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Edward C. Bozeman Sr.

Dr. Bozeman (AUB '45), 89, Columbus, Miss., died Sept. 9, 2011. He began practice in Columbus following graduation and built a small animal hospital in the city in 1954. Dr. Bozeman was instrumental in the establishment of the Scott-Richey Research Center at the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of the Mississippi VMA. Active in civic life, Dr. Bozeman served on the Columbus City Council from 1969-1973 and the Civil Service Commission from 1967-1968. His wife, Martha, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Lottie Moon Foreign Missions, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 829, Columbus, MS 39703; or Baptist Hospice, P.O. Box 1307, Columbus, MS 39703.

Frederick B. Clooney

Dr. Clooney (TEX '50), 87, Houston, died Oct. 3, 2011. From 1992 until retirement in 2006, he operated C Bar Ranch in Shiner, Texas, raising feeder calves. Dr. Clooney began his career as a veterinarian for the city of Houston. A year later, he went into practice at Riverside Animal Hospital in Houston. From 1954-1955, Dr. Clooney served in the Air Force during the Korean War as base veterinarian in Illinois. He attained the rank of captain. Dr. Clooney then returned to Riverside Animal Hospital, eventually becoming a co-owner of the practice. He retired from practice in 1992. Dr. Clooney is survived by a son and a daughter.

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Dr. Fitzpatrick (AUB '54), 80, Nashville, Tenn., died Sept. 30, 2011. A small animal practitioner, he owned Fitzpatrick Veterinary Clinic in Nashville from 1961-1988. Dr. Fitzpatrick also helped establish the Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic. He began his career in the Army, serving as post veterinarian at Fort Richardson in Alaska, attaining the rank of captain. From 1958-1960, Dr. Fitzpatrick worked for the state of Florida. He then served as a staff veterinarian at Mobley Animal Hospital in Madison, Tenn., from 1960-1961.

Dr. Fitzpatrick was a past president of the Tennessee VMA and a past secretary of the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. He received several honors, including the TVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1974, Practitioner Award in 1982, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989. Dr. Fitzpatrick also received the American Animal Hospital Association Southeast Practitioner Award in 1984.

He is survived by his daughter and son. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 220 Great Circle Road, Suite 134, Nashville, TN 37228.

Susan L. Fulton

Dr. Fulton (TEX '90), 47, Houston, died Aug. 12, 2011. A small animal veterinarian, she worked at Heights Veterinary Clinic in Houston for more than 10 years. Dr. Fulton was a member of the Texas and Harris County VMAs. Memorials may be made to Special Pals, 3830 Greenhouse Road, Houston, TX 77084.

M.J. Gerard

Dr. Gerard (COR '58), 76, Wellington, Fla., died June 21, 2011. He owned an equine practice in Wellington, focusing on polo ponies. In the 1960s and '70s, Dr. Gerard served as a racetrack veterinarian in New York, taking care of horses such as Kelso and Secretariat. His wife, Alice, survives him.

James R. Harris

Dr. Harris (AUB '43), 90, Raleigh, N.C., died Aug. 29, 2011. From 1961 until retirement in 1986, he worked in the Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University. Earlier in his career, Dr. Harris was involved with pharmaceutical research. He served as a captain in the Army from 1943-1947. Dr. Harris is survived by two sons. Memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Harold H. Holbrook

Dr. Holbrook (GA '53), 84, Olney, Md., died Sept. 21, 2011. A retired mixed animal practitioner, he owned Town and Country Animal Clinic in Olney until 1990. Dr. Holbrook was a past president of the Maryland VMA. He is survived by three children. Memorials in his name may be made to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Attn: Director of Giving, P.O. Box 016960 (R48), Miami, FL 33101.

Margaret E. Kimball

Dr. Kimball (MSU '49), 86, DeWitt, Mich., died June 19, 2011. From 1981 until retirement in 1991, she was employed by the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service in meat and poultry inspection. Following graduation, Dr. Kimball worked for the state of Michigan, testing cattle for tuberculosis. In 1951, she established a mixed animal practice in DeWitt. Dr. Kimball moved in 1969 to Rhode Island, where she served as an associate professor in the Animal Science Department at the University of Rhode Island, also serving as extension veterinarian.

From 1974-1976, she resumed her practice in DeWitt. Dr. Kimball then worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture in meat inspection until she joined the USDA in 1981. She is survived by three daughters and a son. One daughter, Dr. Edie M. Kimball (MSU '87), is a veterinarian in Lansing, Mich. Memorials may be made to the Michigan Animal Health Foundation, 2144 Commons Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864; Clinton County 4-H Extension, Country Courthouse, 100 E. State St., St. Johns, MI 48879; or Grace Hospice, 2205 Jolly Road, Suite C, Okemos, MI 48864.

Clyde A. Kirkbride

Dr. Kirkbride (OKL '53), 87, Sioux Falls, S.D., died Sept. 15, 2011. From 1967 until retirement in 1989, he worked at the South Dakota State University Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, where he focused on programs in mastitis control and bovine infertility problems and taught courses in animal diseases and their control. During that time, Dr. Kirkbride earned a master's in microbiology from the university. Following graduation, he was in mixed animal practice in Mountain Grove, Mo., for 10 years. From 1963-1967, Dr. Kirkbride served on the veterinary faculty of Kansas State University, where he directed the ambulatory clinic, taught courses in infectious diseases and clinical veterinary medicine, and conducted research in mastitis control and water intoxication in calves.

He authored the textbook "Control of Livestock Diseases" and was an honorary diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. A past president of the Western Veterinary Conference, Dr. Kirkbride was an honorary life member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. He was also a member of the South Dakota VMA, American Leptospirosis Research Conference, National Mastitis Council, and United States Animal Health Association. He received several honors, including the SDVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1989 and the AAVLD Distinguished Service Award in 2011. Dr. Kirkbride was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three daughters; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the SDSU Foundation Jackrabbit Guarantee Scholarship Program, 815 Medary Ave., Box 525, Brookings, SD 57007; or Advance (a nonprofit that supports people with developmental disabilities), 301 Division Ave., P.O. Box 810, Brookings, SD 57006.

Arthur E. Lager

Dr. Lager (MID '44), 90, Lantana, Fla., died July 8, 2011. From 1946 until retirement in 1986, he owned Lager Animal Hospital in Salem, Mass. During that time, Dr. Lager was also a member of the Animal Control Commission, serving as inspector of animals. Earlier in his career, he worked as an instructor in the Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases at what was known as Middlesex University, also serving as chief veterinarian of the Ambulatory Service. Dr. Lager simultaneously served as chief veterinarian of the Boston Work-Horse Relief Association. He was a past president of the Bay State and North Shore veterinary associations and was a member of the Massachusetts VMA and American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Lager was also an honorary alumnus of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and was a past president of the Middlesex University School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association. His two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Arthur E. Lager and Irma C. Lager Scholarship Endowment, c/o Paula Lee, Executive Director for Advancement Services, Brandeis University, 415 South St., MS 126, Waltham, MA 02454.

Norman R. Meriweather

Dr. Meriweather (KSU '55), 89, Miller, S.D., died June 17, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1983, he was president of Meriweather Veterinary Supply for more than 15 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Meriweather practiced mixed animal medicine in Miller for 23 years with his brother, Dr. Herbert Meriweather (now deceased). He was a past president of the South Dakota VMA and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1983. Dr. Meriweather also served as a past president of the South Dakota State University Agriculture Advisory Committee. He was an Army veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Active in civic life, Dr. Meriweather was a charter member of the Miller chapter of Ducks Unlimited and served on the board of directors of what is now known as Quoin Financial Bank in Miller. He is survived by his wife, Margo, and three daughters. Memorials toward a veterinary student scholarship may be sent c/o Margo Meriweather, Box 7217, Pierre, SD 57501.

David L. Morris

Dr. Morris (OSU '74), 61, Fort Collins, died Aug. 3, 2011. A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was a senior staff veterinarian with the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service since 2005, working as part of the National Animal Health Programs and Policy traceability team. Dr. Morris began his career as an instructor of large animal surgery at Texas A&M University in 1977. He went on to serve as an associate professor at the university while earning a doctorate in veterinary medical sciences. From 1989-1994, Dr. Morris was a member of the faculty at Colorado State University, where he served as an associate professor of clinical sciences and was section leader of the Food Animal Resource Management Section. He then worked as a consultant for beef cattle and swine operations in Fort Collins for six years.

In 2000, Dr. Morris joined the USDA, serving as a national program leader in Washington, D.C., with what is now known as the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He was a member of the United States Animal Health Association, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, and American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Dr. Morris received several honors, including The Ohio State University's William Oxley Thompson Alumni Award in 1985, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' Richard H. Davis Teaching Award in 1986, and multiple certificates of merit from the USDA NIFA for his efforts and contributions.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne; a son; and a daughter. Dr. Morris' brother, Dr. Paul G. Morris (OSU '74), is an equine veterinarian in Pilot Point, Texas. Memorials may be made to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, 3320 Skyway Drive, Suite 802, Opelika, AL 36801.

George W. Platt

Dr. Platt (COL '62), 76, Eagle, Colo., died Sept. 21, 2011. An equine veterinarian, he practiced in Vail Valley, Colo., until his recent retirement. Following graduation, Dr. Platt worked in Kansas, Texas, and Florida. In 1966, he returned to Texas, where he practiced in Fort Worth for 30 years. Dr. Platt moved to Vail Valley in 1997. In the 1970s, he teamed with farrier Burney Chapman in resurrecting and adapting the heart bar shoe from an 1895 farrier's manual by John Dollar to treat laminitic horses.

Dr. Platt was a member of the Colorado VMA. He received several honors, including being named to the Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame in 2000, the Texas VMA President's Award in 1998, and the CVMA Distinguished Service Award in 2011 (see story, page 1398). Dr. Platt was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Cornelia; two daughters; a son; a stepson; and a stepdaughter. Memorials may be made to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive E., Lafayette, CO 80026.

Roger L. Winans

Dr. Winans (MIN '54), 90, Amery, Wis., died May 5, 2011. He practiced in Prairie du Sac, Wis., for 32 years. Dr. Winans served as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son; and a daughter.

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