May 01, 2016



​Posted April 13, 2016
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Barry W. Allen

Dr. Allen (Texas A&M ’51), 90, Old Glory, Texas, died Feb. 27, 2016. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned Rotan Veterinary Hospital in Rotan, Texas, from 1952-1981. Dr. Allen later co-established PanHandle Veterinary Supply, handling public relations for the company in Texas. He went on to work for PetSmart until 2012.

Dr. Allen was an Army veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart. His two daughters, a son and a stepson, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild survive him.

Thomas A. Byrd

Dr. Byrd (Oklahoma State ’53), 91, McAlester, Oklahoma, died Nov. 25, 2015. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Byrd Animal Hospital in McAlester for 31 years prior to retirement in 1985. Before that, Dr. Byrd practiced briefly in Antlers, Oklahoma. He was a past president of the Oklahoma VMA and served several years on the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s admissions board.

In 1991, he was both honored as a distinguished alumnus of the veterinary college and named Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Byrd was a past president of the McAlester Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He served in the Army during World War II. Dr. Byrd is survived by a son and three daughters, four grandchildren and 10 stepgrandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076.

Robert W. Field

Dr. Field (Texas A&M ’61), 82, College Station, Texas, died Jan. 16, 2016. Following graduation, he began his career in large animal practice in Tomball, Texas. Dr. Field established his own practice in Katy, Texas, in 1964. In 1977, he joined the faculty of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, where he served as an associate professor and director of field services until retirement in 2006.

Dr. Field was an Army veteran of the Korean War. His three sons and a daughter, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hills Children’s Home, 170 Private Road 292, Oakwood, TX 75855; Hospice Brazos Valley, 1600 Joseph Drive, Bryan, TX 77802; or Texas A&M Foundation, Dr. Robert Field Memorial Scholarship, c/o Dean’s Office, Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, College Station, TX 77843.

David E. Goodman

Dr. Goodman (Georgia ’59), 80, Turbeville, South Carolina, died Feb. 8, 2016. Following graduation, he served in  the Air Force, stationed initially in Saudi Arabia as a base veterinarian, and, later, at the John F. Kennedy  Space Center as part of the veterinary team. Dr. Goodman retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant  colonel. Following military service, he worked in Turbeville before joining Clemson University as a large animal  field veterinarian and diagnostician. During his tenure, Dr. Goodman supervised animal health programs with  Clemson’s Livestock-Poultry Health division and at the university’s diagnostic center.

A member of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, he helped establish the association’s large animal  academy and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1973. Dr. Goodman was also instrumental in establishing the  Christian Veterinary Mission. A member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, he authored “Raising Healthy Pigs” for the CVM, a field manual that was translated into more than a dozen languages. He was also active with the Boy Scouts of America.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters and a son; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133, or Shiloh United Methodist Church, 8705  Woods Bay Road, Lynchburg, SC 29080.

Paul L. Nicoletti

Dr. Nicoletti (Missouri ’56), 83, Gainesville, Florida, died Jan. 31, 2016. He was professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

He began his career as a regional epidemiologist with the Department of Agriculture, first in Missouri and later in Wisconsin, New York, and Mississippi. From 1968-1972, he took time out to work as an epizootiologist in Iran for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

In 1978, he joined the UF veterinary faculty, teaching infectious disease, epidemiology, public health, and food safety courses for 26 years and influencing students to consider careers in agriculture or public health.

Dr. Nicoletti was an international authority on brucellosis. His efforts led to the eradication of brucellosis in Florida. He was inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame as well as the Academia Veterinaria Mexicana, the highest honor Mexico bestows on veterinarians, for recommending a successful brucellosis vaccination program.

For advancing public health, he received the Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award in 2010 from the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society. His contributions to international understanding of veterinary medicine won him the AVMA’s XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize in 1991.

Dr. Nicoletti’s contributions to brucellosis control also inspired a $1.3 million private contribution to the UF veterinary college, resulting in construction of Deriso Hall, where a room was dedicated in his name in 2012.

The Student AVMA conferred its Award for Teaching Excellence in the basic sciences on him (1994), the University of Missouri its Distinguished Alumnus Award (2000), and the UF veterinary college its Distinguished Service Award (2003). The Florida VMA named him 1994 Veterinarian of the Year and recognized him with its Lifetime Achievement Award (2004).

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Nicoletti was past president of the ACVPM, Florida VMA, Alachua County VMA, Phi Zeta, and Association of Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He was also a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Florida Cattlemen’s Association, and American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians.

When he retired in 2003, Dr. Nicoletti created a scholarship for third- or fourth-year veterinary students who aspire to a public health career. He provided funding to endow a second scholarship for students interested in food animal medicine and reproduction. He also endowed a scholarship at his alma mater.

Later, he pledged $1 million to establish the graduate-level Nicoletti Florida Opportunity Scholarship to benefit veterinary students who are the first in their family to attend college. To offset student debt load, he launched a $100,000 challenge grant in 2015 to support the college’s new UF Veterinary Access Scholarship.

Dr. Nicoletti is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Office of Development, UF College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 100125, Gainesville, Florida 32610-00125.

Don L. Notter

Dr. Notter (Ohio State ’62), 80, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, died Jan. 10, 2016. From 1988 until retirement in 2004, he served as Kentucky state veterinarian. Under his leadership, the state was declared free from pseudorabies in  swine and brucellosis in cattle. Earlier in his career, Dr. Notter owned Mercer Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Harrodsburg. He is survived by his wife, Donna; a son and two daughters; seven grandchildren;  and a great-grandchild.

Bernard J. Smith

Dr. Smith (Colorado State ’55), 85, Leadville, Colorado, died Feb. 10, 2016. Following graduation, he joined the teaching faculty of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smith later practiced mixed animal medicine in Summit, Eagle, and Lake counties in Colorado, establishing Leadville Veterinary Clinic in 1966. He retired after nearly 30 years of practice.

A founding director of the Pack Burro Racing Hall of Fame, Dr. Smith performed pre-race inspections of the four-legged burro runners for more than 20 years. Active with land and water conservation efforts, he served as vice president of the Upper Arkansas Watershed Association from 1985-1990 and was appointed by Governor Richard Lamm to the Colorado State Soil Conservation Board in 1986, serving until 1993. In 2002, the Lake County Soil Conservation District named Dr. Smith Land Owner of the Year and honored him as Outstanding Supervisor in 2005. In 2009, he was inducted into the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts Hall of Fame.

Dr. Smith was a past president of the Lake County School Board, was active with the 4-H Club, and was a member of the Elks. His wife, Carol; 11 children; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Building Projects Fund, c/o Holy Family Parish, 609 Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461.

Charles T. Spears

Dr. Spears (Illinois ’66), 75, Carbondale, Illinois, died Oct. 13, 2015. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Spears Veterinary Clinic in Carbondale until 1996. Earlier, Dr. Spears practiced in Illinois at Metropolis and Marion.

An avid fox hunter, he was active with Wolf Creek Hounds and Southern Illinois Open Hunt. Dr. Spears is survived by his daughter and two grandchildren. Memorials toward St. Francis CARE animal shelter may be made c/o Crain Funeral Home, 3208 S. Park Ave., Energy, IL 62933.

Fehrlin E. Tutt

Dr. Tutt (Texas A&M ’62), 82, Sugar Land, Texas, died Jan. 31, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Beechnut Animal Clinic in Houston from 1965 until retirement in 1995. Dr. Tutt was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Texas and Harris County VMAs, and Christian Veterinary Mission. A veteran of the Air Force, he attained the rank of first lieutenant.

Dr. Tutt’s wife, Jimidene; a son and a daughter; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to Sonny Tutt Fund for Missions, Christ Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479.