December 15, 2012



​Posted Dec. 6, 2012 

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Robert W. Abell
Dr. Abell (ONT ’50), 91, Lehigh Acres, Fla., died Oct. 15, 2012. Prior to retirement in 1982, he was in small animal practice in Chicago. Earlier in his career, Dr. Abell practiced large animal medicine in Chrisman, Ill. He was a past two-term mayor of Chrisman and a veteran of the Canadian Army. Dr. Abell’s wife, Annie, and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Lee County Humane Society, 2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers, FL 33916; or Hope Hospice, 1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.
David N. Bader
Dr. Bader (MID ’45), 90, Richmond, Va., died Sept. 3, 2012. He owned a small animal practice in Colonial Heights, Va., for 40 years. Dr. Bader was a member of the Virginia VMA. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to YMCA, 9211 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23229.
Melford E. Boggs
Dr. Boggs (WSU ’55), 83, Madras, Ore., died Sept. 3, 2012. From 1961 until retirement in the late 1980s, he owned a mixed animal practice in Madras. Dr. Boggs also helped develop an autogenous vaccine for local feed-lots. Earlier in his career, he practiced in the Portland-Gresham area of Oregon. Dr. Boggs was a member of the Oregon and Central Oregon VMAs. He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons; and two daughters.
Grafton D. Bowers
Dr. Bowers (KSU ’38), 99, Liberty, Mo., died Sept. 1, 2012. He was in mixed rural practice for 40 years in Missouri’s Caldwell and Ray counties from 1946 until retirement. Following graduation, Dr. Bowers worked for three years in Baton Rouge, La., for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in what was known as the Bureau of Animal Industry. He then worked in meat inspection for the city of Baton Rouge. From 1942-1946, Dr. Bowers served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. He was a member of the American Legion and the Ray and Caldwell county historical societies. Dr. Bowers’ wife, Estyl; a son; and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Cowgill United Methodist Church, c/o Brenda Bonar, 10917 N.E. 264th St., Lathrop, MO 64465.
William A. Davidson
Dr. Davidson (COR ’52), 85, Houston, died Sept. 27, 2012. He worked for the Department of Agriculture in animal disease control and meat inspection prior to retirement in 1992. Dr. Davidson began his career practicing mixed animal medicine with his father, Dr. Arthur C. Davidson, in Elmira, N.Y., later taking over the practice. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Davidson is survived by two sons and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.
John C. Dunn
Dr. Dunn (AUB ’66), 82, Mims, Fla., died June 6, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he owned Dunn Animal Hospital in Titusville, Fla., for more than 30 years. Dr. Dunn was a member of the Florida VMA and Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; three daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of North Brevard, P.O. Box 5513, Titusville, FL 32783; or Auburn University Alumni Association, 317 South College St., Auburn, AL 36849.
Robert S. Frederick
Dr. Frederick (TEX ’84), 53, Sugar Land, Texas, died April 28, 2012. He practiced small animal medicine at Alief Animal Hospital in Houston. Dr. Frederick is survived by his wife, Melanie, and two daughters.
Roderick C. Jordan
Dr. Jordan (GA ’68), 73, Harkers Island, N.C., died Oct. 20, 2012. In 1969, he founded Kernersville Veterinary Hospital in Kernersville, N.C., where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 31 years prior to retirement in 2000. Dr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Luray, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Forsyth County, P.O. Box 337, Cumming, GA 30028.
Lawrence W. Price
Dr. Price (OSU ’41), 98, Winfield, Ill., died Oct. 31, 2012. He owned a nutritional and management consultation practice in Winfield. Earlier in his career, Dr. Price was in large animal practice in Liberty Center, Ohio. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. His wife, Raoulyn; two daughters; and five sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128.
Craig R. Wiede
Dr. Wiede (CAL ’81), 56, Springville, N.Y., died Aug. 9, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he owned Concord Veterinary Center in Springville since 1988. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wiede practiced at Springville Animal Hospital and Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center in Orchard Park, N.Y. He served as president of the Western New York VMS in 1988 and 1995 and received its Regional Merit Award in 2001. Dr. Wiede’s wife, Jennifer; two daughters; and a son survive him.
Luther E. Wilcoxson
Dr. Wilcoxson (OKL ’51), 89, Pauls Valley, Okla., died July 27, 2012. He served as a partner at Shawnee Animal Hospital, a general practice in Shawnee, Okla., for 36 years. In 1982, Dr. Wilcoxson was named Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year. He was a past president of the Oklahoma VMA and served as its alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1972-1981. Dr. Wilcoxson also served on the Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
In civic life, Dr. Wilcoxson was active with the 4-H Club and National FFA Organization and was a member of the Shriners, Lions Club, and Masonic Lodge. His two daughters survive him. Dr. Wilcoxson’s grandson, Dr. Will P. Sims (OKL ’07), is a veterinarian in Little Rock, Ark. Memorials, with checks payable to the Oklahoma State University Foundation Student Scholarship Fund, may be made to OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, c/o Sharon Worrell, 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078; or St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 301 N. Beard, Shawnee, OK 74801.
Debra J. Zerr
Dr. Zerr (MO ’95), 57, Cape Coral, Fla., died June 23, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, she most recently practiced at Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral. Earlier in her career, Dr. Zerr worked in Missouri, and she owned Crossroads Animal Clinic in Waveland, Kan., for more than 10 years. She is survived by her husband, William; two children; and three stepchildren. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
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