Posted Jan. 13, 2016
AVMA honor roll member
Sam E. Adams
Dr. Adams (Mississippi State ’99), 56, Cumming, Georgia, died July 30, 2015. He owned Creekside Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Cumming. Early in his career, Dr. Adams worked at Orr Animal Hospital in Cumming. His wife, Debbie; three sons; and four grandchildren survive him.
N. Annelda Baetz
Dr. Baetz (Auburn ’47), 88, San Antonio, died June 10, 2015. She owned a small animal practice and a boarding kennel in San Antonio from 1947 until retirement in the mid-1980s.
During her career, Dr. Baetz also served as veterinarian for the city of San Antonio and the Animal Defense League of Texas in San Antonio. In the late 1970s, she spent several weeks in Barbados as a consultant for the Pan American Health Organization, working with the island’s veterinary public health unit and dog control division.
Dr. Baetz was a member of the Bexar County and San Antonio kennel clubs. In 2007, she was a recipient of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s WilfSan Antonio. In the late 1970s, she spent several weeks in Barbados as a consultant for the Pan American Health Organizationord S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Baetz is survived by three daughters and a son, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Jerry A. Berg
Dr. Berg (California-Davis ’58), 81, Arroyo Grande, California, died Nov. 9, 2015. He co-owned and served as partner at Adobe Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Los Altos, California, prior to retirement in 2002. Earlier in his career, Dr. Berg was a teaching associate at the University of California-Davis; worked in a mixed animal practice in Willows, California; and practiced small animal medicine in San Francisco. In retirement, he worked part time at the Arroyo Grande Animal Hospital. Dr. Berg was a member of the California VMA. His wife, Julie; two daughters; and six grandchildren survive him.
Charles F. Hall
Dr. Hall (Kansas State ’51), 92, Bryan, Texas, died Nov. 11, 2015. He was professor emeritus and a former head of what was known as the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Hall began his career as director of biological testing at Jensen-Salsbery Laboratories. He subsequently spent six years in poultry disease research and teaching at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Hall joined the veterinary faculty of Texas A&M in 1959. During his career, he also conducted research and did diagnostic work at Michigan State University. Dr. Hall was a past president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and Animal Disease Research Workers in Southern States. While at Texas A&M, he received the Faculty Achievement Award in Research and the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. In 1985, Dr. Hall was the recipient of the AAAP Special Service Award. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. Dr. Hall is survived by a daughter and a son, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803, or First United Methodist Church, 506 E. 28th St., Bryan, TX 77803.
Jeffrey A. Hall
Dr. Hall (Cornell ’77), 62, Clanton, Alabama, died July 23, 2015. He began his career in mixed animal practice in upstate New York. Dr. Hall subsequently moved to Minneapolis, where he worked for Cardiac Pacemakers Inc./Guidant Corporation, also teaching at the Medical Institute of Minnesota. He later worked for St. Jude Medical and Sorin Group in Birmingham, Alabama, in cardiac rhythm research and management. In 2004, Dr. Hall helped coordinate the process for Babec, a gorilla with cardiac disease at the Birmingham Zoo, to receive a cardiac resynchronization therapy device. Babec was the world’s first gorilla to undergo this procedure.
During his career, Dr. Hall also served as an adjunct professor at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Alabama-Birmingham. At the time of his death, he was a consultant and practiced small animal medicine part time. Dr. Hall is survived by two daughters. Memorials may be made to Alina Lodge, 61 Ward Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825; New Canaan Mounted Troop, 22 Carter St., New Canaan, CT 06840; or Trinity Episcopal Church, 503 2nd Ave. S, Clanton, AL 35045.
Billy B. Hancock
Dr. Hancock (Texas A&M ’51), 88, Fort Dodge, Iowa, died July 20, 2015. From 1976 until retirement in 1984, he was vice president and technical director of research, control, and marketing at Fort Dodge Laboratories. Dr. Hancock began his career with Fort Dodge as assistant director of biological production. In the mid-1950s, he joined The Ohio State University as an instructor of microbiology and supervisor of the diagnostic laboratory, eventually becoming an assistant professor. After earning his doctorate in microbiology from the university in 1960, Dr. Hancock left academia to serve as director of production for American Scientific Laboratories in Madison, Wisconsin. He returned to Fort Dodge as vice president of manufacturing in 1972.
A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Dr. Hancock was a past chair of the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and a member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. In 2006, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences honored him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Hancock served in the Army and Navy during World War II. His daughter and son, grandson, and two stepgrandchildren survive him.
Maurice M. Hanify
Dr. Hanify (Minnesota ’58), 95, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, died Oct. 17, 2015. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Hanify Veterinary Clinic in Belle Fourche prior to retirement in 2009, focusing on large animal medicine. Earlier, Dr. Hanify owned Sturgis Veterinary Hospital in Sturgis, South Dakota. During his career, he also served as veterinarian for the Sturgis and Belle Fourche Livestock exchanges and St. Onge Livestock. Dr. Hanify was a member of the South Dakota VMA. In 1994, he was named Agri-Business Person of the Year by the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, and in 2001, was awarded life membership in the chamber. Dr. Hanify is survived by a son, three daughters, and six grandchildren.
Robert E. Pope
Dr. Pope (Missouri ’55), 88, Longview, Texas, died Oct. 28, 2015. Following graduation, he served in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel after 22 years. Dr. Pope then joined the Texas Department of Health as a public health veterinarian in Richmond, also serving as director of zoonosis control for southeast Texas. He retired in the late 1980s. While in the military, Dr. Pope received a Meritorious Service Medal. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.