July 15, 2016



Posted June 29, 2016


AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member
Gordon A. Andrews

Dr. Andrews (Oklahoma State ’84), 62, Manhattan, Kansas, died Jan. 17, 2016. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was a professor and anatomical pathologist at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine for more than 20 years. Early in his career, Dr. Andrews practiced small animal medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. He was active with the Midwest Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Dr. Andrews’ wife, Mary Anne, and two daughters survive him. Memorials toward KTWU (Kansas Public Television) or Habitat for Humanity may be made c/o Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

David W. Baxter

Dr. Baxter (Texas A&M ’75), 63, Tyler, Texas, died March 15, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Holt Veterinary Clinic in Dallas from 1983 until retirement in 2012. Earlier, Dr. Baxter served as an associate veterinarian at the clinic. He was a board member of the Dallas Emergency Animal Clinic. Dr. Baxter is survived by his wife, Dr. Karen F. Stallman-Baxter (Texas A&M ’76), and three daughters. One daughter, Dr. Victoria K. Baxter (Texas A&M ’10), is a veterinarian in Baltimore. Memorials toward the Holt Veterinary Clinic Scholarship honoring David W. Baxter, DVM, may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, c/o Dr. O.J. Woytek, Director of Development, 4461 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843.

Carl D. Bird Jr.

Dr. Bird (Georgia ’58), 87, Covington, Virginia, died March 8, 2016. He practiced in Petersburg, Virginia, for 30 years. Dr. Bird was a member of the Virginia VMA and Rotary Club. His wife, Laura; two sons and two daughters; and eight grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, or Ritch Patch Union Church, c/o Colleen Young, 1401 Woodlawn St., Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

Edwin E. Blaisdell

Dr. Blaisdell (Cornell ’52), 88, North Haverhill, New Hampshire, died Dec. 23, 2015. He practiced mixed and exotic animal medicine in North Haverhill and surrounding areas for 56 years prior to retirement in 2008. Dr. Blaisdell was a past president of the North Haverhill Fair and was active with the North Haverhill Fire Department and Haverhill Historical Society. In 2008, the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Exposition honored him with the Andrew L. Felker Award for promoting and advancing agriculture in the state. Dr. Blaisdell was a veteran of the Navy. He is survived by six children, 23 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Charles M. Cocanougher

Dr. Cocanougher (Texas A&M ’55), 84, Decatur, Texas, died March 25, 2016. A mixed animal veterinarian, he established a practice in Decatur following graduation. Dr. Cocanougher subsequently served as a captain in the Air Force before returning to veterinary practice. He also established a mobile home park and a self-storage  business that he continued to manage after retiring from veterinary medicine.

Dr. Cocanougher served on the Texas VMA board of directors and the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Development Council. In 2010, the college recognized him with the Outstanding  Alumnus Award. He was a past president and rodeo secretary of the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse, helped establish the Decatur Public Library, and served as a city councilman for Decatur. He was also a past president of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Decatur Rotary Club. In 1985, Dr. Cocanougher was named Decatur Citizen of the Year. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann; two sons and three daughters; 11 grandchildren; and a  great-grandchild.

Matthew R. Ellis

Dr. Ellis (Virginia-Maryland ’01), 43, Blacksburg, Virginia, died Feb. 8, 2016. He was veterinarian-in-charge at  Mountain View Humane in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Ellis is survived by his partner, Erin Ross, and two children.  Memorials may be made to the Waldron-Ricci Spay Neuter Clinic, 53 B W. Main St., Christiansburg, VA 24073.

Terrance D. Funke

Dr. Funke (Kansas State ’75), 64, Osborne, Kansas, died Dec. 21, 2015. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Osborne for 35 years. Dr. Funke’s two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren survive him. Memorials toward the Osborne County 4-H Council or Solomon Valley Transportation may be sent c/o Domoney Funeral Home, P.O. Box 127, Downs, KS 67437.

Nathan H. Gabbert

Dr. Gabbert (Washington State ’63), 79, Green Valley, Arizona, died March 21, 2016. He was an associate professor of veterinary medicine at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine prior to retirement. Dr. Gabbert was known for his expertise in Greyhound sports medicine and was involved with several research projects sponsored by the Kansas Racing Commission. Early in his career, he served in the Air Force for four years and practiced in Orange County, California. Dr. Gabbert was a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. His wife, Helen; two sons; and four grandchildren survive him.

Jorg H. Hoogeweg

Dr. Hoogeweg (Illinois ’58), 90, Hazel Crest, Illinois, died April 13, 2016. He began his career working as an associate veterinarian in Chicago and Chicago Heights, Illinois. In 1965, Dr. Hoogeweg established Markham Animal Clinic in Markham, Illinois, where he practiced small animal medicine for more than 30 years. A life member of the Chicago VMA, he served on its Judicial Committee for several years. Dr. Hoogeweg was a member of the Lions Club and received the Good Neighbor Award from the village of Hazel Crest in 1993. His wife, Carolyn; a son and two daughters; and nine grandchildren survive him. Dr. Hoogeweg’s son, Dr. Frank Hoogeweg (Illinois ’81), owns Cedar Way Veterinary Clinic in New Lenox, Illinois. His daughter Dr. Heidi Hoogeweg-Mirusky (Illinois  ’83) owns Markham Animal Clinic.

Memorials toward the College of Veterinary Medicine may be made to the University of Illinois Foundation, Harker  Hall, 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801, or Faith Lutheran Church, 18645 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL 60430.

Anthony H. Kiesler

Dr. Kiesler (Ohio State ’59), 87, Clarksville, Indiana, died April 8, 2016. In 1968, he established Kiesler Animal Clinic in Edwardsville, Indiana, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until retirement in 2002. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kiesler worked in Illinois for several years. He was a member of the Indiana VMA and a veteran of the Army.

Dr. Kiesler is survived by his wife, Judith; seven children; 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 316 N. Sherwood Ave., Clarksville, IN 47129, or New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter, 215 W. Market St., New Albany, IN 47150.

Merle P. Lockwood

Dr. Lockwood (Iowa State ’59), 87, Charles City, Iowa, died March 23, 2016. He was attending veterinarian at  Solvay Animal Health in Charles City prior to retirement in the mid-1990s. In retirement, Dr. Lockwood became a master forester and managed a tree farm in Iowa’s Allamakee County. Earlier in his career, he owned a mixed animal practice in Winfield, Iowa, for six years and co-owned Skyline Harvestore in Charles City for several years. Dr. Lockwood was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge.

Dr. Lockwood’s wife, Helen; two daughters and a son; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Floyd County Izaak Walton League, P.O. Box 41, Charles City, IA 50616.

Allen Y. Miyahara

Dr. Miyahara (Iowa State ’54), 88, Honolulu, died April 2, 2016. Vice president of the AVMA from 1995-1997, he did consulting for several veterinary pharmaceutical companies, including The Upjohn Company, Norden Laboratories, and Fort Dodge Laboratories, during the latter part of his career. Following graduation, Dr. Miyahara served in the Army Veterinary Corps for two years. He then practiced small animal medicine at Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Honolulu for a year and worked for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture in meat inspection and veterinary pathology from 1957-1969. Dr. Miyahara subsequently joined the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he remained until retirement in 1982. During his tenure at the university, he was a professor in the College of Agriculture and served as extension veterinarian, also helping to establish the preveterinary student program.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Miyahara was instrumental in organizing the Honolulu Veterinary Society and served as president in 1965. He was also a past president of the Hawaii VMA, having served as its delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates for several years, and was a past vice chair of the Hawaii Board of Veterinary Examiners.

Dr. Miyahara spent the better part of his career forging ties with veterinarians worldwide to strengthen the veterinary profession and in 1999 was named the AVMA ambassador for Pacific Rim development for the 2006 AVMA Annual Convention in Hawaii. He was active with the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations and helped introduce the concept of the human-animal bond in several Asian countries. Dr. Miyahara was a recipient of the AVMA President’s Award in 2004, and, in 2006, he was awarded the AVMA Award for distinguished contributions to the advancement of veterinary organizations.

Dr. Miyahara was a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, American Association of Extension Veterinarians, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, and American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. In 1974, the AAEV honored him with an award for excellence in communication. 

He is survived by his wife, Sue.

Robert L. Poulson

Dr. Poulson (Colorado State ’46), 95, Bountiful, Utah, died Feb. 16, 2016. Following graduation, he owned a mixed animal practice in Tremonton, Utah, for 20 years. Dr. Poulson then served as assistant state veterinarian and livestock brand inspector until retirement. His wife, Barbara; three children; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him.

Dean H. Smith

Dr. Smith (Washington State ’49), 93, Walla Walla, Washington, died May 3, 2016. He was Washington state veterinarian prior to retirement. Earlier, Dr. Smith served in the Army Veterinary Corps, was a member of the veterinary faculty at Oregon State University, farmed and ranched, was in private practice, and supervised programs in the animal health division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. During his tenure at Oregon State University, he served as a Fulbright lecturer at Egypt’s Cairo University. Dr. Smith is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials toward the Dean H. Smith Excellence Fund at Washington State University or Alzheimer’s Association may be made c/o Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations and Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Robert D. Snyder

Dr. Snyder (Colorado State ’54), 86, Grand Forks, North Dakota, died Nov. 25, 2015. He owned a large animal practice in Groton, South Dakota, prior to retirement. A past president of the Society for Theriogenology and South Dakota VMA, Dr. Snyder served on the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents from 1988-1994. He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. In 1987, Dr. Snyder was named South Dakota Veterinarian of the Year.

Active in the community, he was a past president of the Groton City Council, school board, and Kiwanis and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was honored by the Groton Area Chamber of Commerce and Junior Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s. Dr. Snyder was an Army veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He was also a member of the American Legion. Dr. Snyder is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons and three daughters; and 16 grandchildren.

Roger N. Wiggins

Dr. Wiggins (Colorado State ’61), 78, Lafayette, California, died Jan. 23, 2016. He was the co-founder of Mount Diablo Veterinary Medical Center, a small animal practice in Lafayette. Dr. Wiggins served in the Army during the Vietnam War. His wife, Kathleen; five sons; and 10 grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or St. Perpetua Catholic Church Building Fund, 3454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette, CA 94549.

Edward A. Williams

Dr. Williams (Michigan State ’61), 80, Lebanon, Connecticut, died March 9, 2016. He founded Manchester Animal Clinic in Man­ches­ter, Connecticut, in 1962. Dr. Williams also served as a consultant with the State of Connecticut Division of Special Revenue on the development of regulatory standards for the protection of racing Greyhounds. In 1989, he sold his practice and began a career consulting for and marketing veterinary practices with Professional Practice Sales. Dr. Williams was a past president of the Hartford County VMA, a past chair of the Connecticut VMA Ethics Committee, and a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He served in the Connecticut National Guard and the Army Reserve and was a member of the finance and education boards in Hebron, Connecticut.

Dr. Williams is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two daughters and three sons; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Spartan Way, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 300, East Lansing, MI 48824, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


Raymond D. Wise

Dr. Wise (Purdue ’71), 68, Johnsburg, Illinois, died Feb. 9, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Scottsdale Animal Clinic in Chicago from 1975-1997 and worked in Burbank, Illinois, until 2007. Dr. Wise was a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, a past president of the Chicago VMA, and a member of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Wise’s wife, Nancy, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW #Can 103, Lilburn, GA 30047, or Journey Care Hospice, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010.