November 15, 2013

 

 Obituaries


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William P. Cadwallader Jr.
Dr. Cadwallader (COR ’62), 75, Homer, N.Y., died July 5, 2013. Retired since 2005,  he was the former owner of Homer Animal Clinic and Tully Animal Clinic in Tully, N.Y., initially practicing mixed animal medicine, and, later, focusing on small animals. Dr. Cadwallader was a member of the New York State VMS and American Animal Hospital Association, served as an adviser to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and was part of a disaster relief team that traveled to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

In 1965, Dr. Cadwallader served with the American Friends Service Committee in central Mexico, assisting with animal health and human nutrition. Active with the Rotary Club, he was a past president of the Cortland Rotary Club, served as a district governor, was a past international director, and served as national coordinator for Rotary PolioPlus in the Northeast from 1988-2002.

Dr. Cadwallader’s wife, Jean; two daughters and a son; and nine grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Homer Congregational Church Global Connectors Fund, P.O. Box 221, Homer, NY 13077; Cortland Rotary Club, P.O. Box 5248, Cortland, NY 13045; Caring Community Hospice of Cortland, 11 Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045; or Cortland Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 783, Cortland, NY 13045.

Gus Cholas
Dr. Cholas (COL ’52), 89, Fort Collins, Colo., died May 1, 2013. He served as an associate professor at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital before entering seminary school in Oconomowoc, Wis. After ordination, Dr. Cholas became the associate rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Collins. He was a veteran of the Navy. Dr. Cholas is survived by three sons and a daughter, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Henry C. Dismukes
Dr. Dismukes (TEX ’56), 90, Luling, Texas, died July 22, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Baytown, Texas, prior to retirement. During retirement, Dr. Dismukes did relief work in the Austin area of Texas. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Baytown Rotary Club; served on the board of directors of Chinquapin Preparatory School in Highlands, Texas; and was a past chair of the board of regents of Lee College. He served in the Air Force during World War II. Dr. Dismukes is survived by his wife, Francine; a son; and a grandchild.

David S. Edwards Jr.
Dr. Edwards (KSU ’53), 88, Union Bridge, Md., died June 20, 2013. During his 57-year career, he owned mixed animal practices in Union Bridge and Taneytown, Md. Dr. Edwards served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was later commissioned into the Air Force Reserve as a 2nd lieutenant. He received an Air Medal with three bronze clusters and the European-African-Middle Eastern Medal.
 
Dr. Edwards was a member of the Carroll County Farm Bureau, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. His daughter and two sons, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Taneytown Baptist Church, 4150 Sells Mill Road, Taneytown, MD 21787.

Mark I. Elwell
Dr. Elwell (OKL ’82), 56, Yukon, Okla., died July 15, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine at West Yukon Animal Hospital. Dr. Elwell is survived by his wife, Denice, and two sons. Memorials may be made to Pets and People, 701 Inla Ave., Yukon, OK 73099; or Oklahoma State University Foundation for the Companion Animal Fund, Fund #2884200, c/o Sharon Worrell, 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078.

Gary W. Fisher
Dr. Fisher (ISU ’63), 77, Winterset, Iowa, died July 10, 2013. His three children and seven grandchildren survive him.

Christopher W. Galbreath
Dr. Galbreath (PUR ’96), 52, New Whiteland, Ind., died Aug. 11, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he worked at Bean Blossom Animal Clinic in Nashville, Ind. Dr. Galbreath was a veteran of the Coast Guard. His wife, Dawn; a son; and two stepdaughters survive him. Memorials toward an education fund for his son may be made to Edward Jones Investments (memo line notated to Joshua Galbreath), 502 Main St., Beech Grove, IN 46107.

Robert L. Gay
Dr. Gay (OSU ’64), 79, Greenville, Wis., died April 28, 2013. In 1968, he established a practice in Caldwell, Ohio. Dr. Gay later worked in Birnamwood, Wis., and at Heritage Animal Hospital in Hortonville, Wis., and Great Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Neenah, Wis. He most recently practiced equine medicine at Equine Health Management in Greenville, Wis. Early in his career, Dr. Gay taught at West Virginia University and traveled to Uganda, where he worked at the Arapia Agricultural College. He was an Army veteran. Dr. Gay’s two sons and eight grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Cherry Meadows Hospice, 2600 S. Heritage Woods Drive, Appleton, WI 54915; or Outagamie County 4-H, 3365 W. Brewster St., Appleton, WI 54914.

Kenneth C. Herbst Sr.
Dr. Herbst (TEX ’63), 74, Boerne, Texas, died July 10, 2013. He owned a mixed animal practice in Boerne for more than 45 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Herbst practiced in San Antonio at City Vet Hospital and Alamo Dog and Cat Hospital. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Herbst is survived by two sons and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hill Country Animal League, 924 N. Main St., Boerne, TX 78006.

Harry W. Kunkle
Dr. Kunkle (ISU ’52), 92, Altoona, Iowa, died July 2, 2013. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Iowa at Algona and Des Moines from 1963 until retirement in the early 1970s. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kunkle practiced mixed animal medicine in Stratford, Iowa. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and attained the rank of 1st lieutenant in the Marine Reserve. Dr. Kunkle is survived by a daughter and three sons, and eight grandchildren.

Karyn L. McCulloch
Dr. McCulloch (CAL ’94), 44, Acampo, Calif., died June 16, 2013. She practiced small animal medicine in Lodi, Calif., for the past decade. Dr. McCulloch also served as on-call veterinarian for the Western Agility Group events facility in Elk Grove, Calif. Earlier in her career, Dr. McCulloch practiced in California at Davis, Santa Barbara, and Elk Grove. She was a member of the California VMA. Memorials may be made to the Karyn McCulloch Memorial, c/o WAG, P.O. Box 581328, Elk Grove, CA 95758.

Donald R. Nicholson
Dr. Nicholson (KSU ’53), 85, Hutchinson, Kan., died July 24, 2013. His work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Kansas included serving as a district veterinary medical officer and an animal disease diagnostician. He also invented a cattle dehorner and established Hurricane Dehorner Company. Early in his career, Dr. Nicholson owned a dairy practice in Wisconsin. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Nicholson’s wife, Wanda; three children and four stepchildren; nine grandchildren and 13 step grandchildren; and six step great-grand­children survive him.

Amanda D. Noble
Dr. Noble (TEX ’97), 40, Houston, died Sept. 19, 2013. She most recently practiced small animal medicine at Lake Olympia Animal Hospital in Missouri City, Texas, and handled emergency care at Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists in Sugarland, Texas.
Dr. Noble’s husband, David, survives her. Memorials in her name may be made to Sharpstown Baptist Church, 7000 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77074; or Last Chance Forever Inc., 311 E. North Loop Road, San Antonio, TX 78216.

Theodore H. Reed
Dr. Reed (KSU ’45), 90, Milford, Del., died July 2, 2013. He was director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., from 1958-1983, retiring as zoo director emeritus.

As director, Dr. Reed modernized the park’s buildings, expanded its role in breeding and research, and helped establish the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. He was also instrumental in setting up and developing Friends of the National Zoo, a group that supports and serves as advocate for the zoo. During Dr. Reed’s directorship, the national zoo acquired the popular giant pandas Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling from China.

Earlier in his career, he worked as an assistant state veterinarian in Oregon, practiced in Portland, and served as veterinarian at the Portland Zoo.

Dr. Reed was a founding member of the Portland Zoological Society, a member of the District of Columbia VMA, and a past secretary of what is now known as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In 1962, he received an Arthur S. Flemming Award for his work as acting director and director of the National Zoological Park. Dr. Reed is survived by his wife, Sandra Foote; a son and a daughter; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

H.J. Ruebke
Dr. Ruebke (ISU ’43), 92, Ada, Minn., died July 9, 2013. He was a district veterinarian for the state of Minnesota from 1962 until retirement in 1993. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ruebke practiced mixed animal medicine in Wadena, Minn.; taught at Iowa State University and Texas A&M University; and owned a practice in Ada.
 
He was a member of the Minnesota Livestock Sanitary Board. Dr. Ruebke was a veteran of the Army and a member of the American Legion. Active in civic life, he served on the Ada School Board of Education and was a lifetime member of the 4-H Club and the National FFA Organization. His daughter and son, and four grandchildren survive him.

Irving D. Sackett
Dr. Sackett (UP ’48), 87, Springfield, Va., died July 17, 2013. He worked for the Department of Commerce for 23 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Sackett served in the Army for 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife, Yong Hui; a daughter; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Easter Seals, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606.

Russell L. Schnepper
Dr. Schnepper (IL ’59), 81, Platteville, Wis., died May 29, 2013. He practiced primarily large animal medicine in Wisconsin’s Grant County for 54 years. During that time, Dr. Schnepper owned Lancaster Veterinary Clinic in Lancaster and served as president of Schnepper International in Platteville. Dr. Schnepper was a member of the Wisconsin VMA and was a past treasurer of the Southwestern Wisconsin VMA. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Dr. Schnepper was a member of the Jaycees. His wife, Joan; four sons and eight daughters; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survive him.

Blair A. Stevens
Dr. Stevens (WSU ’38), 97, Sunnyside, Wash., died June 17, 2013. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an inspector prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Stevens owned a practice in The Dalles, Ore.; served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in Alaska; and was a partner in a practice in Sunnyside. Dr. Stevens continued to serve in the Army Reserve until he retired as a lieutenant colonel.
 
He was a member of the Washington State VMA, Lions Club, Elks Club, and American Legion. Dr. Stevens is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 327 E. Edison Avenue, Sunnyside, WA 98944.

Harrison J. Wilcox Jr.
Dr. Wilcox (COR ’45), 92, Binghamton, N.Y., died July 13, 2013. During his more than 40-year career, he worked in Vermont and in New York state at Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, and Binghamton, initially practicing mixed animal medicine, and, later, focusing on small animals. Dr. Wilcox was a member of the New York State VMS. He served as a major in the Army Veterinary Corps Reserve. Dr. Wilcox’s wife, Nancy; a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Box 39, Shurman Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; or Alzheimers Association, 401 Hayes Ave., Endicott, NY 13760.
 

 

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