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Mark R. Crandall

Dr. Crandall (COR '39), 99, Gloversville, N.Y., died March 21, 2012. A mixed animal practitioner, he established Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital in Gloversville in 1940, retiring in 1977. Dr. Crandall was a member of the New York State VMS and Capital District VMS. In 1979, he received a NYSVMS Merit Award. Active in civic life, Dr. Crandall was a charter member of the Gloversville Rotary Club and served on the American Cancer Society Board, Fulton County Health Services Advisory Board, Fulton County Unit, and Fulton County Board of Cooperative Extension. He received several honors, including the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1980, Fulton County Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award in 1981, and Salvation Army Citizen of the Year Award in 1983. Dr. Crandall's two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Glove Cities Rotary, P.O. Box 964, Gloversville, NY 12078.

Richard L. Crissey

Dr. Crissey (COR '58), 78, Greene, N.Y., died Jan. 19, 2012. He practiced mixed animal medicine for nearly 40 years prior to retirement in 1998. Dr. Crissey served as a volunteer fireman for more than 30 years, receiving the Greene Fireman of the Year Award in 1986 and the Olympian Award in 1999. Dr. Crissey also received the Greene Citizen of the Year Award in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Doreen; three daughters; two sons; and a stepdaughter. Memorials may be made to the Greene Fire Department, 6 N. Chenango St., Greene, NY 13778.

Ainslee A. Gruen

Dr. Gruen (UP '50), 92, Chambersburg, Pa., died Feb. 26, 2012. He practiced in the Chambersburg area for more than 30 years. In retirement, Dr. Gruen was a professor at Wilson College, where he helped establish and served as director of the veterinary technology program. A Navy veteran of World War II, he attained the rank of senior lieutenant. Dr. Gruen later served as a second lieutenant in the Army and in the Coast Guard. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dr. Gruen's wife, Dolores; four daughters; and a son survive him. Memorials may be made to the Women In Need Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 25, Chambersburg, PA 17201; or Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

Harold J. Heffernan

Dr. Heffernan (IL '54), 85, Danville, Ill., died Dec. 4, 2011. Following graduation, he began practicing at Hillcrest Large Animal Veterinary Clinic in Danville, eventually becoming the owner. Dr. Heffernan also served as inspecting veterinarian for several local and county fairs. In 2006, he and one of his sons established Pets Plus, a pet boarding facility in Danville. Dr. Heffernan mentored and provided practical training for veterinary students from the University of Illinois and students from local high schools. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Heffernan's wife, Mary Joann, survived him until her death this past February. He is survived by their three sons. Memorials may be made to Schlarman Academy, 2112 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832; St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1303 N. Walnut St., Danville, IL 61832; or Vermilion County Animal Control, 14775 Tilton Road, Danville, IL 61834.

Steven M. Hopkins

Dr. Hopkins (MSU '74), 60, Story City, Iowa, died Feb. 14, 2012. A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was a professor of theriogenology at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Early in his career, Dr. Hopkins practiced large animal medicine in Sedro Wooley, Wash. He received several teaching awards, including the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 2000. The Field Service Teaching Laboratory at the ISU-CVM was recently named the Steven M. Hopkins Teaching Laboratory in his honor. Dr. Hopkins is survived by his wife, Dr. Janice M. Hopkins (FL '81), a small animal veterinarian in Story City, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to the Steven Hopkins Scholarship Fund, ISU Foundation, 2522 Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA 50011.

Mary Ann T.A. Huette

Dr. Huette (AUB '80), 57, Lyles, Tenn., died Oct. 11, 2011. She worked part time at several small animal practices in Middle Tennessee and volunteered with the Hickman Humane Society. Earlier in her career, Dr. Huette owned small animal practices in Kentucky and Tennessee and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Her two sons and two daughters survive her. Memorials may be made to Hickman Humane Society, P.O. Box 183, Centerville, TN 37033; or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Julio J. Malnati

Dr. Malnati (UP '37), 95, Newberry, S.C., died Feb. 23, 2012. In 1972, he co-founded Bush River Jerseys, a dairy farming operation in Newberry that now includes a turkey operation, a cow-calf beef herd, and row crops. Following graduation, Dr. Malnati began a small animal practice in North Adams, Mass. He soon became known for his expertise in sterility and reproductive work in the dairy industry, and, in 1942, he established a herd of registered Jersey cattle.

Dr. Malnati was a past vice president of the American Jersey Cattle Association and a past chair of its finance committee. He was a past president of the Massachusetts Jersey Cattle Club, South Carolina Jersey Cattle Association, and South Carolina Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Dr. Malnati also served as a director for the New England Jersey Breeders Association.

He received the AJCA Master Breeder Award in 1993 and was inducted into the South Carolina Dairy Hall of Fame in 1994. Dr. Malnati also received the AJCA Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and was presented with the National Dairy Shrine Award in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a daughter; and three stepchildren. Memorials may be made to the Russell-Malnati Scholarship, c/o American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068; St. Mark's Catholic Church Building Fund, 928 Boundary St., Newberry, SC 29108; or Newberry Opera House, P.O. Box 357, Newberry, SC 29108.

Lawrence Minsky

Dr. Minsky (ISU '37), 96, Sherman Oaks, Calif., died Sept. 15, 2011. During his career, he practiced in the East San Gabriel Valley. Dr. Minsky's wife, Adelyne, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Temple Beth David, 9677 Longden Ave., Temple City, CA 91780; or Temple Beth El of South Orange County, 2A Liberty, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

Brian J. Prescott

Dr. Prescott (UP '81), 56, Elkins, N.H., died Jan. 7, 2012. A small animal practitioner, he owned Pleasant Lake Veterinary Hospital in Elkins for 28 years. Dr. Prescott was a member of the New Hampshire VMA and a past chair of its ethics committee. He also served on the New Hampshire Board of Veterinary Medicine and was New Hampshire's alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1996-2000. Dr. Prescott is survived by his wife, Tracy; three daughters; and a son. Memorials may be made to the Let No Woman Be Overlooked Fund, c/o New London Hospital, Attn: Jeff McDaniel, 273 County Road, New London, NH 03257.

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