December 01, 2013

 

 Obituaries

Posted Nov. 20, 2013

 

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Charles A. Banker
Dr. Banker (TEX ’49), 87, Chappell Hill, Texas, died Aug. 31, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine at Fort Bend Veterinary Clinic in Rosenberg, Texas, for 27 years. Dr. Banker was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Texas VMA. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean; a son; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Animal Friends of Washington County, 3901 Highway 36 N., Brenham, TX 77833; First United Methodist Church, 408 N. Baylor St., Brenham, TX 77833; or Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E. Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX 77833.


John H. Barton
Dr. Barton (OKL ’59), 79, Waxhaw, N.C., died Aug. 14, 2013. He owned Archdale Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Charlotte, N.C., prior to retirement in 1994. Dr. Barton also helped establish the first emergency veterinary clinic in Charlotte. Earlier in his career, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps; worked in a mixed animal practice in Charlotte; and co-founded Barton-Francis Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Charlotte.

His wife, Freda; three children; and seven grandchildren survive him. Dr. Barton’s son-in-law, Dr. Barry T. George (NCU ’90), owns Archdale Animal Hospital. His grandson, Matthew T. George, is a third-year veterinary student at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Memorials may be made to Levine and Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 1420 E. 7th. St., Charlotte, NC 20204.

 
Dorothy E. Bradley-Smallridge
Dr. Bradley-Smallridge (COR ’43), 91, Irondequoit, N.Y., died July 7, 2013. She owned a small animal practice in Irondequoit until the mid-1970s. Dr. Bradley-Smallridge is survived by three children and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620; or Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620. 
 

Cynthia L. Brough
Dr. Brough (ISU ’88), 58, Carlisle, Pa., died Aug. 7, 2013. A mixed animal veterinarian, she was a partner at Kindred Spirit Veterinary Hospital in Carlisle since 1997. Earlier in her career, Dr. Brough practiced in central Pennsylvania and taught veterinary technology classes at Wilson College
in Chambersburg, Pa.
 

Andrew A. Catey
Dr. Catey (MSU ’84), 58, Angola, Ind., died July 6, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at All Paws and Claws Veterinary Clinic in Angola. Dr. Catey was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Dee; a daughter; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Steuben County Humane Society, P.O. Box 204, Angola, IN 46703; Presbyterian Chapel of the Lakes, 2955 W. Orland Road, Angola, IN 46703; or American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
 

Donna M. Eubanks
Dr. Eubanks (COL ’98), 58, West Jordan, Utah, died April 2, 2013. She is survived by two sons.

 
Joe T. Fergus
Dr. Fergus (OSU ’63), 74, Lewisburg, Ohio, died Aug. 6, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he co-owned Gettysburg Animal Clinic in Gettysburg, Ohio; Clayton Animal Hospital in Clayton, Ohio; and North Main Animal Clinic in Dayton, Ohio, prior to retirement in 2005. In retirement, Dr. Fergus was a relief veterinarian and volunteered at the local humane society. Early in his career, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Fergus was a member of the Ohio VMA. His wife, Judith; a son and a daughter; and four granddaughters survive him.

 

Robert Harben
Dr. Harben (TEX ’64), 79, Amarillo, Texas, died April 6, 2013. He owned River Road Veterinary Clinic in Amarillo prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Harben owned a practice in Dumas, Texas; worked in Albuquerque, N.M.; and was a racetrack veterinarian in Ruidoso, N.M. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Harben is survived by his wife, Frances; a son and a daughter; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Elroy C. Jensen
Dr. Jensen (MSU ’51), 90, Gilbert, Iowa, died Aug. 4, 2013. He owned Jensen’s Small Animal Clinic in Ames, Iowa, from 1967 until retirement in 1989. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jensen taught at Iowa State University for 16 years. He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Jensen is survived by a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

 


Floyd M. Jones
Dr. Jones (TEX ’59), 84, Bryan, Texas, died Aug. 13, 2013. He began his career practicing mixed animal medicine in Texas’ Burleson and Brazos counties for 10 years. Then, on a Rockefeller Foundation grant, Dr. Jones traveled to Colombia, where he studied and conducted research. After obtaining his master’s degree in tropical animal diseases from Texas A&M University in 1972, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his career with the USDA, Dr. Jones worked in meat inspection, served as a field epidemiologist, was a supervisory veterinary medical officer, and served as a veterinary attaché in Central and South America. He retired from government service in 1989.
 
Dr. Jones served as the Latin American representative for the Christian Veterinary Mission and was a trustee for the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. A veteran of the Army, he served as a captain in the Army Reserves and was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Jones is survived by a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, TX 77802; Christian Veterinary Museum, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133; Central Baptist Church, 1991 FM 158 Road, College Station, TX 77845; or American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340.

 


Douglas S. Kramer
Dr. Kramer (GLA ’07), 36, Granada Hills, Calif., died Aug. 22, 2013. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, he owned a mobile practice in the Los Angeles area, focusing exclusively on pain management and palliative and hospice care.
 
Dr. Kramer was also the founder of Vet Guru Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., a company that developed pet products based on herbal and holistic formulations.
 
Early in his career, he practiced small animal medicine in California. Dr. Kramer was active in the efforts to advocate for marijuana’s potential as a therapeutic drug in veterinary medicine.  He was a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, California VMA, and Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association. Memorials may be made to Fighting Cancer Foundation, 8424 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite A297, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
 

Donald W. Liechty
Dr. Liechty (PUR ’74), 62, Wood Dale, Ill., died Aug. 4, 2013. An equine practitioner, he owned Liechty Veterinary LLC and took care of the horses at Arlington International  Racecourse. During his career, Dr. Liechty also practiced in North Carolina and Bennington, Vt. He served on the board of directors of Galloping Out Thoroughbred Rescue Fund.
 
Dr. Liechty’s daughter, son, and two granddaughters survive him.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604; Galloping Out Thoroughbred Rescue Fund, 7301 W. 25th St., Suite 321, North Riverside, IL 60546; or World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St. N.W., P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090.

 


Roderick G. MacKintosh
Dr. MacKintosh (WSU ’43), 93, Yakima, Wash., died Aug. 17, 2013. He owned MacKintosh Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Yakima, until 1980. Thereafter, Dr. MacKintosh established a spay/neuter clinic in Richland, Wash., where he practiced until retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Washington State VMA and a past president of the Yakima Rotary Club. Dr. MacKintosh is survived by his wife, Frances; a daughter and a son; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

 


Thomas W. Matthews
Dr. Matthews (TEX ’51), 90, Luling, Texas, died July 15, 2013. He practiced in Luling for several years. Dr. Matthews was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and a member of the American Legion. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals, and a Purple Heart for his military service.
Active in civic life, Dr. Matthews was a member of the Luling Kiwanis Club and South East Caldwell County Volunteer Fire Department. His three daughters, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive him.

 


John P. Miller
Dr. Miller (OSU ’61), 83, Shelbyville, Ky., died Aug. 25, 2013. He owned Miller’s Animal Clinic in Charleston, W.Va., for 35 years prior to retirement. Dr. Miller’s wife, Judith; a daughter and a son; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a step–great-grandchild survive him.
 

Robert A. Montgomery Jr.
Dr. Robert Montgomery (OSU ’75), 68, New Philadelphia, Ohio, died Aug. 28, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he was a partner at Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in New Philadelphia and Bolivar, Ohio. A past president of the Ohio VMA, Dr. Montgomery was Ohio’s delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1997-2006. In 2005, he served on the advisory board that helped establish the veterinary technology program at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia. 
 
Dr. Montgomery served as a captain in the Coast Guard in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a daughter; a son; and two grandchildren.

 


Robert D. Moore
Dr. Moore (COL ’63), 74, Fountain, Colo., died July 28, 2013. In the 1970s, he established a racetrack veterinary practice, working in several states, including Minnesota, New Mexico, and Colorado.  
 
Dr. Moore also raised and raced American Quarter Horses.Earlier in his career, he established a mixed animal practice in Las Animas, Colo., and Southmoor Veterinary Clinic in Fountain. He was a past president of the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association and a lifetime member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Moore was also a member of the Elks. 
 
His wife, Lorene; two children; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren survive him. Dr. Moore’s brother-in-law, Dr. Craton R. Burkholder (COL ’64), is a veterinarian in Aspen, Colo. Memorials (with the notation EOR/Moore Memorial) may be made to Colorado State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522.

 


Michael D. O’Cain
Dr. O’Cain (GA ’78), 61, Orangeburg, S.C., died May 17, 2013. Prior to retirement in 2000, he owned a small animal practice in Orangeburg.

 


Michael A. Place
Dr. Place (MSU ’63), 75, Frisco, Texas, died Aug. 30, 2013. From 1970 until retirement in 1998, he owned a small and exotic animal practice in Port Huron, Mich. Prior to that, Dr. Place practiced small animal medicine in the Detroit area.
 
Early in his career, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. 
 
Dr. Place was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and Michigan and Southern Michigan VMAs. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity and was a past vice president of Michigan Big Brothers and Big Sisters. 
 
Dr. Place is survived by his wife, Gloria; a daughter and a son; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, www.humanesociety.org; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, https://donate.cancer.org/index.

 


Donald D. Reeser
Dr. Reeser (OSU ’49), 87, Kernersville, N.C., died Sept. 29, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced for almost 35 years in Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh, Allison Park, and Bakerstown. 
 
Dr. Reeser was a past chairman of the Pennsylvania VMA Continuing Education Committee and served four years on the Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine. In 1973, he was named Pennsylvania Veterinarian of the Year. 


Dr. Reeser’s wife, Nancy; two daughters and a son; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston Salem, NC 27103.

 


William E. Ryan III
Dr. Ryan (OKL ’51), 86, Fort Dodge, Iowa, died Aug. 12, 2013. He began his career practicing in Midland, Texas, and in Oklahoma at Boise City and Duncan. Dr. Ryan then worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service as a technical supervisor. In 1961, he joined Fort Dodge Laboratories as a sales promotion manager, eventually becoming director of advertising and communications. After Dr. Ryan retired from Fort Dodge Laboratories in 1995, he worked for Dodgen Industries in Humboldt, Iowa, for five years.
  
A co-founder and a past president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society, he was also a past president of the American Veterinary Exhibitors Association and a former member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Public Relations Committee. Dr. Ryan co-founded and served as first president of the Iowa Paint Horse Association and served on the board of directors of the American Paint Horse Association. A member
of the Iowa VMA, he was a past recipient of its Meritorious Service and Veterinarian of the Year awards.
 
Active in civic life, Dr. Ryan served on the board of directors of the Tri-County Tourism Commission and the Greater Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Lions and Rotary clubs. In 1977, he was given a leadership award by Iowa governor Robert D. Ray for his efforts toward Fort Dodge’s community development program. An Army veteran, Dr. Ryan is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons and two daughters; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

 


Robert K. Shideler
Dr. Shideler (COL ’48), 89, Batesville, Miss., died Sept. 4, 2013. He began his career as a large animal practitioner in Danville, Ill. In 1960, Dr. Shideler moved to Sardis, Miss., where he established a mixed animal practice. He joined the veterinary faculty of Colorado State University in 1974, working in equine reproduction. Dr. Shideler retired from the university at the age of 75.
 
A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and Mississippi VMA and a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. In 1972, he was named Mississippi Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Shideler was a director of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and chaired its Scholarship Trust. He was also a past president of the Roundup Riders of the Rockies. Dr. Shideler served in the Navy during World War II.

His two sons and three daughters; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren survive him. One son, Dr. Steven K. Shideler (AUB ’75), is a mixed animal practitioner in Sardis, Miss. Memorials may be made to the Robert K. Shideler Endowed Scholarship Fund in Equine Sciences, Colorado State University, 410 University Services Center, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

 


A. Louis Shor
Dr. Shor (COR ’53), 89, Voorhees, N.J., died Aug. 7, 2013. He worked for what is now known as GlaxoSmithKline from 1980 until retirement in 1990, first as manager of clinical development, and, later, as manager of regulatory affairs and manufacturing quality assurance.
 

He began his career practicing mostly large animal medicine in New York City, then worked for Lederle Laboratories in Missouri, Colorado, and New York.  

In the late 1950s, Dr. Shor joined American Cynamid Company’s agricultural division in Princeton, N.J. At American Cynamid, he served as manager of the clinical development laboratory, then as manager of the poultry program and veterinary research projects. In retirement, Dr. Shor was a veterinary consultant.
 
A past president of what is now the American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians, he was a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and represented the AAAP on the former AVMA Drug Availability Advisory Committee for several terms. Dr. Shor was a member of the American Society of Animal Science, Poultry Science Association, and Dairy Science Association. In 1988, he was named Industrial Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Shor served in the Army during World War II.

 


John M. Stark
Stark (MIS ’15), 27, Starkville, Miss., died April 20, 2013. He was a member of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student chapter of the AVMA. Memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 154, Newport, AR 72112.
 

Franklin K. Wills
Dr. Wills (UP ’50), 87, Canmer, Ky., died April 14, 2013. A poultry pathologist, he was manager of international technical services at Sterwin Laboratories in Millsboro, Del., prior to retirement in 1990. Dr. Wills began as an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, where he also earned his doctorate in veterinary pathology. He then served as an assistant to the director of the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Laboratory in Salisbury, conducting poultry disease research and developing vaccines for emerging diseases.
 
Dr. Wills went on to head the Veterinary Science Department at the University of Maryland before joining Sterwin Laboratories as associate director. He was a member of the Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases and American Association of Avian Pathologists. 
 
Dr. Wills is survived by his wife, Carol; a son and two daughters; two stepdaughters; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Rockawalkin United Methodist Church, 6777 Rockawalkin Road, Hebron, MD 21830.