Published on May 02, 2016
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Eugene W. Adams

Dr. Adams (Kansas State ’44), 96, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, died Feb. 22, 2016. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was professor emeritus and a past associate dean for academic affairs at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Adams began his career as a meat inspector with the Department of Agriculture in St. Louis. In 1951, he joined Tuskegee’s veterinary school as an instructor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, subsequently transferring to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. In 1955, Dr. Adams was named department head and shortly thereafter began graduate work at Cornell University.

After earning both his masters and doctorate in veterinary pathology from Cornell, he returned to Tuskegee as head of the Department of Pathology and Parasitology. In the early 1970s, Dr. Adams served two years on the faculty of Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria as professor, head of the Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology, and assistant dean for student affairs. He then returned to Tuskegee, and, in 1973, was named associate dean for academic affairs. As associate dean, Dr. Adams developed the veterinary school’s educational reform program and directed the minority recruitment program. He retired from Tuskegee University in 1989 as vice provost and director of international programs.

Dr. Adams authored the book “The Legacy: A History of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (1945-1995).” In 1995, he established an endowed scholarship in his name at Tuskegee, using the proceeds from the sale of the book. Dr. Adams was a past president of the American Veterinary Medical History Society and a member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases and American Association of University Professors. In 1964, he received what is now known as the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, and, in 1979, was honored with Tuskegee’s Faculty Achievement Award.

Dr. Adams is survived by his wife, Myrtle; two sons; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Eugene W. Adams Endowed Scholarship, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee, AL 36088.

Elinor A. Brandt

Dr. Brandt (Pennsylvania ’63), 77, Porter Ranch, California, died Jan. 13, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, she practiced at East Valley Veterinary Clinic in Sun Valley, California, prior to retirement. Dr. Brandt volunteered at the Wildlife Waystation in Sylmar, California. Her wife, Susan Pastorek; two sons; and four grandchildren survive her. Memorials may be made to Wildlife Waystation, 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Road, Sylmar, CA 91342.

Schuyler R. Enochs

Dr. Enochs (Washington State ’57), 81, Caldwell, Idaho, died Sept. 19, 2015. A mixed animal veterinarian, he established Caldwell Veterinary Hospital in 1963, retiring in 1996. Prior to that, Dr. Enochs worked in Idaho at Homedale and Burley. He was a past president of the Idaho VMA and Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. Dr. Enochs is survived by his companion, Mary Cook; a son and a stepson; and three grandchildren. His stepson, Dr. Brett W. Bauscher (Oregon State ’91), is a small animal veterinarian in Caldwell. Memorials may be made to the Greatest Need Endowment Fund for Southwest Idaho, Idaho Community Foundation, 210 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702.

Jesse D. Kerley

Dr. Kerley (Texas A&M ’82), 59, Denton, Texas, died Feb. 5, 2016. He owned Decatur Veterinary Clinic in Decatur, Texas, focusing on bovine and dairy medicine, from 1984 until retirement 22 years later. Early in his career, Dr. Kerley practiced in Muleshoe, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Cathy, and a stepson and stepdaughter. Memorials toward the Dr. Dirk Kerley Children’s Fund may be made to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, 6 Executive Drive, Suite 2, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.

Paul J. McAndrew

Dr. McAndrew (Iowa State ’52), 92, Springfield, Missouri, died Jan. 24, 2016. He worked as a meat inspection supervisor for the Department of Agriculture from 1976 until retirement in 1989. Prior to that, Dr. McAndrew practiced mixed animal medicine in Kalona, Iowa, for more than 20 years. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. Dr. McAndrew is survived by six children, 18 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Robert W. Otto

Dr. Otto (Washington State ’57), 93, Everett, Washington, died Dec. 7, 2015. Following graduation, he taught at Kansas State University before moving to Edmonds, Washington, where he established his practice. In 1975, Dr. Otto took a sabbatical for a year, serving as veterinarian for the island of Kauai in Hawaii. He then returned to his practice, retiring in 1992. Dr. Otto was a past Washington State Veterinarian of the Year. He served in the Army during World War II, earning two Purple Hearts and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Dr. Otto’s three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.

Myron G. Schultz

Dr. Schultz (Cornell ’58), 81, Atlanta, died Feb. 19, 2016. An infectious disease epidemiologist, he was senior medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Schultz attended Albany Medical College, practicing part time in a small animal hospital in Albany and as a track veterinarian in Saratoga Springs. After obtaining his medical degree in the early 1960s, he worked at a U.S. Public Health Service hospital in Boston, subsequently beginning his career with the CDC as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service program. Dr. Schultz went on to earn a diploma in clinical tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

On his return to the CDC from London, he founded and served as director of the CDC’s parasitic diseases unit, which grew into the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. Dr. Schultz also established the parasitic diseases drug service, enabling access to drugs for tropical and parasitic diseases. He helped found field epidemiology training programs in developing countries, designed and implemented a program to protect the health of CDC officers traveling internationally, and developed the CDC brochure Yellow Book, advising international travelers on health risks. Dr. Schultz was instrumental in the discovery of babesiosis in the United States and brought attention to diseases such as giardiasis and Pneumoncystis carinii pneumonia. In the early 1980s, his detection of a cluster of pneumonia cases helped public health officials identify the AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Schultz served as an epidemiological consultant to the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and several foreign health ministries. A fellow of the American College of Physicians, he was a past recipient of the LSHTM Frederick Murgatroyd Award and CDC William C. Watson Jr. Medal of Excellence. Dr. Schultz also twice received the USPHS Meritorious Service Medal and was honored with the ASTMH Bailey K. Ashford Medal. He is survived by his wife, Selma; a son and a daughter; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Russell J. Smith

Dr. Smith (Kansas State ’85), 56, Glasgow, Montana, died Sept. 29, 2015. Following graduation, he moved to Glasgow to begin his career in mixed animal medicine. Dr. Smith served as a partner at Glasgow Veterinary Clinic, a practice he took ownership of in 1993. He was active with several community organizations, including the 4-H Club and Montana Make-A-Wish Foundation. Dr. Smith’s wife, Kathy, and two sons survive him. Memorials toward local charities may be sent to 1120 Valley View, Glasgow, MT 59230.

William H. Sweeney

Dr. Sweeney (Iowa State ’67), 82, Vermont Township, Wisconsin, died Feb. 3, 2016. An equine veterinarian, he and his brother, Dr. James Sweeney (Iowa State "64), co-founded Bloomington Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Equine Medical Center in Lakeville, Minnesota. Early in his career, Dr. Sweeney worked in Minnesota at Minneapolis and St. Paul. He served as the veterinarian for the Minnesota State Fair beginning in 1968 and was the veterinarian for the Minnesota State Horse Expo from 1990-2015 and the North Star Morgan Americana Horse Show from 1973-2013. Dr. Sweeney was a past president of the Minnesota Association of Equine Practitioners; a member of the Tri-State Horseman Association, Minnesota Thoroughbred Association, and United States Equestrian Association; and an honorary member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Dr. Sweeney’s wife, Jackie; three sons; and seven grandchildren survive him. One son, Dr. David J. Sweeney (Minnesota ’90), is a small animal veterinarian in Sunset, Utah. Memorials may be made to Jesuit Retreat, 8243 Demontreville Trail, Lake Elmo, MN 55042; Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (with memo line of check notated to Equine Excellence Fund), ISU Foundation, 2266 Vet Med, 1800 Christiansen Drive, Ames, IA 50011; or AAEP Foundation, Attn: Memorial Fund Department, 4033 Iron; Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.


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