August 15, 2013



Posted July 31, 2013


AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member

Bud E. Alldredge Sr.
Dr. Alldredge (TEX ’46), 92, Sweetwater, Texas, died March 25, 2013. A mixed animal veterinarian, he founded Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital following graduation. Dr. Alldredge also farmed and ranched. His practice was recently awarded a Heritage Practice Award from the Texas VMA for service to the community for more than 50 years. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Alldredge served in the Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of captain. He was active in civic life, serving on the Sweetwater School Board in the mid-1970s.

Dr. Alldredge is survived by two sons. One son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Bud E. Alldredge Jr. (TEX ’69) and Karen Hicks-Alldredge (ISU ’83), are primarily small animal veterinarians at Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Alldredge’s grandson, Dr. Bud E. Alldredge III (TEX ’95), is a mixed animal veterinarian in Cleveland, Texas. Memorials may be made to Cancer Services Network, 100 Chestnut, Abilene, TX 79602; Gateway Services, 2707 25th, Snyder, TX 79549; or Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, 8104 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX 78754.

Harold E. Amstutz
Dr. Amstutz (OSU ’45), 93, West Lafayette, Ind., died June 11, 2013. A diplomate and charter president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he was professor of veterinary clinical sciences and head of what was known as the Large Animal Medicine Section at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine prior to retirement in 1989.
Following graduation, Dr. Amstutz served in the Army and practiced briefly in Ohio before joining The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty as an instructor in 1947. During his tenure, he served as a professor and chaired the Department of Veterinary Medicine. In 1961, Dr. Amstutz was appointed professor and section head of large animal medicine at Purdue University.

Known for his expertise in bovine medicine, he had a special interest in bovine lameness and respiratory diseases. Dr. Amstutz was elected executive secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 1966 and served in that capacity until 1989, when he was named the first executive vice president of the association. He was also the AABP’s alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1969-1994. Dr. Amstutz served as president of the World Association for Buiatrics from 1972-1984. He was also a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians and a member of the Indiana VMA. Dr. Amstutz served on the editorial board of the AABP’s The Bovine Practitioner and of the Merck Veterinary Manual for several years and was a past editor of Bovine Medicine and Surgery. In 1988, he helped establish the Amstutz Bovine Proficiency Award at Purdue University to benefit veterinary students interested in bovine practice.

Dr. Amstutz was the recipient of the Borden Award in 1978 in recognition of outstanding research contributing to dairy cattle disease control. In 1986, the AABP established the Amstutz-Williams Award in honor of Drs. Amstutz and Eric J. Williams’ long and distinguished service to the association. The honorees were the first recipients of the award that year. Dr. Amstutz was a 1987 recipient of the AABP Distinguished Service Award and received the Sagamore-of-the-Wabash Award from the state of Indiana in 1990. In 1992, he was honored with the AABP Gustav Rosenberger Memorial Award at the World Associ­ation for Buiatrics’ joint meeting with the AABP for achievements in the field of buiatrics.

Dr. Amstutz received the XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize in 1995 for outstanding contributions to the international understanding of veterinary medicine. In 1998, he was honored with the OSU Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society Alumni Recognition Award for his work in bovine medicine, including the study of causes, treatment, and prevention of calf diarrhea, devising and popularizing humane dehorning procedures, and investigating the effects of electric and magnetic fields created by high-voltage lines on domestic animals under field conditions. In 2011, Dr. Amstutz was one of the two charter veterinarians inducted into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. The ongoing AABP Amstutz Scholarship was named in his honor, recognizing his leadership in the area of bovine veterinary practice and his support of future bovine veterinarians.

Dr. Amstutz is survived by his wife, Josephine; three daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 310 W. Fowler Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47906; or Amstutz Scholarship Fund, AABP, P.O. Box 3610, Auburn, AL 36831.

Lowell R. Barnes
Dr. Barnes (OSU ’35), 98, Pendleton, Ind., died April 17, 2013. He worked for the Department of Agriculture prior to retirement in 1973. Dr. Barnes began his federal career in San Juan, Puerto Rico, later working in Illinois and New York. In 1954, he moved to Indiana as veterinarian-in-charge with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. After retiring from the USDA, Dr. Barnes joined the World Health Organization’s Pan American Health Organization in Jamaica as an animal health project leader. He remained in this position for almost four years.

In retirement, Dr. Barnes also served briefly as acting Indiana state veterinarian. A member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, he was a past member of its board of directors. Dr. Barnes’ wife, Maryhelen; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Grandview Church of the Brethren, 9064 W. Grandview Blvd., Pendleton, IN 46064.

Arthur M. Collins
Dr. Collins (ISU ’46), 89, Naperville, Ill., died Feb. 21, 2013. Prior to retirement, he practiced small animal medicine in Illinois. In retirement, Dr. Collins served on the Naperville City Council. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Collins’ wife, Dorothy; a daughter; and three sons survive him.

Sidney S. Grannis
Dr. Grannis (AUB ’61), 77, Cynthiana, Ky., died March 16, 2013. A mixed animal veterinarian, he practiced primarily bovine medicine in Cynthiana. Dr. Grannis also raised cattle. Early in his career, he worked in Hopkinsville and Frankfort, both in Kentucky. Dr. Grannis co-founded the Kentucky Limousin Breeders Association and was a member of the Kentucky VMA. He is survived by his wife, Loretta; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Harrison County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 243, Cynthiana, KY 41031; or Harrison County Humane Society, c/o Dava Rice, 4215 Kentucky Highway 36 E., Cynthiana, KY 41031.

Michelle M. LeBlanc
Dr. LeBlanc (MSU ’77), 58, Gainesville, Fla., died April 13, 2013. A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, she most recently practiced at Rood And Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Early in her career, Dr. LeBlanc was a member of the faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for 22 years. During her tenure, she served as a professor of equine reproduction and directed the university’s equine research program. Known for her contributions toward the advancement of equine reproduction, Dr. LeBlanc conducted extensive research on mare infertility, placental infections, and embryo transfer. She was a past director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, a past president of the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, and a member of the Society for Theriogenology and the Committee for International Symposia on Equine Reproduction.

Dr. LeBlanc received several honors, including the 2000 ACT Theriogenologist of the Year Award and the 2007 Michigan State University Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award. In 2011, the World Equine Veterinary Association honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. LeBlanc received the David E. Bartlett Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theriogenology on behalf of the SFT, ACT, and Theriogenology Foundation in 2013. The Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital recently renamed its reproduction center the LeBlanc Equine Reproduction Center. Dr. LeBlanc was also a past recipient of what was known as the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award, the McDaniels Clinical Research Award for work on oxytocin in infertile mares, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, and the Carry Back Award from the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers.

Dr. LeBlanc is survived by two stepsons. Memorials may be made to the Michelle LeBlanc Scholarship, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, FL 32610; Theriogenology Foundation, P.O. Box 3007, Montgomery, AL 36109; or Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.

John C. Meek
Dr. Meek (COR ’55), 81, Greenwich, N.Y., died April 14, 2013. He owned a mixed animal practice in Greenwich prior to retirement. Dr. Meek also served as the veterinarian at Saratoga Harness Track and Miller’s Livestock Market for several years. His four daughters survive him.

Lingayen L. Nefstead
Dr. Nefstead (MIN ’76), 68, Canby, Minn., died March 27, 2013. He owned Canby Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice, since 1979. Prior to that, Dr. Nefstead was an associate veterinarian in North Dakota at Edgerton and Ellendale, and in Sisseton, S.D. He is survived by his wife, Debra, and two sons.

Robert A. Robinson
Dr. Robinson (SYD ’55), 80, Christ­church, New Zealand, died May 20, 2013. Prior to retirement in 2004, he was associate dean for preclinical affairs at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, Calif.

Following graduation from the University of Sydney, Dr. Robinson earned his master’s in public health and doctorate in veterinary microbiology and epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. For five years, he was in private practice in New Zealand. Dr. Robinson went on to serve as a veterinary diagnostic officer for the New Zealand Department of Agriculture and as branch head for the National Health Institute in Wellington, New Zealand.

In 1976, he joined the veterin­ary faculty of the University of Min­nesota, where he taught for 20 years. During that time, he consulted for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, U.S. Agency for International Development, World Health Organization, and World Bank. From 1997-1999, he was senior veterinary liaison for Tufts University’s USAID Middle East Regional Cooperation Project in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Robin­son then joined Western’s veterinary college as associate dean. His wife, Stella, and two children survive him.

John E. Smith
Dr. Smith (ISU ’54), 88, Wadena, Iowa, died Feb. 9, 2013.