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John H. Brown

Dr. Brown (GA '67), 71, Woodstock, Ga., died Jan. 2, 2011. A small animal practitioner, he owned South Cherokee Veterinary Hospital in Woodstock from 1990 until retirement in 2001. Earlier in his career, Dr. Brown owned Woodstock Veterinary Hospital. His wife, Diane, and two sons survive him.

Mark F. Hemmerich

Dr. Hemmerich (MIN '74), 60, Sparta, Wis., died Jan. 5, 2011. A large animal veterinarian, he owned Ridgeview Veterinary Clinic in Sparta. Dr. Hemmerich was a past president of the Coulee Region VMA and served on the Governor's Ad Hoc Committee for Milk Quality in the late 1980s. He was also a past president of the Sparta School Board and a member of the Kiwanis Club. Dr. Hemmerich is survived by his wife, Jill M. Stebbins, M.D., and four daughters. Memorials may be made to Sparta Area Cancer Support Inc., P.O. Box 130, Sparta, WI 54656.

Duane G. Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson (ISU '59), 80, Urbandale, Iowa, died Jan. 11, 2011. From 1984 until retirement in 1992, he was a federal meat inspector in Des Moines, Iowa. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jacobson owned a large animal practice in Thompson, Iowa, for 25 years. He was a life member of the Iowa VMA and a veteran of the Air Force. Dr. Jacobson's wife, Marcia; two sons; and a daughter survive him.

Carl A. Jolley

Dr. Jolley (OSU '56), 82, Pleasant Hill, Tenn., died Dec. 6, 2010. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Department of Agriculture. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jolley practiced mixed animal medicine in Indiana and worked for the New Zealand Department of Agriculture. His wife, Donna, and three sons survive him.

Robert W. Kirk

Dr. Kirk (COR '46), 88, Ithaca, N.Y., died Jan. 19, 2011. He was professor emeritus of small animal medicine, past director of small animal medicine and surgery, past chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, and past director of the teaching hospital at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. Kirk practiced mixed animal medicine in Brattleboro, Vt. He then worked at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Hospital in New York City for almost two years. Dr. Kirk subsequently moved to Connecticut, where he was in general practice before joining the Air Force Veterinary Corps as a first lieutenant. During his service, he inspected packing houses, herds, and dairies in Maine and attained the rank of captain. In 1952, Dr. Kirk joined the Cornell veterinary faculty as an assistant professor. He was promoted to professor in 1957 and named head of the teaching hospital in 1983. While at the university, Dr. Kirk helped emphasize and accelerate the small animal curriculum at the veterinary college and became known internationally for his expertise in small animal medicine and his contributions toward strengthening the ties between veterinary research and veterinary practice. He retired from Cornell in 1985.

Editor emeritus of "Current Veterinary Therapy," Dr. Kirk co-authored "Small Animal Dermatology," "Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment," and "First Aid for Pets." He was a founder, past president, and diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, a founding diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, and an honorary diplomate and past president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Kirk served on the AVMA Council on Education from 1972-1983 and was a member of the board of directors of The Seeing Eye Foundation for 21 years. During his time with the foundation, he helped establish two dog facilities and a veterinary hospital.

Dr. Kirk received many honors during his career. In 1964, he was the recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Kirk received the AVMA Gaines Award in 1966. In 1971, he was named New York State VMS Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Kirk was the 1984 recipient of the AAHA Northeast Service Award and was honored that same year by the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology for contributions to veterinary dermatology. The ACVIM established and made him the first recipient of the Robert W. Kirk Distinguished Service Award in 1988. In 1991, Dr. Kirk received an ACVD Award for Excellence and was also a recipient of the NYSVMS Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine Award. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons conferred the status of honorary associate on him in 1993. In 1996, Dr. Kirk received the Mark L. Morris Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The Seeing Eye dedicated the Robert W. Kirk Canine Health Library in 1997 in honor of his work.

In retirement, Dr. Kirk was appointed by the governor to a six-year term on the New York State Life Care Communities Council, overseeing and regulating retirement communities in the state. He is survived by three daughters. Memorials may be made to the Robert W. Kirk Practitioner-in-Residence Program, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Box 39, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

James D. McIntosh

Dr. McIntosh (WSU '71), 74, Moses Lake, Wash., died Dec. 22, 2010. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Moses Lake Veterinary Clinic for the past 35 years. Dr. McIntosh also established a mobile veterinary clinic in 1977. He is survived by his wife, Anita, and three daughters. Memorials toward the Missions Fund may be made to Moses Lake Assembly of God, 431 E. Brown, Moses Lake, WA 98837.

Robert E. Norton

Dr. Norton (ISU '44), 90, McAllen, Texas, died Dec. 6, 2010. He founded Valley Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in San Juan, Texas, in 1946. During the Korean War, Dr. Norton served in the Army as a captain. He returned to his practice after service and relocated it to Pharr, Texas, in 1951, practicing there until retirement. Dr. Norton was a past president of the Texas and Valley VMAs and what is now known as the American Veterinary Medical History Society. He received a TVMA President's Award in 1987 and in 2004 was the recipient of the TVMA Distinguished Career Achievement Award. Active in civic life, Dr. Norton was a past president of the San Juan Lion's Club and Hidalgo County Historical Society and Historical Commission. His wife, Viola; two daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, P.O. Box 6251, McAllen, TX 78502; or Salvation Army, P.O. Box 4766, McAllen, TX 78502.

Coy H. Poitevint

Dr. Poitevint (AUB '43), 96, Dothan, Ala., died Aug. 21, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he established a practice in Dothan shortly after graduation, retiring in 1995. Dr. Poitevint was a past president of the Alabama VMA and a member of the Southeast Alabama and Greater Dothan VMAs. In 1997, he received the ALVMA Distinguished Service Award.

Active in civic life, Dr. Poitevint was a member of the Dothan Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Jaycees Club. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Legion of Honor and established the Dr. Coy H. Poitevint Leadership Scholarship with the Kiwanis. Dr. Poitevint received several honors, including the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award in 1967, the Houston County Leadership Award in 1980, and the Houston County Junior Cattleman's Award in 1983. He also received the Dothan Chamber of Commerce Muley Award in 1997 and was honored by the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation District for 25 years of service in 1999.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 300 W. Main St., Dothan, AL 36303; or Kiwanis Club of Dothan, P.O. Box 5569, Dothan, AL 36302.

Dorman M. Warren

Dr. Warren (TEX '70), 77, Granbury, Texas, died Oct. 23, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he owned a practice in Duncanville, Texas, prior to retirement in 1998. Earlier in his career, Dr. Warren served in the Army Veterinary Corps, retiring as a major in 1978. He was also an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of captain.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Warren served as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow from 1996-1997. From 1997-1998, he was a consultant to the research staff at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Warren was also active in public health, working for the health departments of the cities of Duncanville and Garland, Texas. He was a member of the Duncanville Lions Club and a past member of the city council.

Dr. Warren is survived by his wife, Gilda; a daughter; and two sons.

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