February 15, 2015

 

 Obituaries

Posted Jan. 28, 2015

 

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Sanford R. Blum

Dr. Blum (Middlesex ’44), 91, Palatine, Illinois, died June 29, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago. In retirement, Dr. Blum served as commissioner of animal care and control for the city of Chicago, was a veterinary consultant for the Shedd Aquarium, and wrote a weekly veterinary column for the Chicago Sun-Times. He also volunteered at Lincoln Park Zoo. 

Dr. Blum’s three children and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to The ARK (for human services for Chicagoland Jews), 6450 N. California Ave., Chicago, IL 60645.
 
Frederick L. Busch

Dr. Busch (Pennsylvania ’65), 80, Dudley, Massachusetts, died Oct. 9, 2014. He owned a small animal practice in Thompson, Connecticut, from 1965 until retirement in 2003. Dr. Busch was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and Worcester County VMA. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Active in civic life, Dr. Busch was a past president of the Webster-Dudley Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served on the board of directors of the United Way of Webster and Dudley.

Dr. Busch is survived by a son and a daughter. Memorials in his name may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018; or Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
 
Emily K. Champion

Dr. Champion (Auburn ’08), 31, Vinton, Louisiana, died Oct. 26, 2014. She practiced equine medicine at Baronne Veterinary Clinic in Sunset, Louisiana. Memorials may be made to Trigg County High School Class of 2001 Champion Scholarship Fund, c/o Bank of Cadiz, P.O. Box 2020, Cadiz, KY 42211; or Emily Champion Memorial Scholarship, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Diana Turner, 104 Green Hall, Auburn, AL 36849. 

Guy R. Clugston

Dr. Clugston (Michigan State ’42), 94, Detroit, died July 20, 2014. He practiced small animal medicine in Detroit from 1948-1992. Early in his career, Dr. Clugston served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of captain.

His son, daughter, and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 4619 N. Ravenswood Ave. #302, Chicago, IL 60640. 

Bill R. Ellsworth

Dr. Ellsworth (Texas A&M ’52), 85, Seattle, died Oct. 24, 2014. A small animal practitioner, he owned White Center Veterinary Hospital in Seattle for 40 years. Prior to that, Dr. Ellsworth owned Airport Veterinary Hospital in Seattle. He also served as track veterinarian at Longacres racetrack in Renton, Washington, for several summers in the 1960s. He is survived by his wife, Jean; three children; and two grandchildren. Dr. Ellsworth’s brother, Dr. Jerry Ellsworth (Texas A&M ’61), is a retired veterinarian in Dallas. 

Philip M. Goebel

Dr. Goebel (Purdue ’63), 76, Novato, California, died Nov. 15, 2014. A small animal practitioner, he owned San Anselmo Animal Clinic in San Anselmo, California, prior to retirement. Early in his career, Dr. Goebel served in the Air Force. His wife, Diana; three children; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741. 

Adolphe D. Greybek

Dr. Greybek (Pennsylvania ’63), 76, Warren, New Jersey, died Nov. 1, 2014. A small animal practitioner, he owned Animal Clinic of Warren for 45 years. Earlier, Dr. Greybek served as a captain in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and practiced in Westfield, New Jersey. He was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and New Jersey VMA. Dr. Greybek’s wife, Mimi; a son; and two daughters; and two grandchildren survive him. One daughter, Dr. Donna M. Greybek (Pennsylvania ’96), practices at the Animal Clinic of Warren. 

Memorials may be made to the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, P.O. Box 191, Metuchen, NJ 08840.
 
Milton H. Hatcher

Dr. Hatcher (Georgia ’58), 83, Gray, Georgia, died Aug. 5, 2014. He owned a small animal practice in Gray prior to retirement in 1990. Before that, Dr. Hatcher practiced in Macon, Georgia, for several years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Hatcher is survived by his wife, Margie; a daughter; and two grandchildren. 

Joseph S. Hayden

Dr. Hayden (Oklahoma State ’64), 83, Denton, Texas, died Sept. 27, 2014. He worked for Ralston Purina in St. Louis for 26 years, retiring as animal health manager for research and development. Early in his career, Dr. Hayden served as a captain in the Army. He was a past president of what is now known as the American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians.

Dr. Hayden is survived by his wife, Betty Lou; two daughters and a son; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Our Daily Bread, c/o St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St., Denton, TX 76201. 

Gilbert F. Hoppenstedt 

Dr. Hoppenstedt (Pennsylvania ’40), 97, Hurley, New York, died July 3, 2014. He began his career practicing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 1945, Dr. Hoppenstedt moved to Kingston, New York, and established Hoppenstedt Animal Hospital, initially practicing mixed animal medicine, later focusing on small animals. He served on the board of directors of several civic organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, YMCA, Hurley Library, and Hurley Heritage Society. Dr. Hoppenstedt’s two daughters, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive him. 

Ann V. Hurst

Dr. Hurst (Georgia ’77), 62, Orangeburg, South Carolina, died Sept. 29, 2014. She owned Edisto Pet Clinic in Orangeburg. Dr. Hurst was a member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. She served on the board of trustees of Lander University and Orangeburg Civic Ballet and was a member of Rotary International and Rotary Club of Orangeburg. Her stepdaughter and stepgrandson survive her. Memorials may be made to Orangeburg Civic Ballet, 1321 Springdale Drive, Orangeburg, SC 29118; or Orangeburg Morning Rotary Club, P.O. Box 2271, Orangeburg, SC 29116. 

David Ibsen

Dr. Ibsen (Pennsylvania ’43), 93, North Little Rock, Arkansas, died July 5, 2014. He served as extension veterinarian at the University of Arkansas until 1981. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ibsen was Arkansas state veterinarian and served as an agricultural chemicals specialist at the university. He was a past president of the Arkansas VMA and what was known as the National Assembly of Chief Livestock Sanitary Officials. Dr. Ibsen was also a past secretary of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board and a past Southern regional representative of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians. In 1969, he was named Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year. 

Dr. Ibsen served as a captain in the Army from 1939-1945. He served again from 1951-1952, attaining the rank of major. Dr. Ibsen is survived by his wife, Wanda; a son and a daughter; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.
 
Edward P. Maddox III

Dr. Maddox (Texas A&M ’45), 91, Decatur, Texas, died June 16, 2014. A large animal practitioner, he served 20 years as a livestock market veterinarian for several markets in Texas and a few in southern Oklahoma. Earlier in his career, Dr. Maddox practiced dairy medicine for 20 years, serving multiple Texas counties, including Palo Pinto, Parker, and Wise. He was a past member of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. 

Dr. Maddox authored the books “Cow Veterinarian, It’s Great,” “10,000 Miles Hunting Cactus in Texas,” and “Sticks and Stones: Man’s First Weapons and the Man that Made Them.” He served as a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II. Dr. Maddox was a past president of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution and a member of the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Society and Lions Club. He is survived by three granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Decatur Lions Club, P.O. Box 135, Decatur, TX 76234. 

Thomas A. Miller

Dr. Miller (Michigan State ’60), 86, Murrysville, Pennsylvania, died Sept. 22, 2014. He owned Milford Large Animal Clinic in Milford, Indiana, where he practiced for more than 35 years prior to retirement. Dr. Miller also owned Trio Farms in North Manchester, Indiana, from 1972-1982, raising Black Angus cattle and Quarter Horses. He was a member of the Indiana VMA. Active in civic life, Dr. Miller was a past president of the Milford Town Council and was named Citizen of the Year by the Milford Area Development Committee in 1980. He was a lifetime member of Lions International and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow for his service to the Lions Club International Foundation. Dr. Miller was also a member of the Murrysville Lions Club and active with the Shriners Club and Masonic Lodge.

He served in the Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Combat Star. Dr. Miller’s son, daughter, and three grandchildren survive him. His daughter, Dr. Tamara (Miller) Zeliff (Purdue ’88), is a small animal veterinarian in Export, Pennsylvania. Dr. Miller’s son-in-law, Dr. James Zeliff (Purdue ’88), is an equine veterinarian in Murrysville.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, NY 10163; or Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund, 4951 Cline Hollow Road, Murrysville, PA 15668.  

Perry J. Nermoe

Dr. Nermoe (Minnesota ’74), 64, Towner, North Dakota, died July 18, 2014. A mixed animal practitioner, he began his career in Gonvik, Minnesota. In 1980, Dr. Nermoe moved to North Dakota and established Towner Veterinary Service, serving the area until 1999. He subsequently owned Rugby Veterinary Clinic in Rugby, North Dakota. In later years, Dr. Nermoe helped area ranchers with their livestock. He also provided his services to the Rugby Livestock Auction. 

Dr. Nermoe is survived by his fiancee, Judy Erickson; four children; and three grandchildren. 

Dennis P. Rahn

Dr. Rahn (Minnesota ’59), 78, Marathon, Florida, died Sept. 8, 2014. Following graduation and after earning a master’s in avian pathology/microbiology from the University of Illinois in 1961, he worked as a staff veterinarian for Pine Manor Inc., an integrated turkey company in Goshen, Indiana. During that time, Dr. Rahn established a diagnostic laboratory for the company. In 1963, he joined Jerome Foods Inc. in Barron, Wisconsin, where he worked as a staff veterinarian. Dr. Rahn eventually served as president of the company. In later years, he was a poultry consultant. 

Dr. Rahn was a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians, Poultry Science Association, and Minnesota and North Central Wisconsin VMAs. He was active with the Barron County Fair 4-H clubs and the annual 4-H Livestock Auction. 

Dr. Rahn initiated a Pomeroy Legacy Scholar endowment for graduate students in poultry medicine with an emphasis on food animal medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.  

His wife, Terry; a son; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Pomeroy Legacy Scholar Endowment, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Bill Venne, 1365 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108.
 
Christine M. Simcik

Dr. Simcik (Missouri ’86), 53, St. Louis, died Nov. 11, 2014. She owned Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital in St. Louis since 1989, practicing mostly small animal medicine. Earlier in her career, Dr. Simcik served as a relief veterinarian at emergency clinics in St. Louis. With a special fondness for Doberman Pinschers, she was a strong supporter of research on dilated cardiomyopathy conducted at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. Memorials may be made to the Morris Animal Foundation, 720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 174A, Denver, CO 80246. 

Irving Singman

Dr. Singman (Missouri ’59), 89, Arcadia, California, died Oct. 2, 2014. He owned a small animal practice in southern California’s San Gabriel Valley from 1959-1991. Dr. Singman was an Army veteran of World War II. His wife, Rita; four children; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren survive him.  

Richard H. Stoneback Jr.

Dr. Stoneback (Pennsylvania ’88), 55, Oxford, Pennsylvania, died Aug. 19, 2014. He owned a small animal practice in Oxford for 26 years. Dr. Stoneback was a member of the American Dairy Goat Association and served as a dairy goat judge. He is survived by his wife, Donna; a son and a daughter; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Ed Mitchell Colorectal Cancer Research Fund, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, 233 S. 10th St., Suite 502, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

 
 

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