March 15, 2016



Posted March 2, 2016

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Arthur E. Bass

Dr. Bass (Pennsylvania ’78), 63, Tustin, California, died Oct. 23, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he co-owned Newport Pet Clinic in Tustin. Early in his career, Dr. Bass practiced in California at Newport Beach, Irvine, Villa Park, and Orange.

Lauren A. Beebe

Dr. Beebe (Louisiana State ’03), 48, Killingworth, Connecticut, died Nov. 25, 2015. She practiced small animal medicine at Killingworth Animal Hospital. Earlier, Dr. Beebe served as a relief and emergency care veterinarian and taught at Louisiana State University. Her two children survive her.

Gerald M. Clark

Dr. Clark (California-Davis ’57), 89, Camarillo, California, died Aug. 15, 2015. In 1972, he established Somis Veterinary Hospital in Camarillo, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 2011. Earlier in his career, Dr. Clark practiced in Santa Barbara, California, and was a partner at Camarillo Veterinary Hospital. He was a past president of the Pleasant Valley Lions Club and was active with the 4-H Club.

Dr. Clark served in the Navy from 1944-1951. He is survived by his wife, Donna; a daughter and three sons; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 145 Hodencamp Road, Suite 205, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.

Makonnen Fekadu

Dr. Fekadu (Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University ’61), 84, Atlanta, died Jan. 4, 2016. Following his graduation from the RVAU in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dr. Fekadu returned to his native Ethiopia to begin a career in microbiology, serving a time as head of the Imperial Laboratory and Research Institute in Addis Ababa. He subsequently returned to Denmark, where he completed medical school, and later moved to Sweden, where he earned a doctorate in virology and zoonosis. 

In 1979, Dr. Fekadu joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. His work and research focused primarily on rabies, and he served for almost a year as acting branch chief for rabies. Dr. Fekadu also contributed his expertise to the investigation of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. After his retirement from the CDC, he worked with the World Health Organization on global public health issues and the Clinton Foundation on HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia. 

Dr. Fekadu’s wife, Lisbet; two daughters and a son; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials in his honor may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, (select tribute gift and enter Dr. Makonnen Fekadu in the tribute name field). 

Paul N. Fenner

Dr. Fenner (Washington State ’79), 61, Rancho Bernardo, California, died Sept. 5, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Bernardo Heights Veterinary Hospital in Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Fenner is survived by his wife, Chris, and a son.

William A. Goins

Dr. Goins (Kansas State ’82), 59, Wise, Virginia, died Jan. 6, 2016. He owned Wise County Animal Hospital, a primarily small animal practice, for more than 30 years. Dr. Goins was a member of the Virginia and Southwest Virginia VMAs, Lions Club of Wise, and Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda; a daughter; and a grandson. Memorials may be made to Wise County Animal Control, P.O. Box 570, Wise, VA 24293.

Robert N. Gray Jr.

Dr. Gray (Texas A&M ’48), 89, Sweetwater, Texas, died Dec. 19, 2015. He began his career practicing in Colorado City, Texas. Dr. Gray subsequently owned a mobile practice while tending to his cattle and cotton farms in Texas’ Mitchell and Scurry counties. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Gray’s companion, Addie Smith, survives him.

Robert C. Hammond

Dr. Hammond (Pennsylvania ’48), 93, Charlottesville, Virginia, died Sept. 1, 2015. He was professor emeritus at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hammond began his career in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he owned a mixed animal practice for 18 years. In 1967, he joined the University of Maryland as an extension veterinarian and in 1972 was named chair of its Department of Veterinary Science. Dr. Hammond subsequently helped established the Virginia-Maryland veterinary college, serving for a time as associate dean and chief administrator of its Maryland campus. He retired as professor emeritus in 1986.

Dr. Hammond was a past president of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians and District of Columbia and Maryland VMAs and a life member of the Maryland Cattlemen’s Association. In 1985, he was named an AAEV Extension Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Hammond was active in the community, serving as president of the Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville. He was a lifetime member of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service and was named one of Charlottesville’s Distinguished Dozen in 2001.

Dr. Hammond served in the Army during World War II. He is survived by a son, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Robert C. Hammond Scholarship, Account #873678, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, 225 Duck Pond Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Anndrea E. Hatcher

Dr. Hatcher (Purdue ’94), 45, Greenwood, Indiana, died Dec. 11, 2015. A small and exotic animal practitioner, she established Olive Branch Parke Veterinary Clinic in Greenwood in 2011. Dr. Hatcher also owned Olive Branch Parke Cattery, breeding Siamese cats. Early in her career, she worked in Yuma, Arizona, and northwest Indiana. Dr. Hatcher was a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and Association of Avian Veterin­arians. She was also a member of the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Hatcher’s husband, Paul, and a son and daughter survive her. Memorials toward her children’s college expenses may be made to the Anndrea Hatcher Memorial Fund, John Deere Credit Union, 6400 NW 86th St., Johnston, IA 50131, or Kapke Children College Fund.

Thomas A. Hutto Jr.

Dr. Hutto (Georgia ’85), 62, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, died Dec. 15, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he was the co-founder of Northwoods and West Ashley Veterinary clinics in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Hutto was a member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians and served on the alumni board of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two sons and a daughter; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the University of Georgia Foundation, 501 D.W. Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602.
Troy H. Jones

Dr. Jones (Oklahoma State ’00), 40, Drumright, Oklahoma, died Sept. 3, 2015. He practiced a year at Colerain Animal Clinic in Cincinnati. Dr. Jones is survived by his wife, Fonda, and a daughter.

Memorials toward a scholarship fund for his daughter, with checks payable “For the benefit of Steely Jones,” may be made to RCB Bank, Attn: Serah, P.O. Box 1177, Drumright, OK 74030.

Douglas F. McBride

Dr. McBride (Cornell ’55), 84, New Paltz, New York, died Jan. 17, 2016. He was director of the veterinary technology program at LaGuardia Community College in New York from 1981-1998, retiring in 1999. Dr. McBride began his career as a first lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps. In 1958, he moved to Washingtonville, New York, where he owned a practice for 15 years, initially in mixed animal medicine, and, later, focusing on small animals. After earning a teaching degree from Columbia University in 1972, Dr. McBride joined the faculty of the State University of New York-Delhi. In 1981, he moved to LCC, where he helped establish the veterinary technology program.

Dr. McBride was a past president of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators and served on the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities from 1992-1998. He authored the textbook “Learning Veterinary Terminology.” Active with land conservation efforts, Dr. McBride served on the Orange County Land Trust, Mill Brook Preserve, Clean Water and Open Space Preservation Commission, Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and Woodland Pond Foundation Committee. The OCLT created the Dr. Douglas and Nancy McBride Trail Endowment Fund in December 2015.

Dr. McBride is survived by a daughter, son, and two grandchildren. His brother, Dr. Keith McBride (Cornell ’54), is a retired small animal practitioner. Their father, the late Dr. Frank McBride (Cornell ’22), owned a mixed animal practice in Tonawanda, New York, prior to retirement. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Douglas and Nancy McBride Trail Endowment Fund, c/o OCLT, P.O. Box 269, Sugar Loaf, NY 10981.

Larry F. Moore

Dr. Moore (Missouri ’66), 76, Osceola, Missouri, died Nov. 11, 2015. Following graduation and until 1982, he owned a practice in Drexel, Missouri. Dr. Moore then served as a technical services veterinarian for Bayer Animal Health. In 1998, he moved to Osceola, where he consulted and worked with the family cattle operation before retiring. Dr. Moore was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and St. Clair County and Missouri Cattlemen’s associations. He was also a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and Missouri VMA. In 2004, Dr. Moore was named Missouri Cattleman of the Year.

His daughter, two sons, and 11 grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the St. Clair County Cattlemen’s Scholarship Fund, 1105 NE 450 Road, Osceola, MO 64776, or Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Foundation, 2306 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.

Randall L. Nathan

Dr. Nathan (Michigan State ’62), 78, North Providence, Rhode Island, died Jan. 11, 2016. Following graduation, he moved to Connecticut, where he served as a partner at Schulhof Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Westport. In the early 1970s, Dr. Nathan established Animal Medical Clinic in Newport, Rhode Island, and, later, founded The Cat Clinic in Providence and Animal Medical Clinic in Westerly, Rhode Island. He also lent his services to the Potter League for Animals and pet clinics on Block Island, and volunteered spay and neuter services at a shelter in Washington State’s Kitsap County. He is survived by three sons and three daughters. One son, Dr. Robert B. Nathan (Michigan State ’84), is a small animal veterinarian in Washington state. Memorials may be made to Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840.

Donald L. Noah

Dr. Noah (Ohio State ’66), 79, Charlotte, North Carolina, died Jan. 16, 2016. Following graduation, he established Ark Veterinary Hospital in Wooster, Ohio, where he practiced primarily dairy medicine for more than 25 years. From 1991-1993, Dr. Noah served as deputy director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Columbus. In 1994, he traveled to Siberia as a U.S. State Department volunteer to teach vocational agriculture. Later that year, Dr. Noah moved to Phoenix, serving as a relief veterinarian across the state until 2007. During that time, he joined the Aesculight Surgical Laser Company as a surgical laser consultant, serving in that capacity in Arizona and, later, in North Carolina.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Noah was president of the Ohio VMA from 1990-1991 and founded the Buckeye Veterinary Society in Phoenix in 2000. In 2014, he was named a distinguished alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Noah served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1966-1993, retiring as a colonel.

His wife, Sue; three sons; and six grandchildren survive him. One son, Dr. Donald Lee Noah (Ohio State ’85), serves on the faculty of Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Donald T. Ralph

Dr. Ralph (Guelph ’51), 94, Fort Myers, Florida, died Dec. 28, 2015. He practiced in Indianapolis for 35 years. Dr. Ralph was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force. His two daughters and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road., Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

John C. Ramge

Dr. Ramge (Ohio State ’42), 97, Cridersville, Ohio, died Nov. 29, 2015. He was professor emeritus at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences since 1985. Prior to joining the veterinary faculty of TAMU in 1959, Dr. Ramge managed the Western Ohio Breeders Association; owned a mixed animal practice in Williamsburg, Ohio; taught at The Ohio State University; and farmed in Moulton, Ohio. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 Perry St., Wapakoneta, OH 45895; or Otterbein Retirement Community, 100 Red Oak Drive, Cridersville, OH 45806.

Mark W. Ranney

Dr. Ranney (Missouri ’82), 58, Rolla, Missouri, died Dec. 13, 2015. He practiced at Bishop Avenue Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Rolla, which he had taken over from his father, Dr. Royal W. Ranney (Missouri ’64), on his retirement. Dr. Ranney was a member of the Missouri VMA and Rotary International. He is survived by three daughters. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 803 N. Main St., Rolla, MO 65401; Your Community Health Center, 1050 W. 10th St. #480, Rolla, MO 65401; Missouri VMA, 2500 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109; or Rolla Animal Shelter, 1915 Sharp Road, Rolla, MO 65401.

Alton C. Reiten

Dr. Reiten (Colorado State ’53), 89, Greeley, Colorado, died Oct. 5, 2015. He worked for the Department of Agriculture prior to retirement. Dr. Reiten was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Carole; three children; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Weld County Humane Society, 1620 42nd St., Evans, CO 80620.

Theodore L. Shope Jr.

Dr. Shope (Louisiana State ’82), 62, Longville, Louisiana, died Oct. 1, 2015. He owned Bayou South Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Dr. Shope also owned Shope Land and Cattle, a cattle ranch in Longville. He was a member of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association. Dr. Shope’s wife, Brenda, and two daughters survive him. Memorials, in memory of Dr. Ted Shope, class of ‘82, with the memo line of the check notated to the LSU Equine Fund, may be made to the LSU Foundation, 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

John J. Spanabel

Dr. Spanabel (Ohio State ’43), 98, Atascadero, California, died Jan. 17, 2016. He practiced small animal medicine in Fairmont, West Virginia, for 30 years prior to retirement. Dr. Spanabel was a past president of the West Virginia VMA. He is survived by two daughters and two granddaughters. Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 295 Old County Road, Templeton, CA 93465, or Woods Humane Society, 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405.

Edward T. Stanford

Dr. Stanford (Texas A&M ’55), 90, Little Rock, Arkansas, died Dec. 7, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Stanford Animal Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, prior to retirement. Earlier, Dr. Stanford worked in Nashville, Tennessee. His daughter and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials toward the Texas A&M Short Term Missions may be made to Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

William M. Svensen

Dr. Svensen (Iowa State ’69), 76, Aberdeen, South Dakota, died Aug. 31, 2015. Following graduation, he moved to Aberdeen, where he established Animal Health Clinic, practicing mixed animal medicine for 45 years. Dr. Svensen also helped establish the Aberdeen Area Humane Society. The society recently dedicated its new surgical suite in his honor. Dr. Svensen is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son; and three grandchildren.

Donald R. Whitehead

Dr. Whitehead (Oklahoma State ’74), 66, Magnolia, Arkansas, died Dec. 7, 2015. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Magnolia for 40 years. Dr. Whitehead was a past president of the Arkansas VMA and served several years as Arkansas’ delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. In 1998, he was named Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Whitehead is survived by his wife, Kay; two sons and two daughters; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Columbia County Animal Protection Society, P.O. Box 2003, Magnolia, AR 71753.