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Posted August 1, 2005

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AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member

Paul Becton

Dr. Becton (AUB '45), 81, Little Rock, Ark., died May 14, 2005. From 1982 until retirement in 1995, he served as director of the Florida Department of Agriculture's brucellosis program. Earlier in his career, Dr. Becton worked for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. During that time, he served as veterinarian-in-charge in Arkansas and was director of the national brucellosis eradication program in Hyattsville, Md.

In 1976, Dr. Becton was one of a team of eight veterinarians who received the USDA Superior Service Award for developing and implementing a new concept for combating emerging epizootics of animal diseases in the United States. The Livestock Conservation Institute honored him with its Meritorious Service Award in 1982.

Dr. Becton's three sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72205.

John A. Cobb Jr.

Dr. Cobb (AUB '50), 77, Midway, Ga., died Jan. 27, 2005. Retired, he was Georgia's state veterinarian and assistant commissioner of agriculture from 1975-1992. Past president of the United States Animal Health Association, he was a recipient of the Georgia VMA Service Award in 1978 and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1993. Dr. Cobb's wife, Cherie, and two sons survive him.

Memorials toward an endowment fund in his memory may be made to the Auburn University Foundation, c/o Sam Hendrix, Director of Development, College of Veterinary Medicine, 317 College St., Auburn, AL 36849 (checks should be notated for the John Cobb Fund).

Dana Frederick

Dr. Frederick (UP '99), 33, Asheville, N.C., died March 27, 2005. From 2001-2002, she practiced at Alexandria Animal Hospital in Alexandria, Va. Dr. Frederick was also the founding veterinarian of Capital Animal Care in Washington, D.C.

Memorials may be made to The Myositis Foundation, 1233 20th St. N.W. #402, Washington, DC 20036; or Capital Animal Care, P.O. Box 41112, Arlington, VA 22204.

Cullum E. Greene

Dr. Greene (TEX '62), 67, Memphis, Tenn., died Dec. 15, 2004. Owner of Greene Veterinary Clinic, he was a member of the Tennessee and Memphis/Shelby County VMAs.

Deward E. Hightower

Dr. Hightower (GA '50), 78, Jefferson, N.C., died Dec. 31, 2004. Prior to retirement in 1986, he practiced in Ashe County, North Carolina. Dr. Hightower served as president of the North Carolina VMA in 1978. He was the recipient of its Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Veterinarian, and Martin Litwack awards in 1977, 1980, and 1982, respectively.

Past director of the North Carolina Wildlife Association, Dr. Hightower was honored with the NC Wildlife Federation Award. He served as mayor of Jefferson for 13 years and was a member of the Jefferson Town Board and the executive committee of the Ashe Memorial Hospital Board.

Dr. Hightower's wife, Jennie; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Jefferson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 236, Jefferson, NC 28640; Ashe Hospital Foundation, 200 Hospital Ave., Jefferson, NC 28640; or Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

Jerry L. Hopping

Dr. Hopping (OSU '43), 86, Southern Pines, N.C., died April 21, 2005. Prior to retirement in 1972, he was in mixed practice in Atlanta. Dr. Hopping was a member of the Georgia VMA. His wife, Marie; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Research Alumni House, Room EA 100, Augusta, GA 30912.

Sheena A. Hruby

Dr. Hruby (SKW '91), 37, Brillion, Wis., died Dec. 27, 2004. A small animal practitioner, she was a member of the Wisconsin VMA.

James J. Lewis

Dr. Lewis (KSU '52), 78, St. Paul, Neb., died May 24, 2005. Retired, he consulted for Norden Laboratories and SmithKline Beecham from 1984-1995. Following graduation, Dr. Lewis was in mixed practice in Wisner and Dannebrog, Neb. From 1955-1985, he owned a practice in St. Paul.

A member of the Nebraska VMA, he chaired several of its committees and served on its board of directors. Dr. Lewis was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1980. He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the Society for Theriogenology.

Dr. Lewis had served as mayor of St. Paul and on the city council. His wife, Janis, and three daughters survive him. One daughter, Dr. Polly A. Lewis (KSU '93), is a veterinarian in Mantorville, Minn.

Mervyn C. Mahoney

Dr. Mahoney (WSU '44), 87, Centralia, Wash., died May 17, 2005. He owned Leprechaun Holsteins Dairy in Centralia since 1966. Following graduation, Dr. Mahoney owned a large animal practice in Petaluma, Wash. In 1965, he moved to Centralia, where he practiced at the Ritter-Duby Veterinary Clinic for a year.

A frequent speaker at veterinary meetings, Dr. Mahoney discussed his role in development of a cure for bovine trichomoniasis in bulls, among other topics. He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and a past president of the Redwood Empire VMA. In 2001, Dr. Mahoney was inducted into the Washington State Dairy Hall of Fame.

His wife, Helga; three sons; and three daughters survive him. Mem-orials may be made to the WSU Foundation Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, P.O. Box 641927, Pullman, WA 99164.

James B. Nichols

Dr. Nichols (KSU '34), 94, Bradenton, Fla., died Dec. 25, 2004. He had worked for the Florida State Board of Health. Dr. Nichols was a past president of the Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.

Allen G. Spreitzer

Dr. Spreitzer (MO '56), 84, Nineveh, Ind., died April 22, 2005. Prior to retirement in 1985, he worked for the Department of Agriculture for 20 years. A Korean War veteran, Dr. Spreitzer served as a captain in the Army, receiving the Purple Heart and Silver Star. His four sons and daughter survive him.