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Paul Berg

Dr. Berg (UP '62), 72, Mantua, N.J., died Aug. 17, 2003. From 1971 until retirement in 2000, he owned the Berg Veterinary Hospital of South Jersey in Williamstown. Following graduation, Dr. Berg worked at the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary teaching hospital. In 1969, he was promoted to head of the small animal surgery unit. Dr. Berg subsequently served as an assistant, associate, and adjunct professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine. He co-authored the book "Lung Transplantation."

Dr. Berg served as a sergeant in the 102nd Cavalry armory of the National Guard and was a Reserve commissioned officer, 2nd lieutenant, in the Army. He is survived by two daughters and a son. Dr. Berg's daughter, Dr. Melissa J. Berg (UP '96), runs the Berg Veterinary Hospital of South Jersey.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington, DC 20037; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/Research, 216 Haddon Ave., Suite 328, Westmont, NJ 08108; or the Alzheimer's Association/Research, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601.

Stanley M. Brantly

Dr. Brantly (TEX '64), 70, Springhill, La., died July 6, 2003. From 1974 until retirement in 1987, he worked for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture. Prior to that, Dr. Brantly was in mixed practice in Springhill for nine years. During his retirement, he farmed and raised cattle.

Dr. Brantly was a Navy veteran. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

James A. Elliott

Dr. Elliott (ONT '41), 84, Westminster, S.C., died Aug. 6, 2003. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Bangor, Maine, for 48 years. Dr. Elliott was a past president of the Maine VMA. A board member of the Maine and New England Morgan horse associations, he bred and exhibited Morgan show horses.

Dr. Elliott is survived by his wife, Beatrice; two sons; and a daughter.

Roy D. Johnson

Dr. Johnson (TEX '67), 60, Arlington, Texas, died June 28, 2003. A small animal practitioner, he owned Park Plaza Animal Clinic in Arlington since 1970. Dr. Johnson was a member of the Texas VMA, the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice, and the AAHA. He was a past president of the Tarrant County (Texas) VMA.

Dr. Johnson's wife, Janice; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1440 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607; or the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, c/o Texas VMA, 6633 Highway 290 E., Suite 201, Austin, TX 78723.

Clifton P. Latshaw

Dr. Latshaw (OSU '29), 96, Shelbyville, Ind., died Aug. 12, 2003. He practiced in Shelby County, Indiana, for 55 years. Early in his career, Dr. Latshaw worked for the government's cattle testing program for two years. He was a member of the Indiana VMA.

During retirement, Dr. Latshaw studied and documented the history and sites of historic buildings in Shelbyville, presenting lectures on his research to the community. A member of the Shelby County Historical Society, he received the Rotary Club Arts and Humanities Award this year.

Dr. Latshaw's wife, Rebecca; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Shelby County Historical Society, 52 W. Broadway, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

Leonard A. Moen

Dr. Moen (ISU '38), 87, Trimont, Minn., died June 14, 2003. From 1949 until retirement in 1981, he owned a large animal practice in Trimont. Following graduation, Dr. Moen worked for the Bureau of Animal Industry in northern Minnesota, testing cattle for brucellosis and working to eradicate the disease. In 1942, he joined the Army, serving in Chicago, and St. Paul and Austin, Minn., where he inspected meat at the packing plants. Dr. Moen attained the rank of major. He then practiced in Ceylon, Minn., before buying his practice in Trimont.

Dr. Moen was a member of the Minnesota VMA. He served on the Trimont School Board for nine years and was a member of the Trimont Historical Society and the American Legion. Dr. Moen's wife, Luella; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601.

Leonard W. Pearce

Dr. Pearce (COL '63), 65, Dodge City, Kan., died April 21, 2003. He worked as a supervisory veterinary medical officer for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, assigned to Excel Corporation in Dodge City. Before joining the USDA-FSIS in 1980, Dr. Pearce practiced in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.

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

Burl Z. Pfander

Dr. Pfander (MO '52), 77, Nixa, Mo., died Aug. 15, 2003. Retired, he established Cottage Veterinary Hospital in Springfield in 1952. Dr. Pfander was a lifetime member of the Missouri VMA. He was also a member of the AAHA and the Southwest Missouri VMA. A World War II veteran, Dr. Pfander served in the Army under Gen. Patton in the European Theatre. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion.

Dr. Pfander is survived by his wife, Reba, and a son, Dr. Michael B. Pfander (MO '82), who now owns Cottage Veterinary Hospital. Memorials may be made to the Clever High School Band Booster Club, Clever, MO 65631; the Missouri Junior Hereford Association, c/o Jessica McConnell, 11524 W. Farm Road 108, Republic, MO 65738; or the Shrine Children's Hospital, 601 E. St. Louis St., Springfield, MO 65806.

Darrel R. Robertson

Dr. Robertson (WSU '52), 88, Excelsior Springs, Mo., died Aug. 10, 2003. Prior to retirement, he owned Clay-Ray Animal Hospital, a mixed practice in Excelsior Springs. Following graduation, Dr. Robertson practiced small animal medicine in Kansas City, Mo. He served in an Army combat unit in the South Pacific during World War II.

Memorials may be made to Excelsior Springs Hospice, c/o Excelsior Springs Medical Center, 1700 Rainbow Blvd., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024; or American Legion Post #236, P.O. Box 772, Wauna, WA 98395.

James C. Savoy

Dr. Savoy (OSU '60), 73, Tempe, Ariz., died May 23, 2003. Retired, he was the director of the Phoenix Zoo from 1978-1990. Prior to that, Dr. Savoy served as director of the Detroit and Columbus (Ohio) zoos. He was an Army veteran. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1028 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006; or Hospice Family Care Foundation, 1550 S. Alma School Road, Suite 102, Mesa, AZ 85210.

Louis A. Wempe

Dr. Wempe (KSU '49), 76, Emporia, Kan., died April 4, 2003. Retired, he was president of the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association Executive Board. Following graduation, Dr. Wempe was in mixed practice in Marysville, Kan. He also served as a sale barn veterinarian, city dairy inspector, and director of the Kansas VMA. Dr. Wempe moved on to become a veterinary medical director and inspector-in-charge for the Department of Agriculture. He also raised and showed American Saddle Horses with his father, Dr. Albert F. Wempe (KSU '15).

One of a second generation of veterinarians, Dr. Wempe was among 14 veterinarians in his family, nine of them graduates of KSU. In 2001, the Alumni Recognition Award was presented to his family at the KVMA conference. Memorials may be made to the Wempe/Luckeroth Memorial Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine, c/o Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, KS 66506.