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Victor H. Austin

Dr. Austin (ISU '47), 83, Westlake Village, Calif., died Feb. 2, 2002. Retired, he practiced in California for 40 years. Following graduation Dr. Austin joined a mixed practice in Ventura, Calif. In 1948, he became the owner of a small animal hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, Dr. Austin established a dermatology practice in 1971.

In 1968, he was appointed to the California Veterinary Medical Board by then Governor Ronald Reagan. Dr. Austin served on the former AVMA Committee on Animal Technician Activity and Training for five years. He also worked as a consultant and lecturer for the Neutrogena Company's veterinary products division for a couple of years. Dr. Austin was a past president of the Kiwanis Club and served on the City of Westlake Homeowners board for 29 years.

His wife, Ruth; two daughters; and a son survive him. Dr. Austin's nephew, Dr. Marc Austin (CAL '84), is a veterinarian in Vista, Calif.

Stephen V. Becker

Dr. Becker (MO '78), 53, Decatur, Ill., died Feb. 14, 2002. He taught risk assessment at the University of Illinois-Springfield. A Vietnam War veteran, Dr. Becker served in the Army. He was a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Memorials may be made to Kansas State University Foundation, 2323 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502; Richland Community College Foundation, One College Park, Decatur, IL 62521; or Habitat for Humanity, 3601 Skokie Hwy., North Chicago, IL 60064.

Howard S. Cantwell

Dr. Cantwell (KSU '40), 86, Riverside, Calif., died Jan. 18, 2002. A practitioner for more than 50 years, he owned a small animal hospital in Riverside from 1940-1982. After that, he did relief work. He practiced with his stepfather, Dr. Charles Wight (now deceased), following graduation. Dr. Cantwell's father, Dr. Lynn R. Cantwell (also deceased), had served as state veterinarian in Nebraska.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Cantwell attained the rank of major. He was an honorary life member of the Orange Belt VMA, Southern California VMA, and the California VMA. He volunteered with the Riverside Humane Society. Dr. Cantwell's wife, Lorraine, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Riverside Humane Society, 5791 Fremont St., Riverside, CA 92504; or American Cancer Society, 1240 Palmyrita Ave., Riverside, CA 92507.

Robert P. Clark

Dr. Clark (OSU '43), 84, Warsaw, Ind., died Feb. 20, 2002. From 1952-2000 he was in mixed practice in Warsaw. A World War II veteran, Dr. Clark served in the Army from 1946-1952, becoming a captain. He received a World War II victory medal.

Dr. Clark is survived by his wife, Mable; three sons; and two daughters.

Paul W. Edmundson

Dr. Edmundson (OKL '54), 83, Perry, Okla., died Feb. 16, 2002. Prior to retirement, he owned Perry Veterinary Clinic. Following graduation Dr. Edmundson practiced in Waurika, Okla., for two years.

A past president and life member of the Oklahoma VMA, he served on several of its committees and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1988. Dr. Edmundson was involved with numerous civic organizations, among them, the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America. In 1992, Dr. Edmundson was named Perry Citizen of the Year.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army. Dr. Edmundson attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. He is survived by two sons. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 706 Jackson St., Perry, OK 73077; or YMCA, 101 N. 7th St., Perry, OK 73077.

Lisa L. Fazio-Cox

Dr. Cox (COL '98), 31, Broomfield, Colo., died Dec. 19, 2001. Dr. Cox practiced small animal medicine at Laurel Veterinary Clinic in Broomfield. She was a member of the Colorado VMA. Her husband, Samuel, and two daughters survive her. Memorials may be made to Trust Fund for Children of Lisa Lynne Fazio-Cox, DVM, Morgan Stanley, P.O. Box 7575, Sandy, UT 84091-7575.

Mitchell Lunstra

Dr. Lunstra (ISU '33), 93, Redding, Calif., died March 4, 2002. From 1956 until retirement in 1973, he was district supervisory veterinarian at the animal health branch of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Following graduation Dr. Lunstra practiced in Ottumwa, Iowa. From 1934-1938 he worked for the Department of Agriculture in Oklahoma and then the Bureau of Animal Industry in California. Dr. Lunstra joined the CDFA as a veterinary meat inspector in 1938.

He served as president of the Humboldt-Del Norte VMA in California in 1961 and subsequently as secretary-treasurer of the association. Dr. Lunstra's wife, Betty, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA 50011.