In Memoriam

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Elmer P. Bogart

Vista Animal Clinic in Vista, Calif. He retired to Washington state in the late '70s. Dr. Bogart served in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in World War II.

John H. Cerny

Dr. Cerny (KSU '63), 71, Crete, Neb, died Oct 30, 2000. In 1965, he started the Crete Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced until his retirement in 1998. At the time of his death, Dr. Cerny was the chairman of the Nebraska Board of Examiners in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and served on two state agriculture committees. He was a past president, committee member, and life member of the Nebraska VMA. On Sept 24, 2000, the Nebraska VMA named Dr. Cerny Veterinarian of the Year (see JAVMA, Dec 1, 2000, page 1616). One of his sons, Dr. Henry Cerny (KSU '96), is a veterinarian in Lincoln. Memorials may be made to the NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation Inc at PO Box 2118, Hastings, NE 68902.

Leon J. Cruise

Dr. Cruise (TUS '64), 64, Adelphi, Md, died Oct 6, 2000. He was director of veterinary services at the College of Medicine, Howard University, Washington, DC, where he practiced laboratory animal medicine for 20 years. He also maintained a feline house call practice. Dr. Cruise was president of the District of Columbia VMA in 1999-2000 and chaired the District of Columbia Board of Veterinary Examiners from 1990-1993. A diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, he authored many scientific articles. He was a member of the Maryland VMA, DCVMA, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and anatomy and neuroscience groups. Dr. Cruise served in the Army as platoon leader (artillery) and instructor of artillery-paratrooper, and received an honorable discharge as captain (Reserve) in 1960.

Wallace A. Deen

Dr. Deen (TEX '66), 57, Richmond, Mo, died Oct 18, 2000. He was a practitioner in Richmond. Dr. Deen served in the Army Veterinary Corps for 21 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1990. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and later did consulting work for the federal government. Memorials may be made to the Ray County Library Friends at 219 S College St, Richmond, MO 64085, or the Richmond VFW/American Legion Building Fund at 312 Clark St, Richmond, MO 64085.

  James A. Esselman

Dr. Esselman (MIN '83), 42, Hamburg, Minn, died Oct 14, 2000. He was a partner with his wife, Dr. Cindy Esselman, at the Norwood Veterinary Clinic, a large animal practice in Norwood, Minn. Dr. Esselman was a member of the Minnesota VMA, the AABP, the AASRP, and the Carver County Dairy Initiative Team. He was active in the 4-H Club. Dr. Esselman's survivors include Dr. James Koewler (MIN '78), a veterinarian in Clara City, Minn.

William L. Hays

Dr. Hays (AUB '48), 75, Jonesboro, Ark, died Nov 7, 2000. A colonel in the Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Hays retired as commanding officer of the Corps in Europe after 31 years of service. During the Vietnam War, Dr. Hays was the officer in charge of the rabies eradication program. Dr. Hays was decorated with the Legion of Merit, Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, and a Meritorious Service Medal. He earned a Combat Infantryman's Badge in the China-Burma-India theater in the 124th Cavalry Brigade as part of the Mars Task Force. After his retirement from the Army, he was the northeast Arkansas veterinary supervisor of meat inspection for the state of Arkansas and later the USDA.

William N. Hurley Jr

Dr. Hurley (TEX '69), 55, Athens, Texas, died Sept 17, 2000. He opened a clinic in Sulphur Springs, Texas and later built a small animal practice in Emory, Texas. Dr. Hurley served as a captain in the Army from 1969-1971.

Jana L. Owens

Dr. Owens (ILL '93), 36, Murphysboro, Ill, died Oct 23, 2000. She was a partner at Meller-James and Associates in Anna, a mixed animal practice. Memorials may be made to the Oakford United Methodist Church at Rt 97, Oakford, IL 62673, or a charity of the donor's choice.

  William B. Platt

Dr. Platt (MSU '35), 89, Middlesex, NJ, died Oct 9, 2000. He was a general practitioner and practiced in Bound Brook and Middlesex for 60 years. An Army captain during World War II, he served as the veterinarian for horses and dogs used in coastal patrols from Wilmington, NC, to Jacksonville, Fla. Dr. Platt also served as veterinarian for animals in one naval district. He was president of the Middlesex Borough Board of Health.

Alvin W. Rice

Dr. Rice (COR '41), 84, Roanoke, Va, died Oct 28, 2000. A mixed practice owner, he founded the Roanoke Animal Hospital in 1947 and practiced there until his retirement. Dr. Rice was past president of the Virginia VMA, Southern Veterinary Medical Federation, and Roanoke Valley Horseman's Association. For 10 years he served on the Virginia State Board of Veterinary Examiners, half that time as chairman. He was a lifelong member of the AAHA. In 1993, Dr. Rice received the Horseman-of- the-Year Award from the Virginia Horse Council. Memorials may be made to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Raymond G. Vernon

Dr. Vernon (WSU '44), 85, Portland, Ore, died Aug 23, 2000.

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