April 15, 2013

 

 Obituaries

Posted on April 3, 2013

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Charles S. Dickinson
Dr. Dickinson (ISU ’54), 83, Galva, Ill., died Jan. 5, 2013. Prior to retirement in 2010, he owned County Line Veterinary Service, a small animal practice in Elmwood, Ill. Earlier in his career, Dr. Dickinson co-owned a practice in Elburn, Ill.; worked briefly in Shabbona, Ill.; and established a practice in Galva, Ill. He also served as Galva city veterinarian and worked with the Galva Puppy Fund to place homeless animals. The city recognized Dr. Dickinson as an honored volunteer in 1998. He was a lifetime member of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Dickinson’s wife, Margery; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090; or Galva Arts Council, P.O. Box 29, Galva, IL 61434.


Cheryl K. Harris
Dr. Harris (TEX ’80), 56, Dallas, died Jan. 7, 2013. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in small animal internal medicine and oncology, she was the founder of Veterinary Specialists of North Texas and the co-founder of Animal Cancer Center, both in Dallas. Earlier in her career, Dr. Harris served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. During that time, she worked in the research laboratory at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. Dr. Harris is survived by her husband, William; a son; a stepdaughter; and two stepsons.

John W. Higgins
Dr. Higgins (UP ’55), 82, New York, died Jan. 29, 2013. In 1962, he founded Yorkville Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in New York, serving as director and chief surgeon until his death. Prior to that, Dr. Higgins was assistant head of surgery and head of emergency service at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Earlier in his career, he served as a captain in the Air Force, working as head of preventive medicine at the Bordeaux Air Force Base in France. Dr. Higgins’ two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090; or The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

Terrell A. Holliday
Dr. Holliday (CAL ’53), 87, Santa Rosa, Calif., died Jan. 17, 2013. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he taught at the University of California-Davis from 1965 until retirement in 1989. Dr. Holliday was known for his expertise in neurology, focusing on electrodiagnostics and neuromuscular disease. Earlier in his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Los Angeles and Medford, Ore., for several years. Dr. Holliday was a veteran of the Army and Army Reserve. He is survived by a son and a daughter.

Earl W. Johnson
Dr. Johnson (MSU ’44), 92, Wausau, Wis., died Jan. 18, 2013. Prior to retirement in 2005, he owned a small animal practice in Wausau. Dr. Johnson helped establish the Marathon County Humane Society. He was a member of the Wisconsin VMA. Dr. Johnson was also a member and a past president of the Rib Mountain Gem and Mineral Society, and a member of the Badger State and Wisconsin Archeological societies. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Johnson’s wife, Ivanette; a son; and a daughter survive him.

Dorsey B. Kindler Jr.
Dr. Kindler (OSU ’76), 61, Prescott Valley, Ariz., died Jan. 9, 2013. From 1978 until retirement in 2011, he owned Kindler Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kindler practiced in Maryland. His wife, Jennifer; a daughter; and a son survive him. Dr. Kindler’s daughter, Dr. Kerry Tarr (OSU ’09), is a small animal veterinarian in Glendale, Ariz. Memorials may be made to the Belmont County Animal Rescue League, 45244 National Road W., St. Clairsville, OH 43950.

James B. Laird
Dr. Laird (KSU ’78), 66, Brookline Station, Mo., died Jan. 10, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he owned Countryside Pet Clinic in Springfield, Mo. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, 3161 W. Norton Road, Springfield, MO 65803.

R. Vaughn Lewis
Dr. Lewis (ISU ’45), 88, Green Valley, Ariz., died Jan. 25, 2013. He practiced veterinary medicine for 48 years in Chariton, Iowa, focusing on beef cattle. Dr. Lewis was a past president of the Central Iowa VMA and a member of the Iowa VMA. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter; and two sons.

John R. Palmer
Dr. Palmer (MSU ’52), 87, Traverse City, Mich., died Jan. 17, 2013. From 1981 until retirement in 1992, he worked for the Department of Agricul­ture in Benton, Ark.; Bellingham, Wash.; and Traverse City. Earlier in his career, Dr. Palmer practiced mixed animal medicine in Carson City, Mich. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Dr. Palmer was a member of the Elks Club, Grand Traverse Conservancy, and American Legion. His two sons and three daughters survive him. Dr. Palmer’s brother, Dr. Richard L. Palmer (MSU ’55), is a mixed animal practitioner in Eleva, Wis. Memorials in his name may be made to Grand Traverse Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.

James O. Richardson Jr.
Dr. Richardson (OKL ’70), 67, Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Dec. 8, 2012. He practiced mixed animal medicine at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Poplar Bluff for 40 years. Dr. Richardson was a member of the Oklahoma and Missouri VMAs and Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice. He served as a captain in the Army. Dr. Richardson is survived by his wife, Cynthia; a daughter; and three sons. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1088, Americus, GA 31709; or Oklahoma State University Foundation, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74076.

Jack M. Sanders Sr.
Dr. Sanders (TEX ’45), 90, Marshall, Texas, died Jan. 24, 2013. Prior to retirement in 1984, he owned a mixed animal practice in Marshall. He was a member of the Texas VMA. Earlier in his career, Dr. Sanders worked in Memphis, Tenn., for a year. He served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps during the Korean War. Active in civic life, Dr. Sanders was a member of the Marshall City Commission, was active with programs associated with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and Texas Forestry Service, served on the board of the Red River Valley Association, and was a charter member of the Greater Caddo Lake Association and Friends of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Dr. Sanders received several honors, including the Forest Conservationist Award from the TSSWAB in 2005 and the Nature Conservancy of Texas Fred and Lucille Dahmer Award in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Friends of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 230, Karnack, TX 75661; or Trinity Episcopal School, 2905 Rosborough Springs Road, Marshall, TX 75672.

George J. Venema
Dr. Venema (WSU ’53), 88, Monroe, Wash., died Jan. 7, 2013. He founded what is now known as Bothell Pet Hospital in Bothell, Wash., practicing there for 32 years prior to retirement.

Dr. Venema was a lifetime member of the Washington State VMA and served on its Membership Committee for several years. He was also a member of the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association.  Dr. Venema served with the Navy Medical Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. His wife, Patricia; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Dr. Venema’s daughter, Dr. Laura E. Hoyt (WSU ’86), owns Quincy Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Quincy, Wash. His son-in-law, Dr. William Cleveland (ROS ’85), owns Bothell Pet Hospital.

Paul L. Veum
Dr. Veum (MIN ’71), 66, Port Charlotte, Fla., died Dec. 4, 2012. Prior to retirement in 2003, he practiced mainly large animal medicine with his brother, Dr. Cedric A. Veum (MIN ’73), at Veum Veterinarians, a practice he established in Westby, Wis., in 1971. Dr. Veum was a member of the Wisconsin VMA. With an avid interest in old Corvettes, he served as a judge for the National Corvette Restorers Society. Dr. Veum is survived by his wife, Carol, and two daughters.

Raymond N. Viele
Dr. Viele (MSU ’93), 52, Pullman, Mich., died Jan. 8, 2013. He co-founded and owned Mac’s Landing Veterinary Services, a mixed animal practice in Fennville, Mich. Dr. Viele was a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He was also a member of the Michigan VMA. Earlier in his career, Dr. Viele worked in Weidman, Mich. Memorials may be made to PMP Research Foundation, 6415 Granger Road, Suite 200, Independence, OH 44131; or West Michigan Therapy Dogs, P.O. Box 2533, Grand Rapids, MI 49501.