December 01, 2000


 In Memoriam

Posted Nov. 15, 2000
AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member

James W. Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong (OSU '33), 92, North Kingston, RI, died Oct 5, 2000. He was an AVMA vice president for two terms, 1973-1975. Dr. Armstrong's career began as a field veterinarian with the USDA from 1934-1937. He operated a small animal practice in Rhode Island, the Cranston Animal Hospital, from 1937-1959. From 1939-1941, Dr. Armstrong was state veterinarian in Rhode Island, then served from 1943-1946 in the Army Veterinary Corps. For many years he also ran a large animal practice in Rhode Island. He was a past president of the Rhode Island VMA.

After moving to Vermont in 1960, he became assistant director of the Livestock Division, Vermont Department of Agriculture; served as secretary of the Vermont Mastitis Committee; and was director of the Vermont Beef Producers Association. Dr. Armstrong became president of the Vermont VMA and New England VMA. Before his vice presidency with the AVMA, he had been Rhode Island and then Vermont delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. After retiring in 1973 from the Department of Agriculture, Dr. Armstrong volunteered with the Christian Veterinary Mission, and was chairman of the World Community Service Committee, promoting and supporting Heifer Project International.

Memorials may be sent to the attention of Pat Stanley at Heifer Project International, Overlook Farm, Box 174A, Rutland, MA 01543.

  Delmar R. Cassidy

Dr. Cassidy (TEX '57), 69, Ames, Iowa, died July 2, 2000. In 1996 he retired from the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories after more than 40 years of service. Dr. Cassidy had been chief of the pathobiology laboratory. He served as adjunct professor in veterinary pathology at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cassidy was a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, Phi Zeta, and Poultry Science Association, and an Air Force veteran. Memorials may be made to the River Valley Credit Union, 2811 E 13th St, Ames, IA 50010. Donations will be used to support Israel Family Hospice House, Ames Animal Shelter, and the Izaak Walton League.

Henry P. Eames

Dr. Eames (MSU '42), 82, Elkhart, Ind, died June 23, 2000. He owned a mixed practice, Eames Animal Clinic in Manchester, Mich, until his retirement in 1986. After moving to Elkhart he became active in the Service Corps of Retired Executives. His father-in-law, Dr. E. C. W. Schuvel, was a veterinarian, as were his brother-in-law, Dr. John C. Schwabland, and his wife's uncle, Dr. Otto Schuvel. Dr. Eames was a life member of the Michigan VMA.

Gary M. Greco

Dr. Greco (PAR '82), 47, Oneonta, NY, died July 31, 2000. He owned Southside Animal Hospital, a small animal practice.

  James H. Hessian

Dr. Hessian (MIN '53), 75, Jordan, Minn, died Sept 12, 2000. He owned a large animal practice in Jordan until he retired for health reasons. Dr. Hessian served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

Clayton E. Kokx

Dr. Kokx (MSU '42), 82, Portland, Mich, died June 12, 2000. Retired, he had worked as a meat inspector for the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Prior to that, Dr. Kokx owned a mixed practice until 1969. He was a life member of the Michigan VMA.

B. K. Pearce

Dr. Pearce (MSU '40), 82, Brooksville, Fla, died June 17, 2000. A past president of the Michigan VMA, he operated a mixed practice in Coldwater, Mich, until his retirement.

  Hassell B. Smith Jr

Dr. Smith (AUB '61), 63, Murfreesboro, Tenn, died July 29, 2000. He owned a small animal practice.

H. Wayne Sparks

Dr. Sparks (MO '68), 56, Alameda, Calif, died July 28, 2000. He practiced at the Providence Veterinary Medical Group. Dr. Sparks was a member of the California VMA and the Alameda County VMA. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, East Bay Region, 1700 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612 or the Alameda Welfare Council, PO Box 2265, Alameda, CA 94501.

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