January 15, 2013



​Posted Dec. 31, 2012
AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member

Arthur A. Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert (MID ’44), 90, Norfolk, Va., died Sept. 5, 2012. He owned a small animal clinic in Portsmouth, Va., from 1948 until retirement in 1987. Dr. Gilbert was a past president of the Tidewater VMA and a life member of the Virginia VMA. From 1948-1987, he served on the board of directors of the Portsmouth Humane Society.

Dr. Gilbert’s wife, Adele; two sons; and two daughters survive him.

James H. Nadler
Dr. Nadler (IL ’54), 86, Peotone, Ill., died Oct. 31, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he was the founder of Peotone Animal Hospital. Dr. Nadler served as a director and veterinarian for the Will County Fair Association from 1954-2010, also serving as veterinarian for the Kankakee County Fair for 10 years. He was a past president of the Illinois State VMA, receiving its Service Award in 1985.

Dr. Nadler served in the Marine Corps from 1946-1948 and was a member of the American Legion. Active in civic life, he was a founding trustee and a past president of the Peotone Fire Protection District.

Dr. Nadler is survived by his wife, Elaine; a son; and a daughter. His son, Dr. Jay Nadler (IL ’82), owns Peotone Animal Hospital, and his daughter-in-law, Dr. Yvonne Nadler (IL ’85), works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Nadler’s daughter, Dr. Jill Dougherty (IL ’84), is a small animal practitioner in Quincy, Ill. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel United Church of Christ, 311 W. Corning Ave., Peotone, IL 60468; or Hospice of Kankakee Valley, 482 Main St. N.W., Bourbonnais, IL 60914.

Clyde L. Odom Sr.
Dr. Odom (TEX ’54), 84, Pachuta, Miss., died Oct. 4, 2012. A retired mixed and exotic animal practitioner, he owned Diamond Animal Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, from 1979-2002. During that time, Dr. Odom also served as veterinarian at the Anchorage Zoo. Earlier in his career, he owned Odom Animal Clinic in Laurel, Miss., for 20 years.
Dr. Odom’s two sons and two daughters survive him.

Michelle M. Radecky-Homer
Dr. Radecky-Homer (OSU ’78), 60, Mentor, Ohio, died June 26, 2012. She practiced small animal medicine at Tyler Animal Clinic in Mentor for the past nine years. Earlier in her career, Dr. Radecky-Homer worked in the Mentor area. She served as secretary of the Cleveland Academy of Veterinary Medicine for 15 years. Dr. Radecky-Homer is survived by her husband, John Homer.

Lenwood S. Shirrell
Dr. Shirrell (ISU ’52), 87, Frankfort, Ky., died June 8, 2012. He practiced in Frankfort for more than 30 years. Dr. Shirrell was a past president of the Kentucky VMA and received its Distinguished Service Award in 1982. Active in civic life, he was a longtime member of the Rotary Club and served as a district governor. Dr. Shirrell was also a past member of the Frankfort City Commission.

He served in the Army during World War II, participating in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Colmar, France. Dr. Shirrell was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts with Clusters and was made a veteran member of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his service. Dr. Shirrell was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and led the VFW Honor Guard for 10 years.

His two daughters and a son survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 316 Ann St., Frankfort, KY 40601; Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY 42101; or Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA 50011.

Malcolm H. Smith
Dr. Smith (MIN ’62), 79, Fargo, N.D., died Oct. 14, 2012. He retired in 1998 as chair of the Veterinary Sciences Department at North Dakota State University. During his tenure, Dr. Smith also served as director of the university’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, he helped isolate the bovine respiratory syncytial virus in 1970. Dr. Smith was a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and North Dakota VMA. In 1996, he was named NDVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Arlene, and six children. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Roger E. Meisner Veterinary Medicine Educational Scholarship Fund, 921 S. 9th St., Suite 120, Bismarck, ND 58504.

Everett W. Vreeland
Dr. Vreeland (COR ’52), 87, Lakeville, Conn., died Sept. 5, 2012. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned a practice in Cornwall Bridge, Conn., prior to retirement in 1992. Earlier in his career, Dr. Vreeland worked in Middletown, Conn.; owned a practice in Kent, Conn.; and practiced in Washington, Conn. He also visited St. Croix every few months to take care of herds belonging to a dairy cooperative on the island. Dr. Vreeland served as veterinarian to the Governor’s Horse Guard in Connecticut and was appointed to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Equine Council in Washington. During his time in Kent, he served on the Kent Board of Education and was the manager at Kent School Farm.
Dr. Vreeland was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. His son, daughter, three stepdaughters, and two stepsons survive him.