April 01, 2015

 

 Obituaries

​Posted March 18, 2015

 

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Lawrence J. Algiers
Dr. Algiers (Minnesota ’52), 86, Hartford, Wisconsin, died Jan. 16, 2015. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Algiers Veterinary Service in Hartford prior to retirement. Dr. Algiers was a member of the Wisconsin VMA. His wife, Elizabeth; five daughters and two sons; and 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Kilian’s Education Endowment Fund, 428 Forest St., Hartford, WI 53027.
 
Richard M. Barschak
Dr. Barschak (Michigan State ’41), 95, Los Angeles, died Oct. 22, 2014. He began his career working for the city of Detroit. In 1945, Dr. Barschak moved to Los Angeles and practiced small animal medicine for 20 years. He then sold his practice and became a building contractor. Dr. Barschak later co-founded Westdale Savings and Loan. He is survived by his wife, Rita; two daughters and a son; and five grandchildren.
 
Stephen V. Camp
Dr. Camp (Purdue ’72), 66, Arlington Heights, Illinois, died Dec. 14, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Arlington Heights Animal Hospital prior to retirement in 2014. Dr. Camp was a past member of the Chicago VMA board of directors and a member of the Illinois State VMA. His wife, Laura, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to The Buddy Foundation (a no-kill animal shelter), 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
 
Beverly F. Corey

Dr. Corey (Tuskegee ’71), 66, Rockville, Maryland, died Aug. 5, 2014. She worked for the Food and Drug Administration, most recently serving as senior regional adviser for sub-Saharan Africa with the FDA’s Office of International Programs in Pretoria, South Africa. During her 43-year career with the FDA, Dr. Corey was a veterinary officer in the Center for Veterinary Medicine; served as a speech writer in the Office of Public Affairs; was director of staff for the Asia and Pacific, Africa, and Middle East regions; and served as acting country director for India. She was posthumously honored with the FDA Foreign Post Award.  

Memorials may be made to Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 608 N. Horners Lane, Rockville, MD 20850.

 
Albert B. Few
Dr. Few (Auburn ’61), 69, St. Petersburg, Florida, died Dec. 12, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he co-owned Skyway Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg for 42 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Few taught anatomy at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of the Florida and Pinellas County VMAs. In 1996, Dr. Few received an FVMA Distinguished Service Award. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; four daughters; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 9099 130th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33773; or First Baptist Church, 1900 Gandy Blvd. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33702.
 
Michael M. Forney

Dr. Forney (Georgia ’70), 73, Worton, Maryland, died Dec. 31, 2014. He was a partner at Chestertown Animal Hospital in Chestertown, Maryland, practicing mixed animal medicine for 45 years. During his career, Dr. Forney also served 10 years as a consulting veterinarian in Ecuador. He was a veteran of the Air Force. 

Dr. Forney’s wife, Kirsten; a daughter, two sons, and a stepdaughter; and seven grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County, 10720 Augustine Hermann Highway, Chestertown, MD 21620; Kent Association of Riding Therapy, P.O. Box 126, Worton, MD 21678; or Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, 201 Clay Drive, Queenstown, MD 21658.
 
Fred C. Hartman
Dr. Hartman (Texas A&M ’58), 79, Austin, Texas, died Oct. 9, 2014. Following graduation, he established a large animal practice in Edna, Texas. After earning his master’s in public health administration from Tulane University in 1968, Dr. Hartman moved to Austin, where he began a 30-year career with the Texas Department of State Health Services. During that time, he served as a public health veterinarian and a regional director.

Dr. Hartman’s two daughters and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Ave., Austin, TX 78757; or Alzheimer’s Association, 3520 Executive Center Drive Suite #140, Austin, TX 78731.
 
Margaret S. Helphrey
Dr. Helphrey (California-Davis ’79), 70, La Mesa, California, died Dec. 21, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, she and her husband, Dr. Marvin Helphrey (Iowa State ’74), co-owned Rancho Village Veterinary Hospital Inc. in La Mesa for 34 years. Dr. Helphrey is survived by her husband.
 
Fred E. Husmann
Dr. Husmann (Iowa State ’52), 96, Jerseyville, Illinois, died Aug. 15, 2014. He owned a small animal practice in Fairview Heights, Illinois, prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Husmann was in large animal practice in Augusta, Illinois, and consulted for Fort Dodge Laboratories. He was a member of the Illinois State and Missouri VMAs.

Dr. Husmann served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion and 5th Armored Division Association. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge. Dr. Husmann is survived by a son, a daughter, and two stepdaughters; and eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, 1009 N. State St., Jerseyville, IL 62052.
 
James T. King

Dr. King (Georgia ’54), 83, Thomaston, Georgia, died Nov. 6, 2014. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Thomaston Animal Clinic. Dr. King was a member of the Georgia VMA and Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. He received the GVMA President’s Award in 1991 and the GCA Hall of Fame Award in 2010. 

Active in civic life, Dr. King served on the board of trustees of Westwood School and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife, Latrelle; two sons and two daughters; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.
 
Morris R. Levy
Dr. Levy (Auburn ’43), 95, West Palm Beach, Florida, died Sept. 21, 2014. He worked as a veterinary medical officer for the Food and Drug Administration. During his career with the FDA, Dr. Levy received the Commendable Service Award and FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation. His daughter, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive him.
 
Dale W. Longtin

Dr. Longtin (Iowa State ’58), 80, Muscatine, Iowa, died Nov. 7, 2014. Following graduation, he joined Muscatine Veterinary Hospital, soon becoming a partner. During his 55-year career, Dr. Longtin initially practiced mixed animal medicine, later focusing on small animals. A past president of the Iowa and Eastern Iowa VMAs and Midwest Small Animal Association, he was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Longtin received the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Stange Award in 1997 and the IVMA Meritorious Service Award in 2007. 

Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Muscatine chapter of the American Red Cross and a member of the Muscatine Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Midge; three sons; and seven grandchildren. Memorials in Dr. Longtin’s name may be made to Companion Animal Fund, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1600 S. 16th. St., Ames, IA 50011.
 
Stanley Newman

Dr. Newman (Michigan State ’61), 82, Springfield, New Jersey, died Nov. 15, 2014. He owned Clark Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Rahway, New Jersey, prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Newman served as director of research at what is now known as the New Jersey Medical School and owned practices in New Jersey at Clinton, Stewartsville, and Union. He was a past president of American Veterinarians for Israel and a member of the New Jersey and Metropolitan New Jersey VMAs. 

Dr. Newman was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Arlene; a son and two daughters; and six grandchildren survive him. Dr. Newman’s son, Dr. Scott Newman (Tufts ’92), works for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Hanoi, Vietnam. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090; or Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460.
 
Harty S. Powell
Dr. Powell (Georgia ’53), 84, Brentwood, Tennessee, died Oct. 16, 2014. He served as director of the diagnostic laboratory at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for more than 20 years prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Powell earned a master’s degree in pathology from the University of Georgia and directed diagnostic laboratories in Kentucky at Hopkinsville and Lexington. A member of the Tennessee VMA, he was the recipient of an Award of Excellence in 1983, the Distinguished Service Award in 1991, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

Dr. Powell served in the Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. His wife, Elizabeth; a son and two daughters; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Senior Adult Ministry, Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027.
 
Jack K. Robbins

Dr. Robbins (Pennsylvania ’45), 93, Rancho Santa Fe, California, died Nov. 29, 2014. An equine veterinarian, he began his career practicing at California racetracks. Dr. Robbins later worked as farm manager at Conejo Ranch in California’s Conejo Valley and managed the Laguna Seca Ranch in California’s Monterey peninsula. He returned to his racetrack practice in Southern California in the mid-1960s, continuing until retirement in 1982.  

A longtime breeder of Thoroughbreds, Dr. Robbins helped establish and was a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, also serving as the first chair of the AAEP Practice Committee. He was a founding director and a past president of the Oak Tree Racing Association and director emeritus of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and University of California-Davis Center for Equine Health. Dr. Robbins was a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association for more than 50 years and was the first veterinarian to be elected to the Jockey Club.

In 1980, he received an AAEP Distinguished Life Member Award, and, in 1997, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine honored him with a Bellweather Medal and Citation of Gratitude. Dr. Robbins was named the Thoroughbred Club of America’s Honored Guest in 2002 and received the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters’ Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service to racing in 2009.

He is survived by four sons, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
 
William H. Smith
Dr. Smith (Texas A&M ’54), 90, Harrisonburg, Virginia, died Jan. 17, 2015. A mixed animal veterinarian, he established Massanutten Animal Clinic in Harrisonburg in 1955. Dr. Smith later opened a sister clinic in Elkton, Virginia. He also farmed and raised cattle. Dr. Smith retired in 1990.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army in the Pacific Theatre. Dr. Smith’s two daughters and two granddaughters survive him. His son-in-law, Dr. Douglas A. Houston (Georgia ’79), is a small animal veterinarian in Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
James E. Strickland

Dr. Strickland (Georgia ’61), 77, Glennville, Georgia, died Aug. 2, 2014. He practiced in Glennville, Georgia, initially in mixed animal practice, and, later, focusing on large animals. Dr. Strickland also served as an extension veterinarian for the University of Georgia. Earlier in his career, he practiced in Thomaston, Georgia. 

A past president of the Georgia VMA, Dr. Strickland also served on the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine from 1998-2004 and was a member of the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee from 2000-2004. He served on the former AVMA Steering Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance.

Dr. Strickland was a veteran of the Army Veterinary Corps and Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Norma; a daughter and two sons; and four grandchildren.
 
Stephen F. Wurst
Dr. Wurst (Pennsylvania ’77), 63, Manahawkin, New Jersey, died Nov. 16, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Barnegat Animal Clinic in Barnegat, New Jersey, for 30 years. Earlier, Dr. Wurst practiced at Brunswick Animal Hospital in Brunswick, Maine, and Stafford Veterinary Hospital in Manahawkin.

His wife, Cindy; two sons and a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him. One son, Dr. Andy Wurst (Iowa State ’06), practices at Barnegat Animal Clinic. Memorials in Dr. Wurst’s name may be made to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625.