September 15, 2013



AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member


Robert E. Bartlett
Dr. Bartlett (COL ’55), 87, Canyon Lake, Texas, died April 27, 2013. He owned a mobile practice in Canyon Lake for 15 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bartlett owned a ranch practice outside Denver and worked for the Department of Agriculture in Kansas. He was a member of the Comal County VMA and the Masonic Lodge. Dr. Bartlett served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter; and three sons. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 815 Ave. D, Galveston, TX 77550.
Douglas C. Blood
Dr. Blood (SYD ’42), 93, Werribee, Australia, died June 6, 2013. He was founding dean of the University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary Science, past chair of its Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and a professor of clinical veterinary medicine on the faculty prior to retirement in 1985. As dean, Dr. Blood helped establish a teaching hospital, an ambulatory farm clinic, and herd health programs. He also used computers to facilitate the diagnosis of diseases, co-writing programs for the diagnosis of diseases of dairy cattle and dogs and programs for herd health management.

Following graduation from the University of Sydney in 1942, Dr. Blood joined the Australian Army Veterinary Corps as a captain during World War II. In 1945, he was appointed a lecturer in large animal medicine at the University of Sydney. Dr. Blood moved to the University of Guelph in 1957 as a professor of large animal medicine. He returned to Australia in 1962 to assume the positions of founding dean and professor of clinical veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary Science.

Known for his expertise in large animal medicine and herd health, Dr. Blood co-wrote  “Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Pigs, and Goats.” He was a founding fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, a past president of the Victorian Veterinary Association and Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians, and a past member of the council of the Australian Veterinary Association. Dr. Blood served on the veterinary board of the state of Victoria from 1963-1990.

In 1981, he was honored with the Order of the British Empire for outstanding service in veterinary science and was named an honorary associate in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. That same year, Dr. Blood also received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and was recognized with the University of Guelph’s Schofield Medal. In 1983, The AVA awarded him its Gilruth Prize for meritorious service to veterinary science, and he was named chairman of the World Veterinary Congress in Perth, Australia. Dr. Blood received another honorary Doctor of Laws, this time from the University of Guelph, in 1987. In retirement, he co-authored a comprehensive veterinary dictionary.

Dr. Blood is survived by his partner, Shirley; five daughters; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Richard D. Brenner
Dr. Brenner (MSU ’67), 70, St. Johns, Mich., died Jan. 30, 2013. A mixed animal practitioner, he was the co-founder of Ovid-Elsie Animal Clinic in Ovid, Mich. Dr. Brenner was a member of the Michigan VMA. He was also a member of the Ovid Lions Club and was active with the Chief Okemos Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In retirement, Dr. Brenner served as a counselor at the Northwoods Scout Reservation. His wife, Suzanne; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 784 Wilson Road Room G-100, East Lansing, MI 48824; or Friends of the Northwoods, P.O. Box 356, Leslie, MI 49251.

Roy L. Donaldson
Dr. Donaldson (AUB ’54), 90, Carthage, Tenn., died April 23, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Carthage prior to retirement. Early in his career, Dr. Donaldson worked in Gallatin, Tenn. He was an Army veteran of World War II, earning two Bronze Stars. Dr. Donaldson was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Masonic Lodge. His five children; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or Carthage United Methodist Church, 608 Main St. N., Carthage, TN 37030.

Richard A. Hill
Dr. Hill (WSU ’69), 78, Ashland, Ore., died March 22, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Ashland prior to retirement in 2006. Early in his career, Dr. Hill worked in Hillsboro, Ore., for a year. His wife, Joan; two daughters and a son; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials in his name may be sent to Ashland High School Booster Club, P.O. Box 121, Ashland, OR 97520.

Victor E. Humm
Dr. Humm (OSU ’52), 90, Plain City, Ohio, died May 18, 2013. He began his career practicing mostly large animal medicine in Ohio’s Union, Madison, and Franklin counties. Dr. Humm later served as a veterinary supervisor with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and practiced small animal medicine. He retired in 1998. During his career, Dr. Humm also served as veterinarian for the Plain City Fair for 20 years, was track veterinarian at Franklin County Race Track for one season, and was active in veterinary education programs at The Ohio State University. He was a lifetime member of the Ohio VMA and a member of the Ohio Historical Society. Dr. Humm served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by three sons and a daughter; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Dr. Humm’s niece, Dr. Luann Geib-Garner (OSU ’87), is a mixed animal veterinarian in Hamilton, Ohio. Memorials may be made to Kobacker/HomeReach Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214.

Joel D. Locketz
Dr. Locketz (MIN ’69), 70, Minne­tonka, Minn., died May 12, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he founded Animal Medical Clinic in Minneapolis in 1970. Dr. Locketz volunteered with several animal-related organizations, including Can Do Canines, and was a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. His wife, Sheila; two daughters; and two sons survive him.

Thomas R. Nero
Dr. Nero (FBV ’84), 57, Danbury, Conn., died April 4, 2013. A graduate of the Francisco Balagtas Veterinary College in the Philippines, Dr. Nero owned Cat Clinic Feline Health Center in Danbury since 1993. Earlier in his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine at Bethel Veterinary Hospital in Bethel, Conn. Dr. Nero was a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and Connecticut VMA. His wife, Betty, survives him.

Elaine J. Ness
Dr. Ness (MIN ’98), 47, Marshfield, Wis., died April 18, 2013. She most recently practiced small animal medicine at Wildwood Animal Hospital and Clinic in Marshfield. Earlier in her career, Dr. Ness practiced large animal medicine in south central-Wisconsin.

Donald O. Olson
Dr. Olson (WSU ’65), 76, New Westminster, British Columbia, died Feb. 28, 2013. From 1984 until retirement in 2001, he worked for Agriculture Canada. During that time, Dr. Olson served as regulatory veterinarian at the Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver. Following graduation, he moved to Canada, where he began his career at the Kamloops Veterinary Clinic in Kamloops, British Columbia. In 1968, Dr. Olson bought the practice, eventually expanding it to five locations. He taught at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975 while on a sabbatical and was honored as Instructor of the Year.

A past president of the British Columbia VMA and the British Columbia High School Rodeo Association, Dr. Olson was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Canadian VMA. In 1979, he served as chair of the Canadian VMA Large Animal Practice Committee. Dr. Olson was also a member of the Rotary Club of New Westminster. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; three children; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

John C. Smith
Dr. Smith (KSU ’88), 57, Honolulu, died April 30, 2013. A colonel in the Army Veterinary Corps, he was deputy commander for veterinary services of the Public Health Command Region-Pacific at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. During his military service, which began following graduation, Dr. Smith served in various capacities worldwide, including assignments in Honduras, Germany, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. He received the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and U.S. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. Dr. Smith was also honored with the National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Expert Field Medical Badge, The Order of Military Medical Merit.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he was a member of the American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians, American Association of Public Health Veterinarians, and Kansas VMA. Dr. Smith was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. His wife, Tatianna Levasheva; a son; two stepsons and a stepdaughter; and three step-grandchildren survive him.

Memorials toward a scholarship in Dr. Smith’s name at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine may be sent to Timmons Funeral Home, P.O. Box 168, Fredonia, KS 66736.

Leslie E. Smith Jr.
Dr. Smith (GUZ ’80), 59, Edison, N.J., died May 17, 2013. A graduate of the University of Guadalajara, he was a partner at St. George’s Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Woodbridge, N.J., for 30 years. Dr. Smith’s wife, Sylvia, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Best Friends, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741.

William J. Young
Dr. Young (MSU ’62), 74, Fremont, Calif., died April 20, 2013. He was a small animal practitioner.



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