January 01, 2015

 

 Obituaries

Posted Dec. 17, 2014

 

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Paul F. Bowles
Dr. Bowles (California-Davis ’62), 81, Santa Rosa, California, died Sept. 13, 2014. He owned El Camino Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Santa Rosa, from 1969 until retirement in 1997. Earlier, Dr. Bowles served as a staff veterinarian at Westside Veterinary Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Santa Rosa. He was a past president of the Redwood Empire VMA and a member of the California VMA. Dr. Bowles served in the Air Force from 1952-1956. He was a member of the Gravenstein Lions Club and Suburban Kiwanis Club. Dr. Bowles’ wife, Karen; a daughter and two sons; and eight grandchildren survive him. His brother, Dr. John H. Bowles (California-Davis ’56), is a retired veterinarian in Lodi, California. Memorials toward the Gifts and Bequests Fund may be made to Presbyterian Church of the Roses, 2500 Patio Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.

George L. Dennis
Dr. Dennis (Iowa State ’68), 70, Elkhorn, Nebraska, died Oct. 20, 2014. He owned Animal Medical Center, a small animal practice in Omaha, Nebraska, prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Dennis served in the Army. During that time, he served as veterinarian for the White House, taking care of President Richard Nixon’s dogs. A member of the Nebraska VMA, Dr. Dennis was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; four daughters; and nine grandchildren. Dr. Dennis’ daughter Dr. Jessica Iwanski (Kansas State ’96) and son-in-law Dr. Craig Iwanski (Kansas State ’96) practice mixed animal medicine in Stockton, Kansas. His son-in-law Dr. Peter Bashara (Iowa State ’97) practices small animal medicine in Omaha. Memorials may be made to the George and Bonnie Dennis Family Scholarship, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA 50011.

James L. Fowler
Dr. Fowler (Georgia ’52), 86, Live Oak, Florida, died Aug. 3, 2014. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he was director of the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Animal Diagnostic Laboratory in Live Oak for 12 years prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fowler served in the Army Veterinary Corps, retiring in 1978 as a colonel. During that time, he took care of both small and large animals and was involved in food safety and inspection and testing of food products. Dr. Fowler spent a year in Vietnam with the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of an initiative to provide education on vaccinations and public health. He served in the Navy during World War II. Dr. Fowler’s wife, Marilyn; a son and a daughter; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him.

John W. Gamby
Dr. Gamby (Kansas State ’50), 97, Slater, Missouri, died Aug. 24, 2014. He was a partner at Slater Veterinary Service prior to retirement in 1981. Dr. Gamby also served as veterinarian for the Brunswick Sale Barn for 26 years. Early in his career, he briefly worked in Iowa. Active in civic life, Dr. Gamby served on the Slater School Board for 16 years and was a past treasurer of the Slater Lions Club. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. Dr. Gamby’s son and two daughters; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren survive him. His son, Dr. John E. Gamby (Missouri ’69), is a mixed animal veterinarian in Chadron, Nebraska.

Stanley E. Held
Dr. Held (Iowa State ’57), 83, Buffalo, Minnesota, died Sept. 22, 2014. He began his career serving as an instructor on the large animal field services staff at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1962, Dr. Held bought a practice in Buffalo, focusing mainly on equine and bovine medicine until retirement in 1996. In 1999, he volunteered to serve as a consultant in Mongolia, where he advised and mentored local veterinarians.

Active in organized veterinary medicine throughout his career, he represented District VI on the AVMA Board of Directors from 1984-1990, serving as chairman his final year on the board. Dr. Held also chaired the 1995-1996 Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicine Committee, AVMA Board of Directors Credentialing Committee, and AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee.

Dr. Held was a member of the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service from 2005-2011, serving as vice chairman from 2009-2010, and served on the AVMA Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee from 2007-2010.

He was a past president of the Minnesota VMA, served on the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, and was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and Society for Theriogenology. Dr. Held was named Minnesota Veterinarian of the Year in 1982 and received the MVMA President’s Award and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Stange Award in 1987. In 1991, he was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner Member into the National Academies of Practice in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Held received the AVMA President’s Award in 2000.

His wife, Shelley; two daughters; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials toward the “Pay it Forward” account may be made to Quiet Oaks Hospice House, 5537 Galaxy Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301; or Crossroads Animal Shelter, 2800 10th St. SE, Buffalo, MN 55313.

Ericson J. Isles
Dr. Isles (Tuskegee ’76), 78, Silver Spring, Maryland, died July 24, 2014. He owned Kindcare Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Washington, D.C., for almost 30 years. During his career, Dr. Isles also taught at the University of the District of Columbia. His son and daughter survive him. Memorials toward the Dr. Eleanora Isles Scholarship Fund may be made to Howard University, 516 Bryant St. NW, Washington, DC 20059.

Leon V. Jones
Dr. Jones (Michigan State ’40), 97, Spring Hill, Florida, died July 4, 2014.

Richard J. Meinert III
Dr. Meinert (Kansas State ’90), 54, Janesville, California, died June 23, 2014. He owned Thompson Peak Veterinary Services, a mixed animal practice in Janesville. Earlier, Dr. Meinert worked at Lassen Veterinary Hospital in Susanville, California. During his career, he also served as veterinarian for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program in Litchfield, California, and the Lassen County Fair. Dr. Meinert is survived by three children.

Louis D. Naranche
Dr. Naranche (Washington State ’62), 76, Oklahoma City, died Aug. 20, 2014. In 1969, he founded Cherokee Hills Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 2008. Earlier in his career, Dr. Naranche served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps and worked at Britton Road Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his companion, Dee Montgomery. Memorials may be made to Whiz Kids, c/o Church of the Servant, 14342 N. MacArthur, Oklahoma City, OK 73142.

Ronald J. Orrell
Dr. Orrell (Texas A&M ’68), 72, College Station, Texas, died July 17, 2014. Following graduation, he served in the Army for two years. Dr. Orrell then practiced small animal medicine in San Antonio until 1979. He subsequently attended the University of Juarez, where he earned his MD degree. After completing residency training in anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Orrell served as an anesthesiologist in Baltimore until retirement in 2006.  He was a past president of the Bexar County VMA and Baltimore County Medical Association and a member of the Texas VMA and American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Orrell’s wife, Anne; two daughters and a son; and nine grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 217 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803; Texas A&M University Foundation (notated to the memorial of Dr. Ronald Orrell), Dean’s Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843; or Brazos Valley Hospice, Attn: Dr. O.J. Woytek, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803.

Murray H. Sherber
Dr. Sherber (Michigan State ’41), 96, Encinitas, California, died Sept. 5, 2014. He began his career in the Army, later working for the Department of Agriculture. In 1954, Dr. Sherber moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and established Ranch Acres Veterinary Hospital, where he practiced small animal medicine for almost 40 years prior to retirement. In retirement, he volunteered with the American Red Cross and Tulsa Legal Aid. Dr. Sherber’s wife, Harriet; a son and a daughter; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

Darrell W. Trampel
Dr. Trampel (Iowa State ’74), 67, Ames, Iowa, died Aug. 31, 2014. He was a professor at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, also serving as poultry extension veterinarian and diagnostician for 32 years. Dr. Trampel began his career practicing small animal medicine in Bloomington, Minnesota. He earned his doctorate in pathology from the University of Georgia in 1979 and served as a poultry diagnostician at the University of Missouri for three years before joining the ISU CVM in 1982. Dr. Trampel was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. His wife, Christine; a son and a daughter; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to CrossRoad Baptist Church, 57011 U.S. 30, Ames, IA 50010; or Ames Emergency Residence Project, 225 S. Kellogg Ave., Ames, IA 50010.
 

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