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Clarence C. Clark

Dr. Clark (COL ’42), 94, Lamoni, Iowa, died Dec. 31, 2011. He owned a mixed animal practice in Lamoni prior to retirement in 1992. Early in his career, Dr. Clark briefly worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector in Kansas City, Mo. He was a Mason for more than 50 years. Dr. Clark is survived by three sons, a daughter, and three stepchildren.

Denise A. Conover

Dr. Conover (UP ’79), 58, Nazareth, Pa., died Dec. 10, 2011. A small animal veterinarian, she practiced at Easton Animal Hospital in Easton, Pa., for 12 years. Earlier in her career, Dr. Conover worked at Lewisburg Veterinary Hospital in Lewisburg, Pa. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles Rinehimer (UP ’79), a professor of biology and veterinary technology at Northampton Community College.

Tony D. David

Dr. David (KSU ’66), 70, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Jan. 7, 2012. A diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, he was director of laboratory animal resources at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., from 1988-2000. Earlier in his career, Dr. David served in the Air Force for 22 years, attaining the rank of colonel. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. His wife, Karen, and three sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Shands Cancer Hospital, P.O. Box 100386, Gainesville, FL 32610.

Theodore R. Eliason

Dr. Eliason (ONT ’35), 98, Lindstrom, Minn., died Nov. 26, 2011. Prior to retirement, he practiced in Renville, Minn., initially as a large animal veterinarian, and then focusing on small animals for the last 20 years of practice. Early in his career, Dr. Eliason worked for the state of Minnesota, testing cattle for tuberculosis. During that time, he worked in Kerkhoven, Hutchinson, Des Moines (where he was involved with federal poultry inspection), and Rush City. Dr. Eliason is survived by his son and daughter. Memorials may be made to Gideons, St. Croix Camp, 30630 Hornsby Drive N.E., North Branch, MN 55056.

Bryan L. Morrett

Dr. Morrett (CAL ’94), 51, Hughson, Calif., died Feb. 26, 2012. A dairy veterinarian, he worked for Mid Valley Large Animal Services in Turlock, Calif., since 1996, becoming a partner in 2001. Dr. Morrett also mentored new veterinarians and veterinary students. He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and was active with the 4-H Club and National FFA Organization. Dr. Morrett is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA 95616.

David J. Pearce

Dr. Pearce (AUB ’98), 39, Helena, Ala., died Jan. 20, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Patton Chapel Animal Clinic in Hoover, Ala. Dr. Pearce was a member of the Metro Sertoma Club. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and three daughters. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; or UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, NP 2505, 1530 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294.

Richard H. Pinkston

Dr. Pinkston (OSU ’55), 85, Princeton, Ind., died Feb. 6, 2012. From 1970-1991, he worked for the Indiana State Board of Health in the meat inspection division. Earlier in his career, Dr. Pinkston owned a mixed animal practice in Princeton for 15 years. He served on the Gibson County Animal Services board of directors for more than 10 years. Dr. Pinkston was a life member of the Indiana VMA and a member of the Southwestern Indiana VMA and what is now known as the American Association of Senior Veterinarians. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Dr. Pinkston’s wife, Lillian; a son; and a daughter survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311; or Gibson County Animal Services, P.O. Box 474, Princeton, IN 47670.

Michael J. Pollack

Dr. Pollack (COR ’83), 54, Manorville, N.Y., died Feb. 19, 2012. A small animal veterinarian, for 26 years he was a partner/owner of Bellport Animal Hospital in Bellport, N.Y., and Animal Clinic at Sayville in Sayville, N.Y. Dr. Pollack was a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and a member of the Long Island VMA. In 2006, he received an LIVMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Pollack’s three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714;

Perry E. Schurr

Dr. Schurr (KSU ’56), 88, Dennis, Kan., died Nov. 12, 2011. Prior to retirement in 1986, he worked for the Department of Agriculture for 20 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Schurr was in private practice. He served in the Navy during World War II. Dr. Schurr’s wife, Mary Alice, and two sons survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care, c/o Derfelt Funeral Home, 203 Illinois, Oswego, KS 67356.

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