August 01, 2014



Posted July 16, 2014
Updated Aug. 11, 2014

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Richard A. Cecil
Dr. Cecil (Georgia ’61), 78, Fairfax Station, Virginia, died Feb. 25, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Wilma; two sons and a daughter; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Philip R. Fidler
Dr. Fidler (Georgia ’67), 78, Sumter, South Carolina, died Dec. 4, 2013. He practiced small animal medicine for 42 years in Sumter, where he founded the Advanced Veterinary Hospital. A member of the South Carolina Association of
Veterinarians, Dr. Fidler was named South Carolina Veterinarian of the Year in 2010. He was a veteran of the Army and South Carolina Army National Guard, retiring as a colonel from the SCANG after 30 years of military service. Dr.
Fidler’s wife, Eleanor; two sons; and three grandchildren survive him.
Robert E. Gamble
Dr. Gamble (Iowa ’53), 89, Gladbrook, Iowa, died April 12, 2014. He practiced in Iowa’s Tama and Marshall counties prior to retirement in 1987. Dr. Gamble was a life member of the Iowa VMA. He was active with the 4-H Club and Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Garwin Fire Department, Town Council, and Lions Club. Dr. Gamble is survived by his wife, Martha; three sons; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America, Fred Maytag II Scout Center, 6123 Scout Trail, Des Moines, IA 50321.

Alan J. Hyde
Dr. Hyde (Washington ’80), 59, Emmett, Idaho, died Jan. 24, 2014. Following graduation, he joined his late father, Dr. Norris Hyde, in mixed animal practice at Animal Medical Center in Emmett. Dr. Hyde was active with the 4-H Club. His
wife, Shannon; five sons; and two granddaughters survive him.
Memorials for Dr. Hyde may be made to the Emmett High School Football Booster Club, c/o Emmett High School, 721 W. 12th St., Emmett, ID 83617.
Rodney G. Johnson

Dr. Johnson (Minnesota ’70), 70, Alexandria, Minnesota, died May 22, 2014. He was chief executive officer of the AVMA PLIT prior to retirement in 2013.  

Dr. Johnson began his career in large animal practice at the Lake Region Veterinary Center in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, focusing on swine medicine. In 1981, he established a new practice, Swine Health Center, in Morris, Minnesota. Dr. Johnson joined the AVMA PLIT as a Trust representative in 2003, having served three terms as a trustee since 1989. His three terms included service as secretary and chair. Dr. Johnson was named CEO of the AVMA PLIT in 2005. 

During his career, he also served 10 years as an associate clinical professor at the University of Minnesota and seven years as an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Johnson was a past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and AASV Foundation, a past chair of the Minnesota VMA Political Action Committee and the swine program of the North American Veterinary Conference, and a member of the Minnesota Academy of Veterinary Practice. He was named AASV Practitioner of the Year in 1982 and presented the Howard Dunne Memorial Lecture in 1995. Dr. Johnson received the AASV Meritorious Service Award in 2009. 

He is survived by his wife, Jean; a son; and a grandson.

Shirley S. Koshi
Dr. Koshi (Bombay Veterinary College ’80), 55, New York, died Feb. 16, 2014. A small animal practitioner, she owned Gentle Hands Veterinarian in Bronx, New York. Prior to that, Dr. Koshi worked in India, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. During her employment in India, she served as a consultant for the Peshwa Park Zoo in Pune. Memorials may be made to The Humane Society of New York, 306 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022.
James D. McKean

Dr. McKean (Illinois ’70), 67, Ames, Iowa, died April 10, 2014. He was a professor at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, also serving as swine extension veterinarian and associate director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center.  

Dr. McKean began his career as a technical services veterinarian for the Michigan Farm Bureau in Lansing. After earning his master’s degree in veterinary pathology from Michigan State University in 1973, he joined ISU as an extension veterinarian. Dr. McKean subsequently earned his law degree from Drake University in 1988. He was known for his expertise in the areas of food safety and disease surveillance and control, and for his contributions to the eradication of  pseudorabies and control of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. 

Dr. McKean helped develop the National Pork Board Pork Quality Assurance Program and the Swine Welfare Assurance Program and assisted in the merging of those programs into the PQA Plus Certification Program.

He was a past chair of the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee, a past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and American Association of Extension Veterinarians, and a past member of what is now known as the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee.

Dr. McKean initiated the Certified Feeder Pig Program in Iowa and served on several committees for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, National Pork Producers Council, Livestock Conservation Institute, and United States Animal Health Association. He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Law Association, Iowa VMA, and National Institute for Animal Agriculture.

The IPPA named Dr. McKean the 1985 Honorary Master Pork Producer. He was inducted into the Iowa Feeder Pig Hall of Fame in 1986. Dr. McKean was named Extension Veterinarian of the Year in 1988 and Food Hygiene Veterinarian of the Year in 1989. In 1999, he received the AASV Howard Dunne Memorial Award for his contributions and service to the association and to the swine industry. Dr. McKean received the Distinguished Service Award from Pork Checkoff, a program of the National Pork Board, in 2008. In 2012, the NIAA honored him with the President’s Service Award.

Dr. McKean is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sons and two daughters; and nine grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Dr. James D. McKean Memorial Fund, First National Bank, 405 5th St., Ames, IA 50010.

Reverdy L. Munson
Dr. Munson (Cornell ’64), 74, Cohasset, Massachusetts, died March 20, 2014. He owned Oxford Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Oxford, Connecticut, prior to retirement in 2007.

Dr. Munson’s wife, Penny; two sons; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Expanding Horizons Program, Alumni Affairs and Development Office, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Box 39, Ithaca, NY 14853.
James D. Prewitt

Dr. Prewitt (Iowa ’59), 82, Florissant, Missouri, died Dec. 6, 2013. He practiced small animal medicine at Dee Pet Clinic in Florrisant. Dr. Prewitt served in the Marine Corps, receiving a Gold Star and Purple Heart, Korean Service, United Nations, and National Defense Service medals. He was a past president of the Florissant Rotary Club and a past district governor of Rotary International. 

Dr. Prewitt is survived by his wife, Wilma, and two daughters. Memorials in his name may be made to Florissant Rotary Club, 620 N. Highway 67, Florissant, MO 63031.

Correction: Memorial donations for Dr. Shirley Koshi - An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the zip code for The Humane Society of New York as 10075.

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