December 01, 2001


 In Memoriam

Posted Nov. 15, 2001

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Wesley D. Anderson

Dr. Anderson (MIN '51), 77, Arvada, Colo., died Oct. 2, 2001. Before retirement, he had headed the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Anderson worked in the same capacity at the University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Earlier, he taught human anatomy in the University of Minnesota's medical school. Following graduation, Dr. Anderson was in mixed practice in Rosemount, Minn., for 12 years.

He received the Teacher of the Year Award at Saskatchewan and Minnesota. Dr. Anderson co-wrote the textbook "Atlas of Canine Anatomy" with his wife, the Rev. Bettina Anderson. He was an Army veteran, serving from 1943–1946. His wife; three sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Denver, CO 80202.

Frank G. Handley

Dr. Handley (AUB '58), 74, Sebring, Fla., died Sept. 28, 2001. Before retiring in 1987, he owned the Highlands Animal Hospital in Highland County, Florida. Prior to that, Dr. Handley was in mixed practice with another veterinarian. He also practiced in Belle Glade, Fla., early in his career. Dr. Handley served cattle producers in six counties and was involved with the screwworm eradication program and the brucellosis-free certification effort. He also educated cattle producers on sound feeding, breeding, and disease prevention practices. The Florida Cattlemen's Association recognized Dr. Handley's efforts by naming him honorary state director in June 2001.

He received several awards for his service to the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America youth and mentoring young people. Dr. Handley also served on the Sebring Utilities Commission. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three sons; and two daughters. Dr. Handley's granddaughter, Dr. Jennifer L. Handley (AUB '00), practices in Lakeland, Fla.

Ronald T. Hauge

Dr. Hauge (WSU '39), 87, Sacramento, Calif., died Aug. 7, 2001. From 1946–1988 he owned the Auburn Boulevard Veterinary Hospital in Sacramento. Dr. Hauge also took care of the animals in the Sacramento Zoo during the 1940s.

He was a World War II veteran, serving as a food safety inspector in the Air Force. Dr. Hauge attained the rank of major. The Sacramento Board of Supervisors honored his service to the community by declaring April 10, 1988, as "Ronald T. Hauge Day" in the county. Dr. Hauge was a member of the AAHA, a distinguished life member of the California VMA, and a past president of the Sacramento Valley VMA. He was also involved with the state rabies commission.

Dr. Hauge is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons; and two daughters.

Arnold M. Snyder

Dr. Snyder (UP '35), 92, Rhinebeck, N.Y., died Sept. 19, 2001. From 1945–1980 he owned the Burbank Animal Hospital in Burbank, Calif. Dr. Snyder was a life member of the California VMA and the Southern California VMA. An Army veteran, he served in Australia during World War II in the cavalry. Dr. Snyder attained the rank of colonel.

  James A. Swenson

Dr. Swenson (MIN '63), 71, Jasper, Minn., died Aug. 5, 2001. Following graduation he established the Swenson Veterinary Clinic in Jasper. An Air Force veteran, Dr. Swenson served as a dental assistant from 1950–1954. He attained the rank of sergeant. Dr. Swenson was a member of the American Legion and served on the Jasper city council for 33 years.

Richard J. Unfer

Dr. Unfer (COL '42), 82, Arvada, Colo., died July 9, 2001. Before retiring in 1975, he worked for the Department of Agriculture for 31 years. Dr. Unfer was a member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps as a captain.

Dr. Unfer is survived by his wife, Joanne; a son; two stepsons; and a stepdaughter.

Donald R. Walton

Dr. Walton (OKL '56), 72, Holliston, Mass., died July 2, 2001. A small animal practitioner, he owned the Holliston Animal Hospital for 40 years.

Stephen A. White

Dr. White (CAL '62), 65, Chico, Calif., died June 24, 2001. He owned Mangrove Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Chico.