Published on July 15, 2011
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Honor Roll Member

Theodore J. Beyer

Dr. Beyer (COR '45), 87, Conesus, N.Y., died Jan. 21, 2011. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned a practice in Hornell, N.Y., prior to retirement in 1993. From 1990-1996, Dr. Beyer served as a consultant for the Alfred State College veterinary technology program, helping to get the program initiated and accredited. He was a past president of the Southern Tier VMA. Active in civic life, Dr. Beyer was a past member of the New York State Education Committee and the Hornell School Board. His wife, Jacqueline; two sons; and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843.

William E. Field

Dr. Field (MSU '57), 87, Mansfield, Pa., died May 15, 2011. Prior to retirement in the early 1990s, he was president of WE Field & Company, a consulting firm. Earlier in his career, Dr. Field served as head of pathology and toxicology and assistant director of biological research at McNeil Laboratories in Fort Washington, Pa.; directed the Department of Drug Safety Assessment at Wallace Laboratories in Cranbury, N.J.; was associate director of pathology and clinical chemistry at Schering Corporation in Lafayette, N.J.; served as president of CDC Research Inc. in Olyphant, Pa.; was director of pathology of the Life Sciences Division at Gulf South Research Institute in New Iberia, La.; and served as a pathologist at Hazleton Laboratories in Madison, Wis. He was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and had expertise in industrial toxicology and pathology, particularly in the area of ethical drug development, food additives, and agricultural and industrial chemicals. Dr. Field served in the Army during World War II. He received several honors, including an American Defense Service Ribbon; a European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon; a Silver and two Bronze Battle Stars; a Bronze Service Arrowhead; five Overseas Services Bars; a Service Stripe; and a Meritorious Unit Award. Dr. Field is survived by six sons and a daughter. His son Dr. Karl J. Field (MSU '86) is executive director of veterinary services at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, N.J. Another son, Dr. Garrett Field (LSU '88), works for Genentech in San Francisco.

Janice K. Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel (FL '95), 50, Miami, died April 2, 2011. A small animal veterinarian, she most recently practiced at Southeast Veterinary Referral Center in Miami. Earlier in her career, Dr. Gabriel owned Go Pets Go, a mobile veterinary clinic. Memorials may be made to Born Free Pet Shelter, P.O. Box 823, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.

M. Gordon Hatcher

Dr. Hatcher (WSU '52), 94, Sonoma, Calif., died March 21, 2011. Retired since the early 1990s, he was a mixed animal practitioner in California's Calaveras County and served as a relief veterinarian in southern California. Early in his career, Dr. Hatcher practiced in Modesto, Calif. A past director of Heifer International, he was involved with livestock projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Bolivia. After an earthquake and hurricane, Dr. Hatcher also assisted Peru and Honduras through the National Council of Churches. For his dedication to veterinary medicine in underdeveloped countries, he received the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award in 1986.

Dr. Hatcher served in the Air Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and two daughters. Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.

William A. Kernick

Dr. Kernick (UP '51), 90, Penn Hills, Pa., died Jan. 27, 2011. He practiced in Penn Hills for 40 years. Dr. Kernick was a veteran of the Navy. His three daughters and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 6620 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Charles C. Middleton

Dr. Middleton (MO '58), 80, Tarpon Springs, Fla., died Dec. 11, 2010. From 1985 until retirement in 1995, he was director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. Dr. Middleton began his career as an instructor at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine, where he conducted research on atherosclerosis. In 1966, he joined the University of Missouri-Columbia as director of the Sinclair Comparative Medical Research Farm. During his tenure at the university, Dr. Middleton also served as a professor of pathology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine. He left the university in 1984 to become chief veterinary medical officer at the Veterans Administration.

Dr. Middleton was a diplomate and a past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He served on the University of Missouri Faculty Council and was instrumental in the university's School of Nursing renaming The Charles and Josey Sinclair School of Nursing. Dr. Middleton was a member of the Missouri Public Health Association and served as a fellow of the Council on Atherosclerosis of the American Heart Association. He was a veteran of the Navy. Dr. Middleton's wife, Rose; a daughter; and a stepson survive him.

Philip R. Morgan

Dr. Morgan (WSU '51), 91, Coos Bay, Ore., died Feb. 26, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1991, he owned Morgan Veterinary Hospital in Coos Bay. Early in his career, Dr. Morgan practiced in Enterprise, Ore. He was a past president of the Oregon and Intermountain VMAs and a past member of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board. Active in civic life, Dr. Morgan was a member of the Rotary and Elks clubs. He is survived by his son. Memorials may be made to South Coast Hospice, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

Charles W. Owens

Dr. Owens (COL '62), 77, San Rafael, Calif., died Nov. 16, 2010. A small animal practitioner, he owned Fairfax Veterinary Clinic in California's Marin County for almost 30 years prior to retirement. Dr. Owens was a veteran of the Navy. His wife, Mary Jane; two daughters; a stepson; and a stepdaughter survive him.

James E. Peguesse

Dr. Peguesse (AUB '62), 74, Tucson, Ariz., died April 26, 2011. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he served in the Air Force for 30 years, retiring as a colonel in 1992. During his military career, Dr. Peguesse was a general veterinary officer, served as an epidemiologist, and worked as an environmental health officer. He received several honors, including a National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Legion of Merit. While stationed in Izmir, Turkey, Dr. Peguesse received the Air Force's first Veterinary Medical Corps insignia while visiting the ruins of the Hospital of Aesculapius. He was active with the Retired Military Officers' Association. Dr. Peguesse is survived by his wife, Ellen; a daughter; and a son. Memorials may be made to Fisher House Foundation Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850.

John A. Wilson

Dr. Wilson (COL '69), 68, Sheridan, Wyo., died April 29, 2011. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Sheridan. Known for his expertise in equine arthroscopic surgery and veterinary acupuncture, Dr. Wilson served nationwide as a consultant, including with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and animal sanctuaries in California. Early in his career, he was in the Army, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Wilson was a past president of the Wyoming VMA and Wyoming Board of Veterinary Medicine. Active in civic life, he was a member of the Elks and Lions clubs. Dr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Jane, and two stepsons. Memorials may be made to Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter, 84 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, WY 82801; or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808.