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AVMA honor roll member


James P. Bailey

Dr. Bailey (OSU ’47), 84, Princeton, W.Va., died June 28, 2006. Retired since 2004, he was the founder of Veterinary Associates Inc., in Princeton and Bluefield, W. Va. Dr. Bailey served on the West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine from 1962-1974. He also served on the board of the Mercy County Humane Society, was a member of the Mercer County Horsemen’s Association, and assisted with the Mercer County Animal Shelter. In 1989, Dr. Bailey was named Veterinarian of the Year by the West Virginia VMA.

Active in civic life, he chaired the Mercer County Board of Health and the Green Valley-Glenwood Public Service District. In 1975, the reservoir serving the district was named after Dr. Bailey. He also received a commendation from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service for his contributions to conservation. Dr. Bailey’s wife, Margaret; a son; and a daughter survive him. His son-in-law, Dr. Larry A. Kerr (OKL ’71), is a veterinarian in Friendsville, Tenn. Memorials may be made to the Mercer County Humane Society, 1003 Shelter Road, Princeton, WV 24740; or Greenview United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6130, Bluefield, WV 24701.

Jewell Bell

Dr. Bell (TUS ’67), 66, Memphis, Tenn., died March 3, 2006. He worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Dr. Bell was a veteran of the Army. His wife, Helen; three sons; and a daughter survive him.

Judd A. Chesnut

Dr. Chesnut (KSU ’51), 81, Lamar, Mo., died Jan. 24, 2006. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Lamar. A World War II veteran, Dr. Chesnut served as a pilot in the Air Force. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dr. Chesnut’s wife, Helen; two sons; and two daughters survive him.

Donald E. Coulter

Dr. Coulter (ILL ’64), 75, Evergreen, Colo., died June 20, 2006. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Panama for 10 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Coulter practiced in Ramsey, Ill. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Memorials may be made to Mount Evans Hospice of Evergreen, P.O. Box 2770, Evergreen, CO 80437.

George W. Eberhart

Dr. Eberhart (KSU ’41), 94, Granite Bay, Calif., died March 13, 2006. Retired since 2005, he owned a practice in Moraga, Calif. During his career, Dr. Eberhart also worked as a meat inspector in New York during World War II; owned a practice in El Cerrito, Calif.; and served as an associate professor of surgery at Kansas State University. He also served briefly as a professor of surgery at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and helped found the Contra Costa Veterinary Emergency Center in Concord, Calif.

A distinguished life member of the California VMA, Dr. Eberhart was a past president of the Alameda County VMA and served as an assistant regional director for the American Animal Hospital Association. He was also a member of the Contra Costa County VMA, American Veterinary Radiology Society, American Veterinary Neurology Association, and American Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Eberhart received the Region 5 AAHA Service Award for 1975-1976.

His son and daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, NY 10087.

Robertta L. Fitts

Dr. Fitts (ONT ’45), 89, Hudson, Ohio, died June 19, 2006. She practiced with her husband, Dr. Robert H. Fitts (now deceased), in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for 34 years. Dr. Fitts is survived by two sons.

John M. Hetrick Jr.

Dr. Hetrick (GA ’62), 70, Baltimore, died March 10, 2006. From 1975 until retirement in 2004, he co-owned Glen Burnie Animal Hospital in Glen Burnie, Md. Dr. Hetrick also helped found the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Catonsville, Md. Early in his career, he served as service director for Wallace Chicks Inc., a hybrid poultry breeding company in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dr. Hetrick was a life member of the Maryland VMA. His wife, Marge; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the Maryland State Animal Response Team Inc., 8015 Corporate Drive, Suite A, Baltimore, MD 21236.

Alex Hogg

Dr. Hogg (KSU ’50), 86, Fort Calhoun, Neb., died July 18, 2006. Known internationally for his expertise in swine disease, Dr. Hogg was professor emeritus and former swine extension veterinarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In 1979, Dr. Hogg was president of what was then known as the American Association of Swine Practitioners (now, American Association of Swine Veterinarians). He also served on the AASP board of directors and as secretary-treasurer.

Instrumental in the eradication of hog cholera in the United States, Dr. Hogg was honored as the first recipient of the AASV Foundation Heritage Award, which recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievements in swine medicine. He also received the AASV Meritorious Service and Howard Dunne Memorial awards. The American Association of Extension Veterinarians and the Nebraska VMA each honored him as Veterinarian of the Year.

From 1950-1970, Dr. Hogg was in mixed practice in Coin, Iowa. Then he briefly practiced small animal medicine in El Cajon, Calif. Dr. Hogg joined the faculty of UNL in 1972 and developed numerous statewide extension programs, including some of the first farrowing schools for women. He mentored many students. Following his retirement from UNL, he served as a technical services consultant for MVP Laboratories in Ralston, Neb.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy. Dr. Hogg is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and a daughter.

Robert H. Imrie

Dr. Imrie (CAL ’75), 55, Seattle, died May 27, 2006. A small animal practitioner, he served as a relief veterinarian in Seattle. Dr. Imrie was a member of the Washington State VMA. Dedicated to promoting science in veterinary medicine, he served as an adviser for the Task Force for Veterinary Science, a group of veterinarians, academicians and scientists who have volunteered to make their expertise available to both the veterinary profession and the public. Dr. Imrie also served as associate editor for The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to analyzing the claims of alternative medicine.

Merl A. Parlin

Dr. Parlin (MSU ’45), 85, Kankakee, Ill., died June 23, 2006. From 1968 until retirement in 1985, he worked for Gaines Research Kennels in Kankakee, Ill. Following graduation, Dr. Parlin practiced small animal medicine in Chicago for two years. He then spent 10 years in large animal practice in central Illinois. Next, Dr. Parlin served as county veterinarian for Kankakee County.

He was a veteran of the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Parlin’s wife, Jean; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 371 E. Court St., Kankakee, IL 60901.

Julie A. Richter

Dr. Richter (COR ’94), 39, Howes Cave, N.Y., died June 6, 2006. She was a partner at Howes Cave Animal Hospital since 2000. Following graduation, Dr. Richter practiced at Towne and Country Veterinary Hospital in Corning, N.Y. She then worked at Willow Street Animal Hospital in Willow Street, Pa. From 1998-2000, Dr. Richter practiced at Companion Animal Hospital in Elizabethtown, Pa.

She was a member of the New York State VMS. Dr. Richter’s husband, Dr. David P. Rummel (COR ’93), and a son survive her. Memorials may be made to the Julie Richter Memorial Scholarship, Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Girija N. Roy

Dr. Roy (RA ’66), 64, Scotch Plains, N.J., died Jan. 23, 2006. He owned Rahway Animal Hospital in Rahway, N.J.

Calvin W. Schwabe

Dr. Schwabe (AUB ’54), 79, Haverford, Penn., died June 24, 2006. Keenly aware of the impact of animal health on human health, Dr. Schwabe paved the way for veterinarians to assume important roles in responding to threats of emerging infectious diseases.

Retired since 1991, he was professor emeritus at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Schwabe began his career in 1956 at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. During his 10-year tenure there, he was a professor of parasitology and epidemiology, headed the departments of parasitology and tropical health at the School of Medicine, and served as assistant director of the School of Public Health.

Dr. Schwabe served as a scientist with the Parasitic Diseases Program at the World Health Organization, initiating a global program of research and control of hydatid disease.

In 1966, Dr. Schwabe returned to the United States, joining the faculty of the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where he created and chaired the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, the first of its kind in the world at a veterinary school or college. He developed a program for veterinarians leading to the Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Public Health. This program resulted in many veterinarians pursuing careers in areas of public health such as the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Schwabe was also a professor of epidemiology in the School of Medicine and Hooper Foundation for Medical Research at UC-San Francisco.

An early proponent of the “one medicine” concept, he emphasized the relationships between animals, the environment, and emerging human diseases in his research and teaching. Dr. Schwabe authored three editions of the classic “Veterinary Medicine and Human Health” and co-authored the textbook “Epidemiology in Veterinary Practice.” He was a member of the American Public Health Association, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, American Society of Parasitologists, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Schwabe received its Distinguished Diplomate Award in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, Tippy; a son; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Haverford Friends Meeting, 855 Buck Lane, Haverford, PA 19041; or American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Vercil F. Senseman

Dr. Senseman (AUB ’62), 75, Fort Myers, Fla., died May 1, 2006. Prior to retirement in 1993, he owned North Shore Animal Hospital in North Fort Myers. A founder of the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Fort Myers, Dr. Senseman was a member of the Florida VMA, Caloosa VMS, and Lee County Humane Society. His wife, Lois Ann; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Dr. Senseman’s daughters, Drs. Sharon J. Powell (KSU ’90) and Karen J. Griffis (KSU ’91), are veterinarians in Florida.

Memorials may be made to the Lee County Humane Society, 2010 Arcadia St., Fort Myers, FL 33916; Animal Refuge Center, North Fort Myers, FL 33903; or Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, P.O. Box 150, Sanibel Island, FL 33957.

Charles W. Sprugel

Dr. Sprugel (ISU ’60), 76, Iowa Falls, Iowa, died May 12, 2006. From 1968 until retirement in 2004, he owned mixed practices in Dumont and Hampton, Iowa. Following graduation and until 1965, Dr. Sprugel owned a practice in Latimer, Iowa. He then worked as a district veterinarian with the Iowa Department of Agriculture. From 1966-1967, Dr. Sprugel served as assistant state veterinarian. During his career, he also briefly owned a mixed practice in Iowa Falls, Iowa; served as a federal meat inspector; and conducted research at Diamond Laboratories in Des Moines, Iowa.

A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Dr. Sprugel served as a medical corpsman. He was a member of the American Legion. Dr. Sprugel’s wife, Gladys, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Friends of Beeds Lake, c/o Marcee Sidmore, Treasurer, 1603 Quail Ave., Hampton, IA 50441.

Eugene W. Wood

Dr. Wood (AUB ’67), 75, Lone Grove, Okla., died Jan. 21, 2006. He practiced at 991 Equine Center in Lone Grove since 1983. From 1975-1977, Dr. Wood served as director of the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Dr. Wood is survived by his wife, Brenda; two sons; and a stepson. Memorials may be made to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, 180 Greene Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849.

Behzad Yamini

Dr. Yamini (TEH ’63), 66, East Lansing, Mich., died May 15, 2006. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was a professor of veterinary anatomic pathology at Michigan State University. Dr. Yamini’s diagnostic expertise included cancer, prostatic disease, and several nutritional diseases. His wife, Nahid; a son; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing, MI 48910.