March 15, 2014



​Posted Feb. 27, 2014

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Rayford B. Albritton
Dr. Albritton (GA ’58), 83, Fayetteville, Ga., died Aug. 8, 2013. He worked for the Department of Agriculture, retiring as deputy director in charge of meat and poultry inspection in the Southeast. Dr. Albritton was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two daughters and a son; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090; or Hospice Advantage, 101 Yorktown Drive #223, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

Mark Berens
Dr. Berens (COR ’87), 67, Pelham, Mass., died Dec. 1, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Dr. Berens’ Animal Hospital in Northampton, Mass., prior to retirement. Dr. Berens served with the Peace Corps in Ecuador in the 1960s. His wife, Leslie Nyman, survives him.

David C. Berglund
Dr. Berglund (OSU ’49), 88, Anguilla, West Indies, died Dec. 26, 2013. He owned a home-based mixed animal practice in Anguilla from 1972 until the mid-2000s. Following graduation, Dr. Berglund served as a captain in the Army, working as a post veterinarian and food inspector. In 1957, he established Hill-Chester Hospital for Animals, a small animal practice in Hillside, Ill. Dr. Berglund was active with the Anguilla Rotary Club and was a founding member of the Anguilla Freemasons Association.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two sons and a daughter; a stepson; and five grandchildren. Dr. Berglund’s brother, Dr. Nevin E. Berglund (OSU ’52), is a small animal veterinarian in Wilmette, Ill.

James D. Carroll
Dr. Carroll (TEX ’52), 89, Corsicana, Texas, died Nov. 24, 2013. Following graduation, he practiced large animal medicine in Corsicana, where two years later he co-founded Carroll and Harper Animal Hospital. In 1957, Dr. Carroll’s brother, Dr. Ray D. Carroll (TEX ’57), joined the practice. Dr. James Carroll retired in 2008 after serving Texas’ Navarro County and surrounding areas for 56 years. During that time, he identified neonatal isoerythrolysis in calves and determined the cause. As an auction barn veterinarian for more than 50 years, he initiated aging and pregnancy testing of cattle at the sale barn.
Dr. Carroll served in the Army during World War II. He is survived by three daughters and a grandson. Memorials may be made to the Dr. J.D. Carroll Youth Exposition Award, Community National Bank and Trust, 321 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or Family First Hospice, 109 S.W. Main St., Ennis, TX 75119.

Everard L. Cooper
Dr. Cooper (ONT ’52), 87, Chester­ville, Maine, died Nov. 30, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Chesterville. Dr. Cooper began his career working for the Ontario Racing Commission. He then practiced in Kamloops, British Columbia, and Farmington, Maine, before establishing a mixed animal practice in Livermore Falls, Maine. Dr. Cooper eventually moved that practice to Turner, Maine. He was a member of the Maine VMA.
Dr. Cooper is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons and two daughters; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Ernest R. Griner
Dr. Griner (GA ’50), 85, Atlanta, died Aug. 26, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he owned Atlanta Pet Hospital. Dr. Griner’s three children, a grandchild, and three step-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive S.W., Atlanta, GA 30305.

Patrick M. Hourigan
Dr. Hourigan (IL ’84), 57, Williams Bay, Wis., died Dec. 7, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he was the founder of Richmond Veterinary Clinic in Richmond, Ill. Dr. Hourigan donated his services to Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. He was a member of the Williams Bay Lions Club. Dr. Hourigan is survived by his wife, Donna; a daughter; and two sons. Memorials may be made to Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital, W4632 Palmer Road, Lake Geneva, WI 53147,

Gene R. Kind
Dr. Kind (MIN ’55), 82, St. Peter, Minn., died Dec. 15, 2013. He owned Kind Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in St. Peter, prior to retirement in 1998. Dr. Kind was a past president of the Minnesota VMA. He was active with the Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, and Meals on Wheels. Dr. Kind’s wife, Naomi; two sons and a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Blue Earth–Nicollet County Humane Society, 1250 N. River Drive, Mankato, MN 56001; or University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Robert W. Klindt
Dr. Klindt (ISU ’59), 79, Montfort, Wis., died Jan. 9, 2014. He was a partner and co-owner of Montfort Veterinary Service, where he practiced primarily large animal medicine from 1963 until retirement in 1995. Dr. Klindt began his career with the Army Veterinary Corps as officer in charge of the Veterinary Food Inspection Detachment. He joined Montfort Veterinary Service in 1961. Dr. Klindt was a past president of the Southwest Wisconsin VMA and a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and Wisconsin VMA. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Montfort Village Board and Ruritan International and was active with Little League, Boys Scouts, and 4-H Club. Dr. Klindt’s son, three daughters, and eight grandchildren survive him. He is also survived by his companion, Donna Petersen. Memorials may be made to the Robert and Martha Klindt Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Julie Anderson, 751 N. 57th Ave., Omaha, NE 68132.

Stewart McConnell
Dr. McConnell (TEX ’50), 90, College Station, Texas, died Dec. 4, 2013. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he was professor emeritus at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences since 1985. Following graduation, Dr. McConnell practiced briefly in Las Vegas before joining the Army Veterinary Corps. During his military service, he worked at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.; served as an adviser to the Bolivian government in La Paz, where he helped establish vaccine production capabilities and assisted in the identification and control of an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever; and conducted research on vaccine development and prevention of animal diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. In 1965, Dr. McConnell received an Army Commendation Medal for his work in Bolivia. He retired from the veterinary corps as lieutenant colonel in 1968 and joined the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology at TAMU.
Dr. McConnell was a member of the United States Animal Health Association. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and received a Purple Heart. Dr. McConnell is survived by his wife, Willie; a son and two daughters; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the 95th Bomb Group Memorials Foundation, c/o Nancy Freemantle, Treasurer, P.O. Box 6154, Eureka, CA 95502.