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AVMA honor roll member


Raymond D. Askey

Dr. Askey (KSU ‘65), 74, Austin, Texas, died Jan. 1, 2006. He owned Jayhawk Mobile Veterinary Service since 1991. Following graduation, Dr. Askey practiced large animal medicine in Arlington, S.D., for 18 years. He then moved to Chamberlain, S.D., where he owned Corvis Creek Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Askey served on the South Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

His wife, Clare; three daughters; and a son survive him.

Herbert S. Carlin

Dr. Carlin (MID ‘44), 85, Chestnut Hill, Mass., died July 29, 2005. He was a small animal practitioner.

Eric R. Carlson

Dr. Carlson (OSU ‘83), 48, Surry, N.H., died July 19, 2005. A small animal practitioner, he owned Surry Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Carlson’s daughter survives him. Memorials may be made to Fast Friends, 17 Main St., Marlborough, NH 03455; or Bristol Baptist Church Renovation Fund, c/o Debbie Avery, 239 Dick Brown Road, Bristol, NH 03222.

Lee H. Darrow

Dr. Darrow (CAL ‘53), 81, Sedona, Ariz., died July 29, 2005. He practiced small animal medicine.

Robert G. Helfer

Dr. Helfer (WSU ‘44), 91, San Clemente, Calif., died July 15, 2005. He was a small animal practitioner.

Harlan E. Jensen

Dr. Jensen (ISU ‘41), 90, Fort Worth, Texas, died Dec. 30, 2005. He was professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following graduation, Dr. Jensen practiced small animal medicine in Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, California, and Texas. He joined the Missouri faculty in 1965. During his tenure there, Dr. Jensen served as professor and chief of ophthalmology. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands for six months.

Dr. Jensen was a charter diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He also served as president of the American Veterinary Radiology Society and the American Veterinary Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Jensen was a member of the Missouri Ophthalmological Society, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Illinois State, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas VMAs. In 1973, he received the AVMA Gaines Award, recognizing his contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine and surgery. The University of Missouri established the Harlan E. Jensen Ophthalmology Award, given each year to a fourth-year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Jensen’s wife, Naomi; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials toward the Naomi and Harlan Jensen Fund (for nursing education) may be made to the Texas Presbyterian Foundation, 3500 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75129; or memorials may be made to Texas Partnership for End of Life Care, 3701 Cedar St., Box 22, Austin, TX 78705.

James F. Mann Jr.

Dr. Mann (OSU ‘49), 82, Lewisburg, W.Va., died Dec. 17, 2005. Prior to retirement in 2004, he practiced in Lewisburg for 55 years. Dr. Mann also raised Hampshire sheep and Standardbred horses.

A past president of the West Virginia VMA, he served on the West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mann was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, and West Virginia Sheep Association. He served as director of the American Hampshire Sheep Association and was a committee member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

In 1990, Dr. Mann received the West Virginia VMA Veterinarian of the Year Award. His wife, Julia; a son; and a daughter survive him. Dr. Mann’s son, daughter, and niece—Drs. Robert S. Mann (OSU ‘87), Mary Ann Mann (OSU ‘84), and Lynn Beard (OSU ‘78)—are veterinarians in Covington, Va., Lewisburg, and Chatham, Va., respectively.

Memorials may be made to the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 E. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901; Greenbrier Valley Theatre, 113 E. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901; Greenbrier Valley Hospice, 540 N. Jefferson St., Lewisburg, WV 24901; or West Virginia Veterinary Medical Foundation, 35 Turner Road, Elkview, WV 25071.

Louis W. Marion

Dr. Marion (MSU ‘48), 82, Gary, Ind., died July 29, 2005. He owned Animal World Hospital, a small animal practice, in Gary. Dr. Marion was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Rosemary, and a daughter survive him.

Charles C. Morrill

Dr. Morrill (MSU ‘33), 97, Fort Myers, Fla., died Sept. 12, 2005. From 1955 until retirement in 1973, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology at Michigan State University. Earlier in his career, Dr. Morrill served on the faculties of Kansas State University and the University of Illinois. He was a diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Morrill also served as president of the Illinois State VMA.

He received MSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1970. In 1980, Dr. Morrill was the recipient of the Michigan VMA Merit Award, in recognition of his book “Veterinary Medicine in Michigan: An Illustrated History.” His wife, Leona; two sons; a daughter; and a stepson survive him. Donations in his memory may be made to the Missions Fund at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Road, Lansing, MI 48911; or Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Robert O. Rydell

Dr. Rydell (ISU ‘34), 94, Turtle Lake, N.D., died Nov. 12, 2005. Prior to retirement in 1981, he owned a practice in Turtle Lake. Earlier in his career, Dr. Rydell worked as a state field veterinarian in Minnesota, taught at Iowa State University, and worked for the federal meat inspection service. He also participated in government disease-control projects.

Dr. Rydell was a lifetime member of the Minnesota VMA. His two sons and a daughter survive him.

Melvin J. Swenson

Dr. Swenson (KSU ‘43), 88, Ankeny, Iowa, died Nov. 7, 2005. He was professor emeritus at Iowa State University since 1987. Following graduation, Dr. Swenson worked briefly as an instructor at Louisiana State University. He then served in the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of first lieutenant.

From 1949-1956, Dr. Swenson was a member of the veterinary faculties at Iowa State and Kansas State universities. He next served as a professor of physiology at Colorado State University, before rejoining ISU in 1957. During his tenure at ISU, Dr. Swenson was a professor of veterinary anatomy, pharmacology, and physiology, and headed the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology for 16 years.

He served on the former AVMA Committee on Nutrition from 1949-1953, chairing it the last two years. Dr. Swenson also served on the AVMA Council on Research from 1953-1959. He was a member of the American Society of Veterinary Physiologists, Iowa VMA, and American Association of Veterinary Nutritionists. Dr. Swenson helped establish the Christian Veterinary Fellowship, active in several schools and colleges of veterinary medicine. He edited four editions of Dukes’ Physiology of Domestic Animals. In 1998, Dr. Swenson received KSU’s E.R. Frank Award for his contributions.

His two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214; or Saylorville Baptist Church, 6429 N.W. 6th Drive, Des Moines, IA 50313.

Jay C. Wallis

Dr. Wallis (WSU ‘47), 86, Hemet, Calif., died Nov. 29, 2005. From 1950 until retirement in 1997, he owned Hemet Animal Hospital. A member of the California VMA, Dr. Wallis served on its ethics committee for several years. He was also a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and Southern California VMA, and was a past president of the Orange Belt VMA.

Dr. Wallis served as a volunteer veterinarian for the Riverside County Farmer’s Fair and donated his services to Hemet Search and Rescue, Future Farmers of America, and the 4-H Club. His wife, Jeanne; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Dr. Wallis’ cousin, Dr. Charles E. Childs (WSU ‘51), is a veterinarian in Rialto, Calif.

Memorials may be made to Daybreak Adult Day Services, 1075 N. State St., Hemet, CA 92543; Family Services Association of Riverside County, Riverside, CA 92503; or Southern California Veterinary Medical Association Animal Health Foundation, 8338 Rosemead Road, Pico Rivera, CA 90660.