July 01, 2014



Posted June 18, 2014


AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member


David E. Bartlett
Dr. Bartlett (Colorado ’40), 97, Madison, Wisconsin, died May 8, 2014. Charter president of the American College of Theriogenologists, he worked for American Breeders Service Inc. in DeForest, Wisconsin, from 1953-1979, continuing as a consultant until 1991. During his 26-year career with ABS, Dr. Bartlett served as vice president of production and directed the production division.

He began his career with the Department of Agriculture’s former Bureau of Animal Industry in Virginia and Oklahoma, working on the eradication of tuberculosis and brucellosis. A year later, Dr. Bartlett was transferred to the USDA’s research center in Beltsville, Maryland, where he remained for seven years, researching bovine venereal trichomoniasis. In 1948, he joined the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine as a professor of gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Bartlett went on to earn his doctorate in pathology, obstetrics, and gynecology from the university in 1952.

Known for his expertise in artificial insemination, he shared his knowledge with several countries, participating in projects in the Azores, Brazil, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Bartlett served as a senior veterinarian/commander in the United States Public Health Service Inactive Reserve Corps and was a member of the United States Animal Health Association, American Dairy Science Association, National Association of Animal Breeders, Conference of Public Health Veterinarians, and Wisconsin VMA. He received the AVMA Borden Award in 1970 and was honored by the Italian Society for Progress in Animal Production in 1972 and Colorado State University in 1976. Dr. Bartlett received the WVMA Meritorious Award in 1977 and was the recipient of the 1980 NAAB Distinguished Service Award.

The ACT and Society of Theriogen­ology established the annual David E. Bartlett Lecture and Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.

Dr. Bartlett is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two sons; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. One son, Dr. Paul Bartlett (Missouri ’79), is a professor at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Memorials may be made to Luther Memorial Church Foundation, 1021 University Ave., Madison, WI 53715; Oakwood Foundation Inc. (ministries for seniors), 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705, or Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 77-165 Lako St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Harry W. Boothe
Dr. Boothe (Ohio ’44), 91, Auburn, Alabama, died Dec. 27, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he and his brother, the late Dr. Norris E. Boothe (Ohio ’54), co-owned Sauganash Animal Hospital in Chicago prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Boothe practiced at Lake Shore Animal Hospital in Chicago and worked for Armour Pharmaceutical Company in Kankakee, Illinois.

He was a past president of the Chicago VMA and a past executive director of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Boothe was the recipient of the ISVMA 1979 Veterinary Service Award. In 1984, he was honored with the ISVMA President’s Award.
Dr. Boothe is survived by his wife, Alberta; a daughter and a son; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Harry W. Boothe Jr. (Michigan ’70) and Dawn M. Boothe (Texas ’80), serve on the veterinary faculty of Auburn University. Dr. Boothe’s grandson, Matthew Boothe, is a fourth-year veterinary student at Auburn.

Memorials may be made to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Glenn P. Deal Sr.
Dr. Deal (Auburn ’48), 87, Taylorsville, North Carolina, died March 25, 2014. During his 43-year career, he practiced in North Carolina at Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro, and Taylorsville. Dr. Deal served eight years as mayor of Taylorsville, chaired the Alexander County Commission from 1970-1978, and was a past member of the Taylorsville Town Board of Commissioners. His wife, Rosemary; three sons and two daughters; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him.

Howard W. Dickmann
Dr. Dickmann (Texas ’43), 94, St. Louis, died April 29, 2014. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned Dickmann Animal Hospital in Perryville, Missouri, where he practiced for 43 years. Dr. Dickmann was a member of the Missouri and Southeast Missouri VMAs. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Dickmann was a member of the American Legion and Perryville Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Susan; a daughter and a son; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 453 North West St., Perryville, MO 63775.

Roland B. Fowler
Dr. Fowler (Cornell ’57), 80, Plantsville, Connecticut, died Feb. 6, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Mattatuck Animal Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut, prior to retirement. Dr. Fowler began his career at Cheshire Veterinary Hospital in Cheshire, Connecticut. He later worked at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital in Pleasant Valley, New York, and owned Plainville Animal Hospital in Plainville, Connecticut. Dr. Fowler’s wife, Lorna, survives him. Memorials may be made to Jim Marshall Farms Foundation Inc., 1978 New Boston Road, Chittenango, NY 13037; or Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Inc., 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Norman M. Held
Dr. Held (Kansas ’58), 87, Ventura, Iowa, died March 22, 2014. Following graduation, he became a partner in a mostly large animal practice in Ventura, where he worked until 1992. After that, Dr. Held practiced part time at the same clinic until 1996. He was a life member of the Iowa VMA. Active in civic life, Dr. Held was a past mayor of Ventura and served on the city’s council for more than 35 years. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. Dr. Held is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a daughter; a stepson and a stepdaughter; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials toward the Ventura Gun Club Youth Program may be made c/o Dorothy Held, 211 Westview Drive, Box 170, Ventura, IA 50482.

Donald W. Lohman
Dr. Lohman (Michigan ’66), 78, Vicksburg, Michigan, died March 26, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he and his wife, Dr. Carol A. Neal (Michigan ’66), co-owned Portage Animal Hospital in Portage, Michigan, from 1981 until his retirement in 2005.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Lohman worked at Carclay Animal Hospital in Plymouth, Michigan. He was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and Michigan and Southwestern Michigan VMAs. Dr. Lohman was also a member of the Portage Jaycees and Vicksburg Rotary Club. He served in the Air Force from 1954-1959.

Dr. Lohman’s wife; daughter and son; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824; or Michigan Animal Health Foundation, 2144 Commons Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864.

Charles W. Raker Sr.
Dr. Raker (Pennsylvania ’42), 93, Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, died Feb. 16, 2014. A charter diplomate and a past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he retired in 1985 as chief of large animal surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Dr. Raker was also the Lawrence Baker Sheppard Professor of Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine from 1967 until retirement.

Following graduation, he worked in South Orange, New Jersey, and Norristown, Pennsylvania. In 1950, Dr. Raker joined the veterinary faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor of veterinary medicine. During his 35-year tenure, he served as director of clinics, headed the large animal clinic, and developed the first internship in equine medicine and surgery at the university.

Dr. Raker was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, New York Academy of Sciences, and Pennsylvania, Keystone, and Brandywine VMAs. In 1967, he was named Pennsylvania Veterinarian of the Year. The Charles W. Raker Chair in Equine Surgery was established at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. Dr. Raker also received an AAEP Distinguished Educator Award in 2000 and the ACVS Foundation Legend Award in 2007.

He is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Memorials toward the Charles Raker Endowed Opportunity Scholarship Fund or The Tamworth Fund may be made c/o Jane Simone, Penn Veterinary Medicine, New Bolton Center, 382 W. St. Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Ross A. Smart
Dr. Smart (Colorado ’57), 87, Logan, Utah, died March 14, 2014. He served on the veterinary faculty of Utah State University for 44 years. Dr. Smart was a past secretary of the Utah VMA. He was honored by the Utah Turkey Marketing Board for outstanding research in 1984 and was named USU Mortar Board Top Professor in 1992. That year, Dr. Smart also received the UVMA Distinguished Service Award, and, in 1993, he was named USU College of Agriculture Distinguished Professor. The Ross A. Smart Animal Diagnostic Laboratory at USU was established and dedicated in 1994.

Dr. Smart served in the Navy from 1944-1946. His wife, Darlene; three sons and three daughters; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Ross A. and Darlene Smart Scholarship Endowment, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Utah State University, 4800 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322.

James C. Wilkinson
Dr. Wilkinson (Georgia ’57), 81, Chilhowie, Virginia, died March 26, 2014. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Chilhowie. Dr. Wilkinson was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Virginia VMA, Smyth County Farmers Association, and Washington County Farmers Co-Op. Active in civic life, he was a charter member of the Chilhowie Jaycees and a member of the Chilhowie Lions Club, Chilhowie Town Council, and Smyth County Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, the chamber of commerce honored Dr. Wilkinson as Farmer of the Year for his service to the farmers of the county.

His wife, Laura; a daughter and a son; and a granddaughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Chilhowie United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 367, Chilhowie, VA 24319.  

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