December 01, 2012



Posted Nov. 19, 2012
AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Cleo M. Babelay
Dr. Babelay (TEN ’81), 61, Corryton, Tenn., died July 28, 2012. A small animal practitioner, she owned Washington Pike Veterinary Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., for 30 years. Dr. Babelay is survived by her husband, Danny Olinger. Memorials may be made to Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St. N.W.,  Knoxville, TN 37919.

Wesley R. Baker
Dr. Baker (OKL ’99), 52, Denison, Texas, died April 12, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he practiced in Oregon and Arizona for several years. Dr. Baker was a veteran of the Air Force.

Charles M. Barnes
Dr. Barnes (TEX ’44), 90, Georgetown, Texas, died Oct. 5, 2012. Prior to retirement in 2002, he was chief executive officer of the International Veterinary Medical Foundation, working extensively in foreign affairs and seeking funds to support U.S. and international veterinary colleges. Following graduation, Dr. Barnes established a general practice in Cisco, Texas. In 1947, he joined the Department of Agriculture and was assigned to Mexico, where he played an important role in the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease. Dr. Barnes spent the early 1950s assisting with the elimination of brucellosis and tuberculosis along the Gulf Coast.

He then joined the Air Force Veterinary Corps as chief of preventive medicine and base veterinarian at Sampson Air Force Base in Geneva, N.Y. Dr. Barnes subsequently studied radiation safety in Hanford, Wash., and, in 1956, obtained his doctorate in comparative pathology from the University of California at Berkeley and Davis. In 1958, he was assigned to the Atomic Energy Commission, participating in research and development programs on nuclear propulsion and auxiliary power systems. Dr. Barnes served as the commission’s safety officer on the launches of the Navy’s Transit satellites in 1961. During his military career, he was staff scientist with Joint Task Force Seven during hydrogen weapons testing in the Pacific Atolls; directed the Migratory Animal Pathological Survey in the Far East; helped design programs to use obsolete military aircraft to distribute sterile insects and insecticides in Latin America in an attempt to control the Mediterranean fruit fly, African bont tick, and screwworm; and worked for NASA, monitoring the space radiation environment through instrumentation aboard the Apollo series of unmanned spacecraft and serving as radiation safety officer during the first landing of man on the moon.

Dr. Barnes attained the rank of colonel with the Air Force Veterinary Corps. Following his retirement from the corps, he served three years as the USDA regional supervisory veterinarian for the Central American republics and Colombia, working toward the eradication of FMD and other exotic diseases. Dr. Barnes later briefly worked as a veterinarian with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Pakistan, taking care of mules used as supply transports between Pakistan and the mujahedeen in Afghanistan. During his military service, he received several honors, including the Meritor­ious Service Medal, Missileman Badge, and NASA Eagle Award. In 2002, Dr. Barnes was awarded the XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize for his outstanding contributions to the international understanding of veterinary medicine.

He served as a special consultant to the National Academy of Sciences and World Health Organization and was a charter member of the National Council for Radiation Protection. Dr. Barnes was also a member of the Health Physics Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter. One son, Dr. John C. Barnes (TEX ’84), is a co-founder of Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center, a mixed animal practice in Uvalde. Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Uvalde, Building Fund, P.O. Box 1650, Uvalde, TX 78802;

Bobby J. Cargill
Dr. Cargill (TEX ’60), 77, Bryan, Texas, died Sept. 17, 2012. He co-owned El Cerrito Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Bryan, with his brother, Dr. Howard W. Cargill (TEX ’50), prior to retirement in 1995. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cargill served in the Army Veterinary Corps and practiced mixed animal medicine at Bryan Animal Hospital. He raised club calves and was a member of the steer committee for the Houston Livestock Show for more than 30 years. Dr. Cargill was a past president of the Bryan Young Farmers Association and Brazos County Youth Livestock Association. He was also a past agriculture vice president of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Cargill is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter; and a son. His nephew, Dr. Thomas H. Cargill (TEX ’77), now owns El Cerrito Animal Clinic. Dr. Cargill’s son-in-law, Dr. Michael D. Connolly (TEX ’77), owns Connolly Animal Clinic in Nacogdoches, Texas. His brother-in-law, Dr. T.F. Martin (TEX ’71), is a veterinarian in Austin, Texas. Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 1991 FM 158 Road, College Station, TX 77845; or Brazos County Youth Livestock Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5725, Bryan, TX 77805.

Charles E. Childs
Dr. Childs (WSU ’51), 92, Lancaster, Calif., died June 21, 2012. Retired since 1984, he was the founder of Rialto Animal Hospital, a large animal practice in Rialto, Calif. Following graduation, Dr. Childs served in the Army for a year during the Korean War. During that time, he was accepted into the United Nations Civil Assistance Command of Korea and assisted with vaccinating native cattle, hogs, and chickens, and with the development of a live vaccine to treat an epizootic in cattle. On his return from Korea, Dr. Childs joined the practice of his cousin, the late Dr. Jay Wallis, in Hemet, Calif. In 1959, he moved to Rialto and established his practice. Dr. Childs also served for several years as livestock veterinarian for the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, National Orange Show in San Bernardino, Calif., and Gene Holter’s Wild Animal Farm in Riverside, Calif.

He was appointed to the California Rabies Control Committee and the Board of Examiners Complaint Resolution Committee in 1982. In the 1990s, Dr. Childs was part of the Arizona Department of Game and Fish’s bighorn sheep capture and relocation project. He was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the California, Southern California, Orange Belt, and Sierra VMAs.

Dr. Childs was a past president of the Rialto Chamber of Commerce and Rialto Exchange Club and was active with the Boy Scouts and Indian Guides. He retired from the Army Reserve after 21 years of service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dr. Childs is survived by a daughter and two sons. Memorials in his name may be made to the Rialto Exchange Club, P.O. Box 423, Rialto, CA 92376.

Charles M. Coats
Dr. Coats (NCU ’90), 48, Rocky Mount, N.C., died May 6, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Coats Veterinary Hospital in Rocky Mount. Dr. Coats’ wife, Beth, and two children survive him.

Allan N. Davis
Dr. Davis (CAL ’52), 91, El Cajon, Calif., died April 14, 2012. Prior to retirement, he practiced at El Cajon Valley Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Davis was a veteran of the Air Force and a 50-year member of the El Cajon Rotary Club. His wife, Genevieve, and a daughter survive him.

Ronald D. Davis
Dr. Davis (PUR ’68), 67, Ocala, Fla., died April 30, 2012. He retired in 2004 as a colonel with the Army Veterinary Corps after almost 40 years of service that began when he volunteered under the Early Commissioning Program in 1965. During his military career, Dr. Davis was a base veterinarian, served as a flight instructor, and was involved with food inspection. He accepted a commission in the Army Reserve in the mid-1970s. Dr. Davis was promoted to colonel in 1986, later serving as deputy commander of the corps. During the first Gulf War, he volunteered for active duty and served as an USAR coordinator for the VETCOM commander for 13 months. Dr. Davis received several honors, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, and Humanitarian Service medals. In addition to his military service, in the 1970s Dr. Davis owned a small animal practice in San Diego and owned and co-owned emergency clinics in California at Mission Valley and Fountain Valley. He is survived by his son and daughter. Dr. Davis’ former brother-in-law, Dr. Mark W. Coleman (PUR ’68), is a small animal practitioner in Gainesville, Fla.

Howard P. DeYoung
Dr. DeYoung (MSU ’64), 74, George­town, Bahamas, died Oct. 10, 2012. He owned Georgetown Small Animal Clinic since 1998. Earlier in his career, Dr. DeYoung owned Bridgeport Veterinary Clinic in Bridgeport, Mich., where he practiced equine and small animal medicine. His wife, Teresa; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Dr. DeYoung’s brother, Dr. David J. DeYoung (MSU ’68), retired in 2012 as dean of the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Vincent L. Dunlap
Dr. Dunlap (CAL ’68), 69, Paradise, Calif., died April 5, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he owned Whispering Pines Pet Clinic in Magalia, Calif., prior to retirement in 2006. Earlier in his career, Dr. Dunlap owned Skyway Pet Hospital in Paradise. His wife, Susan; three sons; and two daughters survive him. Dr. Dunlap’s brother, Dr. Mark A. Dunlap (CAL ’72), owns Skyway Pet Hospital.

Sandra F. Herman
Dr. Herman (UP ’84), 56, Odenton, Md., died June 18, 2012. She was a small animal practitioner.

R.A. Ivie
Dr. Ivie (TEX ’45), 90, Follett, Texas, died Sept. 15, 2012. Prior to retirement, he owned Panhandle Veterinary Clinic, a predominantly large animal practice in Follett, for 42 years. Dr. Ivie also operated a 1,000-head backgrounding lot in Follett and established Panhandle Veterinary Clinics, a partnership of veterinarians and clinics in Follett, Perryton, Spearman, and Beaver, Okla. In retirement, he was a consultant with Panhandle Vet Supply in Childress, Texas.

Dr. Ivie was a past president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and a charter member of the Society for Theriogenology. He helped organize the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, consulted for the food animal program at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and was a past member of the Texas VMA board of directors. In 1995, Dr. Ivie was honored by the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in the category of food animal medicine.

Active in civic life, he was a charter member of the Follett Hospital Board and served on the Follett School Board of Trustees. His four daughters survive him. Dr. Ivie’s brother, Dr. Harold D. Ivie (OKL ’52), is a veterinarian in San Mateo, Calif. Memorials may be made to Follett Educational Corporation, c/o Follett Interbank, P.O. Box 8, Follett, TX 79034.

David E. Jackson
Dr. Jackson (UP ’71), 65, Fairfax, Va., died April 14, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, he served as medical director at University Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, a practice he founded in 1980 and owned until six years ago. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jackson owned a practice in Alexandria, Va. His wife, Elisabeth, and two sons survive him.

Ralph A. Johnson
Dr. Johnson (MIN ’61), 80, Waconia, Minn., died Sept. 9, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he founded Interlaken Centre in Waconia in 1983, focusing on veterinary acupuncture. Dr. Johnson also bred and raised Arabian and reining horses. Early in his career, he practiced in Fairmont, Minn., for 22 years. Dr. Johnson was a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Active in civic life, he founded the Waconia Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Award. Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and two sons. One son, Dr. Blake K. Johnson (MIN ’89), co-owns Interlaken Centre.

Jennifer K. Kipling
Dr. Kipling (OSU ’02), 40, Cincinnati, died June 16, 2012.

Patricia A. Payne
Dr. Payne (TEX ’91), 47, Anchorage, Alaska, died July 12, 2012. She practiced small animal medicine at Alaska Veterinary Clinic in Anchorage since 2006. Earlier in her career, Dr. Payne worked in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas of Texas for 15 years.

Holly A. Pohl
Dr. Pohl (WIS ’94), 51, Chicago, died Aug. 21, 2012. A feline practitioner, she worked at Cat Hospital of Chicago since 1998. Earlier in her career, Dr. Pohl practiced at Connecticut Veterinary Center in West Hartford. Memorials, with checks payable to UW Foundation, may be made to Companion Animal Fund, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706;

David G. Smokler
Dr. Smokler (TEX ’46), 85, Missouri City, Texas, died April 6, 2012. A bovine practitioner and dairyman, he operated Holtex Farm in Lancaster, Texas, where he bred Holstein cattle. Dr. Smokler was known for his expertise in genetic and artificial breeding and dairy management. He was a past president of Holstein Association USA and Texas Holstein Association. Dr. Smokler is survived by his wife, Rosemary, and three daughters.

Rollin W. Vickery
Dr. Vickery (KSU ’55), 81, Braman, Okla., died Aug. 20, 2012. A large animal practitioner, he owned 7V Ranch in Braman since 1975. Earlier in his career, Dr. Vickery practiced at Blackwell Animal Clinic in Blackwell, Okla. He was a member of the Oklahoma VMA and Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and a past director of the Blackwell Livestock Auction. Dr. Vickery served in the Army from 1955-1957, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. He was a member of the Executive Board of the Will Rogers Council Boy Scouts for almost 40 years and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 1974. Dr. Vickery was also a past vice president of the Braman School Board, a past secretary-treasurer of the Blackwell Rural Water Board, and a past director of the Blackwell Regional Hospital Board. His wife, Ann; two daughters; and three sons survive him.