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George R. Bennett

Dr. Bennett (MSU '43), 84, Pittsburgh, died Nov. 13, 2004. He founded West Liberty Animal Hospital in Pittsburgh, practicing there for more than 40 years. During his career, Dr. Bennett also served as assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Michigan State University for four years.

His wife, Sally, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Animal Friends, 2643 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222; or Pittsburgh Jazz Society, 932 Bellaire Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15226.

John M. Cameron

Dr. Cameron (COL '55), 81, Jay Em, Wyo., died Oct. 10, 2004. Retired since 1998, he served as a racetrack veterinarian in Nebraska, Arizona, and Wyoming. Earlier in his career, Dr. Cameron owned a large animal practice in Hyannis, Neb., for 25 years. Following graduation, he worked briefly in Forsythe, Mont., and, later, as a meat inspector with the Department of Agriculture in Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Dr. Cameron had served on the ethics committee of the Nebraska VMA. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dr. Cameron received two Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Memorials may be made to Forest Mound Chapel, 2394 Road 124, Jay Em, WY 82219.

James J. Crouch

Dr. Crouch (OSU '44), 83, Glasgow, Ky., died Sept. 1, 2004. Retired since 1995, he established the Animal Clinic in Glasgow in 1945. A past president of the Kentucky VMA, Dr. Crouch was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1974. During retirement, he founded By-Products for Cattle, producing nutritional supplements for beef and dairy cows.

Dr. Crouch's wife, Elsie; a daughter; and four sons survive him. Memorials may be made toward the building fund of Glasgow First Christian Church, 1110 North Race St., Glasgow, KY 42141; or Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library, 107 W. College St., Glasgow, KY 42141.

Robert F. Faulkner

Dr. Faulkner (FL '88), 48, Orlando, Fla., died Oct. 19, 2004. He practiced at Hunter's Creek Animal Hospital in Orlando, focusing on small animal surgery. Dr. Faulkner is survived by two sons and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 100125, Gainesville, FL 32610.

Paul J. Homme

Dr. Homme (MIN '54), 74, Granite Falls, Minn., died Oct. 6, 2004. A lieutenant colonel with the Air Force, he worked as a military virologist in the Philippines, Washington, D.C., and San Antonio, prior to retirement in 1976. Dr. Homme was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and a member of the Minnesota VMA, Wildlife Disease Association, and American Society of Microbiology.

His wife, Virginia; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials toward a scholarship fund may be made to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Carl R. Lenz

Dr. Lenz (KSU '51), 82, Cameron, Mo., died May 15, 2004. He was in mixed practice. Dr. Lenz was a lifetime member of the Missouri VMA.

Donald G. Low

Dr. Low (KSU '47), 79, Winters, Calif., died Nov. 7, 2004. Known for his expertise in veterinary urology, he was professor emeritus at the University of California-Davis.

Following graduation, Dr. Low practiced in Iowa for three years. From 1950-1970, he was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, where he served as director of veterinary clinics and head of the Department of Veterinary Hospitals.

Dr. Low joined the veterinary faculty at Colorado State University in 1971, serving as head of the Department of Clinical Sciences and director of the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Veterinary Sciences for four years. During his tenure at UC-Davis, from 1974 until retirement in 1991, he was director of its Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, associate dean for instruction, and associate dean of public programs.

Dr. Low served on the AVMA Council on Education from 1983-1989 and was a member of the AVMA Convention Management and Program Committee. He was instrumental in the development of the Wild West Veterinary Conference in Reno, Nev., and had co-chaired its Scientific Program Committee. A founding member and diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Low was also a founding member of the Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology, and the discipline of veterinary medicine in the National Academies of Practice. He co-authored the book "Canine and Feline Urology," and published several articles.

Dr. Low's numerous honors include the American Animal Hospital Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award, the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Service Award from the University of Minnesota, California VMA President's Award, and the ACVIM Kirk Distinguished Service Award. In 1997, the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California VMA created the Donald G. Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship in Dr. Low's honor.

His wife, Jane; two sons; and four daughters survive him. Memorials toward the Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship may be made to UC Regents/Don Low Fellowship, Office of Public Programs, School of Veterinary Medicine, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616; or Yolo Hospice, 132 E. St., Suite 3E, Davis, CA 95616.

Timothy J. Martin

Dr. Martin (PUR '81), 48, Wawaka, Ind., died Sept. 24, 2004. He was manager of hog confinement operations at Frick Services, an agricultural company in Wawaka, for 21 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Martin practiced in Wakarusa, Ind. A member of the Indiana State VMA, he was former director of the Noble County Pork Producers' board of directors.

Dr. Martin's wife, Janell; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Timothy Martin Academic Scholarship, c/o Janell Martin, 6799N 525W, Wawaka, IN 46794.

Michael M. Richie

Dr. Richie (OKL '62), 66, Kenner, La., died May 28, 2004. He owned Green Acres Veterinary Clinic in Metairie, La., for 34 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Richie practiced at Bossier Animal Hospital in Bossier, La. He was a member of the Louisiana VMA.

Michael N. Romano

Dr. Romano (CAL '73), 63, Eureka, Calif., died Nov. 5, 2004. From 1998 until retirement in 2001, he worked as a project leader for Merial Ltd. in Iselin, N.J. Earlier in his career, Dr. Romano had served as director of pharmaceutical clinical development at Rhone Merieux Inc., in Athens, Ga.; worked for Pfizer Animal Health in Missouri and New York; and served as project manager for American Cyanamid in Princeton, N.J.

Following graduation, he owned a practice and also served as a relief veterinarian. Dr. Romano's wife, Patricia, and a stepdaughter survive him.

Garland D. Stallworth

Dr. Stallworth (TEX '41), 90, Austin, Texas, died June 7, 2004. From 1945 until retirement in 2000, he owned a practice in Austin. In the 1960s, Dr. Stallworth directed a government program to eradicate screwworm. He served on the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Dr. Stallworth was a member of the Texas VMA and a board member of the Austin Humane Society.

His son and daughter survive him.

Arthur M. Strohbehn

Dr. Strohbehn (ISU '52), 79, Council Bluffs, Iowa, died May 24, 2004. He owned Strohbehn Veterinary Clinic in Council Bluffs since 1955. Earlier in his career, Dr. Strohbehn served as assistant state veterinarian in Oregon. He was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Strohbehn had also been a member of the Iowa VMA, serving on its public health commission.

A World War II veteran of the Army and the Merchant Marine, he received a citation for bravery from the latter. Dr. Strohbehn is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons; and a daughter. One son and daughter, Drs. Jody Strohbehn (ISU '79) and Jill Engelstad (ISU '81), are veterinarians in Council Bluffs. Memorials benefiting Council Bluffs high school students may be made to the Dr. Arthur M. Strohbehn Scholarship Fund, 35 Royal Road, Council Bluffs, IA 51503.

Leo A. Whitehair

Dr. Whitehair (KSU '53), 75, Rockville, Md., died Nov. 2, 2004. From 1989-1999, he served as director of comparative medicine for the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Whitehair was a veterinary officer with the Air Force from 1954-1967. During that time, he served as program director and project officer with the Division of Biology and Medicine at the United States Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Md., for five years. Dr. Whitehair attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He began his career with the NIH as a grant associate in 1967, later serving as a health science administrator with the Animal Resources Program, and moving on to direct seven regional primate research centers' research programs. Dr. Whitehair was also affiliated with the NIH Laboratory Animal Sciences Program and the American Red Cross' Biomedical Research and Development Laboratories.

He was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Whitehair was a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Veterinary Nutritionists, the American Society of Primatologists, and the Association of Primate Clinical Veterinarians. He had served as president of the ACVPM and the District of Columbia VMA.

Dr. Whitehair's many honors include the ASP Distinguished Service Award, the ACVPM Helwig-Jennings Award, and the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science's Griffin Award. Dr. Whitehair's wife, Gloria; a son; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Children's Inn at National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Henry F. Winiecki

Dr. Winiecki (WSU '36), 94, Vancouver, Wash., died July 24, 2004. Prior to retirement in 1973, he worked for the Washington State Meat Inspection Division for four years. Following graduation and until 1969, Dr. Winiecki was a veterinary meat inspector with the Department of Agriculture in Iowa, Oregon, Montana, Washington, Nebraska, and Oregon.

His wife, Martha; two sons; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 2145 Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201-5197.