November 15, 2017

 

 Obituaries

Posted Nov. 1, 2017

 

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Jamie Neal Chastain

Dr. Chastain (Texas A&M '44), 93, Baytown, Texas, died May 8, 2017. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Baytown prior to retirement. Following graduation, Dr. Chastain served as a captain in the Army during World War II. He then went into practice with his brother, the late Dr. Claude B. Chastain (Texas A&M '43), first in Brownwood, Texas, and, later in Baytown.

Dr. Chastain was active with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, serving on several of its committees over the years. He is survived by a son and two grandsons. Memorials may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 600 W. Sterling St., Baytown, TX 77520, or Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, College Station, TX 77843.

 
Mary Jo Cochran

Dr. Cochran (Auburn '78), 64, Olive Branch, Mississippi, died Aug. 15, 2017. She practiced small animal medicine at Park Avenue Animal Hospital in Memphis. Dr. Cochran is survived by her brother and three sisters.

 
William E. Condon

Dr. Condon (Pennsylvania '70), 71, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died June 6, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he was the co-founder of Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital in Tiverton, Rhode Island, where he practiced for more than 40 years.

Dr. Condon was a past president of the Rhode Island VMA. His wife, Barbara; a son and three daughters; nine grandchildren; his father; and four sisters survive him. Memorials supporting cancer patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445, or memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

 
Robert E. Cornell Jr.

Dr. Cornell (Cornell '55), 85, Vero Beach, Florida, died March 24, 2017. Following graduation, he served two years in the Air Force. Dr. Cornell then moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, where he established an equine practice, caring for Thoroughbreds at the racetrack and on farms in Connecticut's Fairfield County and New York's Westchester County areas. He later founded a small animal practice in Riverside, Connecticut. Dr. Cornell's son and daughter and five grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204.

 
Gordon Gary Duskin

Dr. Duskin (Washington State '61), 80, Stanwood, Washington, died Aug. 2, 2017. He was a co-founder of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Snohomish, Washington, where he focused on equine medicine prior to retirement in 1995. Dr. Duskin also bred, raised, and raced Thoroughbreds.

Dr. Duskin represented the Washington State VMA in the AVMA House of Delegates as alternate delegate from 1987-88 and delegate from 1989-95. He chaired the House Advisory Committee in 1993 and was a candidate for AVMA vice president in 1997. Dr. Duskin was also a past president of the Society for Theriogenology and Washington State VMA and served on the executive board of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. In 1991, the Department of Animal Sciences at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine honored him with a Distinguished Service Award for his assistance in developing the equine program at the university.

Dr. Duskin was named WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Marie; four sons and a daughter; 11 grandchildren; and two brothers and a sister. Memorials may be made to the Gary and Marie Duskin Endowed Scholarship, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.

 
Lelve G. Gayle

Dr. Gayle (Texas A&M '64), 77, College Station, Texas, died Aug. 6, 2017. He retired in 2007 as associate vice chancellor and executive director emeritus of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. Following graduation, Dr. Gayle served as a base veterinarian with the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. He subsequently practiced small animal medicine in Dallas, and, later was in mixed animal practice in Greenville, Texas. In 1976, Dr. Gayle joined the TVMDL, where he served as case supervisor, associate agency director, and head of diagnostic services. He was named executive director in 2002. Dr. Gayle oversaw upgrades in the lab's capabilities, supervised other diagnostic facilities in the state, and helped improve in-field diagnosis of infectious animal diseases.

Dr. Gayle was a past president of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice and Texas VMA. He received several honors, including the TVMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 1988; Texas A&M University System's Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence and Regents Fellow Service Award in 1994 and 1999, respectively; and Texas Poultry Federation's Distinguished Service Award in 2007. In 2013, Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences recognized him with an Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Gayle was academic adviser to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Company D-2, and was named Outstanding Faculty Academic Adviser.

He is survived by his wife, Melody; a son and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and two sisters. Memorials may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation for the Dr. Lelve Gayle Endowed Scholarship, Office of the Dean, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, 4461 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843.

 
Devegowda Gopal

Dr. Gopal (Mysore '67), 77, Jacksonville, Florida, died July 9, 2017. A graduate of Mysore Veterinary College in India, he established Gopal Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Jacksonville, in 1980. Dr. Gopal also raised dairy cattle. Earlier in his career, he taught at Tuskegee University and worked in Iowa and Atlanta. Dr. Gopal was a member of the Florida VMA, receiving its Gold Star Award in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Geetha; a son and a daughter; four grandchildren; and a brother. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

 
Derrell H. Guiles

Dr. Guiles (Texas A&M '56), 95, Fort Worth, Texas, died May 3, 2017. He practiced small animal medicine in Fort Worth at Wedgewood Animal Hospital and South Freeway Animal Hospital prior to retirement in the early 1990s. Early in his career, Dr. Guiles served as an equine veterinarian for the king of Saudi Arabia. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. Dr. Guiles is survived by two sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103.

 
Douglas D. Hagg

Dr. Hagg (Minnesota '53), 88, Redwood Falls, Minnesota, died Aug. 22, 2017. He served as chief veterinary medical officer with the Department of Agriculture in Windom, Minnesota, prior to retirement. Dr. Hagg began his career in mixed animal practice in Dawson, Minnesota. He later moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he worked for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Hagg subsequently practiced in Redwood Falls and Olivia, Minnesota, before joining the USDA. He was a past board chair of the Dawson Chamber of Commerce and a member of The Gideons International.

Dr. Hagg is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters and a son; four grandchildren; his great-grandchildren, and three sisters. Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 565, Redwood Falls, MN 56283, or Evangelical Free Church of Redwood Falls Building Fund, P.O. Box 97, Redwood Falls, MN 56283.

 
Louis W. Harrod

Dr. Harrod (Ohio State '44), 94, Lima, Ohio, died May 10, 2017. He was a mixed animal veterinarian. Dr. Harrod served in the Army and Air Force. His wife, Mary Lee; a son and three daughters; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren survive him.

 
Brenda M. Hollis

Dr. Hollis (Purdue '94), 50, New Albany, Indiana, died June 27, 2017. She most recently practiced small animal medicine in New Albany at Hollis Animal Clinic, a practice founded in 1959 by her father, the late Dr. Harvey G. Hollis (Ohio State '54). Dr. Hollis is survived by her husband, Jim; a son and two daughters; and two brothers and a sister. One brother, Dr. James H. Hollis (Purdue '89), is a veterinarian in Sunman, Indiana. Memorials may be made to Floyd County Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box #285, New Albany, IN 47171.

 
Joe W. Lindley

Dr. Lindley (Texas A&M '63), 77, Dallas, died May 20, 2017. He began his career in small animal medicine at Casa Linda Animal Clinic in Dallas. In 1969, Dr. Lindley founded Lindley Veterinary Clinic in Dallas. After selling the practice in 1998, he remained as hospital director of the clinic, serving later as its medical director.

Dr. Lindley was a past president of the Emergency Animal Clinic in Dallas and a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, and Texas and Dallas County VMAs. He was a past recipient of the VCA Lifetime Achievement Award and was listed as one of the best veterinarians in Dallas by D Magazine in 2001 and 2004. Dr. Lindley served as community representative for Lake Highlands Elementary School for several years. His wife, Judy; two sons and two daughters; five grandchildren; and a brother and a sister survive him. Dr. Lindley's niece, Dr. Carol Pearson (Ross '90), is a small animal veterinarian in Seguin, Texas. Memorials, notated In memory of Joe W. Lindley '61, may be made to Texas Aggie Ring Scholarship Fund, 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.

 
John A. Maike

Dr. Maike (Ohio State '65), 75, Bellevue, Ohio, died Sept. 17, 2017. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Bellevue for 38 years. Dr. Maike was a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Ohio and North Central Ohio VMAs. He served 30 years as a part-time firefighter with the Bellevue Fire Department. Dr. Maike's wife, Joan; two sons and a daughter; six grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

 
William R. McGee

Dr. McGee (Washington State '40), 100, Naples, Florida, died Aug. 4, 2017. An equine practitioner, he was the last veterinarian to take care of Triple Crown winner Man o' War, also working with several other Triple Crown winners in their postracing careers. Following graduation, Dr. McGee moved to Kentucky to intern at what was known as E.T. Hagyard & Sons in Lexington. In 1947, he became a partner in the practice that was renamed Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates in 1951 and is now known as Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Dr. McGee was known for his expertise in equine reproduction and management of breeding stock and was believed to have co-performed the first successful cesarean section on a horse, in 1963. During his more than 40-year career, he also conducted research in parasitology that led to improvements in parasite control in horses and served worldwide as an equine consultant.

Dr. McGee was a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, Kentucky VMA, and Thoroughbred Club of America. In 1967, he was named Kentucky Veterinarian of the Year, and, in 1991, he received the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award. Dr. McGee was a co-honoree at the Thoroughbred Club of America's 1992 testimonial dinner, recognized for his contributions to the betterment of Thoroughbred racing. Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's McGee Medicine Center and McGee Fertility Center are named in his honor.

Dr. McGee is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild and a stepgreat-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Catholic Action Center, 1055 Industry Road, Lexington, KY 40505.

 
Phillip M. McKinney

Dr. McKinney (Illinois '71), 70, Edwardsville, Illinois, died July 5, 2017. A mixed animal veterinarian, he co-owned Hawthorne Animal Hospital with locations in Glen Carbon and Troy, Illinois. Dr. McKinney's wife, Jane; two sons; a grandchild; his father; and a sister and three brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to the Angel Fund (providing financial support to improve the quality of life of a pet), c/o Hawthorne Animal Hospital, 5 Cougar Drive, Glen Carbon IL 62034; Pinhook Cemetery Fund, c/o Pinhook Cemetery, County Road 1000 E., West Salem, IL 62476; or ESIC Baptist Church, 1000 University Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

 
Thomas G. Murnane

Dr. Murnane (Texas A&M '47), 91, Fort Worth, Texas, died July 13, 2017. He served as the 16th chief of the Army Veterinary Corps, from 1976-80, retiring as brigadier general. Dr. Murnane began his career in general practice in Brenham, Texas, then served two years on the newly formed United States-Mexico Commission to Eradicate Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

Dr. Murnane went on to join the Army Veterinary Corps. During his more than 30 years with the corps, he worked at Fort Sam Houston, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army Medical Research Command as a staff officer, the Army mission in Panama as a laboratory adviser, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture in Central America as an area veterinarian. He served in Vietnam with the 9th Field Medical Laboratory. Dr. Murnane was honored with the Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and Distinguished Service Medal.

Following his retirement, he worked three years in Mexico City with an international agency, developing veterinary services in the area. Dr. Murnane then returned to Fort Worth and served as the regional public health veterinarian with the Texas Department of Health from 1984-93, also serving as director of the Humane Society of North Texas.

He was a distinguished diplomate and a past president of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and an honorary diplomate of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society. Dr. Murnane served on the American Board of Veterinary Specialties and the AVMA House Advisory Committee, having represented the U.S. Army in the House of Delegates as alternate delegate from 1973-76 and in 1981, and as delegate from 1977-80. In 1990, he received the AVMA Public Service Award, and, in 1994, the Texas VMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Murnane was honored with the AVES Karl F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold-Headed Cane Award in 2000.

He is survived by four daughters and a son, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a sister. Memorials may be made to the Constance Pollock Murnane Excellence in English Scholarship Fund, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78209, or Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103.

 
Robert B. Northway

Dr. Northway (California-Davis '60), 82, Catheys Valley, California, died April 22, 2017. He owned Northway Veterinary Services, a mixed animal practice in Catheys Valley, for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Suzan Banchero. Memorials may be made to Mariposa Friends of Hospice, P.O. Box 714, Mariposa, CA 95338.

 
Leonard E. Palmer

Dr. Palmer (Missouri '57), 94, Dexter, Missouri, died Aug. 26, 2017. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Dexter for 25 years. Dr. Palmer was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served in the Navy during World War II. His two daughters and a son, two grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and a sister survive him.

 
Cullen T. Rainey

Dr. Rainey (Georgia '58), 83, Miami, died June 15, 2017. He founded Dixie Animal Hospital in Miami, where he practiced small animal medicine for 52 years. Prior to that, Dr. Rainey served in the Army Veterinary Corps and taught at the University of Georgia. A past president of the Florida VMA, he was twice appointed to the former Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, serving as its chair in 1981, 1984, and 1988. Dr. Rainey was a founding member of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. In 1985, he received an FVMA Lifetime Achievement Award, and, in 2003, he was honored with a University of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dr. Rainey is survived by his wife, Loli; a son, two daughters, and three stepsons; and a grandchild and six stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, P.O. Box 11010, Tallahassee, FL 32302.

 
LaVerne M. Schugel

Dr. Schugel (Minnesota '57), 86, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, died June 19, 2017. From 1981 until retirement in 1996, he was vice president of research and technical services for Zinpro Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In retirement and until 2011, Dr. Schugel consulted for Zinpro Corporation as a research veterinarian. Early in his career, he practiced large animal medicine in Minnesota in Marshall and New Ulm.

In 2011, Zinpro founded the Zinpro/Schugel Scholarship Fund in his honor to recognize academic accomplishments by a third-year veterinary student studying food animal medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His three sons and a daughter, 12 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and two sisters survive him.

 
Donald F. Swerida

Dr. Swerida (Ohio State '89), 57, Venice, Florida, died July 27, 2017. He owned Laurel Road Veterinary Clinic in Nokomis, Florida, where he practiced mixed, avian, and exotic animal medicine. Dr. Swerida also cared for the animals at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, Save our Seabirds Inc., and Sarasota Jungle Gardens, all in Sarasota, Florida, and the Wildlife Center of Venice. Earlier, Dr. Swerida owned a mobile veterinary practice. He was a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and Florida VMA.

Dr. Swerida was a veteran of the Navy. He is survived by a son and daughter; three grandchildren; and a brother and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Wildlife Center of Venice, 3252 Border Road, Venice, FL 34292, or Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, 7101 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34240.