In Memoriam

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Thomas M. Folkerts

Dr. Folkerts (IL '54), 73, Noblesville, Ind, died May 13, 2000. He was the retired head of international veterinary medical research for Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Folkerts had worked for Lilly for 29 years and retired in 1992. He was an AASP member. Memorial contributions may be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 10202 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46290 or Christians Linked in Mission, PO Box 458, Arnold, MO 46010.

William R. Hunter

Dr. Hunter (ISU '49), 77, Alexis, Ill, died May 11, 2000. He was a mixed practice owner. Dr. Hunter was instrumental in the Illinois State VMA's Hog Cholera Eradication Committee for six years and served as its chairman, and was on the AVMA's ad hoc Hog Cholera Eradication Committee. He also held offices in numerous other veterinary associations. Dr. Hunter co-operated a hog farm production business for 40 years and was a breeder of livestock and Standardbred horses. Memorials may be made to the Alexis School Foundation, c/o Patty Sims at Farmers State Bank, PO Box 249, Alexis, IL 61412 or the Alexis United Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 175, Alexis, IL 61412.

William M. Munson

Dr. Munson (ISU '42), 81, Harrison, Neb, died May 20, 2000. His first practice was in Wyoming, Ill. He later moved to Cambridge, Neb, and started Cambridge Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced for 20 years. His prolific world travels yielded two notable accomplishments — receipt of the International Agriculture Award and the importation of Arabian horses. He was an authority on Arabian horse bloodlines in the United States and was one of the first Arabian horse judges. Concurrently, he raised Shorthorn cattle and was inducted into the American Shorthorn Association's Hall of Fame as a "Builder of the Breed." Memorials may be made to the Harrison Nebraska Rescue Unit, PO Box 156, Harrison, NE 69346.

Rachel Pemstein

Dr. Pemstein (UP '78), 46, Midway, Ky, died April 6, 2000. An equine practitioner, she had the opportunity to spend a breeding season in Australia after graduation. Upon her return from Australia, she spent a year working in reproduction and pathology at the University of Kentucky. Beginning in 1980, she was an associate veterinarian for the next ten years. In 1990, she began her own practice. She was an enthusiastic Thoroughbred breeder and racehorse owner, and foxhunter.

Reece W. Phillips

Dr. Phillips (ISU '52), 78, Forrest City, Ark, died May 21, 2000. He practiced in Forrest City for more than 40 years. Dr. Phillips was a member of the Arkansas VMA and was a veterinarian for Southland Greyhound Park. He served in the Pacific during World War II as a Navy lieutenant and participated in D-Day.

Robert K. Turner

Dr. Turner (MSU '49), 74, Fortville, Ind, died May 20, 2000. He was a private practitioner from 1949-1960, then was staff veterinarian with Eli Lilly and Company for more than 20 years. While with Eli Lilly, he was in charge of developing drug protocols and animal handling protocols for animal testing. After his retirement in the 1980s, he consulted with Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, and Ball State universities. Dr. Turner was a lifetime member of the Indiana VMA and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

John S. Zwiers

Dr. Zwiers (MSU '44), 82, Austin, Tex, died March 8, 2000. He was a meat inspector for the state of Arkansas for seven years. Prior to that, Dr. Zwiers worked at a small animal hospital in Oak Park, Ill. From 1950-1970, he served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of colonel. During his military career, Dr. Zwiers was a teacher and lecturer, guiding the progress of young veterinarians. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


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