March 01, 2002


 In Memoriam

Posted Feb. 15, 2002



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James Brockmeier

Dr. Brockmeier (CAL '80), 55, Pinedale, Ariz., died Dec. 7, 2001. Following graduation he and his wife, Dr. Julie Carlisle (CAL '82), owned veterinary hospitals in Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, and Kingman, Ariz. Dr. Brockmeier was also a management coach and business consultant, continuing that part of his career after selling the hospitals in 1999. During the Vietnam War, he served in the Air Force, flying medical evacuation missions.

He is survived by his wife.

  Bertrand B. Dionne

Dr. Dionne (UP '41), 86, Brunswick, Maine, died Oct. 11, 2001. Retired, he had owned Crystal Spring Dairy Farm in Brunswick for 30 years. During World War II, Dr. Dionne worked for the Department of Agriculture and was involved with brucellosis eradication. He was a member of the Maine VMA.

Ladd L. Heldenbrand

Dr. Heldenbrand (OSU '52), 76, South Portland, Maine, died Nov. 17, 2001. He practiced in Portland and was the past owner of Portland Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice. Prior to that, Dr. Heldenbrand worked for the Division of Animal Industry. He was an honorary member of the Maine VMA.

Eugene M. Jones

Dr. Jones (COR '50), 78, Stillwater, Okla., died Nov. 25, 2001. From 1965 until retirement he taught at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, advancing to professor. Dr. Jones was the owner and director of Midwest Veterinary Hospital in Midwest City, Okla., from 1952–1965.

In 1973, he spent time at Cambridge University as a visiting professor. Dr. Jones was a consultant for the Oklahoma City Zoo and a member of its standards committee. A member of the Oklahoma VMA, he served as president in 1966 and was chairman of continuing education in 1971. Dr. Jones was also a member of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Navy from 1941–1945. Dr. Jones is survived by his wife, LaVerne; two sons; and two daughters. His brother, Dr. Merlin H. Jones (COR '51), is a veterinarian in New York.

Theodore R. Julia

Dr. Julia (ONT '55), 72, Fairfield, Maine, died Dec. 6, 2001. From 1963 until retirement in 1984, he owned Julia Animal Hospital in Waterville, Maine. Dr. Julia practiced at Kennebec Veterinary Service from 1955–1963. He was an honorary member of the Maine VMA.

Dr. Julia is survived by his wife, Norma; three daughters; and a son.

  Walter J. Matuszak

Dr. Matuszak (COR '43), 83, Fayetteville, N.Y., died Nov. 18, 2001. Founder of DeWitt Animal Hospital in New York, he practiced there until 1971. Dr. Matuszak owned Wa-Noa Golf Club in East Syracuse, N.Y.

He was an All American football player and was inducted into the Cornell University Hall of Fame in 1979. A World War II veteran, Dr. Matuszak served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 5575 Thompson Road, DeWitt, NY 13214.

John S. McCallum

Dr. McCallum (MIN '57), 69, Ortonville, Minn., died Nov. 25, 2001. Since 1980, he had been a consulting veterinarian for the Farm A Feed Co. in Stewart, Minn. Prior to that Dr. McCallum farmed in Big Stone County, Minn. Following graduation he was in mixed practice in Ortonville. Dr. McCallum was a member of the Minnesota VMA.

Robert R. Monahan

Dr. Monahan (UP '47), 77, Palm Desert, Calif., died Dec. 9, 2001. Founder of the Bath/Brunswick Animal Hospital in Brunswick, Maine, he practiced in Brunswick for 42 years. Dr. Monahan was a member of the Maine VMA, serving as president in 1962. He was also a past president of the New England VMA. Dr. Monahan served as Maine's delegate and alternate delegate to the AVMA for 20 years, and as secretary to the Maine Board of Veterinary Examiners.

His wife, Teresa, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011; Eisenhower Memorial Hospital, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270; or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Thomas O. Roby

Dr. Roby (AUB '42), 81, Clarksville, Md., died Nov. 20, 2001. Retired, he had worked for the Department of Agriculture as an animal disease researcher from 1953–1977. Prior to that, Dr. Roby worked for the DuPont Co. near Wilmington, Del., for two years. He published several articles in American Journal of Veterinary Research and discovered antigens to prevent anaplasmosis. Earlier, he practiced in Warren County, Va. A World War II veteran, Dr. Roby served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. In retirement, he farmed, and raised and raced horses on the Maryland circuit, being a licensed Maryland Thoroughbred horse trainer.

Dr. Roby was a member of the Maryland VMA, AAEP, Society of Protozoologists, and Helminthological Society of Washington. His wife, Betty, and a son survive him.

Myron H. Schaffer

Dr. Schaffer (COR '51), 77, Santa Rosa, Calif., died Nov. 23, 2001. He owned Redwood Veterinary Clinic in Santa Rosa. Following graduation Dr. Schaffer taught at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He was past president of the California VMA.

In the late 1950s, Dr. Schaffer developed a line of pet products. He went on to establish Sting Stables, a horse racing business, during the 1970s. Dr. Schaffer joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served in the European theatre. In 1944, his plane was shot down, and he was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany until Gen. George S. Patton liberated him in 1945.

Memorials may be made to the Marjorie Kerr Schaffer Art Scholarships Fund, c/o Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Henry C. Waring

Dr. Waring (TEX '49), 78, Houston, died Nov. 24, 2001. He founded Greens Bayou Animal Clinic in Houston, practicing there from 1951 until retirement in 1995. Early in his career, Dr. Waring worked briefly for the city of Houston and practiced in Galveston, Texas.

He was a member of the Texas VMA and the Harris County VMA. Dr. Waring was an Army and Navy veteran, serving as a 2nd class pharmacist mate. His wife, Pat; two sons; and two daughters survive him. One son, Dr. Stephen Waring (TEX '80), is a veterinarian in Houston. Memorials toward the Henry and Pat Scholarship may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.