Published on December 18, 2013
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Waldemar T. Berner

Dr. Berner (KSU ’42), 96, San Rafael, Calif., died Sept. 17, 2013. He owned San Rafael Animal Hospital, a small animal practice, from 1946 until retirement in 1981. Earlier in his career, Dr. Berner served in the Army during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theatre, attaining the rank of captain. He was a member of the California VMA. Dr. Berner is survived by his wife, Norma; two sons and a daughter; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 333 Woodland Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901.

Billy C. Bullock

Dr. Bullock (TEX ’63), 84, Winston-Salem, N.C., died Nov. 4, 2013. A diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, he was professor emeritus of pathology and comparative medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative CareCentre, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Maurice G. Deeley

Dr. Deeley (COR ’54), 83, Eyrarbakki, Iceland, died July 11, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he established a practice in Durhamville, N.Y., following graduation. In 1957, Dr. Deeley founded Rome Veterinary Hospital in Rome, N.Y. He expanded his practice to Queen Village Veterinary Clinic in Camden, N.Y., and All Creatures Pet Clinic in Rome in the 1980s. Dr. Deeley also served as veterinarian for the Masonic Medical Research Lab in Utica, N.Y.

He was a past president of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and Central New York VMA, a past member of the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine, and a member of the New York State VMS. In 1994, the CNYVMA honored Dr. Deeley with a Certificate of Recognition.

Active in civic life, he served as Verona town assessor, councilman, and supervisor. Dr. Deeley was a past president of the Verona Kiwanis Club, a life member of the Verona Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Verona Historical Society. His wife, Thorunn; two daughters and a stepson; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to Masonic Medical Research Lab, 2150 Bleecker St., Utica, NY 13501.

Jerome B. Kearby

Dr. Kearby (TEX ’48), 87, Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Sept. 23, 2013. He owned a practice in Houston prior to retirement in 1995. Dr. Kearby is survived by his wife, Jane; three sons and a daughter; and nine grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hot Springs Village Animal Shelter, 195 Cloaca Lane, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909; or Texas A&M University Scholarship Fund, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.

Austin E. Larsen

Dr. Larsen (WSU ’49), 89, Sandy, Utah, died Aug. 28, 2013. He was associate professor emeritus at the University of Utah and served as a consultant for the Utah fur industry.

Following graduation, Dr. Larsen established a mixed animal practice in Kaysville, Utah. In 1952, he moved to Salt Lake City and joined the Fur Breeders Agricultural Cooperative as director of research. Dr. Larsen developed vaccines for mink and became known for his expertise in diseases and methodologies relating to the mink industry. After earning his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Utah in 1969, he accepted a dual appointment at the university’s School of Medicine as director of vivarial science and associate professor of cellular, viral, and molecular biology. Dr. Larsen retired in 1988.

During his career, he consulted for various research facilities, laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Larsen was a member of the American Society for Microbiology, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, and the former American Society for Experimental Pathology. In 1998, he became a benefactor of Washington State University and established the annual Dr. Austin Larsen Endowed Scholarship. Dr. Larsen founded and served on the board of directors of the Utah Wetlands Foundation; founded and directed the Southeast Colorado Habitat Foundation; and served as director for the Water for Wildlife Foundation.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. Dr. Larsen’s wife, Joan; four sons; three stepchildren; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials in his name may be made to Water for Wildlife Foundation, 545 W. Main, Lander, WY 82520.

Irtaza H. Siddique

Dr. Siddique (BIH ’50), 84, Auburn, Ala., died Sept. 30, 2013. A graduate of Bihar Veterinary College in India, he was a professor of pathobiology at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine from 1995 until retirement in 2008. Dr. Siddique was also the founder and trustee of Asim Siddique Memorial Degree College in Budaun, India. During his 44-year tenure at Tuskegee, he served as a professor of microbiology and public health from 1971-1991 and chaired the former Department of Microbiology from 1991-1995. Dr. Siddique was named professor emeritus in 2011. Early in his career, he practiced in India.

Dr. Siddique was a past president of the World Association of Veterinary Educators, World Veterinary Congress, and Foreign Veterinary Graduates of America. He served as a consultant and external examiner with the University of Nigeria and was an adviser to the University of Faisalabad in Pakistan. Dr. Siddique was a member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases and Alabama VMA. In 2008, he received recognition from the mayor of Tuskegee, the Alabama governor’s office, the Alabama House of Representatives, and the Tuskegee chapter of the Alabama VMA.

Dr. Siddique was active with the Auburn Chapter of Rotary International. Along with his wife, Shana, he established a state park in Opelika, Ala., a communications wing at Auburn University, and scholarships at Tuskegee University.

Dr. Siddique is survived by his wife, a son, and a grandson. Memorials toward Asim Siddique Memorial Degree College may be made to NASIM Foundation, 777 S. Central Expressway, Suite 1G, Richardson, TX 75080.

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