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Alfonza Atkinson

Dr. Atkinson (TUS '73), 59, Tuskegee, Ala., died Sept. 7, 2004. He was dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health since 1999. Prior to that, Dr. Atkinson served as assistant professor in the departments of Microbiology and Biomedical Sciences, as associate dean for administration, and interim dean. Early in his career, he was a commission veterinarian at the Birmingham Racing Commission in Birmingham, Ala., and a supervisory veterinary medical officer for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service in Tallahassee, Fla.

As dean, Dr. Atkinson was instrumental in acquiring financial aid to help construct extramural research facilities, enabling the veterinary program to strengthen its research infrastructure and provide additional biomedical research opportunities for minorities. Under his leadership, the university received several grants from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Atkinson served as research director for the veterinary college's cooperative agreement with the Minority Health Professions Foundation and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry/national Centers for Disease Control.

He authored and co-authored several refereed articles, abstracts, and reports on research findings, and served as principal or co-investigator on research projects in the areas of epidemiology and environmental toxicology. Dr. Atkinson was a board member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools.

In 1998, he was the recipient of the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. Former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman, recognized Dr. Atkinson with a certificate of recognition in 2000. In 2001, he received the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Atkinson was the 2003 recipient of the Iverson Bell Award from the AAVMC, recognized for his efforts to promote ethnic and racial diversity in the veterinary profession.

His wife, Sherron; two sons; and a daughter survive him.

Charles P. Barry

Dr. Barry (LSU '86), 46, Grand Coteau, La., died July 3, 2004. He owned Carencro Veterinary Clinic in Carencro, La., since 1992. Earlier in his career, Dr. Barry practiced in Massachusetts and Baton Rouge, La. He was a member of the Louisiana VMA and the Acadiana Area VA.

Dr. Barry's wife, Patricia; two daughters; and a son survive him. His brother, Dr. Mark G. Barry (LSU '94), is a veterinarian in Grand Coteau. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Acadiana Inc., 2600 Johnston St., Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503; or Dr. John D. Rhoades Leadership Scholarship Fund, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Earl J. Catcott

Dr. Catcott (OSU '43), 87, Santa Barbara, Calif., died March 23, 2004. During his career, he was a professor of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University and was later commissioned in the United States Public Health Service, assigned to the California State Health Department in Los Angeles. Dr. Catcott was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Norman Cole

Dr. Cole (AUB '43), 84, Lake Worth, Fla., died Oct. 1, 2004. Prior to retirement, he owned the Cole Clinic for Small Animals in Kenmore, N.Y., for more than 30 years. Dr. Cole also helped found an emergency clinic in Buffalo, N.Y. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army. Dr. Cole attained the rank of captain. His wife, Eileen; four daughters; and a son survive him.

Eugene M. Ennenbach

Dr. Ennenbach (MO '59), 75, Marceline, Mo., died April 22, 2004. Owner of the Green Hills Animal Clinic, he practiced in Marceline for 40 years. Dr. Ennenbach was a Navy veteran, serving in the Coast Guard. He was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Ennenbach's wife, Mary, and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Father McCartan School, c/o Delaney Funeral Home, 1720 N. Missouri Ave., Marceline, MO 64658.

Richard M. Hancock

Dr. Hancock (TEX '43), 89, Tilton, N.H., died Aug. 1, 2004. Prior to retirement, he owned Acorn Animal Hospital, a mixed practice in Franklin, Mass., for 35 years. Dr. Hancock also served as area veterinarian for the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture in animal health and disease control. He had been a member of the Massachusetts VMA.

Dr. Hancock's wife, Jean; a daughter; and six sons survive him. His nephew, Dr. Guy Hancock (OSU '73), is a veterinarian in Florida. Memorials may be made to Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, 80 Highland St., Laconia, NH 03246.

Keith H. Hoopes

Dr. Hoopes (WSU '56), 73, Provo, Utah, died June 19, 2004. Prior to retirement in 1995, he was a professor at Brigham Young University's Department of Animal Science for 38 years, chairing the department from 1963-1970. Dr. Hoopes also served as veterinarian for the university's livestock operation.

He was president of the Utah VMA from 1978-1979. Dr. Hoopes traveled to Bolivia and Ecuador as part of a team on international development from 1970-1972 and 1986-1988, respectively. His wife, Shirlene; four sons; and three daughters survive him. Dr. Hoopes' cousin, Dr. Frank E. Hoopes (COL '65), is a veterinarian in Buffalo, Wyo.

Charles L. Lindborg

Dr. Lindborg (OSU '45), 83, Monticello, Ind., died Sept. 1, 2004. Prior to retirement in 1990, he practiced in Monticello for 42 years. Early in his career, Dr. Lindborg practiced in Philadelphia for a year and served on the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

He was a past president of the Indiana VMA and the West Central Indiana VMA, and a charter member of the Indiana Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lindborg served on the admissions committee of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He was a contributing author to the book "One Hundred Years of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana."

Dr. Lindborg's wife, Jan; three sons; and a daughter survive him. One son, Dr. Mark R. Lindborg (PUR '82), is a veterinarian in Hartford, Wis. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 104 N. Illinois St., Monticello, IN 47960; or White County Community Foundation, 1001 N. Main St., Monticello, IN 47960.

Jeffrey R. Proulx

Dr. Proulx (TUF '93), 39, San Rafael, Calif., died Aug. 26, 2004. He was director of veterinary services at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since 2000. Dr. Proulx also served as project leader for the construction of the society's Leanne B. Roberts Medical Center in San Francisco. Earlier in his career, he worked as a critical care specialist at the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Ore.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Dr. Proulx served on its board of regents from 2000-2003. His brother, Dr. David R. Proulx (TUF '99), is a veterinarian in Raleigh, N.C. Memorials may be made to Critical Care Award in memory of Dr. Jeffrey Proulx V93, Development of Alumni Relations, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536.

Elmer H. Strathman

Dr. Strathman (KSU '44), 81, Rockford, Ill., died Sept. 5, 2004. From 1953-1987, he owned Strathman Veterinary Service in Rockford. Dr. Strathman was a member of the Illinois State VMA and a charter member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. An Army veteran, he served in the Veterinary Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C. Dr. Strathman attained the rank of captain.

His wife, Mary; two sons; and a daughter survive him. One son, Dr. Timothy A. Strathman (ILL '84), is a veterinarian in Rockford. Memorials may be made to OSF Saint Anthony Hospice, Rockford, IL 61108.