February 01, 2015



​Posted Jan. 14, 2015

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Sherman Ames II
Dr. Ames (Pennsylvania ’50), 90, Stewartsville, New Jersey, died Oct. 30, 2014. Following graduation, he joined his father, the late Dr. Sherman Ames, in mixed animal practice in Easton, Pennsylvania, retiring in 1988. Dr. Ames was a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey VMAs. He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Easton and a Paul Harris Fellow and Easton Rotary Service Foundation Fellow. Dr. Ames served in the Navy Air Corps during World War II, retiring from the Navy Reserve as a lieutenant commander. He was a member of the American Legion and Military Officers Association of America.

Dr. Ames’ wife, Elizabeth; two daughters and three sons; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren survive him. His daughter Dr. Abbe D. Ames (Colorado State ’02) is an Army veterinarian. Memorials toward the Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund may be made to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Jean Suta, 427 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; or Easton Rotary Service Foundation, c/o Michael Dowd, 25 Chestnut Ridge Circle, Easton, PA 18042.
Nancy F. Cox
Dr. Cox (Texas A&M ’72), 65, Auburn, Alabama, died Aug. 1, 2014. She retired in 2014 as professor and director emeritus of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Scott-Ritchey Research Center. Following graduation and after earning her master’s in neurology from Auburn University in 1975, Dr. Cox practiced small animal medicine in Greenville, South Carolina. She subsequently joined the University of Alabama Department of Comparative Medicine in Birmingham as a clinical laboratory animal veterinarian. Dr. Cox later served as director of the university’s Experimental Animal Resources Program and obtained her doctorate in experimental pathology from the university. In 1985, she joined Auburn University as a neuropathologist in the Scott-Ritchey Research Center. During her tenure, Dr. Cox also served as interim director of what is now known as the Canine Detection and Research Institute. She is survived by her husband, James; a son and two daughters; and a grandchild.
Wade G. Gardner
Dr. Gardner (Ohio State ’57), 82, Lakeland, Florida, died Aug. 31, 2014. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Lakeland Veterinary Hospital from 1962 until retirement in the mid-1990s. Dr. Gardner also took care of the swans in Lakeland and the K-9 units for the Lakeland Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Earlier in his career, he practiced in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Gardner was active in the efforts to establish the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and served on the Dean’s Council. He was a past president of the Florida VMA and Ridge VMS and a founding member of the veterinary emergency clinic in Polk County. Dr. Gardner received the FVMA Gold Star Award in 1981 and 1984 and the FVMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Lakeland Lions Club and the founder and a past president of Highlands Future Inc., a group dedicated to responsible development in the Lakeland Highlands area. Dr. Gardner was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge and was active with the Boy Scouts of America. He received a National Points of Light Award and a State Points of Light Award for his voluntary service. Dr. Gardner also received a key to the city of Lakeland for his care of Lakeland swans. Dr. Gardner’s three sons, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.
Malcolm D. Graham
Dr. Graham (Purdue ’71), 67, Fort Wayne, Indiana, died Sept. 11, 2014. A small animal practitioner with a special interest in ultrasonography, he co-owned Pine Valley Veterinary Clinic in Fort Wayne. Earlier in his career, Dr. Graham practiced in St. Louis and in Rochester, New York. He was a member of the Northeast Indiana VMA.

An Air Force veteran, Dr. Graham attained the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Abigail; two sons and two daughters; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Lynn Hall Room 1177, 625 Harrison St., West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Robert C. Haug
Dr. Haug (MIN ’74), 84, The Dalles, Oregon, died June 1, 2014. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Myrtle Point, Oregon, for 40 years. Dr. Haug was also active in the Coos County Fair and Rodeo and a member of the Coquille Valley Elks Club. He is survived by a daughter and a son, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Lorie A. Huston
Dr. Huston (Iowa State ’86), 54, Warwick, Rhode Island, died Sept. 30, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, she practiced at Hoffman Animal Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Huston also owned and operated the websites Canine Health Care Corner and Feline Health Care Corner and published a blog, Pet Health Care Gazette.

She was elected president of the Cat Writers’ Association in 2013 and was awarded the Winn Feline Foundation’s Media Appreciation Award in 2014. Dr. Huston authored the e-book “Labrador Retrievers: How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend.” Memorials may be made to Nebraska Humane Society, 8929 Fort St., Omaha, NE 68134.
Clifton E. Pfeil
Dr. Pfeil (Texas A&M ’51), 85, Refugio, Texas, died Oct. 17, 2014. He owned a mixed animal practice in Refugio prior to retirement. Early in his career, Dr. Pfeil briefly worked in Waxahachie, Texas. He was a life member of the Texas VMA. Dr. Pfeil served several years on the Refugio County Fair Board and the board of trustees of the Refugio Independent School District and Refugio County Hospital District. In 1992, Dr. Pfeil and his wife, Lenette, were named Citizens of the Year by the Refugio Chamber of Commerce. They were also honored as Friends of the 4-H in 2013.

Dr. Pfeil is survived by his wife, two sons, and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 28, Refugio, TX 78377; or Refugio County 4-H Clubs, 107 E. Roca, Refugio, TX 78377.
Keith R. Rhoades
Dr. Rhoades (Kansas State ’58), 81, Corvallis, Oregon, died Oct. 10, 2014. In 1961, he began working at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. Dr. Rhoades conducted research on infectious disease agents. He retired in 1991. Early in his career, Dr. Rhoades worked at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. His wife, June; two sons; and two grandchildren survive him.
James F. Sousares Jr.
Dr. Sousares (Texas A&M ’47), 92, College Station, Texas, died Sept. 23, 2014. He worked for the Department of Agriculture for 30 years prior to retirement. Dr. Sousares served in the Army and the Navy during World War II. His wife, Diana; two daughters; three stepchildren; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him.