Posted Dec. 3, 2014
AVMA honor roll member
George W. Beeler Jr.
Dr. Beeler (Texas A&M ’73), 64, Crockett, Texas, died Aug. 19, 2014. He owned Houston County Veterinary Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Crockett. Earlier, Dr. Beeler’s practice was located in Grapeland, Texas. He was a past president of the Elkhart Farmers Co-op Association and was active with the Houston County Fair, 4-H Club, and National FFA Organization. Dr. Beeler’s wife, Barbara, and a son survive him. Memorials toward child advocacy may be made to Kalin’s Center, P.O. Box 901, Crockett, TX 75835.
Harold C. Brecheisen
Dr. Brecheisen (Kansas State ’57), 86, Osage City, Kansas, died Sept. 28, 2014. He began his career as a veterinary inspector for stockyards in Sioux City, Iowa. From 1960-1967, Dr. Brecheisen owned a mixed animal practice in Osage City. In later years, he served as a real estate agent in Osage City. Dr. Brecheisen is survived by three sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Vassar United Methodist Church, 23211 S. Croco Road, Vassar, KS 66543.
William T. Brian
Dr. Brian (Texas A&M ’72), 69, Montgomery, Texas, died Sept. 25, 2014. He practiced briefly in Virginia before moving to
Louisiana, where he and his wife, Dr. Deborah M. Brian (Texas A&M ’72), co-established Mandeville Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Mandeville. Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Brian moved to Texas, initially practicing in Houston, and later re-establishing Mandeville Animal Hospital in Cypress. He also raised, trained, and showed Labrador Retrievers.
Dr. Brian is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, and five grandsons. Memorials may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center
, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210.
Donald R. Clark
Dr. Clark (Texas A&M ’60), 82, College Station, Texas, died Aug. 14, 2014. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he was professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Clark served in the Navy during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ladwig; two sons and a daughter; two stepchildren; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. Dr. Clark’s brother, Dr. Keith Clark (Texas A&M ’65), is a retired veterinarian in Calvert, Texas. Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803.
Thomas G. Dickson
Dr. Dickson (Georgia ’66), 71, York, South Carolina, died June 26, 2014. A small animal practitioner, he owned York Animal Clinic for 40 years. Dr. Dickson was a lifetime member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Active in civic life, he served as president of the York Rotary Club and was a member of the York Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Dr. Dickson’s wife, Peggy, and a son survive him.
Wilbur D. Donahue
Dr. Donahue (Pennsylvania ’62), 76, Portsmouth, Virginia, died Aug. 4, 2014. A small animal practitioner, he founded
Churchland Animal Clinic in Portsmouth and North Suffolk Animal Clinic in Suffolk, Virginia.
Dr. Donahue was a past president of the Churchland Rotary Club. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Donahue is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons and a daughter; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Friends of Ryan Hospital Fund, 3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Dr. Fellenbaum (Cornell ’54), 87, Narragansett, Rhode Island, died Sept. 22, 2014. He owned a small animal practice in North Haven, Connecticut, for 30 years. Dr. Fellenbaum later worked at Warwick Animal Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island, and Plainfield Greyhound Race Track in Plainfield, Connecticut. He was a veteran of the Army.
Dr. Fellenbaum is survived by his wife, Susan; a son and daughter; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. Dr.
Fellenbaum is also survived by his stepchildren and step grandchildren.
Henry C. Gregg
Dr. Gregg (California-Davis ’55), 86, Carlsbad, California, died May 9, 2014. A small animal practitioner, he owned Carlsbad Animal Clinic prior to retirement in 1993. Dr. Gregg was a Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Mary Ellen; two daughters and a son; and three grandchildren survive him.
Ralph W. Mitchell
Dr. Mitchell (Kansas State ’60), 85, Griffin, Georgia, died April 30, 2014. Prior to retirement in 1994, he served as a field
veterinarian, focusing on poultry, for Agri-Bio in Delaware. Following graduation, Dr. Mitchell worked for the California
state laboratory in Sacramento. He subsequently helped establish the Sacramento Small Animal Emergency Clinics. Dr. Mitchell later moved to Georgia when he began his career in poultry medicine with H&N International. He continued work in the same capacity when the company was acquired by Pfizer until he joined Agri-Bio.
Dr. Mitchell was a past president of the Sacramento Valley VMA and Southeastern Poultry Association, a past chairman of the National Poultry Improvement Board, and a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists. Dr. Mitchell was also a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Spalding County. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
Dr. Mitchell’s wife, Lynn; two daughters and two sons; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center E., Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Nancy B. Pate
Dr. Pate (Oklahoma State ’69), 70, Durham, North Carolina, died Oct. 5, 2014. She was a veterinary officer with the United States Public Health Service, retiring as a captain in 2005. During her career with the USPHS, Dr. Pate was assigned to what is now known as the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier, she owned a mobile practice in Washington state and worked in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Dr. Pate was active in emergency response and disaster relief, deploying with AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and serving as a volunteer with the American Red Cross. In retirement, she worked as an environmental health scientist for the EPA. A member of the North Carolina VMA, Dr. Pate was named 2002 Veterinarian of the Year. She was a Boy Scout leader and a member of local environmental organizations.
Dr. Pate’s son and grandson survive her. Memorials may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 799 Washington St., P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.
Eugene H. Shepard Jr.
Dr. Shepard (Auburn ’74), 66, Anchorage, Alaska, died Sept. 21, 2014. He owned Northern Lights Animal Clinic in Anchorage, where he practiced small animal medicine for more than 30 years. During his career, Dr. Shepard helped bring specialists in various fields of veterinary medicine to Alaska to consult on patients and played an important role in developing veterinary telemedicine. He served on the board of directors of Pet Emergency Treatment Inc. in Anchorage and volunteered for the Wood River Tikchik State Park and a fishery in Arkansas.
Dr. Shepard was a past recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association Northwest Region Outstanding Practitioner Award. He is survived by a son.
Jay B. Smith
Dr. Smith (Ohio State ’50), 90, Grove City, Ohio, died Oct. 16, 2014. Prior to retirement, he was head of the state of Ohio’s diagnostic laboratory in Reynoldsburg. Dr. Smith began his career practicing in Marietta, Ohio. In 1950, he moved to Carrollton, Ohio, to work as area veterinarian for the state. He later moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he helped with the efforts to eradicate tuberculosis and hog cholera, also setting up state meat inspection programs and serving as an
Dr. Smith was an Army veteran of World War II. His wife, Norma Lee; three sons and a daughter; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren survive him.
William E. Wise
Dr. Wise (Auburn ’55), 96, Ravenna, Kentucky, died Oct. 1, 2014. Prior to retirement, he was an associate professor of
veterinary medicine at the University of Kentucky. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wise owned a mixed animal practice in
Kentucky’s Estill County and served as Kentucky state veterinarian. He was a member of the Kentucky VMA.
A veteran of the Army, Dr. Wise received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1975 and retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel in 1978 after 40 years of service. His son, three granddaughters, and a great-grandson survive him. Dr. Wise’s nephew, Dr. Wilbur L. Wise (Georgia ’69), is a small animal veterinarian in Charleston, South Carolina.
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