March 15, 2002


 In Memoriam

Posted March 1, 2002

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James G. Crippen

Dr. Crippen (KSU '52), 78, Merced, Calif., died Dec. 10, 2001. Retired since 1978, he had worked for the Department of Agriculture in Livingston, Calif., with the federal meat inspection program. Prior to that, Dr. Crippen served in the Army in Nebraska, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, New York, Massachusetts, and California. In 1943, he served overseas as a radio operator for the military.

Dr. Crippen is survived by three sons and a daughter.

John W. Debord

Dr. Debord (GA '80), 46, Independence, Va., died Dec. 20, 2001. He co-owned Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital in Sparta, N.C. Dr. Debord was a member of the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association. His wife, Ann, and two sons survive him.

Lee W. Derrer

Dr. Derrer (UP '43), 80, Orland Park, Ill., died Dec. 23, 2001. From 1946 until retirement in 1974 he practiced in Mount Carroll, Ill., with his father, Dr. Wallace L. Derrer. A World War II veteran, Dr. Derrer served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. He is survived by a daughter and a son.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, International Shrine Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or NSSAR George Washington Endowment Fund, 1000 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203.

Carl Fink

Dr. Fink (TEX '38), 88, Fredericksburg, Texas, died Sept. 19, 2001. From 1946-1979 he owned a practice in Groves, Texas. Prior to that Dr. Fink worked for the Bureau of Animal Industry in Oklahoma and Delaware. Following graduation he taught at Texas A&M University for a year.

Dr. Fink was appointed to the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. A World War II veteran, he served as transport veterinarian in New Caledonia and the China-Burma-India theater, as part of the 124th Cavalry. Dr. Fink attained the rank of captain.

His wife, Mary Belle; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Rocksprings, TX 78880; or Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, Baytown, TX 77520.

LeRoy Gallentine

Dr. Gallentine (ISU '45), 80, Marshalltown, Iowa, died Dec. 8, 2001. Retired, he had practiced in Gilman, Iowa, for 39 years. Dr. Gallentine served in the Army while at veterinary school. During his career, he worked for the state of Iowa for a year with the pseudorabies program. His wife, Alice; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.

Paul E. Hoffman

Dr. Hoffman (COR '53), 73, Bogart, Ga., died Dec. 30, 2001. He was professor emeritus of large animal medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hoffman was a specialist in equine locomotory diseases, teaching at the college for 42 years until his retirement in 1995. In addition to teaching, he was chief of staff of the college's Large Animal Teaching Hospital for 25 years. Dr. Hoffman conducted nearly 85 research and evaluation studies dealing with equine medicine.

He was active in continuing education programs for the equine industry and the 4-H program. Dr. Hoffman was a consultant to the American Horse Show Association. As a member of its Drugs and Medication Committee, he served as drug testing veterinarian for the 1996 Olympics, the Arabian National Horse Show for over 20 years, and the 2000 Show Jumping World Cup.

Dr. Hoffman received the Life Member Award from the AAEP and the Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award from the Georgia VMA. He was honored twice with the Norden Laboratories Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Hoffman's wife, Joan, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Georgia VMA Paul E. Hoffman Scholarship Fund, 2814 Spring Road, Ste. 215, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Irvin G. Jorgensen

Dr. Jorgensen (COP '43), 86, Loveland, Colo., died Dec. 12, 2001. He was the founder and president of Jorgensen Laboratories Inc. in Loveland. From 1953-1970 Dr. Jorgensen practiced large animal medicine in Minnesota. Early in his career, he practiced in Denmark and in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Jorgensen established the Jorgensen Charitable Foundation, providing scholarships to veterinary students.

James R. Rosdail

Dr. Rosdail (ISU '51), 84, Pomeroy, Iowa, died Jan. 2, 2002. He practiced large animal medicine in Pomeroy for over 30 years. Dr. Rosdail was elected chairman of the AVMA Executive Board in 1982 during his 1978-1984 term representing Iowa and Minnesota.

He was a past president of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Foundation. Dr. Rosdail served on the Iowa State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. After serving on the board of the Iowa VMA for 16 years, he was elected president in 1973.

In 1971, Iowa State University honored Dr. Rosdail with its Stange Award, for meritorious service in veterinary-related endeavors. He was named Iowa Veterinarian of the Year in 1976. At the time of his death, Dr. Rosdail was serving on the Oleson Foundation of Trinity Regional Hospital and the Veterinary Heritage Committee for Living History Farms.

A World War II veteran, he participated in five major campaigns in the European theater. Dr. Rosdail attained the rank of captain and was decorated with the bronze star. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; three sons; and three daughters.

Bertram E. Ross

Dr. Ross (COL '51), 77, Ontario, Ore., died Dec. 22, 2001. From 1964 until retirement in 2001, he owned Treasure Valley Animal Clinic in Nyssa, Ore. Prior to that, Dr. Ross practiced in Ontario.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Marine Corps from 1942-1946. Dr. Ross's wife, Annie; four sons; three daughters; and a stepdaughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice, 323 W. Idaho Ave., Ontario, OR 97914; or Mountain States Tumor Institute, 100 E. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83712.

William E. Rothe

Dr. Rothe (UP '42), 82, Clearville, Pa., died Dec. 28, 2001. Retired since 1975, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps for 32 years. Dr. Rothe attained the rank of colonel. He is survived by his wife, Emma; a son; and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Lee Regional Hospice, 117 Work Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904.

Francis A. Spurrell

Dr. Spurrell (ISU '46), 82, St. Paul, Minn., died Dec. 18, 2001. Retired since 1989, he had worked for the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in the area of veterinary obstetrics. Prior to that, Dr. Spurrell taught and worked in the fields of bovine fertility, radiology, and genetics. While in the new department of surgery and radiology, he obtained a research grant from the Wright Air Development Center to study the effects of irradiation on large animals. Dr. Spurrell was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and a life member of the Minnesota VMA.

Wendell E. Taylor

Dr. Taylor (ISU '60), 67, Seminole, Fla., died Dec. 26, 2001. A small animal practitioner, he practiced in Pinellas County, Fla., since 1972. Dr. Taylor was the former owner of the Animal Hospital of Seminole, the Animal Hospital of Treasure Island, and the Court Street Animal Hospital of Clearwater. He was a past president of the Pinellas County VMS and the Marshall County VMA of Iowa.

Dr. Taylor was a founding director of the Seminole Bank and served on the board of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Margaret; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, Miami, FL 33179; or the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 E. Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33755.