September 01, 2015

 

 Obituaries

Posted Aug. 19, 2015

 

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Hermann Bonasch
Dr. Bonasch (Michigan State ’60), 85, Dublin, California, died July 6, 2015. He practiced small animal medicine at Arroyo Veterinary Clinic in San Lorenzo, California, for more than 40 years. Dr. Bonasch’s wife, Marcia; a son, a daughter, and a stepson; and a grandchild and two stepgrandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Animal Welfare Institute, 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003.
 
Pamela L. Chamberlain

Dr. Chamberlain (Michigan State ’87), 56, Gaithersburg, Maryland, died July 1, 2015. She began her career practicing mixed animal medicine in Sturgis, Michigan. Dr. Chamberlain then joined the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, working 14 years as a reviewer in its Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation. During that time, she obtained a doctorate in toxicology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore (2001) and became a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. Chamberlain later spent a year at the World Health Organization as part of its International Programme on Chemical Safety, serving as a temporary adviser on several joint Food and Agriculture Organization-WHO expert committees on food additives. She also led the U.S. delegation on the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods. Dr. Chamberlain went on to serve as study director and associate director for veterinary services at Covance Laboratories in Reston, Virginia, before joining the FDA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats in 2011.

At the time of her death, she was a supervisory veterinary medical officer and the institutional official for the FDA White Oak Animal Program, assuming the responsibilities for the agencywide memorandum of agreement between the FDA, Department of Agriculture, and National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare to promote laboratory animal welfare efforts. Dr. Chamberlain was a past president of the Association for Women Veterinarians, which became a foundation and recently disbanded. She is survived by her spouse, Teri Gilger. Memorials may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

Erica D. Geary
Dr. Geary (Virginia-Maryland ’14), 26, Farmville, Virginia, died April 3, 2015. She practiced small animal medicine at Ridge Animal Hospital in Farmville. Active with the Christian Veterinary Mission, Dr. Geary traveled to Haiti, Nicaragua, and Mongolia. Memorials may be made to the Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.
 
Norman H. Goldstein
Dr. Goldstein (Cornell ’66), 77, Tully, New York, died June 13, 2015. A small animal and wildlife veterinarian, he founded and owned Manlius Veterinary Hospital in Manlius, New York, until 2005. Dr. Goldstein later served as a relief veterinarian and wildlife rehabilitator. He was a longtime member of the New York State VMS. Dr. Goldstein was a competitive canoe racer and a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club. He is survived by his wife, Georgia; three sons and two daughters; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Alive!Foundation, 3382 County Line Road, Skaneateles, NY 13152, or toward supporting pancreatic cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065.
 
Samuel K. Grant
Dr. Grant (Auburn ’71), 69, Cincinnati, died April 28, 2015. He owned Mount Washington Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Cincinnati, prior to retirement in 2011. Dr. Grant also bred Doberman Pinschers. Early in his career, he worked in Kentucky for a few years. Memorials may be made to the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Rescue, 6400 Tripp Road, China, MI 48054.
 
William J. Hadlow

Dr. Hadlow (Ohio State ’48), 94, Hamilton, Montana, died June 20, 2015. A past president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was a former head of the epidemiology branch of the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton. Following graduation, Dr. Hadlow taught veterinary pathology at the University of Minnesota. In 1952, he joined RML as a veterinary pathologist, beginning a lifelong research career in comparative pathology. Dr. Hadlow transferred to the Animal Disease and Parasite Research Division of the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in 1958, stationed in Berkshire, England. In 1961, Dr. Hadlow returned to the United States as a research pathologist and head of the slow viral disease section of the RML.

Dr. Hadlow was known for his expertise on prion disease pathology, playing a major role in identifying chronic wasting disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy as prion diseases. He established a scrapie disease research program and investigated several other infectious diseases, including Aleutian disease of mink and progressive pneumonia of sheep. Dr. Hadlow’s research linked neurologic disorders in humans and animals, and his work contributed to the use of slow virus infections of animals as models for human disease. He identified kuru, a spongiform encephalopathy of New Guinea inhabitants, as a slow virus disease similar to scrapie, publishing his observations in an article in Lancet. On the basis of the article, Daniel C. Gajdusek, MD, received an NIH grant to investigate kuru and ultimately won a Nobel Prize for his work.

In 1971, Dr. Hadlow received a Superior Service Award from what is now known as the Department of Health and Human Services, and, in 1981, he was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hadlow was awarded the Olafson Medal, created to honor Dr. Peter Olafson, in 1992 for his contributions in pathology to the fields of comparative medicine and infectious disease, and, in 1994, he received the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society’s Karl F. Meyer Gold Headed Cane Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary epidemiology. In 2001, the University of Minnesota honored him with an honorary doctor of science degree for his achievements in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Hadlow was a veteran of the Army and the Navy. He is survived by his son and daughter. 

Richard A. Hartkopf
Dr. Hartkopf (Kansas State ’56), 83, Mountainside, New Jersey, died Jan. 13, 2015. He was the founder of Westfield Animal Hospital in Westfield, New Jersey. Dr. Hartkopf was a past president of the New Jersey and Metropolitan New Jersey VMAs. He served as a first lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Hartkopf’s wife, Janet; a daughter and a son; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Seeing Eye Dog Training Center, 10 Washington Valley Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.
 
Coen H. Huddleston
Dr. Huddleston (Texas A&M ’44), 93, Uvalde, Texas, died May 19, 2015. He practiced large animal medicine in Texas’ Uvalde County and surrounding areas. Dr. Huddleston also established a rabies vaccination program in the area and participated in the annual drive for six decades. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps Reserve during the Korean War. Dr. Huddleston’s three sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him.
 
Averry M. Irwin
Dr. Irwin (Pennsylvania ’54), 85, Max Meadows, Virginia, died June 27, 2015. He served as regional veterinarian for southwest Virginia with the Virginia State Department of Agriculture for more than 40 years prior to retirement. Dr. Irwin’s two daughters and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Jean Lester, 430 W. Washington St., Wytheville, VA 24382.
 
James W. Kahl

Dr. Kahl (Michigan State ’51), 94, Winona, Minnesota, died June 24, 2015. He began his career practicing mixed animal medicine in Winona. In 1960, Dr. Kahl established Kahl Animal Hospital in Winona, where he worked until 1968. He then served as director of research and development in the agricultural division of Watkins Products Inc. in Winona, before semi-retiring in 1985. Dr. Kahl continued to consult for five years. He was a member of the Minnesota and Wisconsin VMAs and volunteered with the Winona Area Humane Society. Active in civic life, Dr. Kahl served on the Winona City Council.

He was an Army Air Corps and Air Force veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dr. Kahl received several honors for his service. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Dr. Kahl is survived by his wife, Jenny; a daughter and a son; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Winona Area Humane Society, 1112 E. Broadway St., Winona, MN 55987, or Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987. 

Norman W. Knispel
Dr. Knispel (Ohio State ’66), 77, Webster, South Dakota, died May 4, 2015. He practiced large animal medicine at Webster Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Knispel was a veteran of the Army. His two sons and two daughters, 12 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to the North Central Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, 209 N. Garfield, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
 
William Lloyd
Dr. Lloyd (Brandeis Middlesex ’43), 93, The Villages, Florida, died June 16, 2015. After serving in the Army during World War II, he established The Lloyd Animal Hospital in Stoughton, Massachusetts, where he practiced small animal medicine for more than 40 years. Dr. Lloyd also served as an adviser to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Rotary Club, and American Legion. Dr. Lloyd’s wife, Joan, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be sent to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162.
 
Derry D. Magee

Dr. Magee (Texas A&M ’58), 80, College Station, Texas, died June 3, 2015. He was a clinical associate professor in the Department of Large Animal and Clinical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences from 1990 until retirement in 2007. Dr. Magee also served as staff veterinarian for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Earlier in his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Louisiana for 32 years, initially in Amite and later in Kentwood.

Active with the National FFA Organization, Dr. Magee was a recipient of its American FFA Degree. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Dr. Magee’s wife, Gwendora; a daughter; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials toward the Dr. Derry Magee Scholarship Fund, with checks payable to the Texas A&M Foundation, may be sent to the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Attn: Dean’s Office, 4461 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843. 

William C. Marlatt
Dr. Marlatt (Pennsylvania ’59), 80, Pittsboro, North Carolina, died Jan. 8, 2015. He owned Garner Animal Hospital in Garner, North Carolina, where he practiced small animal medicine for 46 years. Dr. Marlatt was a veteran of the Army, attaining the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; a daughter and two sons; and four grandchildren. One son, Dr. William C. Marlatt II (North Carolina ’88), is a veterinarian in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Diamond Hill Office Complex, 2460 W. 26th Ave. #500C, Denver, CO 80211, or American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.
 
Virgil E. McWilliams Jr.
Dr. McWilliams (Oklahoma State ’72), 84, Hooker, Oklahoma, died April 30, 2015. He practiced in Oklahoma at Ardmore and Hooker. Dr. McWilliams was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; three daughters; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials toward the Gary Sinise Foundation may be made c/o Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2nd, Liberal, KS 67901.
 
John J. Missenis
Dr. Missenis (Cornell ’67), 77, Hagerstown, Maryland, died Feb. 25, 2015. He worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Hagerstown prior to retirement in 1992. Dr. Missenis was a member of the Hagerstown Elks. He served in the Air Force from 1955-1959. Dr. Missenis is survived by his stepson.
 
Sara J. Moore
Dr. Moore (Georgia ’59), 79, Gray, Georgia, died June 12, 2015. She retired as a veterinary medical officer from the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in 1997. Earlier in her career, Dr. Moore served with the United States Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health; co-established a mixed animal practice in Gray with her husband, Dr. Berry W. Moore (Georgia ’60); and served as a relief veterinarian. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Memorials toward the building fund may be made to Gray United Methodist Church, 117 S. Jefferson St., Gray, GA 31032.
 
Donald E. Mossbarger
Dr. Mossbarger (Ohio State ’45), 92, Bloomingburg, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2015. He owned a large animal practice and was the founder of Midland Acres, a Standardbred horse farm, in Bloomingburg. Dr. Mossbarger was a past president of the Ohio and Southern Ohio VMAs, Ohio Standard Breeders Association, and Fayette County Hereford Association and a former board member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. He was also a past president of the Fayette County Board of Health and Bloomingburg Lions Club. In 1969, Dr. Mossbarger received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and, in 1981, he was awarded the United States Harness Writers Association Achievement Award. In 2000, he was inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Dr. Mossbarger is survived by three daughters and two sons, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 301 E. Market St., Washington Court House, OH 43160, or Political Action Committee for Equine Racing, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, 850 Michigan Ave., Columbus, OH 43215.
 
G. Robert Oldham
Dr. Oldham (Ohio State ’38), 99, Chicago, died March 19, 2015. He was assistant state veterinarian for Indiana from 1966 until retirement in 1983. Dr. Oldham began his career as city veterinarian in Dayton, Ohio. From 1941-1966, he owned a mixed animal practice in Kokomo, Indiana. Dr. Oldham was a past president of the Indiana VMA. In 1982, he was honored with a state of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award. Dr. Oldham’s wife, Betty; three sons; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 9401 E. 25th St., Indianapolis, IN 46226.
 
Joseph W. Ralston
Dr. Ralston (Ohio State ’51), 89, Wichita, Kansas, died June 1, 2015. He worked in meat inspection for the Department of Agriculture in Liberal, Kansas, and Maricopa, Arizona, prior to retirement in 2005. Before that, Dr. Ralston owned Kindness Hospital for Small Animals in Phoenix for more than 30 years. Early in his career, he worked in South Euclid, Ohio. Dr. Ralston was a Navy veteran of World War II. His wife, Bettylou; three children; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the First Evangelical Free Church, 1825 N. Woodlawn St., Wichita, KS 67208.
 
Joseph P. Renaldo
Dr. Renaldo (Cornell ’61), 77, Plummer, Idaho, died May 8, 2015. He co-founded and practiced mixed animal medicine at Oneida Animal Hospital in Oneida, New York, prior to retirement in 1998. Early in his career, Dr. Renaldo served in the Army Veterinary Corps. He was a past president of the Central New York VMA, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. Active in civic life, Dr. Renaldo was also a past president of the Vernon-Verona-Sherill School Board, a charter member of the St. Maries Rotary Club, and a member of the Rotary Club of Sherill. He received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition several times. Dr. Renaldo’s wife, Joan; two sons and two daughters; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.
 
Russell R. Schoen
Dr. Schoen (Missouri ’66), 73, Columbia, Missouri, died Jan. 12, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he was the former owner of Rockbridge Animal Hospital in Columbia. Dr. Schoen is survived by his son.
 
Joseph L. Sewell
Dr. Sewell (Michigan State ’55), 86, Crown Point, Indiana, died May 14, 2015. He practiced mixed animal medicine at Smith Animal Clinic in Crown Point for 55 years. Dr. Sewell was a member of the Indiana VMA and helped organize the Calumet Area VMA. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons; and three grandchildren. Dr. Sewell’s nephew, Dr. Kirk Smith (Purdue ’89), practices at Smith Animal Clinic. Memorials may be made to the Crown Point Court House Foundation, P.O. Box 556, Crown Point, IN 46308.
 
Howard S. Smith
Dr. Smith (Ohio State ’44), 93, Fairborn, Ohio, died July 6, 2015. He owned a large animal practice in Yellow Springs, Ohio, for 40 years. Dr. Smith was a member of the Ohio VMA and Lions Club. His wife, Phyllis; a son and a daughter; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him.
 
Robert Van Camp
Dr. Van Camp (Kansas State ’57), 82, Topeka, Kansas, died April 8, 2015. He owned a mixed animal practice in Colby, Kansas, prior to retirement. Dr. Van Camp helped establish the veterinary technology curriculum at Colby Community College. Early in his career, he worked for the Department of Agriculture in poultry inspection and owned a practice in Hoxie, Kansas. Dr. Van Camp was a member of the Kansas Livestock Association. He served three terms as mayor of Colby and was active with the Colby Chamber of Commerce and the local school board. Dr. Van Camp’s wife, Marjorie; two sons and two daughters; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Precise Clinical Research, 1230 SW Harvey, Suite B, Topeka, KS 66604.
 
Stanley A. Witzel Jr.
Dr. Witzel (Cornell ’57), 82, Charlotte, North Carolina, died June 5, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he co-owned Cedar Grove Animal Hospital in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, from 1959 until retirement in 1995. Dr. Witzel also helped establish an emergency veterinary hospital in the Montclair-West Essex area of New Jersey. He was a past president of the Metropolitan New Jersey VMA, a past member of the New Jersey VMA board of directors and a past chair of the NJVMA Ethics and Grievance Committee, and a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Witzel’s wife, Betty; two sons; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Class of 1957 Veterinary College Memorial Scholarship, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Box 39, Schurman Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.