April 15, 2014



Posted April 2, 2014


AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member

Eugene D. Haynie

Dr. Haynie (COL ’50), 88, La Jara, Colo., died Aug. 22, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in La Jara for 63 years. Dr. Haynie was a past president of the Conejos River Stock Association and a member of the Colorado VMA. In 2000, he received a CVMA 50-year Service Award. Dr. Haynie was also recently honored by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He was active with the La Jara Rotary Club. Dr. Haynie is survived by his daughter, five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Robert E. Horton

Dr. Horton (COR ’45), 89, Woodstown, N.J., died Nov. 15, 2013. He began his career practicing mixed animal medicine in Elmer, N.J. Dr. Horton later served as director of animal health for the state of New Jersey and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His daughter and son, seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Future Farmers of America-Woodstown Chapter, c/o Woodstown High School, 140 E. Ave., Woodstown, NJ 08098.

Maurice Miller

Dr. Miller (MO ’50), 93, Austin, Texas, died Feb. 11, 2014. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Carrollton, Mo., for 39 years prior to retirement in 1989. Dr. Miller was a member of the Missouri and North Central Missouri VMAs and a past member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board. In later years, he supported the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare in opposition to  horse slaughter, joining hands with his daughter, Sybil, on the issue. Active in civic life, he served a term on the Carrollton City Council and was a member of the Lions Club and Shriners.

Dr. Miller served as a captain in the Army during World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Silver Star for his service in Belgium. Dr. Miller is survived by his daughter. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 205 N. Folger St., Carrollton, MO 64633; Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets, P.O. Box 972, St. Charles, IL 60174; Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090; or Carrollton Public Library, 1 N. Folger St., Carrollton, MO 64633.

Donald M. Rothgeb

Dr. Rothgeb (GA ’68), 71, Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Jan. 26, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Oxon Hill Animal Hospital in Oxon Hill, Md., for 25 years. Thereafter, Dr. Rothgeb established Myrtle Beach Veterinary House Call Practice. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Poafpybitty; two sons; and a daughter.

Drew S. Stewart

Dr. Stewart (PUR ’67), 81, Bloom­ington, Ind., died Jan. 7, 2014. Follow­ing graduation, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working in Logansport, Ind. A year later, Dr. Stewart left the USDA and established Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in Bloomington, initially practicing large animal medicine, and, subsequently, converting to mixed animal practice. He later expanded to an additional location in Spencer, Ind. Dr. Stewart retired in 2005 and volunteered at Owen County Humane Society until the late 2000s. He served on the Monroe County Fair Board and was a Monroe County Saddle Club member.

Dr. Stewart was an Air Force veteran and a member of the American Legion. His wife, Delores; a daughter; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson survive him. Memorials may be made to Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road, Bloomington, IN 47401; or Indiana University Health Hospice House, 2810 S. Deborah Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403.

James G. Taylor

Dr. Taylor (OKL ’69), 69, Ponca City, Okla., died Jan. 6, 2014. A mixed animal practitioner, he was president of Taylor-Oldfield Veterinary Clinic in Ponca City prior to retirement in 2013. Before that, Dr. Taylor was president of Blackwell Animal Hospital in Blackwell, Okla. Early in his career, he worked at Boone County Veterinary Clinic in Harrison, Ark.; served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps, during which time he received an Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service; practiced at the Goodrich-Walter Veterinary Clinic in Miami; and owned Taylor Veterinary Clinic in Ponca City.

Dr. Taylor was a past president of the North Central Oklahoma VMA and served on the executive board of the Oklahoma VMA. He was active with the Ponca City Humane Society and Kay County and Oklahoma Cattlemen’s associations and was a member of the Ponca City Animal Control Commission. Active in civic life, Dr. Taylor served as director of the Kay County Junior Livestock Show Board and was a member of the Ponca City Noon Lions. He was also a member of the American Legion.

Dr. Taylor’s wife, Nancy; two sons; and five grandchildren survive him. Memorials toward a scholarship fund at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine may be made to OSU Foundation, Attn: Dr. James Gary Taylor Memorial Scholarship, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74604.

Nathan S. Wheeler

Dr. Wheeler (TEN ’04), 42, Smithville, Tenn., died Dec. 27, 2013. A small animal practitioner, he owned Wheeler Veterinary Clinic in Smithville. Dr. Wheeler’s wife, Kim, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp, 205 Serenity Place, Smithville, TN 37166; or the animal rescue group Joe Black Effort, 201 S. 4th St., Smithville, TN 37166.