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Max A. Beck

Dr. Beck (MIN ’53), 89, Colton, S.D., died Sept. 16, 2013. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned a practice in Colton for 33 years. Following graduation, Dr. Beck joined Dell Rapids Veterinary Clinic in Dell Rapids, S.D. A year later, he became a partner in the practice. Dr. Beck moved to Colton in 1955, continuing to look after the practice’s clients in that area of the county. He became sole owner of the practice in 1980.

Dr. Beck was a member of the South Dakota VMA, a charter member of the Colton Lions Club, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was also a member of the American Legion. Dr. Beck’s five sons and two daughters, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him. One son, Dr. Brent E. Beck (KSU ’88), is a veterinarian in Cashton, Wis. Memorials may be made to South Dakota VMA Scholarship Fund, c/o Janice Kampmann, Secretary, Box 2175, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007; or College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund, University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486.

Frank F. Densmore

Dr. Densmore (ISU ’51), 87, Dixon, Ill., died Nov. 22, 2013. He was a partner at Dixon Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 40 years prior to retirement. Dr. Densmore was a past president of the Dixon Noon Lions Club and a past member of the Dixon School Board. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. Dr. Densmore is survived by his wife, Fay; two sons and two daughters; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Dixon Noon Lions Club, Dixon, IL 61021.

Allen I. Gleeman

Dr. Gleeman (MSU ’54), 88, Westfield, N.J., died Oct. 16, 2013. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Kenilworth Animal Hospital in Kenilworth, N.J., for nearly 60 years prior to retirement in 2013. Dr. Gleeman served in the Navy Armed Guard during World War II. His wife, Barbara; two sons; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1119 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

John R. Good

Dr. Good (KSU ’53), 86, Ponca City, Okla., died Nov. 25, 2013. Following graduation, he joined his brother, Dr. Wayne Good (KSU ’44), now deceased, in mixed animal practice at Ponca Animal Hospital. Dr. John Good took sole ownership of the practice after 12 years. During his more than 50-year career, he also worked with the Ponca City Humane Society. Dr. Good is survived by his wife, Donna; a daughter; and four grandchildren. His daughter, Dr. Lisa D. Good (OKL ’83), practices at Ponca Animal Hospital. Dr. Good’s granddaughter, Carrie L. Sanders, is a third-year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University.

Wolfgang J. Jochle

Dr. Jochle (MUN ’52), 86, Mana­hawkin, N.J., died Nov. 14, 2013. A graduate of the Ludwig Maximillan University in Munich and a diplomate of the Ameri-can College of Theriogenologists, he served as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry from 1976 until retirement in 2001. Prior to that, Dr. Jochle worked for Syntax International, first in Mexico and, later, in Palo Alto, Calif. Early in his career, Dr. Jochle held academic appointments at the University of Munich and University of Berlin, was a veterinary scientist in the research department of Schering A.G., and worked in Zurich. His wife, Maria, survives him. Memorials may be made to the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs, 11145 N.W., Old Cornelius Pass Road, Portland, OR 97231.

John C. New

Dr. New (TEX ’71), 65, Knoxville, Tenn., died Oct. 15, 2013. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he was a professor at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Veterinary Medicine and past head of the university’s Department of Comparative Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. New served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps for four years. He then joined the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine as a veterinary research associate, obtaining a Master of Public Health from the university in 1977. That same year, Dr. New became a member of the veterinary faculty at UT-Knoxville, where he served as an assistant and associate professor before being named full professor in 1999. During his tenure, he taught courses in public health, zoonotic diseases, food safety, and the human-animal bond; headed the Department of Comparative Medicine from 2004-2009; and helped establish a veterinary medicine concentration in the university’s MPH-degree program.

Dr. New co-founded Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, a group comprising representatives from the UT-Knoxville veterinary college, volunteers from the community, and private veterinary practitioners. He also co-founded Humane Education and Responsible Ownership, a consortium of organizations committed to promoting responsible and humane pet ownership, and Humans and Animals Learning Together, an organization dedicated to animal welfare that uses dog obedience training to provide therapeutic intervention for at-risk adolescents.

A past president of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Dr. New served on the former AVMA Committee on the Human-Animal Bond from 1998-2007, co-chairing the committee during his service. He served as a board member and scientific advisory committee member of the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, researching pet ownership, dog and cat overpopulation, and pet relinquishment. Dr. New helped develop and enhance programs for pets and their owners that identified aspects of ownership and responsibility that can lead to abandonment. He was a member and an honorary diplomate of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society and a member of the American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians, Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, and what is now known as the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Dr. New was also a member of the United States Animal Health Association, Conference of Public Health Veterinarians, and Tennessee VMA.

He received several honors, including the TVMA Faculty Award in 1983, UTK-CVM Reed Service Award in 1987, Association of Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Michael J. McCulloch M.D. Memorial Award in 1989, and Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1990. The TVMA established the John New Human-Animal Bond Award in 2002, and, in 2004, Dr. New received the AVMA Animal Welfare Award.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; a son and a daughter; and three grandchildren.

Memorials toward Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee and Companion Animal Initiative in Tennessee may be made to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN 37901.

John S. Orsborn

Dr. Orsborn (COL ’44), 90, Davis, Calif., died July 23, 2013. Following graduation, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps until the end of World War II. Dr. Orsborn then joined his wife, Dr. Ruth A. Orsborn (COL ’44), in a rural mixed practice in Half Moon Bay, Calif. He subsequently returned to the Army Veterinary Corps, working in meat and dairy inspection. Dr. Orsborn later served several years at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah as assistant chief of the epidemiology and ecology division of the Army Chemical Corps. In 1957, he returned to his alma mater, Colorado State University, to direct a new diagnostic laboratory for the university.

Dr. Orsborn joined the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System in 1962. He was promoted to director of the San Gabriel laboratory in 1972 and was named bureau chief of the system in 1977. In 1987, Dr. Orsborn assisted in the transfer of the laboratory system to UC-Davis and in the construction of a new central laboratory. He retired in 1992.

Dr. Orsborn continued his military career as a reservist and received an Army Commendation Medal for his service. He retired as commanding officer of his reserve unit with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dr. Orsborn’s son, a daughter, and granddaughter survive him.

Paul A. Pinkert

Dr. Pinkert (ISU ’49), 91, Madison, Wis., died Nov. 25, 2013. From 1963 until retirement in 1987, he worked for the Department of Agriculture in Pipestone, Minn., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Madison. Earlier in his career, Dr. Pinkert practiced mixed animal medicine in Pipestone. He was a past president of the Interstate VMA and a past secretary of the Southwest Minnesota VMA. Dr. Pinkert served in the Army Air Force during World War II. His two sons and a daughter and three grandchildren survive him.

Roger M. Pray

Dr. Pray (IL ’72), 66, Geneseo, Ill., died Sept. 22, 2013. He practiced mixed animal medicine in the Cambridge and Geneseo areas of Illinois until retirement in 2013. Earlier in his career, Dr. Pray worked for Cambridge Enterprises and Geneseo Veterinary Service. His wife, Linda; two sons and two daughters; and seven grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 114 E. Main St., Geneseo, IL 61254; Geneseo Fire Department, 209 S. Oakwood Ave., Geneseo, IL 61254; or Don Cherry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5083, 223 S. State St., Geneseo, IL 61254.

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