May 01, 2018



​Posted April 11, 2018
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Thomas E. Allen

Dr. Allen (Missouri '73), 70, Patterson, Missouri, died Oct. 23, 2017. An equine veterinarian, he owned Allen Equine Dentistry in Patterson for the past several years, serving clients in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. Dr. Allen began his career as a partner in a mixed animal practice in Erie, Pennsylvania, working primarily at Thoroughbred racetracks. He later practiced equine medicine in California and mixed animal medicine in Desoto, Missouri, before establishing his practice in Patterson.

Dr. Allen authored the book "Manual of Equine Dentistry." His wife, Dawn; a daughter and two sons; three grandchildren; and two brothers and two sisters survive him. One brother, Dr. Lance L. Allen (Missouri '77), is a veterinarian in Stilwell, Kansas, working in equine specialty insurance.

Robert E. Becker

Dr. Becker (Michigan State '55), 86, Crosslake, Minnesota, died Dec. 15, 2017. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Indiana and Minnesota for more than 40 years. Dr. Becker was also a beef cattle rancher. He was active with the Minnesota Cattlemen's Association, Crow Wing County Soil & Water Conservation District, Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Masonic Lodge.

Dr. Becker's wife, Jacqueline; two sons and two daughters; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Crow Wing County Soil & Water Conservation District, 322 Laurel St., Suite 22, Brainerd, MN 54601.

James E. Brehm

Dr. Brehm (Ohio State '57), 85, Travelers Rest, South Carolina, died Feb. 2, 2018. He owned a small animal practice in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, prior to retirement in 2001. Early in his career, Dr. Brehm served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. His wife, Suzanne; a son and a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him.

Barry Clay Cockrill

Dr. Cockrill (Texas A&M '95), 62, Pine Grove, California, died Dec. 23, 2017. He was the founder of Pine Grove Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced small animal medicine until his death. Dr. Cockrill also provided his services to Tri County Wildlife Care and the Performing Animal Welfare Society. He was a member of the Delta VMA. Dr. Cockrill is survived by his wife, Sophie; two sons, a stepson, and a stepdaughter; and a grandchild.

Memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; Foothill Conservancy, 35 Court St., Suite 1, Jackson, CA 95642; or The Jane Goodall Institute, 1595 Spring Hill Road, Suite 550, Vienna, VA 22182.

William W. Crandall

Dr. Crandall (Cornell '60), 89, Hallettsville, Texas, died Oct. 17, 2017. He owned a mixed animal practice in Hallettsville from 1963 until retirement in 1992. Earlier, Dr. Crandall worked in Brenham, Texas. He was a member of the Texas VMA.

Dr. Crandall served in the Army during the Korean War. His wife, Rubie, survives him. 

Sidney A. Ewing

Dr. Ewing (Georgia '58), 83, Stillwater, Oklahoma, died Jan. 3, 2018. He had been the Wendell H. and Nellie G. Krull professor emeritus of veterinary parasitology at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences since 2003.

Following graduation and after earning a master's in parasitology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1960, Dr. Ewing joined the veterinary college at Oklahoma State as an instructor. In 1964, he obtained a doctorate in veterinary parasitology from the university and subsequently served on the veterinary faculties of Kansas State and Mississippi State universities.

Dr. Ewing returned to Oklahoma State in 1968 as head of what was known as the Veterinary Parasitology and Public Health Department. In 1972, he was named dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ewing rejoined Oklahoma State in 1979. During his over 30-year tenure at Oklahoma State, he also served as interim associate dean for academic affairs.

Known for his research on parasites transmitted from ticks to dogs, Dr. Ewing identified the plant parasite Tylenchorhynchus ewingii and the organism Ehrlichia ewingii, both bearing his name. He was a past president of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, Southwestern Association of Parasitologists, and American Veterinary Medical History Society, and was a past chair of several committees of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and Oklahoma VMA. Dr. Ewing served on the former Council of Deans of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges; was a member of the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Helminthological Society of Washington, Society for Vector Ecology, and American Society for Rickettsiology; and was an honorary member of the Minnesota VMA. He co-authored the book "Wendell Krull: Trematodes & Naturalists."

Dr. Ewing was Oklahoma Veterin­arian of the Year and recipient of the first Oklahoma State University Eminent Faculty Award in 1997. He was elected to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named AAVP Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist in 2002. In 2008, the CRWAD annual meeting was dedicated to Dr. Ewing.

He is survived by his wife, Marga­ret; three daughters; a grandchild; and his two brothers and sister. Memorials may be made to the Krull-Ewing Endowed Chair in Veterinary Parasitology, Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078; Sidney A. Ewing Graduate Scholarship Fund, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA 30602; or The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, with checks payable to the OSU Foundation and mailed to Friends of The Botanic Garden, 358 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078-6027.

Ange H. Palms

Dr. Palms (Texas A&M '45), 97, Denison, Texas, died Dec. 31, 2017. He was the founder of Preston Center Pet Clinic in Dallas. Following graduation, Dr. Palms served in the Army. He then cared for the horses and cattle at King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas, and provided his services to remote farms and ranches in the state before establishing his practice in Dallas.

Dr. Palms is survived by his wife, Margaret; three daughters and two sons; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Bennett J. Porter Jr.

Dr. Porter (Minnesota '61), 86, Minneapolis, died Dec. 14, 2017. In 1971, he founded Westgate Pet Clinic in Minneapolis, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 1995. Following graduation, Dr. Porter joined his brother, Dr. Thayer Porter (Minnesota '59), and his father, Dr. Bennett Porter Sr. (Iowa State '31), in practice at Park Pet Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He served in the Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Dr. Porter is survived by two sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. One son, Dr. Bennett J. Porter III (Minnesota '82), is a veterinarian in Edina, Minnesota.

Memorials may be made to Presby­terian Homes-Folkestone Employee Education Fund, 100 Promenade Ave., Wayzata, MN 55391. 

Lee H. Schechter

Dr. Schechter (Cornell '75), 68, Rexford, New York, died Dec. 17, 2017. He owned an equine practice in upstate New York for 30 years. Dr. Schechter also participated in educational programs in conjunction with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County and assisted local humane societies with injured animals and rehabilitation.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; a son; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to The Community Hospice, 310 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.

Stephen Schwirck

Dr. Schwirck (Cornell '56), 85, Skillman, New Jersey, died Oct. 19, 2017. He founded Hillsborough Veterinary Hospital in Hillsborough, New Jersey, where he practiced small animal medicine. Dr. Schwirck later worked at Harlingen Veterinary Clinic in Belle Mead, New Jersey, until retirement. He served in the Army from 1956-1958, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. Dr. Schwirck is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, two sons, and a stepdaughter; and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His son, Dr. Charles Schwirck (Cornell '83), is a small animal veterinarian in Hillsborough.

William C. Wilcox

Dr. Wilcox (Colorado State '84), 59, Denver, died Dec. 18, 2017. A small and exotic animal veterinarian, he owned Stockton Pet Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Dr. Wilcox was a member of the Colorado VMA and active with what was known as the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, now Chapter 6 of the CVMA. He is survived by his wife, Verla; three sons and two daughters; nine grandchildren; his parents; and five sisters and four brothers.  

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