In Memoriam

Published on
information-circle This article is more than 3 years old

 Your assistance is needed to ensure timely publication of death notices. At your earliest convenience, please report the death of a colleague or relative to the AVMA News Staff via a toll-free phone call at (800) 248-2862, ext 232; e-mail at newsatavma [dot] org (news[at]avma[dot]org); or fax at (847) 925-9239.

AVMA member
AVMA honor roll member

James L. Arrington

Dr. Arrington (OKL '62), 68, Trinidad, Colo, died March 22, 2001. In 1962, he moved to Raton, Colo, where he ran the Raton Animal Hospital, a mixed practice. Dr. Arrington established the Trinidad Animal Clinic in 1969 and practiced there until his retirement in 1996. He had also been the track veterinarian for the La Mesa Park in Colo.

Dr. Arrington was a past mayor and city councilman of Raton. He served in the Air Force from 1954-1958. Survivors include his wife, Emma, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis National Society of Colorado Chapter, 803 W 4, Apt M, Pueblo, CO 81003..

George H. Brandt

Dr. Brandt (MID '45), 79, Morehead City, NC, died March 19, 2001. A small animal practitioner, he received the North Carolina VMA's Distinguished Veterinarian Award in 1993 and was an NCVMA life member.

Byron H. Brow

Dr. Brow (AUB '47), 76, Goldsboro, NC, died March 19, 2001. He was a small animal practitioner. Dr. Brow was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. His wife, Audrey, and his two sons survive him.

  D. John Bunner

Dr. Bunner (COL '63), 72, Cody, Neb, died March 27, 2001. A bovine practitioner, he was a member of the Nebraska VMA. Memorials may be made to the NVMA Centennial Scholarship Foundation Inc, PO Box 2118, Hastings, NE 68902.

Donald K. Christian

Dr. Christian (KSU '42), 83, Harwood, ND, died March 18, 2001. He was a partner in the Valley Veterinary Hospital, a mixed practice in Fargo, ND, for 40 years. Dr. Christian was a past president of the North Dakota VMA and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1977. He served as state chairman of the Morris Animal Foundation and was a charter member of the Fargo Humane Society. His son, Dr. Gary R. Christian (MIN '69), practices at Valley Veterinary Hospital.

Memorials may be made to the Fargo Humane Society, 1201 28th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102.

W. Harvey Cowan

Dr. Cowan (ONT '42), 80, Potomac, Md, died Feb 11, 2001. He was a small animal practitioner. Following his move from Canada, Dr. Cowan worked briefly in Baltimore. He then joined the staff of Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. In the early 1960s, Dr. Cowan purchased the hospital and became president. He practiced there until his retirement.

Dr. Cowan was a member of the District of Columbia VMA and served as president in 1959. While in Canada, he was a flight instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Survivors include his daughter. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 415 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Donald R. Drew

Dr. Drew (COR '45), 78, Warwick, NY, died Feb 23, 2001. A small animal practitioner, he served the residents of Warwick for 56 years. Dr. Drew was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his daughter and two sons. Memorials may be sent to the National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave, Miami, FL 33136, or the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Willard H. Eyestone

Dr. Eyestone (KSU '41), 83, Columbia, Mo, died Feb 3, 2001. He worked briefly as a research assistant at the University of Illinois before serving in the Army from 1942-1947, retiring with the rank of captain and then major in the Army Reserve. During his wartime service, Dr. Eyestone received the Army Commendation Medal. Following military service, he conducted cancer research at the Department of Veterinary Science, University of Wisconsin.

In 1950, Dr. Eyestone began his career with the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory for Pathology, National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, Md. He was appointed head of the NCI's Comparative Pathology Section, Institute and Division of Research Services, in 1955. Dr. Eyestone went on to serve as chief of the NIH's Animal Resources Branch until 1970. In 1959, he took on the added role of veterinary officer director for the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Then he was named the NIH's Chief of Optometry, Pharmacology, Podiatry, Veterinary Medicine Education Branch. In 1972, Dr. Eyestone joined the University of Missouri-Columbia faculty as chairman of the Department of Veterinary Pathology. He served as interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981-1982, steering the college through a difficult financial time and strengthening its basic sciences program.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Eyestone was president of the specialty board from 1961-1962. He was the recipient of KSU's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1968, the Public Health Services' Meritorious Service Medal in 1970, and the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science's Charles A. Griffin Award in 1970. Dr. Eyestone was appointed to the National Council on Health Professions Education by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1975-1978. He was an honorary diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a lifetime member of the Missouri VMA.

Dr. Eyestone's survivors include his wife, Betty, two sons, and two daughters.

Robert E Fuechsel

Dr. Fuechsel (COR '50), 74, San Angelo, Texas, died Feb 15, 2001. Retired, he was a large animal practitioner.

A member of the Wyoming VMA, he was named president in 1966. Dr. Fuechsel served on the Governor's Mental Health Planning Committee as well as the Wyoming Board of Veterinary Examiners.

Joyce M. Hagebock

Dr. Hagebock (ISU '85), 51, Boone, Iowa, died Jan 10, 2001. She worked for the USDA-APHIS at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories and Center for Veterinary Biologics in Ames, Iowa. Dr. Hagebock was actively involved in the NVSL's Equal Opportunity Civil Rights Committee and served as chairman from 1997-1999. She was also editor and writer for their Action Line Newsletter Fair for three years. Dr. Hagebock was a member of the Affirmative Employment Program, past manager of the disabilities program, and developer of training presentations on diversity.

She was a member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians.


Howard Harmon

Dr. Harmon (COR '45), 77, Escondido, Calif, died March 19, 2001. He practiced in Morrisonville, Ill, following graduation. In 1947, Dr. Harmon established a small animal practice in Rye, NY. He moved to Escondido after retiring from clinical medicine in 1985.

While in practice and in retirement, Dr. Harmon was involved with the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He eventually became their international representative, speaking to veterinary faculty and students in Costa Rica, Spain, Turkey, Italy, and veterinary colleges around the world. He also conceived, developed, and staffed the Veterinary Specialty Referral Hospital of San Diego, housed in the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Memorials may be made to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, PO Box 64, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

Michael K. Reel

Dr. Reel (TEX '90), 37, Baytown, Texas, died March 23, 2001. He was a partner at the Abshier-Meuth Animal Hospital, a mixed practice, and the Park Street Animal Hospital, a small and exotic animal practice, in Baytown. Dr. Reel was a member of the Texas VMA. His wife, Kimberly, and his two children survive him. A memorial has been established for Dr. Reel's children at Baytown State Bank, 1308 Lacey Dr, Baytown, TX 77520.


Sharon Romero

Dr. Romero (KSU '81), 45, Tucumcari, NM, died March 3, 2001. After graduation, she practiced in Kansas for four years. Dr. Romero then joined the USDA as a meat inspector. At the time of her death, she was a veterinary medical officer. She was active in youth activities and was an accomplished bronze sculptor.

Survivors include her husband, Carlos Romero, and her two children.

Glen W. Stevens

Dr. Stevens (UP '46), 83, Newfoundland, Pa, died Feb 28, 2001. Following graduation, he worked in El Paso, Texas as a border inspector for the USDA. A year later, Dr. Stevens moved back to Newfoundland, where he was in mixed practice for 45 years. He simultaneously worked as a meat inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Dr. Stevens was also the track veterinarian at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania for 10 years.

He was a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania VMA and the Pennsylvania VMA. Survivors include his daughters, Dr. Donna L. Stevens (UP '75), Vista, Calif, and Dr. Marla J. Stevens (UP '79), Glyndon, Md, who are equine practitioners. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N Michigan Ave, Ste 1100, Chicago, IL 60611-1676.

Leland F. Velicer

Dr. Velicer (ISU '64), 61, East Lansing, Mich, died Dec 27, 2000. He spent his entire faculty career in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Michigan State University. Dr. Velicer had an international reputation for his research and teaching in veterinary virology. He was a member of the Michigan VMA. Dr. Velicer is survived by his wife, Janet.

Carol E. Zenier

Dr. Zenier (WSU '80), 46, Nehalem, Ore, died Jan 25, 2001. She was a small animal practitioner. After graduation, Dr. Zenier practiced in Tillamook County, Oregon. Four years later, she moved to the state of Washington to work on a state project. Dr. Zenier returned to Tillamook County following the completion of her project. In 1993 her small animal practice, Nehalem Bay Veterinary Services, became a mobile practice. Dr. Zenier was known for treating abused and abandoned animals.

Dr. Zenier was a member of the Oregon VMA. She achieved the designation of master gardener and was a member of the Japanese Garden Society.