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Max A. Cress

Dr. Cress (OKL '56), 87, Mena, Ark., died Aug. 3, 2001. He owned a mixed practice in Mena for 44 years. Dr. Cress was an honor roll member of the Arkansas VMA, serving as president and vice president. In 1971, the association named him Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. Cress is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons; and two daughters.

Daniel F DiBitetto

Dr. DiBitetto (COR '53), 84, West Palm Beach, Fla., died Aug. 27, 2001. Before retiring in 1978, he owned the Fairport Animal Hospital in Bridgeport, Conn. In 1945, Dr. DiBitetto received the bronze star while serving in the Army. He attained the rank of 2nd lieutenant.

Memorials may be made to Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine.

James G. Eagelman

Dr. Eagelman (UP '37), 90, Myerstown, Pa., died Aug. 12, 2001. Retired since 1980, he had been a partner in the Willow Creek Animal Hospital in Ontelaunee Township, Pa. From 1960–1975 Dr. Eagelman was a veterinary professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During that period, he traveled to Nigeria and Brazil, teaching and conducting clinics. Early in his career, Dr. Eagelman practiced in Womelsdorf, Pa.

An Army veteran, he served in the European theater during World War II and was awarded a bronze star. Dr. Eagelman was a 50-year member of the Pennsylvania VMA. In 1987, he received the association's Distinguished Veterinarian Award. Dr. Eagelman is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International, P.O. Box 808, Little Rock, AR 72203.

  Tom S. Maddox

Dr. Maddox (AUB '50), 81, Greenville, Ky., died Aug. 5, 2001. From 1972–1981 he was veterinarian of the commonwealth of Kentucky. Known for his expertise in large animal communicable diseases, Dr. Maddox founded the Kentuckiana Animal Clinic in Owensboro, Ky., practicing there from 1959–1972.

Dr. Maddox was a member of the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners and a past president of the Kentucky VMA. He was on the board of directors of the Southern Veterinary Medical Federation, serving as chairman in 1996. His honors include the Kentucky VMA's Distinguished Service and Veterinarian of the Year awards. Dr. Maddox was a Kentucky Colonel.

A World War II veteran, he was stationed at Kessler Air Force base in Biloxi, Miss. Memorials may be made to the Tom S. and Mary Anna Maddox Scholarship for Kentucky veterinary students, c/o Auburn University Foundation.

John S. Proper

Dr. Proper (COR '43), 81, Nipomo, Calif., died Sept. 16, 2001. Before retiring in 1979, he practiced in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Dr. Proper was a life member of the New York State VMS. He had also been a member and past president of the Western New York VMA. In 1969, the New York State VMS honored Dr. Proper for serving two eight-year terms on the New York State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

His wife, Leona; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine; or First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.

Russell R. Rodgers

Dr. Rodgers (ORS '97), 47, Lakeview, Ore., died July 27, 2001. He owned a bovine practice in Lakeview. Dr. Rodgers spent 14 years working on his family's ranch before pursuing his dream of becoming a veterinarian. His wife, Cindy; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Rodgers family, c/o Rev. Ken Odegaard, Calvary Chapel, 103 N. "G" St., Lakeview, OR 97630.

Kelly J. Sheehan

Dr. Sheehan (TUF '93), 37, San Jose, Calif., died July 4, 2001. Before moving to San Jose in 2000, she practiced small animal medicine in Massachusetts for eight years.

Dr. Sheehan is survived by her husband, Christopher, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club, (where Dr. Sheehan was active in boating), c/o memorial gifts, Norie Mazzone, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108; or to a trust account that has been established for Dr. Sheehan's young daughter, c/o Richard Bentz, 24 Salem Road, N. Billerica, MA 01862; or to Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine.