November 15, 2014



Posted Oct. 29, 2014
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AVMA honor roll member
Robert D. Angus

Dr. Angus (California-Davis ’56), 83, Bancroft, Idaho, died April 30, 2014. He worked for the Department of Agriculture prior to retirement. During his career with the USDA, Dr. Angus served as area veterinarian in Pocatello, Idaho; was area epidemiologist in Boise, Idaho; and worked at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Vivien June; two sons and a daughter; and 11 grandchildren.

Kerstin F. Brosemer

Dr. Brosemer (Washington State ’95), 45, Richland, Washington, died Aug. 3, 2014. She practiced at Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service in Pasco, Washington, for the past 10 years. Dr. Brosemer also volunteered her services at Prevent Homeless Pets in Benton City, Washington. Earlier in her career, she worked at Vineyard Animal Clinic in Kennewick, Washington.

Dr. Brosemer’s husband, Michael J. Okoniewski, survives her. Memorials may be made to Prevent Homeless Pets, 812 Della Ave., Benton City, WA 99320; or Pet Over Population Prevention, P.O. Box 442, Pasco WA 99301.

Edward Crook

Dr. Crook (Washington State ’45), 95, Clarkston, Washington, died July 1, 2014. He began his career teaching and serving as veterinarian in charge of animal health at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Crook then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he obtained his doctorate in virology in 1957. He subsequently worked for Cutter Laboratories in Oakland, California, directing vaccine development. In 1961, Dr. Crook moved to Mossyrock, Washington, and established a mixed animal practice. He retired in 1993.

Dr. Crook was a past president of the Mossyrock Lions Club. He is survived by two sons. Memorials may be made to the Ed and Ruth Crook Scholarship, Mossyrock High School, P.O. Box 348, Mossyrock, WA 98564.

William K. Dowding

Dr. Dowding (Iowa State ’51), 90, Covington, Louisiana, died March 16, 2014. Prior to retirement in 1984, he owned Warren Veterinary Services, a large animal practice in Warren, Illinois. Early in his career, Dr. Dowding briefly worked in Rockford, Illinois. He was a past chair of the Illinois State VMA executive board, a past president of the Northern Illinois VMA, and Illinois’ alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1973-1981. In 1981, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine honored Dr. Dowding with its Service Award for his contributions to the college. His wife, Betty; two sons; and four grandchildren survive him. One son, Dr. Alan Dowding (Illinois ’76), is a retired small animal practitioner in Louisiana.

David J. Elliott

Dr. Elliott (Texas A&M ’72), 70, Houston, died June 7, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced in Houston until retirement in 1999. During his career, Dr. Elliott also volunteered with the Houston Livestock Show. His life partner, Greg Clifford; two sons; and three grandchildren survive him.

Harry C. Eschenroeder

Dr. Eschenroeder (Missouri ’53), 85, Kirkwood, Missouri, died Aug. 6, 2014. He owned Yorkshire Animal Hospital in St. Louis, where he practiced small animal medicine for 40 years prior to retirement in 1998. During that time, Dr. Eschenroeder also taught veterinary pharmacology at the St. Louis School of Pharmacy. Earlier in his career, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps during the Korean War.

In 2013, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation inducted Dr. Eschenroeder into the Veterinary Honor Roll of Missouri. His wife, Nancy; three sons and a daughter; 14 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Courtney A. Jones
Dr. Jones (Pennsylvania ’98), 42, Baltimore, died May 10, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, she practiced at Hunt Valley Animal Hospital in Hunt Valley, Maryland, since 2009. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jones practiced in Columbia, Maryland, and worked for the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank. She was a member of the Maryland VMA.
James R. Lindsey Sr.

Dr. Lindsey (Georgia ’57), 80, Birmingham, Alabama, died July 30, 2014. He was professor emeritus and founding chairman of the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Under Dr. Lindsey’s leadership, the department achieved national prominence for its work in the development and investigation of animal models of human diseases. During his tenure, he established graduate biomedical research and laboratory animal model training programs for veterinarians, managed animal resources for UAB’s biomedical research community, and was known for his research on diseases caused by Mycoplasma spp.

After earning his master’s in veterinary parasitology and pathology from Auburn University, Dr. Lindsey began his career in the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he helped establish the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He became a diplomate and served as president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Lindsey was also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He joined the faculty of the schools of Medicine and Dentistry at UAB in 1967. During his career, Dr. Lindsey also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Pathology at Auburn.

He received several honors, including the 1979 Charles River Prize for distinguished contributions to the field of laboratory animal science and the 2003 UAB Distinguished Lecturer Award. In 2005, the University of Georgia named Dr. Lindsey Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, and, in 2010, he received the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dr. Lindsey is survived by his wife, Ann; four children; and 12 grandchildren.  

James R. Meyer

Dr. Meyer (California-Davis ’71), 67, Hayden, Idaho, died April 22, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Prairie Animal Hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dr. Meyer was active with the Kootenai Humane Society. He is survived by his wife, Mari Lou; three daughters and two stepsons; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Kootenai Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden, ID 83835.

Edwin G. Robertson
Dr. Robertson (Auburn ’74), 65, Harrogate, Tennessee, died July 29, 2014. Following graduation, he established Harrogate Hospital for Animals, which included locations in LaFollette, Tennessee, and Jonesville, Virginia. In 1977, Dr. Robertson began working in the area of embryo transfers, subsequently founding Harrogate Genetics International and American Senepol Company. He was a past president of the American Embryo Transfer Association and Society for Theriogenology and served on the former AVMA Manpower Committee.

Dr. Robertson was a member of the board of trustees of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate and helped establish its veterinary technology program and the College of Veterinary Medicine, which admitted its first class this August. He was the first recipient of Auburn University’s El Toro Award for his mentorship of veterinary students. Dr. Robertson was named Tennessee’s Outstanding Practitioner in 1993 and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ Practitioner of the Year in 1994. His wife, Judy; a son and a daughter; and four grandchildren survive him.

Eric D. Swanson

Dr. Swanson (Minnesota ’90), 48, Cable, Wisconsin, died June 22, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Cable Area Veterinary Clinic for 13 years. Dr. Swanson also bred and raised Brittany Spaniels with his wife, Jacqueline. Earlier in his career, he worked in Wisconsin at Bloomer, Glenwood City, and New Richmond.

Dr. Swanson was a member of the Cable Chamber of Commerce and Cable Lions Club and volunteered with the Boy Scouts. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, and a stepdaughter. Memorials toward a fund to support suicide prevention and depression in youth may be made c/o Jacqueline Swanson, 14895 N. Riverside Road, Cable, WI 54821.