Posted July 17, 2013
AVMA honor roll member
Russell N. Abbott
Dr. Abbott (MSU ’47), 87, Rockland, Maine, died March 25, 2013. He was the founder of Rockland Animal Hospital, where he practiced for more than 38 years, initially as a large animal practitioner and then converting mainly to small animal medicine. Starting in the 1970s, Dr. Abbott began focusing on veterinary ophthalmology. He was a member of the Maine VMA, serving as chair of its Education Committee for 17 years. In 1990, Dr. Abbott was awarded the MVMA J.F. Witter Award for his contributions to the improvement of the association. He was active with the Lions Club and Rockland School Board. Dr. Abbott’s son and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to The Cushing Homestead, Activity Fund, Homeshare Inc., P.O. Box 389, South Thomaston, ME 04858.
H. Powell Anderson
Dr. Anderson (GA ’56), 80, Dillwyn, Va., died Feb. 18, 2013. Until 1998, he co-owned Hillsborough Animal Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Tampa, Fla. Dr. Anderson then moved to Virginia, where he farmed and practiced small animal medicine. His wife, Lora, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o Mr. H.S. Anderson Jr., Treasurer, P.O. Box 240, Dillwyn, VA 23936.
Keith B. Beeman
Dr. Beeman (KSU ’58), 83, Manhattan, Kan., died April 24, 2013. Following graduation, he established Frankfort Animal Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Frankfort, Kan., where he worked until 1975. Dr. Beeman also raised cattle and owned a hog operation during that time. He went on to serve as director of the veterinary technology program at Colby Community College in Colby, Kan. In 1977, Dr. Beeman joined the veterinary faculty of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and Medicine. He later became an associate professor and in 1995 retired from the university.
Dr. Beeman was a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. He served on the AVMA Council on Education from 1983-1989. Dr. Beeman was a past president of the Kansas VMA and served as its alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1971-1978 and as delegate from 1978-1981. In 1979, he received the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award from Kansas State University. Dr. Beeman’s wife, Janet; three sons; and a daughter survive him. His nephew, Dr. Fred L. Beeman (KSU ’82), is a small animal veterinarian in Sacramento, Calif. Memorials toward Homecare and Hospice or Grace Baptist Church may be sent to 3513 Mintons Landing, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Robert P. Botts
Dr. Botts (MO ’57), 89, Corvallis, Ore., died May 6, 2013. After earning a master’s in public health (epidemiology) from Tulane University in 1958, he began his career as a research veterinarian with the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Botts was involved with the USPHS’ heart disease and stroke control programs at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Missouri. From 1970 onwards, he worked with the Environmental Protection Agency in North Carolina and Oregon, retiring in 1983 with the rank of captain. Dr. Botts is survived by his wife, Frankie; a son; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, 1646 6th Ave. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.
Timothy J. Boyd
Dr. Boyd (MSU ’92), 47, Alpena, Mich., died April 17, 2013. A mixed animal practitioner, he established Sunrise Veterinary Services in Alpena in 1998. Prior to that, Dr. Boyd practiced at Switzer Veterinary Clinic in Alpena. He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Boyd’s wife, Amy; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Living Hope Church, 2086 Werth Road, Alpena, MI 49707; Alpena Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center, 1501 W. Chisholm St., Alpena, MI 49707; or Hospice of Michigan, Donation Processing Center, Hospice of Michigan, 112 Chisholm St., Alpena, MI 49707.
John F. Chapman
Dr. Chapman (CAL ’53), 93, Yucaipa, Calif., died April 20, 2013. From 1965 until retirement in 1984, he practiced at Green Valley Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice he established in Yucaipa. Earlier in his career, Dr. Chapman was a large animal veterinarian in Redlands, Calif. He was a member of the California VMA. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Chapman served in the Army, attaining the rank of captain., and was awarded a Bronze Star. Dr. Chapman’s wife, Wilma; a son; and two daughters survive him. His granddaughter, Dr. Karin Connor, is a 2007 graduate of the University of Glasgow in Scotland and practices small animal medicine at Del Valle Pet Hospital in Livermore, Calif. Memorials may be made to Special Olympics, 1600 Forbes Way, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90810.
Peter L. Clary
Dr. Clary (WSU ’64), 78, Oak Hill, Ohio, died May 25, 2013. Early in his career, Dr. Clary began his work for Battelle, a research and development organization, in Richland, Wash. Later, he worked at The Ohio State University Laboratory Animal Center. Dr. Clary is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; three sons, two stepsons, and three stepdaughters.
Shane M. Cote
Dr. Cote (COL ’00), 44, Cortez, Colo., died March 19, 2013. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Montezuma Veterinary Clinic, a practice in Cortez where he started working in 2002. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cote practiced at Carbon County Veterinary Hospital in Rawlins, Wyo. He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Christian Veterinary Mission, and Colorado VMA. Dr. Cote served in the Navy from 1987-1992 during Operation Desert Storm. His wife, Robyne, and three sons survive him. Memorials toward the Cote Boys Fund may be made to Citizens State Bank, 77 W. Main St., Cortez, CO 81321.
Dr. Dale (CAL ’06), 39, Fresno, Calif., died March 8, 2013. A mixed animal practitioner, she was an associate veterinarian at Animal Medical Center in Merced, Calif., since 2010. Earlier in her career, Dr. Dale owned Clovis Veterinary Hospital in Clovis, Calif. Memorials may be made to Paws4Vets, Paws4People Inc
., 1121C-324 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405;
Richard E. Doran
Dr. Doran (COR ’83), 59, Kintnersville, Pa., died April 20, 2013. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he was head surgeon at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J., for more than 25 years. Dr. Doran was a past president of the New Jersey Association of Equine Practitioners and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a son; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to ALS Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 40777, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Susan G. Doyle-Parham
Dr. Doyle-Parham (TEX ’76), 60, Sugar Land, Texas, died April 13, 2013. She was a small animal veterinarian at Pet Vet Animal Hospital in Houston since 2006. Prior to that, Dr. Doyle-Parham practiced in Tulsa, Okla., and at Grove Small Animal Hospital in Grove, Okla. Earlier in her career, she worked in Houston at Heights Veterinary Clinic and Jester Plaza Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Doyle-Parham was a member of the Oklahoma, Texas, and Harris County VMAs and had served on the board of directors of the Tulsa County VMA. An avid equestrian, she participated in hunter-jumping, dressage, team penning, endurance, and competitive trail riding events, also serving as a veterinarian volunteer for some of the events. Dr. Doyle-Parham’s husband, Ralph; a stepson; and two stepdaughters survive her. Memorials may be made toward the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation Memorial Gift Program, 8104 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX 78754.
Eugene Fingerlin Jr.
Dr. Fingerlin (OKL ’63), 78, Bixby, Okla., died April 28, 2013. He established Bixby Small Animal Hospital in 1972. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fingerlin practiced mixed animal medicine and owned a small animal practice in Tulsa, Okla. A member of the Oklahoma VMA, he was a past chair of its Continuing Education Committee and was a past member of its Bylaws Committee. Dr. Fingerlin was named OVMA Companion Animal Practitioner of the Year in 1989 and was Veterinarian of the Year in 1995. Active with the Boy Scouts and its Explorers program, Dr. Fingerlin served as Veterinary Explorer Post adviser several times and received the Silver Beaver Award in 1982. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Fingerlin is survived by his wife, Brunhilde; two sons; and a daughter.
Robert B. Hollett
Dr. Hollett (GA ’72), 66, Athens, Ga., died April 23, 2013. After obtaining his master’s in physiology and pharmacology from Purdue University in 1974, he began his career as a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University. Dr. Hollett went on to practice equine medicine in Kentucky. During that time, he served as veterinarian for Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm, a Thoroughbred racehorse farm in Paris.
Dr. Hollett joined the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service as an equine veterinarian in 1989. In 1991, he began teaching at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on animal reproduction. During his tenure, Dr. Hollett also served 22 years as director of continuing education for the college, was chief of staff for field services, served as associate dean for public health and outreach, and was veterinarian for the university’s Bulldog mascots.
He was a diplomate and a past secretary of the American College of Theriogenologists and served on the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ committees on educational programs, scientific programs, and resident veterinarians. In 2000, Dr. Hollett was one of two recipients of the AAEP’s first Distinguished Service Award. His wife, Mary Elizabeth; two daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials toward the Hollett Fellowship Fund may be made to the University of Georgia, Office of Veterinary External Affairs, 501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602.
Donald C. Master
Dr. Master (ONT ’40), 94, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., died June 11, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Charles Town, W.Va., from 1948 until retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Master managed artificial insemination units in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He helped organize what is now known as the National Association of Animal Breeders, serving as its first director for three years. Dr. Master was a charter member of the Flying Veterinarians Association and an honorary member of the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Active in civic life, he was a past mayor of Charles Town, served as president of the West Virginia Municipal League in 1973, and was a member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Master is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons; and two daughters. His grand-daughter, Dr. Erin Master-Dill (GA ’07), is an equine practitioner in Mount Joy, Pa. Memorials may be made to Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1; or Jefferson County Humane Shelter, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414.
William D. McFarland Jr.
Dr. McFarland (WSU ’62), 77, Fort Benton, Mont., died March 8, 2013. In 1964, he established Benton Veterinary Clinic in Fort Benton, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 40 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. McFarland worked in Livingston, Mont. A member of the Montana VMA, he served as its alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1998-2002 and was delegate from 2002-2006. Dr. McFarland was active with the Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife, Denise; two sons; and a daughter. Dr. McFarland’s son, Dr. Warner P. McFarland (COL ’93), is a mixed animal veterinarian in Rawlins, Wyo. Memorials may be made to the Community Bible Youth Center, 1600 Main St., Fort Benton, MT 59442.
Ray C. Newman
Dr. Newman (COR ’47), 89, Island Falls, Maine, died April 10, 2013. In 1949, he established Island Falls Veterinary Hospital, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Newman worked in Windsor, Vt., and served as state veterinarian in Augusta, Maine. He was a past chair of the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine and a past president of the Maine and New England VMAs. Dr. Newman was also a past president of the Fish and Game Club, served as chair of the Island Falls School Board, and was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army. Dr. Newman’s four daughters survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children–Boston
, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.
Kenneth V. Tost
Dr. Tost (MSU ’55), 90, Plainfield, Ind., died June 10, 2013. Prior to retirement, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Indiana’s Morgan and Rush counties. He is survived by his wife, Deloris; and three daughters.
William J. Westcott
Dr. Westcott (MSU ’43), 93, Bingham Farms, Mich., died Dec. 10, 2012. He owned a small animal practice in Detroit prior to retirement. Dr. Westcott also served as a judge for the American Kennel Club. He was a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, a past trustee of the Michigan State University Development Fund, a life member of the Michigan VMA, and a member of the Southeastern Michigan VMA. In 1970, Dr. Westcott received a Michigan Minuteman Governor’s Award for distinguished service to the state. His wife, Jean; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials toward the Dean’s Fund may be made to MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824.
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