April 01, 2014



​Posted Mar. 19, 2014 

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
William J. Carson

Dr. Carson (OKL ’55), 82, Miami, died Sept. 3, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Bild Animal Hospital in Miami. Early in his career, Dr. Carson served in the Air Force and worked for the Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md. He was a member of the South Florida VMA for more than 50 years. 

Dr. Carson is survived by his wife, Katherine; a son and a daughter; and five grandchildren. 
Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312; or Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Stillwater, OK 74078.
Robert L. Clifford Jr.

Dr. Clifford (TEX ’49), 92, DeBerry, Texas, died Dec. 17, 2013. From 1976 until retirement in the late 1990s, he consulted for the poultry industry. Dr. Clifford began his career at Lufkin Veterinary Clinic in Lufkin, Texas. 

From 1950-1955, he worked at Mexia Animal Hospital in Mexia, Texas. Dr. Clifford subsequently joined the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, working as a poultry pathologist until 1973. He then served as  executive vice president of Rite Care Poultry Corporation until 1976.

In 1991, Dr. Clifford received the Golden Feather Award from the Texas Poultry Federation for his contributions to the poultry industry in Texas. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Dr. Clifford’s son and daughter, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Heart’s Way Hospice, 437 W. Panola St., Carthage, TX 75633; or Mount Zion United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 274, Panola, TX 75685.
Ted X. Cox

Dr. Cox (ISU ’54), 83, Bella Vista, Ark., died Nov. 2, 2013. He practiced large animal medicine in Armour, S.D., for more than 40 years. Dr. Cox was a past president of the South Dakota VMA. He is survived by his wife, Pat; two daughters; three stepsons; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Robert H. Elrod Jr.

Dr. Elrod (OSU ’59), 84, Toledo, Ohio, died Oct. 6, 2013. Following graduation, he established a mixed animal practice in Toledo, focusing on small animals in later years. Dr. Elrod also raised and showed American Saddlebred horses. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Dr. Elrod was a founding member of the Reynolds Corner Rotary Club. His two sons and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Reynolds Corner Rotary Club, 915 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615.

Andrew F. Giambroni

Dr. Giambroni (COL ’50), 90, Red Bluff, Calif., died Nov. 4, 2013. Following graduation, he co-established a large animal practice in Red Bluff with his brother, Dr. Joseph Giambroni (now deceased). In later years, Dr. Andrew Giambroni worked in pharmaceutical sales and founded a pharmaceutical business in Red Bluff. He also ranched and wrote the books “Dr. Joe and the Animals” and “Odor of War.” 

Dr. Giambroni served on the Tehama County Fair Board and was a member of the California and Tehama County Cattlemen’s associations, Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma County Trailblazers, and Red Bluff Elk’s Lodge.

An Army veteran of World War II, he received several honors, including the Combat Infantry Badge, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, three Battle Stars, and the Purple Heart. Dr. Giambroni also received the Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal from the French government for his service during the Battle of the Bulge.

His wife, Beverly, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Veterans of Corning, 1620 Solano St., Corning, CA 96021; or Calvary Chapel Red Bluff, 12375 Paskenta Road, Red Bluff, CA 96080.
G. Warren Henrikson

Dr. Henrikson (KSU ’72), 64, Emporia, Kan., died Oct. 16, 2013. Following graduation, he served in the Air Force for two years. Dr. Henrikson then joined his late father, Dr. Merle L. Henrikson (KSU ’39), and his brother, Dr. Duane Henrikson (KSU ’67), at Emporia Veterinary Hospital, where he practiced mixed animal medicine. He helped establish Emporia Friends of the Zoo and served as its founding president. Dr. Henrikson was a member of the Kansas VMA and the Kiwanis. 

His two sons, a daughter, and three grandchildren survive him. Dr. Henrikson’s late uncle, Dr. Keith D. Henrikson (KSU ’43), was a mixed animal veterinarian in Bolivar, Mo. Other veterinarians in the family are his nephew Dr. Todd D. Henrikson (KSU ‘98), a veterinary radiologist in Emporia, and his niece, Dr. Sarah L. Dugan (KSU ‘03), who practices small animal medicine in Wichita, Kan.

Memorials toward Emporia Friends of the Zoo or First United Methodist Church may be made c/o Charter Funeral Home, 501 W. 6th St., Emporia, KS 66801.
James L. Henschen

Dr. Henschen (OSU ’63), 74, Westerville, Ohio, died Sept. 18, 2013. An equine veterinarian, he owned Countryside Veterinary Center in Sunbury, Ohio, for 50 years. Dr. Henschen was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, Ohio VMA, and American Morgan Horse Association. He was also a charter member of the Sunbury-Galena Rotary Club. Dr. Henschen’s wife, Jean; two daughters; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Account #302404, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.

Dennis B. McAfee

Dr. McAfee (COL ’72), 72, Westmin­ster, Colo., died Aug. 28, 2013. In 1979, he established Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Thornton, Colo., where he practiced until retirement in 2010. Earlier in his career, Dr. McAfee worked at Northglenn Veterinary Hospital in Northglenn, Colo. He was a member of the Colorado VMA. 

Dr. McAfee’s wife, Susan; three daughters; and five grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to CSU Foundation for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Fund 48103, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522.
Christen E. Merte

Dr. Merte (MSU ’13), 32, Stockbridge, Mich., died Aug. 14, 2013. She worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Emory University, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in various aspects of wildlife disease management. Dr. Merte was a member of the Wildlife Disease Association. Her fiance, Martin Cheatham, survives her. Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, or Fighting Against Sarcoma Together.

Howard L. Newkirk

Dr. Newkirk (KSU ‘52), 90, Overland Park, Kan., died Sept. 17, 2013. A past president of what is now the American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians, he worked for the Bayer Corp. prior to retirement in 1986. Following graduation, he practiced small animal medicine in Stafford, Kan., and Rock Island, Ill. In 1958, he established a practice in Olathe, Kan. Dr. Newkirk later worked for the Department of Agriculture, conducted research at Colorado State University under a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and worked for Pfizer Inc. and Chemagro Corp. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Dr. Newkirk’s son and daughter, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145; Solace House, 8012 State Line Road, Shawnee Mission, KS 66208; or Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.

Alice C. Seigal

Dr. Seigal (COL ’81), 59, Boulder, Colo., died Oct. 23, 2013. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, she was the founder of Allpets Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Boulder. Dr. Seigal was voted best veterinarian in the Boulder Daily Camera Best of Boulder Readers Choice Awards for 10 years. Her husband, Steven, and four children survive her. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Suite 320, Austin, TX 78759; or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Victor V. Tharp

Dr. Tharp (OSU ’54), 92, Bella Vista, Ark., died Oct. 27, 2013. He practiced large animal medicine in Granton, Wis., for 33 years prior to retirement. Then, Dr. Tharp worked for the federal government for several years, supervising meat inspectors. A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served in the South Pacific theatre. 

Dr. Tharp is survived by two daughters and a son, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Granton FFA Alumni, c/o Granton High School, 217 N. Main St., Granton, WI 54436; or The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, W7031 Ridge Road, P.O. Box 457, Neillsville, WI 54456.