October 01, 2015



Posted Sept. 16, 2015


AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member

Charles C. Oldt
Dr. Oldt (Michigan State ’56), 83, Grand Rapids, Michigan, died June 1, 2015. He was the founder of Plymouth Road Animal Clinic, a small animal practice in Grand Rapids. Dr. Oldt is survived by his wife, Patricia, and a son, daughter, and
stepson. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.
Martin E. Ottersberg
Dr. Ottersberg (Colorado State ’79), 63, Pueblo, Colorado, died May 24, 2015. He owned Veterinary Associates in Pueblo for 36 years, initially practicing mixed animal medicine and later focusing on small animals. Dr. Ottersberg also volunteered his services to the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo and Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation. His wife, Jody; a daughter and a son; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo, 5200 Nature Center Road, Pueblo, CO 81003, or Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation, 743 Crestview Drive, Florence, CO 81226.
Marshall O. Pitcher
Dr. Pitcher (Iowa State ’54), 89, Maquoketa, Iowa, died Feb. 4, 2015. From 1987 until retirement in 2000, he worked as a
veterinary inspector for the Department of Agriculture. Prior to that, Dr. Pitcher owned a mixed animal practice in Maquoketa for 30 years. Early in his career, he worked in Freeport, Illinois. Active in civic life, Dr. Pitcher served on the Jackson County Board of Health and Maquoketa School Board. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Pitcher is survived by his wife, Else; two sons and two daughters; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA 50011, or First United Methodist Church, 1019 Wesley Drive, Maquoketa, IA 52060.
Donald G. Reid

Dr. Reid (Colorado State ’43), 93, Evergreen, Colorado, died May 18, 2015. He owned a small animal practice in Denver prior to retirement in 1976. Dr. Reid also bred, raised, and showed Boxers. In 1976, he was named Colorado Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Reid served in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II. He is survived by three daughters and a son, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Dr. Reid’s daughter, Dr. Barbara Reid (Colorado State ’77); son-in-law, Dr. Jeffrey French (Minnesota ’77); and grandson, Dr. Douglas French (Tufts ’13), all practice small animal medicine at Cape Ann Veterinary Hospital in Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

Memorials may be made to Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439; Fort Morgan Heritage Foundation, Fort Morgan, CO 80701; or Rockies Heritage and Trails Foundation, Denver, CO 80222.
John E. Swanson
Dr. Swanson (Kansas State ’84), 59, Kansas City, Kansas, died July 11, 2015. A mixed animal veterinarian, he began his career practicing with his father, Dr. J.J. Swanson (Kansas State ’54), and brother, Dr. James Swanson (Kansas State ’83), at Welborn Animal Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Swanson later took over the practice, renaming it Wellborn Animal Hospital and Groom. He also worked at the Kansas City Stockyards and was active with the Central Veterinary Conference, Wyandotte County 4-H Fair, and Shriner’s Rodeo. Dr. Swanson’s wife, Carol, and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Kansas City Hospice, 1500 Meadow Lane Parkway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64114; or Wyandotte County 4-H Dog Project, Attn: Cynthia Clark, 1216 N. 79th St., Kansas City, KS 66112.
James H. Waage
Dr. Waage (Minnesota ’89), 56, Glenwood, Minnesota, died March 28, 2015. He and his wife, Dr. Jean Hollenstein (Minnesota ’88), co-owned Glacial Ridge Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Glenwood, since 1999. Earlier in his career, Dr. Waage practiced at Melrose Veterinary Clinic in Melrose, Minnesota, and worked in dairy nutrition for Land-O-Lakes and West-Con in Minnesota. He was a member of the Minnesota VMA. Dr. Waage is survived by his wife and two sons.
Pierre Wait
Dr. Wait (Georgia ’61), 82, Bamberg, South Carolina, died June 29, 2015. Following graduation, he worked a year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 1962, Dr. Wait established Denmark Animal Hospital in Denmark, South Carolina, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine, focusing later on small animals. He was a life member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Dr. Wait served in the Army from 1953-1955. He is survived by his fiancee, Beth Greene, and two sons. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 5266 Carolina Highway, Denmark, SC 29042.
Merritt B. Wooding
Dr. Wooding (Cornell ’61), 78, Hope, New Jersey, died Aug. 1, 2015. A retired mixed animal veterinarian, he was the former owner of Blairstown Animal Hospital in Blairstown, New Jersey. Dr. Wooding is survived by his wife, Pamela; a son and a daughter; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Cornell University Feline Research Center, 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14853.