Published on March 15, 2009
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AVMA Honor Roll Member
AVMA Member
George W. Atkinson
Dr. Atkinson (KSU ’43), 89, Norton, Kan., died Feb. 11, 2009. Prior to retirement in 1987, he practiced in Norton for 40 years. Earlier, Dr. Atkinson served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. A past president of the Kansas VMA, he was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1968. Active in civic life, Dr. Atkinson was a past president of the Norton school board and served on the hospital board for 11 years. He was a member of the Norton Lions Club and American Legion. Dr. Atkinson’s wife, Delores; a son; and a daughter survive him. His son, Dr. Bill W. Atkinson (KSU ’70), is a veterinarian in Denton, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, c/o Enfield Funeral Home, 215 W. Main, Norton, KS 67654.
Darrel L. Beenken
Dr. Beenken (ISU ’75), 57, Lake Mills, Iowa, died Jan. 1, 2009. He practiced in Lake Mills since 1977. Earlier in his career, Dr. Beenken worked in Estherville, Iowa, for two years. He was a member of the Iowa VMA, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Beenken’s wife, Yvonne; a daughter; and a son survive him.
William J. Bowman
Dr. Bowman (MSU ’65), 78, Skowhegan, Maine, died Oct. 15, 2008. From 1970 until retirement in 2001, he owned Bowman Animal Clinic in Skowhegan. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bowman worked for the Department of Agriculture in Montpelier, Vt., and practiced in Michigan at Monroe and Ann Arbor. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Bowman is survived by his wife, Evalyn; three daughters; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the Somerset Humane Society, Route 104,123 Middle Road, P.O. Box 453, Skowhegan, ME 04976.
Harriett Doolittle
Dr. Doolittle (UP ’61), 71, Pine Hill, N.J., died Jan. 30, 2009. In 1972, she founded the veterinary technology program at Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J., serving as program director until retirement in 2001. Earlier, Dr. Doolittle worked for Job Corps in Poland, Maine, where she helped establish a veterinary assistant training program. During her career, she was also involved in implementing local pet-facilitated therapy projects.
Dr. Doolittle was a board member of the Oasis Animal Sanctuary in Williamstown, N.J. In 2001, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine recognized her as an outstanding alumnus, for her service on the alumni association board and as a member of its admissions committee.
Richard F. Dougherty
Dr. Dougherty (ISU ’53), 84, Ainsworth, Neb., died Aug. 29, 2008. Prior to retirement in 1994, he was Nebraska state veterinarian. Earlier in his career, Dr. Dougherty practiced in Nebraska at Wynot and Ainsworth. He was a veteran of the Navy and Army, serving during World War II and the Korean War. Dr. Dougherty is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; five sons; and three daughters.
Albert W. Franzmann
Dr. Franzmann (OSU ’54), 78, Soldotna, Alaska, died Feb. 13, 2009. An international wildlife veterinary consultant, he was director of International Wildlife Veterinary Service Inc., prior to retirement. Following graduation, Dr. Franzmann served as a captain in the Air Force Veterinary Corps. From 1956-1959, he practiced in Tiffin, Ohio. Dr. Franzmann next owned a farm animal practice near Hamilton, Ohio.
In 1972, he joined the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a research biologist and director of its Moose Research Center. Dr. Franzmann was later appointed affiliate associate professor of wildlife biology at the University of Alaska and the Institute of Arctic Biology. On his retirement as director of the MRC in 1987, he began his career in wildlife veterinary consulting. A diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and past president of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, Dr. Franzmann was appointed to the Alaska Board of Game from 1992-1995 and served on the board of directors of the Alaska Outdoor Council and Alaska Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund. He was a member of the Wildlife Society, Wildlife Disease Association, World Association of Wildlife Veterinarians, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, and National Wildlife Federation.
Dr. Franzmann co-compiled and co-edited the book “Ecology and Management of the North American Moose.” He received several honors, including the North American Moose Conference’s Distinguished Moose Biologist Award in 1983; the Wildlife Society’s Einarson Award in 1987; and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In 2004, Dr. Franzmann was inducted into the University of Idaho Hall of Fame for his leadership and contributions in the field of wildlife veterinary research. His wife, Donna; a son; and a daughter survive him.
Jonathan D. Friend
Dr. Friend (KSU ’45), 87, Stillwater, Okla., died Nov. 13, 2008. Prior to retirement in 1986, he was a member of the veterinary faculty at Oklahoma State University for 38 years. Following graduation, Dr. Friend served as state veterinarian for North Dakota. He then served in the same capacity for Oklahoma. Dr. Friend next practiced for a year in Odessa, Mo., prior to joining the OSU-CVM.
During his career, he also served briefly as a visiting professor of veterinary anatomy at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Dr. Friend received several honors, including the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award in 1971 and 1981, and the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Veterinary Medicine from the Oklahoma State Alumni Association in 1979. On Dr. Friend’s retirement from OSU, a veterinary library endowment fund was established in his honor, and, in 2000, a residential hall on the campus was named for him and his wife. 
Dr. Friend’s wife, Dorothy; a son; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Mission Fund, 400 W. 7th Ave., Stillwater, OK 74074; or the OSU Foundation, Jonathan and Dorothy Friend Fund for Veterinary Medicine Library, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076.
P. Saint George Hunt
Dr. Hunt (UP ’86), 59, Devon, Pa., died Dec. 4, 2008. He was a small animal practitioner. Dr. Hunt’s wife, Susan; a daughter; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
June D. Iben
Dr. Iben (OKL ’55), 81, Smock, Pa., died Dec. 18, 2008. Before retiring in 1998, she owned Mosside Animal Clinic in Monroeville, Pa. Prior to that, Dr. Iben practiced in Irwin, Pa., for five years. Early in her career, she was a member of the veterinary faculty at Washington State University.
Known for her expertise in the treatment of large exotic cats, Dr. Iben traveled to Africa in 1971 to study with wildlife conservationists George and Joy Adamson, author of “Born Free.” In retirement, she took care of the animals at the Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animal Orphanage and worked at the Duck Hollow Animal Hospital in Uniontown, Pa. The Pennsylvania VMA honored Dr. Iben in 1999 with the Public Service Award of Merit for her work in rescuing large exotic cats.
Timothy L. Jones
Dr. Jones (OKL ’76), 58, Wallace, N.C., died Jan. 11, 2009. He owned Wallace Animal Care Clinic for the past three years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jones practiced at Riverbank Animal Hospital in Kinston, N.C.; owned Chowan Animal Hospital in Edenton, N.C. for 20 years; and served as a relief veterinarian. His wife, Joy; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245.
Milton T. Jordan
Dr. Jordan (AUB ’45), 86, Fairmont, N.C., died Sept. 21, 2008. During his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine at South Robeson Veterinary Clinic in Fairmont. In 1973, Dr. Jordan was named North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year.
Charles L. Lippincott
Dr. Lippincott (CAL ’57), 76, Medford, Ore., died Jan. 2, 2009. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he owned a surgical practice at California Animal Hospital in West Los Angeles until his retirement in 1993. During his career, Dr. Lippincott also taught at the University of California-Davis and served as surgeon for the tigers and lions owned by the Siegfried and Roy show in Las Vegas. He produced more than 200 veterinary surgical teaching videos and participated in several radio and television shows.
In 1982, Dr. Lippincott was named the American Animal Hospital Association’s Regional Practitioner of the Year. He was AAHA’s Charles E. Bild Practitioner of the Year in 1983. Dr. Lippincott is survived by his wife, Robyn; two daughters; and a son.
Calvin W.S. Lum
Dr. Lum (ISU ’66), 70, Honolulu, died Jan. 9, 2009. He owned North Shore Cattle Company and Ranch in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Dr. Lum began his career as director and partner at the Care Animal Hospital and the Veterinary Group Hospital in Hawaii. From 1968-1983, he served as curator and veterinarian for the Honolulu Zoo. Dr. Lum was Hawaii state veterinarian from 1983-1998. He was a past president of the Hawaii VMA. In 2007, the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council named Dr. Lum Cattleman of the Year. He is survived by his wife, Kay; three sons; and a daughter.
Graham M. Miller
Dr. Miller (UP ’50), 89, Brodhead, Wis., died Jan. 2, 2009. In 1951, he established Brodhead Veterinary Service, practicing there for 24 years. In later years, Dr. Miller farmed in the area. He was a member of the Madison Retriever Club. An Army veteran, Dr. Miller served during World War II in the American and Asiatic-Pacific theaters. He received a Bronze Star and Good Conduct and World War II Victory medals. Dr. Miller’s wife, Edith; four daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to the Brodhead Memorial Public Library, 902 W. 2nd Ave., Brodhead, WI 53520.
Hugh B. Norris
Dr. Norris (CAL ’57), 85, La Mesa, Calif., died Jan. 14, 2009. He owned La Presa Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Spring Valley, Calif. Dr. Norris began his career practicing at the Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital in San Diego. A distinguished life member of the California VMA, he served on its board of governors. Dr. Norris was past chair of the San Diego County VMA’s Disaster Preparedness and Long Range Planning committees. In 2002, he received the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Alumni Achievement Award.
Dr. Norris was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the World War II Victory, China Service, Japanese Occupation, Asiatic Pacific, American Theater, and Korean medals. Active in civic life, he was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and Kiwanis Club, receiving the San Diego Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award. Dr. Norris is survived by his son and daughter. Memorials may be made to the San Diego Zoo, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112; Boy Scouts of America, 1207 Upas St., San Diego, CA 92103; or San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines St., San Diego, CA 92110.
Robin M. Smith
Dr. Smith (MO ’86), 52, Westminster, Md., died Jan. 16, 2009. She was director of the Westminster Veterinary Emergency Trauma Center since 1994. Prior to that, Dr. Smith owned Buttonwood Animal Hospital in Columbia, Mo., for eight years. During her career, she also served as interim director of emergency services at VCA Newark Emergency Referral in Newark, Del. Known for her expertise on Mastiffs, Dr. Smith served as a judge for the Breeders Cup at the Mastiff National Specialty in 1998. She was a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
John D. Wittig
Dr. Wittig (OSU ’46), 83, Lancaster, Va., died Nov. 7, 2008. A past president of the Virginia VMA, he practiced in Portsmouth, Va., for more than 30 years. Dr. Wittig was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and Rotary Club. His wife, Marian, and five daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 208, Lancaster, VA 22503.