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Norman G. Baird

Dr. Baird (AUB '37), 86, Lumberton, NC, died Jan 23, 2000. A member of the North Carolina VMA, he owned a mixed practice in Lumberton for 56 years. One of the first practitioners in Robeson County, North Carolina, Dr. Baird helped many local veterinarians begin their practices. The Lumberton City Council honored Dr. Baird with a proclamation on his 79th birthday. Memorials may be made to Youth Missions, First Baptist Church, PO Box 938, Lumberton, NC 28359.

John D. Cady

Dr. Cady (KSU '42), 81, Sun City, Ariz, died Jan 13, 2000. He was retired from a mixed practice. Dr. Cady was president of the Interstate VMA from 1952-1953, and president of the Nebraska VMA from 1959-1961. He was also on the Nebraska State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners from 1949-1955.

Donald E. Corrier

Dr. Corrier (WSU '69), 59, College Station, Texas, died Jan 18, 2000. An educator and researcher who was a leader in the development of defined competitive exclusion cultures to prevent Salmonella colonization in poultry in 1998, Dr. Corrier received the Outstanding Senior Research Scientist Award of the Year from the USDA.

His career began after graduation with a graduate fellowship in the Center for Tropical Animal Health at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Until 1978 Dr. Corrier lived intermittently in Colombia, South America researching hemoparasitic diseases in cattle. After assuming a faculty position at Texas A&M in 1978 he continued research and teaching, for which he received college and university awards. Dr. Corrier joined the USDA Agricultural Research Service in College Station in 1983. At the time of his retirement in 1999 he was project leader for Salmonella research at the Food Animal Protection Research Laboratory in College Station.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 2606 S Texas Ave, Bryan, TX 77802; Hospice Brazos County, 205 E 29th, Bryan, TX 77803; or Scott and White Cancer Research, 2401 S 31st St, Temple, TX 76508.

Dennis R. Dixon

Dr. Dixon (WSU '81), 48, Meridian, Idaho, died Jan 14, 2000. He owned Meridian Veterinary Clinic, a mixed practice. Dr. Dixon devoted much of his time to working with raptors. He volunteered his services to the Boise Zoo and was involved with the Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho. He took part in one of the first condor releases in the Grand Canyon in 1996. Dr. Dixon served on the boards of the Idaho VMA and the Idaho Veterinary Medical Examiners and was part-owner of the Animal Emergency Clinic in Boise. Memorials may be made to the Dennis Dixon Memorial Scholarship Endowment at the University of Idaho, awarded to a graduating fourth-year student in Idaho planning to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Checks payable to University of Idaho Foundation may be mailed to Advancement Services, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844.

Brian L. Hill

Dr. Hill (CAL '73), 51, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, died Jan 15, 2000. Dr. Hill was a professor of small animal internal medicine at the University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College, where he served as interim dean from 1989-1991. He was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a 1979 recipient of the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. At the Atlantic Veterinary College he served as the founding chair of the department of companion animals from 1986-1998 and as the director of the veterinary teaching hospital. He was instrumental in building the college's human resources department and technical support at the hospital. He also founded the college's Animal Trust Fund, which provides for research into diseases that affect companion animals. The Brian Hill Memorial Scholarship has been established at the Atlantic Veterinary College and will be awarded annually to a first-year student.

Robert H. Singer

Dr. Singer (COL '54), 82, Huntsville, Texas, died Feb 2, 2000. Early in his career Dr. Singer worked in the department of animal pathology at the University of Kentucky and for two years with the veterinary division of Winthrop Chemical Company in New York City. After serving as coordinator of veterinary services for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, he was appointed state veterinarian for Kentucky in 1957. From 1960-1966, Dr. Singer was a toxicologist with the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. Dr. Singer was one of the first members of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. He was senior scientist with the Veterinary Toxicology and Entomology Research Laboratory in College Station, Texas from 1966-1973. From 1973-1979 Dr. Singer was director of the Kentucky Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Lexington. He owned Singer Laboratory of Toxicology and Pathology in Winchester, Ky, from 1979-1992. Dr. Singer was a member of the Kentucky VMA, served as its secretary/treasurer, and later received its Distinguished Service Award in 1984. He was also a member of the US Animal Health Association. His father, Dr. Henry C. Singer, was also a practitioner.

John C. Smith

Dr. Smith (KSU '35), 88, Stuttgart, Ark, died Feb 2, 2000. A member of the Arkansas VMA, Dr. Smith practiced for more than 50 years and was retired from a mixed animal practice in Stuttgart.

Bruce G. Stringer

Dr. Stringer (OKL '63), 65, Wellston, Okla, died Oct 24, 1999. He owned a mixed exotic and wildlife practice.

William T. Sweeny

Dr. Sweeny (OSU '61), 64, West Columbia, SC, died Jan 5, 2000. He owned an animal clinic in West Columbia for 15 years, then owned Five Points Animal Clinic, a small animal clinic in Columbia, until 1995. In 1976 he was appointed consulting veterinarian at Hazelton Research Animals Inc, where he was responsible for providing care for more than 4,000 Beagles used by research scientists throughout the world, and coordinated research studies involving veterinary products and pet feeds. Dr. Sweeny also conducted research for many pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Sweeny was a member of the South Carolina VMA. His brother, Dr. James D. Sweeny (OSU '60), St Charles, Ill, is a retired practitioner. Memorial contributions may be made to Project Pet Inc, PO Box 211816, Columbia, SC 29221.

Paul J. Van Eeckhout

Dr. Van Eeckhout (WSU '53), 73, San Luis Obispo, Calif, died Dec 25, 1999. He was retired from a small animal practice.

James E. Vickers

Dr. Vickers (IL '66), 59, Hayes Township, Mich, died Dec 24, 1999. He owned Maplewood Farm Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Charlevoix, Mich. After retiring in the 1990s, Dr. Vickers ran an alpaca farm and was one of the first people to import South American llamas to North America.


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