June 01, 2018

 

 Obituaries

Posted May 9, 2018

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Donald E. Bailey

Dr. Bailey (Colorado State '50), 91, Roseburg, Oregon, died March 20, 2018. He was the founder of Bailey Veterinary Clinic in Roseburg, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 40 years prior to retirement in 1991. Dr. Bailey also owned Bar None Ranch, a cattle and sheep operation, ranching until a few years ago.

He helped organize and served as the second president of what is now known as the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Dr. Bailey served on the board of directors of the Western Veterinary Conference from 1977-83; was a past chair of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board; served as Oregon's alternate delegate and delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1977-88; and was a member of the AVMA House Advisory Committee for three years during his service in the AVMA HOD. He was a past chair of the Health Committee of the National Wool Growers Association and a past president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association and Oregon VMA.

Dr. Bailey advocated for the establishment of the veterinary college at Oregon State University and served on the OSU President's Committee on Agriculture Education. He wrote an animal health column for Sheep! magazine for 30 years and contributed to veterinary medical guides, including "Current Veterinary Therapy: Food Animal Practice."

The AASRP honored Dr. Bailey with the George A. McConnell Award in 1987. He received the AVMA Award in 1989 and the OVMA Meritorious Service Award in 2001.

Dr. Bailey was a past president of the Roseburg Kiwanis Club, served on the Roseburg Planning Commission, and co-founded the Douglas County Soil and Water Committee. Active with the National FFA Organization, he was awarded the Honorary American Farmer Lifetime Achievement Award in 1981. Dr. Bailey also received the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Diamond Pioneer Award in 2001 and was named First Citizen of the Year for 2012 by the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a past recipient of the Douglas County Livestock Associations Pioneer Award.

Dr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters and a son; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother. His son, Dr. Blair E. Bailey (Washington State '78), is a retired mixed animal veterinarian in Roseburg, and his grandnieces, Drs. Katherine B. Weitsel (Washington State '10) and Jessica B. Van Noopen (Western University '17) are small animal veterinarians in Washington state at Federal Way and Kirkland, respectively. His late brother, Dr. Robert B. Bailey (Colorado State '58), practiced with him at Bailey Veterinary Clinic. Memorials may be made to the Oregon State University Foundation, 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333.

 
Malcolm T. Barksdale Jr.

Dr. Barksdale (Georgia '54), 87, Hartwell, Georgia, died Feb. 25, 2018. He began his career as a equine racetrack veterinarian in New York state and Florida. Dr. Barksdale subsequently established a practice in Orlando, Florida, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for several years. He then served five years as veterinarian for the humane society in Nassau, The Bahamas, before returning to mixed practice in Orlando. Dr. Barksdale retired in 2000.

He was a life member of the Florida VMA and served on the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Barksdale's wife, Alice; two daughters, a stepdaughter and two stepsons; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to Sharon Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1051, Hartwell, GA 30643.

 
Grover D. Cloyd

Dr. Cloyd (Auburn '42), 99, Staunton, Virginia, died Dec. 23, 2017. Following graduation, he served as a major in the Army. Dr. Cloyd then owned a large animal practice in Florence, Alabama, for 10 years, after which he began a career in medical research and development of consumer products in Ohio, first with Provico, and, later, with Hess and Clark. In 1968, he joined A.H. Robins in Richmond, Virginia, as a research veterinarian. Dr. Cloyd retired from the company in 1985 as director of veterinary medicine and consumer products research and development.

A fellow of the American Association of Veterinary Toxicologists, he was a past president of what is now the American Association of Industry Veterinarians, a past secretary of the Virginia VMA, and a member of the Central Virginia VMA. Dr. Cloyd is survived by his two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Friends of Bryan Park, P.O. Box 15481, Richmond, VA 23227.

 
James W. Edwards

Dr. Edwards (Colorado State '49), 94, Sidney, Nebraska, died March 27, 2018. He was the founder of Edwards Veterinary Hospital in Sidney, where he practiced for 36 years. Dr. Edwards was a past president of the Nebraska VMA and served two terms on the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. In 1985, he was named Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Kathleen; a son and two daughters; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

 
Randall G. Ezell

Dr. Ezell (Missouri '82), 61, Henderson, Nevada, died Feb. 24, 2018. He practiced small animal medicine at Tropicana Animal Hospital in Las Vegas. Dr. Ezell was a past president of what is now the Western Veterinary Conference and instrumental in the design and construction of the WVC Oquendo Center, an educational facility. In 2009, the WVC honored him with the Distinguished Service Award, and, in 2016, the WVC conference was named the Randall G. Ezell 88th Annual Conference.

Dr. Ezell's wife, Janis; a son and a daughter; and a brother survive him. Memorials, toward the Student Scholarship Fund, may be made to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbia, MO 65211.

 
Samuel M. Grossman

Dr. Grossman (Michigan State '43), 97, Southfield, Michigan, died Jan. 30, 2018. Following graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the Army during World War II, working in meat inspection. Dr. Grossman subsequently established Gratiot Animal Clinic in Eastpointe, Michigan, where he practiced small animal medicine until 1995. He then continued working at several practices in the Detroit area until retirement in 2004.

Dr. Grossman's two daughters and a grandchild survive him.

 
Warren W. Herrmann

Dr. Herrmann (Iowa State '50), 91, Sibley, Iowa, died Jan. 29, 2018. He was a partner at Sibley Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for several years prior to retirement. Dr. Herrmann was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and served on the Sibley City Council and Sibley School Board.

His wife, Shirley; two daughters; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him.

 
Donald C. Hunt

Dr. Hunt (Cornell '61), 80, Salisbury, Vermont, died Jan. 27, 2018. He owned Middlebury Large Animal Clinic in Middlebury, Vermont, prior to retirement in 2013. Dr. Hunt began his career working in Randolph, Vermont. From 1962-64, he served as a captain in the Army. Dr. Hunt subsequently joined the Middlebury Large and Small Animal Clinic, eventually buying the large animal part of the practice.

Known for his expertise in equine reproduction, he served as veterinarian for the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm and established the Draft Horse Show at the Addison County Fair and Field Days. Dr. Hunt was a past president of the Vermont Draft Horse Association and Vermont VMA.

His five daughters, a son, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother, and three foster brothers survive him.

Memorials may be made to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753; Addison County Home Health and Hospice, 254 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven, VT 05472; Project Independence (an adult day center), 112 Exchange St., Middlebury, VT 05753; or Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.

 
Anton A. Kammerlocher

Dr. Kammerlocher (Oklahoma State '57), 84, Newcastle, Oklahoma, died March 21, 2018. In 1965, he established Anton's Animal Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma, where he practiced companion animal medicine until retirement in 2001. Following graduation, Dr. Kammerlocher worked briefly in livestock inspection for the Department of Agriculture in Indianapolis. He then served four years as a veterinary officer in public health and food inspection with the Air Force, retiring in 1961 with the rank of captain.

Dr. Kammerlocher subsequently accepted an appointment as veterinarian on the faculty of what was known as Jimma Agricultural Technical School in Ethiopia. He returned to the United States in 1964 and practiced mixed animal medicine in Amarillo, Texas, before founding his Norman practice.

In 2007, the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences honored Dr. Kammerlocher with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. Active in his community, he served two terms on the Newcastle School Board of Education and was a member of the Rotary Club.

Dr. Kammerlocher is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a sister. Memorials, toward the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, may be made to OSU Foundation, c/o Sharon Worrell, 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, https://cvhs.okstate.edu/giving.

 
William J. Neuliep

Dr. Neuliep (Iowa State '53), 95, Rochelle, Illinois, died Dec. 3, 2017. He owned a mixed animal practice in Rochelle for 62 years. Dr. Neuliep was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; five children; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to United Presbyterian Church of Rochelle, 1100 Calvin Road, P.O. Box 215, Rochelle, IL 61068, or Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 S. Illinois Route 2, P.O. Box 462, Oregon, IL 61061.

 
Phillip Pickerill

Dr. Pickerill (Iowa State '62), 82, Austin, Texas, died Oct. 16, 2017. He was a veterinary epidemiologist with the Department of Agriculture for almost 40 years prior to retirement in 2002. During that time, Dr. Pickerill worked in Lake City, Iowa; Austin, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; and Jackson, Mississippi.

Early in his career, he practiced large animal medicine in Iowa, first in Slater, and, later, in Lake City. In 1994, the USDA honored Dr. Pickerill with a Distinguished Service Award. He was a veteran of the Army.

Dr. Pickerill's wife, Sarah; four sons and a daughter; 10 grandchildren; and a brother and a sister survive him.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

 
Robert E. Pierson

Dr. Pierson (Iowa State '43), 98, Fort Collins, Colorado, died Dec. 8, 2017. He had been a professor and a large animal clinician at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences since 1954, retiring as professor emeritus in 1984.

Following graduation, Dr. Pierson served as deputy state veterinarian in Wyoming. He subsequently owned a mixed animal practice in Saratoga, Wyoming, before joining the veterinary faculty at Colorado State University. Following his retirement from Colorado State, he became a watercolor artist whose work was featured on the covers of veterinary journals, including the American Equine Journal and JAVMA.

Dr. Pierson was a past president of what is now known as the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, receiving its George A. McConnell Award in 1992. He also received several teaching honors while at CSU.

Dr. Pierson's two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials, toward the Dr. Robert E. Pierson Memorial Scholarship, may be made to CSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522.

 
Walter C. Robinson III

Dr. Robinson (Georgia '73), 76, Taylors, South Carolina, died Feb. 9, 2018. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine and feline practice), he owned East North Veterinary Clinic in Greenville, South Carolina, practicing small animal medicine in the area for four decades.

Dr. Robinson was named South Carolina Veterinarian of the Year in 2007, and, in 2011, the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine recognized him as a Distinguished Alumnus.

He was a past chair of the South Carolina Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners; served as South Carolina's representative in the AVMA House of Delegates from 1996-2014, as alternate delegate and delegate; was a member of the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee from 2009-14; and served on the AVMA Political Action Committee Policy Board from 2005-09, with a year as treasurer in 2008.

He also served on the Veterinary Technology Advisory Board for Tri-County Technical College and Newberry College, both located in South Carolina; was a past president of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians and Greenville County VMA, a past secretary-treasurer of the Blue Ridge VMA, and a past treasurer of the Greenville County Veterinary Emergency Clinic; and served on the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Veterinary State Boards' Resolution and Bylaws Committee.

Dr. Robinson was an eight-year member of the South Carolina State Election Commission, including six years as vice chair. In 1998, then South Carolina governor, David Beasley, awarded him the Order of the Palmetto for his service.

He is survived by a son, daughter, two grandchildren, and a sister. Memorials, notated to the College of Veterinary Medicine Memorial/Honors Fund in memory of Dr. Walter Robinson, may be made to the UGA Foundation, 501 DW Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602.

 
Victor I. Sorgen

Dr. Sorgen (Colorado State '50), 93, Pikesville, Maryland, died March 30, 2018. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Essex Dog & Cat Hospital in Baltimore prior to retirement in 2000. From 1976-2000, Dr. Sorgen also directed the veterinary technology program at Essex Community College, a program he helped initiate and establish. Early in his career, he worked at Suburban Animal Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Sorgen was a past president of the Maryland VMA and served on the Maryland State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. In 1993, he was a co-recipient of the MVMA's The Good Doctor Award.

Dr. Sorgen is survived by a daughter, a stepdaughter, three stepsons, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials, toward the Dr. Victor I. Sorgen Veterinary Technology Scholarship, may be made to the Maryland Veterinary Foundation, P.O. Box 5407, Annapolis, MD 21403, or toward the DVM Scholarship Fund at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Fund #883194, In Memory of Victor I. Sorgen, College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Development, 225 Duck Pond Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

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