In Memoriam

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F. Langdon Davis Jr

Dr. Davis (COR '49), 75, Augusta, Maine, died June 17, 2000. He served as AVMA Executive Board representative from District I from 1986-1992 and, recently, the board's liaison to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy.

After two years' practice in Cheshire, Conn, Dr. Davis opened a mixed practice in Augusta in 1951, later limiting it to companion animals. One of his sons, Dr. Peter P. Davis (COR '82) of Manchester, Maine, eventually joined him in the practice.

His national involvement began in 1957, when Maine veterinarians elected him as their alternate and later, delegate, to the AVMA House of Delegates, where he served 20 years. Dr. Davis was a member-at-large on the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service, where he served from 1974-1984, and chairman in 1978 and 1979. He was chairman of the AVMA Drug Availability Committee from 1977-1981 and he served two terms as chairman of the AVMA's newly created Council on Public Relations. He chaired the AVMA Committee on Impaired Veterinarians and served on the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates.

He was elected president of the Maine VMA in 1967 and served on 13 of its committees.

Dr. Davis' posts in his home state were legion, and included member of the Maine State Board of Veterinary Examiners, member of the animal welfare board of the Maine Department of Agriculture, and member of the advisory board and spay/neuter committees of the Maine Federation of Humane Societies.

During the 1980s, Dr. Davis was involved with Heifer Project International and helped found Veterinarians in Voluntary Assistance.

His veterinary affiliations include membership in the New England VMA, AAHA, AAFP, American Holistic VMA, American Association of Veterinarians for Animal Welfare, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, American Association of Retired Veterinarians (founding member), and Christian Veterinary Mission.

Dr. Davis was a member of the board of directors of the American Academy on Disaster Medicine.

Last year, the Maine VMA honored Dr. Davis with the Maine Welfare Award. Locally, Dr. Davis contributed 23 years on the board of directors of the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. This year the association gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Davis was a World War II veteran of the Army Medical Department veterinary service. Memorials may be made to Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, ME 04330; HealthReach Hospice, 32 Winthrop St, Augusta, ME 04330; or the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Richard F. McCune

Dr. McCune (CAL '59), 65, Oxnard, Calif, died May 25, 2000. A member of the California VMA, Dr. McCune owned a small animal practice in Oxnard since 1962. Memorial donations may be made to School of Veterinary Medicine Center for Companion Animal Health, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616; Westminster Presbyterian Church, 755 Bard Road, Port Hueneme, CA 93041; or Pacific Corinthian Youth Foundation, 2600 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035.

Guy E. Morse

Dr. Morse (COR '42), 83, Albany, NY, died June 10, 2000. After practicing 12 years in Windsor, NY, he became a professor and researcher in large animal medicine at Cornell University. In 1961, he accepted a teaching and research position at the University of Pennsylvania's large animal facility in Kennett Square, Pa. At the age of 60, he entered Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wis, to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. After completion of his studies, he was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981. Memorials may be made to St John the Baptist Church, 600 Laurel Ave, Tryon, NC 28782 or the Teresian House, 200 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203.

W. Jackson Spearing

Dr. Spearing (ISU '53), 86, Charlottesville, Va, died May 18, 2000. He was retired from a small animal practice he owned in Illinois. Dr. Spearing had practices in Wisconsin and Tennessee, and worked on sterility problems in large animals (particularly cattle). Memorials may be made to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine or Alpha Gamma Rho National Fraternity, 10101 N Executive Hills Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64153.

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