwworm eradication program in Mission, Texas, Dr. Gartman was part of the team that effectively rid the continent of this pest. Screwworms had plagued the North American cattle industry since the mid-1820s and were costing the U.S. cattle industry millions of dollars a year.