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Melvyn D. Hale

Dr. Hale (UP '36), 86, Meredith, NH, died June 23, 2000. A member of the New Hampshire VMA, he had owned a mixed practice in Wolfeboro, NH, for 25 years, and retired in 1998.

William W. Herberg

Dr. Herberg (KSC '54), 72, St Peter, Minn, died March 20, 2000. A member of the Minnesota VMA, he was a supervisor with the USDA's department of bovine testing. Dr. Herberg served as a seaman first class in the Navy from 1945-1946. His son, Dr. William Herberg Jr (MIN '84), is a large animal practitioner in Dodge Center, Minn.

Thomas D. Hines

Dr. Hines (COL '76), 54, Aspen, Colo, died July 1, 2000. He was an equine practitioner, and was executive director of the Wild West Veterinary Conference in recent years. Dr. Hines was a member of the Colorado VMA and the AAEP. His wife, Dr. Karen Kean-Hines (COL '76), practices in Aspen. Memorials may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund, c/o Alpine Bank, 600 E Hopkins, Aspen, CO 81611.

John D. Lambert

Dr. Lambert (KSU '61), 75, Arden Hills, Minn, died July 20, 2000. A member of the Minnesota VMA and Metropolitan VMA, he owned a small animal practice in Arden Hills. As a Navy veteran, Dr. Lambert served in the South Pacific. Memorials may be made to the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, 393 N Dunlop St, St Paul, MN 55104.

Howard M. Mershon

Dr. Mershon (UP '38), 85, Lancaster, Pa, died May 20, 2000. He was director of the state Department of Agriculture in Tunkhannock, Pa, and Meadville, Pa, from 1963 until his retirement in 1980. Before that, he had practiced in Linesville, Pa. Dr. Mershon served as president of the Pennsylvania VMA and was a member of the Conestoga Valley VMA. Dr. Mershon's son, Dr. Millard Mershon (UP '55), is a small animal practitioner in Bel Air, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to Osterhout Bible Church, Stonecrest, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

Raymond J. Pierce

Dr. Pierce (COR '35), 89, Crown Point, NY, died July 8, 2000. He owned Crown Point Veterinary Hospital, a mixed practice.

Robert B. Shillinger

Dr. Shillinger (MSU '43), 79, Annapolis, Md, died July 31, 2000. A member of the Maryland VMA, he spent most of his career as a pathologist with the Maryland Livestock Sanitary Service (now the Maryland Department of Agriculture). His services to the state included director of the state laboratories in Hagerstown, Frederick, and College Park. Dr. Shillinger also worked with state and federal veterinarians to eradicate the hog cholera epidemic in the early 1970s. While in College Park, Dr. Shillinger was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. He was noted for his work in avian pathology and was a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists. Dr. Shillinger also was a member of the American Association of Retired Veterinarians. His uncle, the late Dr. Jacob Shillinger (MSU '43), was also a veterinarian. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Vojislav Sima

Dr. Sima (YUG '59), 67, Vineland, NJ, died July 2, 2000. He owned Main Road Veterinary Clinic in Vineland. Dr. Sima had worked as veterinarian in charge of laboratory animal health at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Company in Germany, and as a meat inspector for the USDA. He was a member of the New Jersey VMA. His son, Dr. Marko Sima (UP '92), practices in Atlantic Highland, NJ.

Donald W. Spencer

Dr. Spencer (IL '67), 57, Troy, Ill, died May 31, 2000. A member of the Illinois State VMA, he owned Troy Veterinary Clinic for 33 years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterinary Medicine Achievement Fund at the University of Illinois, Harker Hall, MC-386, 1305 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801.

Russell F. Strasburger

Dr. Strasburger (UP '36), 86, Newtown, Conn, died June 29, 2000. President of the Connecticut VMA in the 1970s, Dr. Strasburger practiced in Danbury, Conn, before opening a clinic in Newtown, which he operated since 1937. He was a member of the Fairfield County VMA. Dr. Strasburger was appointed to the Connecticut State Board of Veterinary Registration and Examination, which he served for 23 years. Memorials may be sent to Newtown Scholarship Association, PO Box 302, Newtown, CT 06470.

Carey W. Thornton

Dr. Thornton (GA '51), 73, Jacksonville, Fla, died June 16, 2000. After practicing in LaGrange, Fla, he served as assistant veterinarian for the USDA in Florida from the late 1950s until he retired in 1978. Dr. Thornton was a member of the Florida VMA, Georgia VMA, and Alabama VMA. He served in the Navy during World War II. Memorials may be made to the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

Charles J. York

Dr. York (OSU '47), 80, West Sacramento, Calif, died July 18, 2000. He was one of the leaders in developing modern-day tissue culture vaccines for large and small animals and man. These vaccines included canine distemper, canine adenovirus, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, bovine viral diarrhea, and feline leukemia. Dr. York was also instrumental in developing the Schwarz measles vaccine.

From 1951-1963 he was director of virus research at Pitman-Moore Company, followed by two years as head of the Montana Veterinary Research Laboratory and Department of Veterinary Science at Montana State College. In 1965 he became director of research at the San Diego Zoo. In the 1970s he served as associate professor of comparative pathology at the University of California in San Diego and director of animal resources. In 1985 he became president and CEO of Bio-trends International Inc, Sacramento, Calif.

His professional associations included charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and member of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, and US Animal Health Association.


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