June 01, 2015



Posted May 13, 2015
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Edward G. Batte

Dr. Batte (Texas A&M ’49), 93, Southern Pines, North Carolina, died Nov. 9, 2014. He was professor emeritus of veterinary medicine and a former head of the animal disease section at the North Carolina State University Department of Animal Science. Dr. Batte was known for his expertise in parasitology. His research focused on the development and testing of dewormers in animals, particularly in pigs. Semiretired, Dr. Batte taught at the University of Sydney. He was a former member of the North Carolina VMA and a past secretary of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club. Dr. Batte served as a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. 

Joseph F. Coyle
Dr. Coyle (Kansas State ’57), 81, Gothenburg, Nebraska, died Nov. 8, 2014. He was a veterinary medical officer with the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service from 1991 until retirement in 2010. Earlier in his career, Dr. Coyle served as base veterinarian with the Air Force; owned Coyle Veterinary Clinic, a large animal practice in Broken Bow, Nebraska; served as president of Omaha Vaccine Company in Omaha, Nebraska; and owned Coyle Veterinary Supply. He was a past president of the Nebraska VMA. Dr. Coyle’s two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren survive him.
Milton P. Crenshaw Jr.
Dr. Crenshaw (Tuskegee ’66), 71, St. Paul, Minnesota, died Feb. 14, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he established the Animal Medical Clinic in St. Paul in 1973. Dr. Crenshaw retired in 2013. Earlier in his career, he worked in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Dr. Crenshaw served on the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine from 1983-1989 and was a member of the Minnesota VMA. He is survived by a son, daughter, and grandson.
Donald R. Davidsen

Dr. Davidsen (Cornell ’59), 78, Canisteo, New York, died Jan. 10, 2015. From 1995 until retirement in 1999, he served as commissioner of agriculture and markets for the state of New York. Following graduation, Dr. Davidsen joined the Air Force and attained the rank of captain while serving in Alabama and Aviano, Italy. He returned to the United States in 1964 and established a large animal practice in Canisteo, where he practiced until 1987. During that time, Dr. Davidsen served as a Steuben County coroner and was a Steuben County legislator and vice chairman. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1986.

Dr. Davidsen was a past president of the Canisteo Rotary Club, served on the Canisteo Central School Board, and was a member of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency and American Legion. In 2002, he was elected to the Steuben County Hall of Fame. Dr. Davidsen’s wife, Valarie; two daughters and a son; seven stepchildren; eight grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild survive him. His stepson, Dr. Guy R. Hammond (Pennsylvania ‘96), is a mixed animal veterinarian in Bath, New York.

Memorials may be made to the Wimodaughsian Library, 19 West Main St., Canisteo, NY 14823; or Care First, 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. 

Robert H. Dunlop

Dr. Dunlop (Guelph ’56), 85, Stone Mountain, Georgia, died Dec. 18, 2014. Professor emeritus of clinical and population sciences at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine since 1998, he was dean of the college from 1980-1988. Following graduation and after obtaining his doctorate in veterinary physiology and pharmacology from the University of Minnesota in 1961, Dr. Dunlop worked a year in the United Kingdom and then joined Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as an associate professor of pharmacology. In 1965, he was appointed professor and the first head of the Department of Physiological Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1971-1973, Dr. Dunlop served as professor and dean of veterinary sciences at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He then moved to Australia, where he was appointed the founding dean of the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch University in Perth, also serving as a professor of experimental medicine and therapeutics. Dr. Dunlop returned to the United States as dean of the University of Minnesota veterinary college.

A past president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society and a past vice president of the World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine, he was a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Dunlop co-authored the textbooks “Physiology of Small and Large Domestic Animals” and “Veterinary Medicine: An Illustrated History.” He also co-edited a book on pathophysiology. In 1967, Dr. Dunlop won the International Lactic Acid Prize, sponsored by a Danish research organization, for his paper on the nutritional and metabolic effects of lactic acid on ruminants. The University of Guelph granted him an honorary law degree for his contributions to veterinary medicine in 1987.

Dr. Dunlop is survived by his wife, Josephine; three sons and two daughters; and 11 grandchildren. One son, Dr. Hugo Dunlop (Murdoch ’81), is a large animal veterinarian in Bendigo, Australia.
Guy R. Fairbrother
Dr. Fairbrother (Washington State ’55), 85, McCall, Idaho, died Nov. 23, 2014. He practiced mixed animal medicine for 45 years in southern Idaho, primarily out of Burley and Bellevue, prior to retirement. Dr. Fairbrother is survived by his wife, Wanda; two sons and two daughters; three stepchildren; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. One son, Dr. Steve Fairbrother (Washington State ’84), is a veterinarian in Hailey, Idaho. Memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 100 N. Mission St., McCall, ID 83638.
Jan E. Gajentaan

Dr. Gajentaan (Utrecht ’57), 83, Marbella, Spain, died Feb. 25, 2015. A past president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, he was a professor of companion animal medicine and surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals at the Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Netherlands prior to retirement in the 1990s.

Following graduation, Dr. Gajentaan joined the small animal practice of his father, the late Dr. Johannes Gajentaan, in Amsterdam. In 1980, after obtaining his doctorate in experimental surgery from the Medical School of the University of Amsterdam, he moved to the United States, where he worked at the Valentine Small Animal Clinic in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Gajentaan returned to the Netherlands in 1983 to join Utrecht University. During his tenure, he served as department head, developed the surgery curriculum, and promoted the importance of postgraduate education for veterinarians.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Gajentaan founded the Voorjaarsdagen Congress, a conference in companion animal medicine and surgery held annually in the Netherlands. He also co-founded the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, serving as treasurer of the FECAVA and secretary-general and vice president of the FVE. Dr. Gajentaan was a member of merit of the Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association and an honorary member of the Netherlands Association for Companion Animal Medicine. He received several honors, including the WSAVA International Prize for Service to the Profession in 1988 and the American Animal Hospital Association Waltham Award in 1993. Dr. Gajentaan was a past recipient of the French Companion Animal Veterinary Association Medal of Honor.

He is survived by his wife, Coby; two sons and two daughters; and his grandchildren. 

Clinton M. Greenwood
Dr. Greenwood (Cornell ’58), 90, Billings, New York, died Oct. 17, 2014. A mixed animal veterinarian, he established Billings Animal Hospital in 1958, practicing there until retirement in 1989. Earlier, Dr. Greenwood served in the Army during World War II and was the manager-herdsman at Ralph Connors Dairy Farm in Unionvale, New York. His wife, Ruth, survives him.
Anita “Sunny” L. Hinshaw
Dr. Hinshaw (Oklahoma State ’75), 64, Tontitown, Arkansas, died Oct. 17, 2014. A small animal veterinarian, she owned Southwest Pet Hospital in Springdale until 2011. Dr. Hinshaw also helped establish the animal shelter in Springdale. She was a member of the Tontitown City Council. Memorials may be made to Tontitown Historical Museum, Box 114, Tontitown, AR 72770; or Washington County Master Gardeners, 2536 N. McConnell Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72704.
Carter T. Jackson

Dr. Jackson (Colorado State ’51), 91, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, died Jan. 24, 2015. A mixed animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced until 1982. Dr. Jackson also owned the Lazy H Slash Eleven ranch in Colorado’s Garfield County. Early in his career, he worked in Riverton, Wyoming. Dr. Jackson was a past president of the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce, a past director of the Glenwood Springs Rural Fire Protection District, and a member of the Kiwanis for more than 60 years. He also served on the Glenwood City River and Trails Commission and Aspen Valley Land Trust. Dr. Jackson was named Outstanding Friend of the Colorado Mountain College in 1996. In 2004, he and his wife, Louise, were honored by the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce as Citizens of the Year. Dr. Jackson also received the Garfield County Commission Spirit of the West Award in 2010. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Dr. Jackson is survived by his wife, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. His granddaughter Martha Cook will be studying veterinary medicine with an interest in food animal medicine at the University of Tennessee, beginning in August. Memorials may be made to the Aspen Valley Land Trust, 320 Main St., #204, Carbondale, CO 81623. 

Dale E. Kelley
Dr. Kelley (Iowa State ’51), 87, Sauk City, Wisconsin, died Oct. 1, 2014. Following graduation, he established Sauk Prairie Small Animal Hospital, where he practiced for 60 years, the last 10 years with his son, Dr. Joseph E. Kelley (Wisconsin ’89). Dr. Kelley also co-founded Cayman Veterinary Service, a practice in the Grand Cayman Islands. He was a past president of the Wisconsin and Dane County VMAs. Dr. Kelley co-established the Sauk Prairie Airport and was a member of Ducks Unlimited. A veteran of the Army Air Force and Navy Air Force, he was also a member of the American Legion. Dr. Kelley’s wife, Donna; two sons and two daughters; and six grandchildren survive him.
Sam B. Kelsey
Dr. Kelsey (Texas A&M ’48), 87, Deport, Texas, died Nov. 29, 2014. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Deport for 55 years prior to retirement. Early in his career, Dr. Kelsey worked a year in Paris, Texas. He was a member of the Texas VMA. Dr. Kelsey served several years as president of the Deport School Board. His wife, Dorothy; a son and a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Highland Cemetery Association, c/o Marilyn Glover, 670 Clarksdale, Deport, TX 75435.
Billy J. La Rue

Dr. La Rue (Kansas State ’56), 82, Chanute, Kansas, died March 8, 2015. A mixed animal veterinarian, he was a partner at Animal Medical Center in Chanute. Dr. La Rue began his career as a first lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps, serving at Fort Benning in Georgia, where he was responsible for food inspection and care of the animals. In 1958, he co-established the Animal Medical Center. Dr. La Rue was a life member of the Kansas VMA and served as trustee of the southeast district of the association for several years. In 1998, he was named Kansas Veterinarian of the Year, and, in 2012, he received the KVMA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, Dr. La Rue and his practice partner, Dr. Donald D. McReynolds (Kansas State ’56), received a proclamation from the Kansas Senate, honoring them for the longest continuous veterinary partnership in Kansas’ history.

Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Chanute Kiwanis Club and was active with the 4-H Club and local Boy Scout program. Dr. La Rue was awarded the Scouter’s Key in 1971 and received the Silver Beaver Award from the Quivira Council, Boy Scouts of America, in 1975. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons and a daughter; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorials in his name may be made to the Pet Tribute Program, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 103 Trotter Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. 

George M. Marugg
Dr. Marugg (Washington State ’52), 94, Albany, Oregon, died Oct. 27, 2014. He worked for the Department of Agriculture in animal disease control prior to retirement in 1978. During that time, Dr. Marugg was stationed in Mexico, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming. Early in his career, he practiced for a year in Oregon. Dr. Marugg was a Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Joan; three sons and a daughter; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, 1046 Sixth Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321; or Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214.
Louis F. Ohlendorf

Dr. Ohlendorf (Illinois ’54), 86, Amboy, Illinois, died Oct. 13, 2014. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned Amboy Veterinary Clinic from 1954 until retirement in 1995. Active in civic life, Dr. Ohlendorf was a past president of the Amboy Hospital Board, served on the Amboy School Board, and was a member of the Amboy Lions Club and Masonic Lodge. A veteran of the Marine Corps, he was also a member of the American Legion.

Dr. Ohlendorf is survived by his wife, Norma; three sons and two daughters; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Granny Rose Animal Shelter, 613 River Lane, Dixon, IL 61021. 

James E. Smith
Dr. Smith (Texas A&M ’74), 72, Winters, Texas, died March 9, 2015. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Winters prior to semiretirement in 2008. After that, Dr. Smith worked part time for other veterinarians in the area and Rescue the Animals in Abilene, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Sherie; two daughters; four stepchildren; five grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Dr. James E. “Jimmy” Smith FFA Scholarship Fund, Attn: Rhonda Neal, Winters High School, 603 N. Heights St., Winters, TX 79567; or Bluff Creek Cowboy Church, 3802b Fm 2405, Winters, TX 79567.
John M. Sparks III

Dr. Sparks (Colorado State ’62), 79, Paradise Valley, Arizona, died Nov. 9, 2014. He owned an equine practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Sparks began his career as a veterinarian with the Air Force in Natick, Massachusetts. He subsequently established the Bar S Animal Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Wickenburg, Arizona. In 1975, Dr. Sparks moved to New Jersey, where he worked at the racetracks. He returned to his practice in Arizona two years later, focusing on equine medicine. Dr. Sparks also owned and showed Arabian horses, winning several national titles.

Active in civic life, he was involved with the 4-H Club, served as a director of the Wickenburg Community Hospital Board, and was a member of the Wickenburg Rotary Club and Wickenburg Planning and Zoning Commission. Dr. Sparks’ wife, Karen; two sons; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund, 236 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, CT 06752. 

Stanley Steinberg

Dr. Steinberg (Georgia ’59), 79, Richmond, Virginia, died Dec. 25, 2014. He began his career as a captain in the Air Force, serving as a base veterinarian in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was responsible for food inspection and the animals. In 1961, Dr. Steinberg moved to Richmond and became a partner at Ambassador Animal Hospital. He later established Deep Run Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Richmond, and co-established the first emergency veterinary hospital in Richmond.

Dr. Steinberg served as a consulting veterinarian to early research programs involving heart transplants at the Medical College of Virginia. He also served on the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine, helping to coordinate the establishment of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Steinberg is survived by his wife, Eilene; two sons and a daughter; two grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. 

John C. Treadwell
Dr. Treadwell (Texas A&M ’69), 73, Austin, Texas, died Dec. 14, 2014. He practiced in Austin for more than 35 years, initially in mixed animal practice, focusing later on small animals. Dr. Treadwell’s wife, Peg; four daughters; and 10 grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Coastal Conservation Association, 6919 Portwest, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77024; or Darrell K. Royal Fund for Alzheimer’s Research, P.O. Box 5839, Austin, TX 78763.
Donald E. Webster
Dr. Webster (Cornell ’49), 93, Pine Plains, New York, died Nov. 11, 2014. Following graduation, he joined a practice in Pine Plains, which he subsequently owned. Dr. Webster retired in 1994. He was a member of the New York State VMS. Dr. Webster served on the Pine Plains Board of Education and Library Board, was a charter member of the Pine Plains Lions Club, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. His wife, Dora; three daughters and a son; and seven grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice Inc., 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; Church of the Regeneration Endowment Fund, 18 Pine St., Pine Plains, NY 12567; Pine Plains Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 100, Pine Plains, NY 12567; or Pine Plains Veterinary Stray Animal Fund, P.O. Box 654, Pine Plains, NY 12567.
Billy R. Westbrook
Dr. Westbrook (Texas A&M ’55), 83, Houston, died Feb. 27, 2015. He owned a small animal clinic in the Spring Branch area of Houston. Following graduation, Dr. Westbrook established a practice in Rockdale, Texas. He subsequently worked in brucellosis control for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In 1957, Dr. Westbrook moved to Houston and served seven years as a veterinarian for the city. He established his small animal practice during this time. Dr. Westbrook was a member of the Texas VMA and was active with Spring Branch schools. His wife, Madeline; two sons; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to Unity Church of Christianity, 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, TX 77057.
William J. Winchester

Dr. Winchester (Kansas State ’46), 91, Dana Point, California, died Jan. 20, 2015. He was assistant dean for continuing veterinary medical education at the University of California-Irvine College of Medicine and assistant dean for the University of California-Davis’ Southern California Continuing Veterinary Medical Education Programs from 1974 until retirement. Dr. Winchester began his career on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin. He subsequently moved to Southern California, where he owned small animal practices at San Gabriel and Monrovia. In 1966, Dr. Winchester joined the Los Angeles County Veterinarian’s Office, working with the Division of Comparative Veterinary Medicine. He began consulting with UC-Irvine in 1969, and, in 1971, joined the university full time to develop a veterinary CE program.

A past president of the California Academy of Veterinary Medicine and San Gabriel Valley VMA and a distinguished lifetime member of the California and Southern California VMAs, Dr. Winchester was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, and American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and an honorary member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. He was co-named Veterinary Continuing Educator of the Year at the Veterinary Continuing Education Forum in 1984, and, in 1987, received an Award for Excellence in Continuing Education from the CAVM. In 1991, Dr. Winchester was the recipient of the inaugural Kansas State University E.R. Frank Alumni Award for Meritorious Service. He was also the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Dr. Winchester was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the Army Veterinary Corps during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons and two daughters; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Kansas State University Veterinary Medicine Class of 1946, Trotter Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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