Published on September 15, 2004
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Sidney A. Berry II

Dr. Berry (AUB '41), 87, Lebanon, Tenn., died June 16, 2004. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Lebanon for 37 years. Dr. Berry was a member of the Tennessee VMA. His son and daughter survive him. Dr. Berry's cousin, Dr. William T. Berry (AUB '75), is a veterinarian in Ardmore, Ala. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 277 E. Main St., Lebanon, TN 37087.

Emery O'Donnell Clark Jr.

Dr. Clark (AUB '60), 74, Flemingsburg, Ky., died May 8, 2004. Following graduation and until retirement, he practiced at Fleming County Animal Hospital. Dr. Clark was a member of the Kentucky VMA. He served as a 1st lieutenant in the Army from 1953-1955.

Dr. Clark's wife, Jane; a son; and two daughters survive him. His nephew, Dr. Philip W. Blumer (AUB '69), is a veterinarian in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Memorials may be made to Fleming County Little League-Small Fry Fund, c/o Community Trust Bank, Main Cross, Flemingsburg, KY 41041.

Fred C. Davison

Dr. Davison (GA '52), 74, Augusta, Ga., died April 28, 2004. From 1967-1986, he served as the 17th president of the University of Georgia. During Dr. Davison's presidency, funding from research contracts and grants increased, graduate enrollment doubled, and the number of doctoral degrees awarded annually rose significantly. He made scientific research a top priority of his administration, focusing on biotechnology, with special emphasis on genetics and plant sciences.

Following graduation, Dr. Davison practiced in Marietta, Ga., for several years. He then taught veterinary science at Iowa State University, also leading an Atomic Energy Commission research project on stable rare earth compounds. Dr. Davison served as the assistant director of the Scientific Activities Division at the AVMA for a year before being named dean of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 1964. In 1966, he became vice chancellor of the University System of Georgia, staying in this position until he assumed presidency of the university in 1967.

Following his retirement as president, Dr. Davison remained on the UGA faculty for two years. From 1988-2002, he served as president and chief executive officer of the National Science Center Foundation Inc., in Atlanta. Dr. Davison also chaired the board of directors of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness. At his retirement as president of the University of Georgia, the Fred C. Davison Professorship, an endowed chair in the UGA-CVM, was established. In April 2004, the Life Sciences Building at UGA was named the Fred C. Davison Life Sciences Complex.

Dr. Davison's wife, Dr. Dianne C. Davison (GA '52); a daughter; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Georgia-Carolina Council Boys Scouts of America, 1804 Gordon Highway, Augusta, GA 30904; or the Dr. Fred C. Davison Chair in Veterinary Medicine, c/o UGA Foundation, Athens, GA 30602.

Lloyd M. Duke

Dr. Duke (KSU '46), 84, Big Cabin, Okla., died June 1, 2004. From 1969 until retirement in 1984, he served as veterinarian-in-charge at a poultry plant in Jay, Okla. Earlier in his career, Dr. Duke worked in Chelsea, Okla., and practiced in Vinita, Okla., and Perryton, Texas. He was a member of the Oklahoma and Texas VMAs.

Dr. Duke was a veteran of World War II. His wife, Pauline; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Ochiltree Hospice Volunteers, 3101 Garrett Drive, Perryton, TX 79070; First Christian Church, 226 W. Canadian Ave., Vinita, OK 74301; or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

David A. Forehand

Dr. Forehand (GA '76), 53, Atlanta, died Feb. 8, 2004. He co-owned Buckhead Animal Clinic in Atlanta. Dr. Forehand had served as president of the Greater Atlanta VMS and the Animal Emergency Clinic. He had also served on the board of the Atlanta Humane Society and chaired the Atlanta Dog Jog.

Dr. Forehand was the recipient of the University of Georgia's Distinguished Service Award in 2004. His wife, Susan, survives him. Memorials may be made to UGA Foundation/College of Veterinary Medicine for the Dr. David Forehand Scholarship Fund, Office of the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, GA 30602.

Felix G. Garcia

Dr. Garcia (HAV '51), 78, Jupiter, Fla., died May 27, 2004. Prior to retirement in the early 1990s, he was director of animal resources and research at Hoffmann-La Roche Laboratories in Nutley, N.J. Early in his career, Dr. Garcia served as clinical veterinarian at Harvard Medical School's Animal Research Center. He then chaired the division of primate medicine at the New England Regional Primate Research Center.

Dr. Garcia's wife, Lourdes, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.

Merwin J. Gregg

Dr. Gregg (KSU '38), 89, Bath, N.C., died May 30, 2004. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Bath for more than 33 years. Dr. Gregg served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of major. His wife, Mary; two sons; and two daughters survive him.

John W. Knochel

Dr. Knochel (UP '67), 61, Pittsburgh, died Feb. 4, 2004. He owned Pittsburgh Animal Hospital since 1972. Memorials may be made to Animal Friends, 2643 Friends Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Robert L. Lawrence

Dr. Lawrence (OKL '58), 72, Omaha, Neb., died May 19, 2004. From 1961 until retirement in 1991, he worked for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service as a veterinary medical officer and circuit supervisor in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Minnesota. Following graduation, Dr. Lawrence worked at the Flying "L" Ranch in Davis, Okla., and the Wells Animal Clinic in Tulsa, Okla.

A member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, he served as a regional representative for the Southwest region from 1982-1987. Dr. Lawrence's wife, Dr. Karen V. Morris (MO '77); a daughter; a son; and a stepdaughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.

Joe L. Markham

Dr. Markham (TEX '51), 82, Fort Worth, Texas, died June 23, 2004. Retired since 2001, he owned a mixed practice in Canyon, Texas, until 1985, after which he had a cow-calf operation. A World War II veteran, Dr. Markham served in the Navy. His son survives him.

G. Robert Muller

Dr. Muller (UP '49), 78, Lambertville, N.J., died Feb. 5, 2004. Retired, he had practiced at Amwell Animal Hospital in Lambertville. Dr. Muller was a member of the New Jersey VMA.

George W. Neikirk

Dr. Neikirk (OSU '47), 80, Bucyrus, Ohio, died March 30, 2004. He was in mixed practice in Bucryrus for 57 years. Dr. Neikirk also owned and bred Standardbred horses. He was a member of the Ohio VMA and the North Central Ohio VMA. Dr. Neikirk was also a member of the U.S. Trotting Association and the Ohio Horsemen's Association.

He served in the Army Veterinary Corps from 1942-1947. Dr. Neikirk's wife, Janice; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Crawford County Humane Society may be made c/o Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, OH 44820.

Edwin W. Thomas

Dr. Thomas (TEX '39), 85, Lexington, Ky., died March 19, 2004. Following graduation and until retirement in 1972, he practiced equine medicine in Lexington. Dr. Thomas also bred Thoroughbred horses and co-owned High Point Farm and Matron Farm. He founded several equine veterinary facilities, including the Dr. E.W. Thomas Equine Surgical and Radiology Hospital, and co-founded the Crown Crest Equine Laboratory.

Dr. Thomas was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, and Kentucky VMA. His three sons and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

Corliss A. Vileta

Dr. Vileta (TEX '70), 59, Robeline, La., died June 25, 2004. Prior to retirement, she worked for ConAgra in meat inspection. Earlier, Dr. Vileta worked for the Department of Agriculture for more than 30 years.

Robert J. Weiner

Dr. Weiner (MIN '59), 68, Waterloo, Wis., died Feb. 6, 2004. He founded the Waterloo Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced for 41 years, focusing on dairy animal medicine. A life member of the Wisconsin VMA, Dr. Weiner was a past president of the Dodge County VMA. His wife, Roxanna; four sons; and three daughters survive him.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 205 W. Milwaukee, Waterloo, WI 53594; or Pro-Life Wisconsin, State Office P.O. Box 221, Brookfield, WI 53008.