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George A. Banks

Dr. Banks (TUS '66), 71, Suitland, Md., died Sept. 21, 2010. He practiced small animal medicine in Suitland. Dr. Banks' wife, Trina; three daughters; and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center for Lymphoma Research, 3800 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20057.

John A. Crump

Dr. Crump (COL '44), 94, Sedona, Ariz., died Dec. 27, 2010. Prior to retirement in 1980, he practiced in La Cresenta, Calif. Dr. Crump is survived by a daughter, two stepdaughters, and two stepsons.

Paul R. Durham

Dr. Durham (TEX '55), 82, Jasper, Texas, died Nov. 20, 2010. He owned a small animal practice in Jasper. Earlier in his career, Dr. Durham worked for the Department of Agriculture for 35 years. He was a member of the Texas and Southeast Texas VMAs. Dr. Durham was a veteran of the Marine Air Corps. He is survived by his wife, Janice; a son; and three daughters. Memorials may be made to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, 410 Allied Drive, Nashville, TN 37211.

Clifford G. Gerbig

Dr. Gerbig (PUR '64), 78, Sheridan, Ind., died Sept. 12, 2010. He was a research veterinarian at Dow Chemical and also practiced small animal medicine. Dr. Gerbig served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. His wife, Georgianne, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Christ Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 6070 N. 900 E., Sheridan, IN 46069.

Wendell O. Kelley

Dr. Kelley (KSU '50), 89, Independence, Mo., died Dec. 20, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he owned Town and Country Pet Hospital in Independence for 50 years. Dr. Kelley was a longtime member and a past president of Rotary West Club in Independence. He is survived by three daughters. Memorials toward Camp Doniphan may be sent to Jeanne Francis, 1225 W. 24th St. S, Independence, MO 64052.

Kenneth L. McLeod

Dr. McLeod (MSU '43), 91, Phoenix, died Sept. 26, 2010. During his career, he served as city veterinarian for Phoenix and later as chief veterinary meat inspector for the state livestock sanitary board.

Donald R. Mobley

Dr. Mobley (MO '62), 78, Willard, Mo., died Oct. 5, 2010. Prior to retirement in 2001, he worked as district veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Earlier in his career, Dr. Mobley practiced mixed animal medicine at Willard Veterinary Clinic, a practice he founded in 1962. He was a past secretary and lifetime member of the Missouri VMA and a member of the Southwest Missouri VMA. Dr. Mobley served in the Army from 1954-1956. He was active with the Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America, and 4-H Club. Dr. Mobley is survived by his wife, Anna; two sons; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to The Friends of Gray-Campbell Farmstead, P.O. Box 127, Willard, MO 65781; St. John's Hospice Care, 1570 West Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65807; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Ralph G. Molnau

Dr. Molnau (MIN '52), 82, Waconia, Minn., died Jan. 16, 2011. A mixed animal practitioner, he owned Countryside Veterinarian and Feed in Young America, Minn. Earlier in his career, Dr. Molnau owned Waconia Veterinary Clinic. He was a past president of the Minnesota VMA and served as its delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1981-1985. In 1992, Dr. Molnau was named Veterinarian of the Year. His wife, Mary, survives him.

Roger E. Olson

Dr. Olson (COR '60), 75, Frederick, Md., died Jan. 8, 2011. From 1994 until retirement in 2002, he was Maryland state veterinarian and chief of animal health. Following graduation, Dr. Olson worked as an associate veterinarian at a practice in Frederick. He later co-established a practice in Frederick, focusing on large animals. Dr. Olson joined the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Animal Health Division in 1994. During retirement, he served as a consultant with Thomas Morris Associates.

Dr. Olson was a past president of the Western Maryland VMA and Northeastern United States Animal Health Association. He was also a past president and a past director of the Maryland Veterinary Foundation and a member of the Frederick County Farm Bureau, Maryland Agricultural Commission, and Frederick County Fish and Game Protective Association.

Dr. Olson is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons; and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Frederick County Fish and Game Protective Association (with checks payable to the Community Foundation of Frederick County and memo line notated to the Frederick County Conservation Fund), 312 E. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701; or Maryland Veterinary Foundation, 8015 Corporate Drive, Suite A, Baltimore, MD 21236.

Roger W. Prior

Dr. Prior (MON '50), 90, Williston, Vt., died Dec. 5, 2010. Retired since 2007, he owned Cat Spay and Neuter Clinic in Colchester, Vt., a feline practice he established in 1992. Prior to that, Dr. Prior worked at Brown Animal Hospital in Burlington, Vt. Early in his career, he practiced in Maine and California and owned a large animal practice in North Dakota for 18 years. Dr. Prior's wife, Peggy Larson, and a daughter survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to the Green Mountain Animal Defenders, 3619 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446.

William R. Rapp

Dr. Rapp (KSU '66), 74, Hendersonville, N.C., died Dec. 8, 2010. From 1987-2001, he served as pathologist and director of the Western Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Arden, N.C.

Robert C. Riggle

Dr. Riggle (CAL '67), 67, Seattle, died Feb. 22, 2011. He practiced as an equine veterinarian from the Sammamish Plateau near Seattle for 20 years. He later practiced veterinary medicine in various capacities in Washington state, most recently as a relief veterinarian for the Seattle Animal Shelter. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. His son and daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to Operation Nightwatch, P.O. Box 21181, Seattle, WA 98111; or the Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119.

George W. Spangler

Dr. Spangler (KSU '46), 87, Rogers, Ark., died Nov. 22, 2010. He began his career with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, later working as veterinarian-in-charge with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Spangler served with the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Eradication Commission in Mexico. He was a veteran of the Air Force.

Robert F. Whalen

Dr. Whalen (IL '52), 83, La Salle, Ill., died Dec. 31, 2010. A small animal veterinarian, he co-founded La Salle Animal Hospital, where he practiced for 52 years. Dr. Whalen was a lifetime member of the Illinois State VMA and a veteran of the Army. Active in civic life, he served on the La Salle Grade School Board, was a past president of the La Salle Rotary Club, helped establish the Rotary Club of Mendota, and was a past secretary of the La Salle County Conservation District.

Dr. Whalen helped found Illinois-Michigan Canal Volunteers Inc. and initiated the restoration of the canal from Utica to La Salle. The canal was designated the first National Heritage Corridor in the United States. In 1997, Dr. Whalen was honored as a member of the I-M Canal Sesquicentennial Commission. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Illinois-Michigan Canal Volunteers Inc., P.O. Box 1591, La Salle, IL 61301.

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Memorial contributions to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation are gratefully accepted. When making such contributions, please indicate the name and address of the individual who should receive notification of your donation. Contact: AVMF, Department 20-1122, P.O. Box 5940, Carol Stream, IL 60197-5940