Posted March 29, 2017
AVMA honor roll member
Jessica R. Brooks
Brooks (Washington State ’17), 26, Pullman, Washington, died Dec. 27, 2016. She was a fourth-year student at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. As a young girl, Brooks helped with local sheep and other farm animals, and at the age of 14, she began volunteering at Sequim Animal Hospital in Sequim, Washington. She was active with several ministries, including the Christian Veterinary Mission, and traveled to Mexico, New Mexico, and Oregon on mission trips. Brooks is survived by her parents and siblings.
George M. Chapman
Dr. Chapman (Kansas State ’45), 94, Beloit, Kansas, died Jan. 30, 2017. He was in general practice in Beloit for 38 years prior to retirement. Dr. Chapman later worked at the Solomon Valley Feedlot in Beloit. Early in his career, he practiced in Fargo, North Dakota, and served as a meat and egg inspector for the Army in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Chapman was a member of the Kansas VMA. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Post Rock Humane Society, P.O. Box 131, Beloit, KS 67420.
Richard O. Cook
Dr. Cook (Pennsylvania ’56), 86, Bel Air, Maryland, died Feb. 20, 2017. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned Bel Air Veterinary Hospital since 1958. Dr. Cook was a member of the Maryland and Harford VMAs and was director emeritus of the Harford County Farm Fair. In 1987, he received the MVMA Good Doctor Award. Dr. Cook was active with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a scoutmaster and a merit badge counselor. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
Dr. Cook’s wife, Bonnie; a daughter, son, and stepdaughter; and four grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or Boumi Temple, 5050 King Ave., Baltimore, MD 21237.
Richard J. Delgado
Dr. Delgado (Cornell ’55), 88, Orchard Park, New York, died Feb. 4, 2017. He was a retired small animal veterinarian. Dr. Delgado’s daughter, son, and two grandchildren survive him.
A.L. Duckworth Jr.
Dr. Duckworth (Auburn ’59), 83, Greeneville, Tennessee, died Dec. 19, 2016. Following graduation, he returned to Greeneville, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 45 years at Duckworth Animal Hospital, a practice established by his father, Dr. Ancel Duckworth Sr., in 1935. Dr. Duckworth also helped his father operate Grassy Valley Angus Farm. In 2009, the Greene County Partnership honored him with the J.W. Massengill Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award. Dr. Duckworth is survived by his wife, Nancy; a son and a daughter; and five grandchildren. His son, Dr. Ancel L. Duckworth III (Tennessee ’92), practices at Duckworth Animal Hospital and operates Grassy Valley Angus Farm. Memorials may be made to the Community Ministries Food Bank, 107 N. Cutler St., Greeneville, TN 37743.
Kay L. Duffin
Dr. Duffin (Louisiana State ’94), 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Jan. 17, 2017, She practiced small and exotic animal medicine in Albuquerque, with a special interest in avian medicine. Dr. Duffin is survived by two sisters. Memorials may be made to a bird sanctuary, Project Perry Inc., P.O. Box 1208, Louisa, VA 23093, or NM Biopark Society, Avian Department, 903 10th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Elmer L. Lashua
Dr. Lashua (Michigan State ’46), 93, Tryon, North Carolina, died Sept. 16, 2016. Following graduation, he practiced small animal medicine. In 1953, Dr. Lashua joined the Air Force, retiring in 1977 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his military service, he traveled to and was stationed in several countries, including Poland, Greece, Iceland, Greenland, South Korea, Mexico, and England.
Dr. Lashua’s two sons and a daughter, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC 28722.
Herman D. Schroeder
Dr. Schroeder (Colorado State ’50), 92, Wheatland, Wyoming, died Aug. 27, 2016. Following graduation, he worked briefly in Longmont, Colorado. Dr. Schroeder subsequently moved to Wheatland, where he established a mixed animal practice, retiring in 1998. He was a past president of the Wyoming VMA. Dr. Schroeder served in the Marines during World War II and was a member of the American Legion. He was a past member of the Wheatland School Board and was active with The Gideons International.
Dr. Schroeder’s son, three daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Wheatland, 95 Nineteenth St., Wheatland, WY 82201, or The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090.
William K. Settle
Dr. Settle (Georgia ’57), 90, Sanford, North Carolina, died Jan. 27, 2017. A mixed animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Sanford Animal Hospital. Dr. Settle served as an adviser to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board and helped initiate the veterinary medical technology program at Central Carolina Community College. He was a veteran of the Navy. Active in the community, Dr. Settle was a member and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club, and a member of the Sanford Jaycees, Moose, and Elks clubs. His wife, Bobbie; three daughters and a son; and seven grandchildren survive him. Dr. Settle’s daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Katherine Settle (Ohio State ’78) and John Shontz (Ohio State ’78), practice at Sanford Animal Hospital.
Robert O. Shannon
Dr. Shannon (Georgia ’50), 88, Willis, Texas, died Feb. 26, 2017. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he retired as a colonel from the Air Force in 1980. During his military service, Dr. Shannon earned a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan and served 20 years as a public health veterinarian, also conducting research at the Hanford Atomic Research Facility in Hanford, Washington. He was the recipient of a Legion of Merit and a Meritorious Service Medal.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Shannon served as director of public health for the city of Houston and was executive director of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He wrote a column for the Houston Post and published the book “Tails A Waggin.” Early in his career, Dr. Shannon spent 10 years in private practice in Newton County, Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Cora Jane; two sons and a daughter; and two grandchildren.
James A. Smith
Dr. Smith (Auburn ’48), 90, Richfield, Minnesota, died Dec. 4, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Minneapolis for 33 years. Dr. Smith was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Joan; a son and a daughter; and a grandson survive him. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.
Robert C. Stubbs
Dr. Stubbs (Texas A&M ’65), 74, Johnson City, Texas, died Nov. 25, 2016. Following graduation, he served four years in the Air Force. Dr. Stubbs then began his career in mixed animal medicine, working in Texas at Austin and Coleman before establishing his own practice in Burnet, Texas. He subsequently established practices in Johnson City and Blanco, Texas.
After several years of mixed animal practice, Dr. Stubbs began a mobile equine practice and went on to invent, patent, and modify various equine dentistry tools, used now by veterinarians around the country. He testified on equine dentistry issues in front of the Texas legislature and, in 2010, was named Texas VMA Equine Practitioner of the Year. Dr. Stubbs is survived by his wife, Linette; a daughter and a son; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Johnson City Texas Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 316, 300 Live Oak Drive, Johnson City, TX 78636, or North Blanco County EMS, P.O. Box 557, Johnson City, TX 78636.
Harold T. Trimmer
Dr. Trimmer (Missouri ’68), 74, Las Vegas, died Feb. 22, 2017. Following graduation, he served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. In 1972, Dr. Trimmer moved to Las Vegas and began his career in small animal medicine, owning several practices in the metropolitan area over the past 40 years. He also owned a farming operation in northwest Missouri.
Dr. Trimmer represented District X on the AVMA Board of Directors from 2009-2015. He was a past president of the Nevada State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and served as Nevada’s alternate delegate and delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1993-2009. He was a trustee of what is now known as AVMA Life from 1999-2009, chairing it from 2005-2007. Dr. Trimmer also served on what is now the AVMA Steering Committee on Human-Animal Bond Interactions as well as the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, Council on Veterinary Service, and Committee on Environmental Issues.
He is survived by his wife, Paula; three sons and a daughter; and seven grandchildren. Dr. Trimmer’s daughter, Dr. Ann Trimmer (Purdue ’01), is a veterinary dermatologist in Las Vegas. Memorials may be made to Save Red Rock, P.O. Box 59, Blue Diamond, NV 89004, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
Dr. Young (Georgia ’52), 86, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, died Nov. 8, 2016. Certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, he owned Homeopathy for Animals in Cherry Hill since 1995. Earlier, Dr. Young owned Brockton Animal Hospital in Brockton, Massachusetts, and Stuart Animal Hospital in Stuart, Florida. During his career, he also served as an instructor in pathology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Young is survived by his wife, Nancy, and their family.