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Charlie B. Bucy

Dr. Bucy (Texas A&M ’47), 91, Lincoln, Nebraska, died March 19, 2016. Following graduation, he joined the Department of Agriculture as a livestock inspector in Kerrville, Texas. In 1948, Dr. Bucy moved to Lamesa, Texas, where he established a large animal practice, also serving as the local meat inspector. He eventually expanded his practice to include small animal medicine.

In the early 1960s, after selling his practice, Dr. Bucy joined the research and development division of Norden Laboratories in Lincoln. During his career with Norden/SmithKline Beecham/GlaxoSmithKline, he served as a senior pharmaceutical research scientist and directed the pharmaceutical manufacturing division, retiring in 1986 as manager of veterinary medical affairs.

Dr. Bucy was a member of the Texas and Nebraska VMAs. He volunteered with the Dawson County Fair Association and served as an animal health adviser with the 4-H Club and the National FFA Organization. Dr. Bucy was a past president of the Lamesa Kiwanis Club and a member of the Lamesa Chamber of Commerce and Masonic Lodge.

His daughter, son, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church-Crusaders Class, 1340 K St., Lincoln, NE 68510.

Douglas S. Darlington

Dr. Darlington (Guelph ’49), 90, Green Valley, Arizona, died Feb. 27, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Lansing Animal Hospital in Lansing, Illinois, for 37 years. Dr. Darlington volunteered at the Animal League of Green Valley and was a member of the Green Valley Kiwanis Club. He served in the Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. Dr. Darlington’s wife, Margaret; four children; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren survive him.

Rafael N. Garcia

Dr. Garcia (University of Havana ’55), 82, Miami, died Nov. 8, 2015. Following graduation from veterinary school in Cuba, he began his career at the mixed animal practice he co-founded with his sister, the late Dr. Isabel Garcia (University of Havana ’55), in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.

In 1960, Dr. Garcia moved to the United States, initially practicing at the Wiggins Veterinary Clinic in Cleveland, Mississippi, and, later, moving to Jackson, Mississippi, where he took care of the laboratory animals at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He joined the Department of Agriculture in 1966, working in meat and poultry inspection in California and Mississippi. In 1976, Dr. Garcia was assigned to the joint Mexico-U.S. Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, serving first as assistant co-director, and, later, as co-director, working in Mexico, Guatemala, and Panama. He also served assignments in Maryland and Miami. Dr. Garcia retired from the USDA in 1998. His wife, Lidya; two daughters and a son; and five grandchildren survive him.

Christopher J. Gehman

Dr. Gehman (Virginia-Maryland ’11), 31, Millerstown, Pennsylvania, died Feb. 14, 2016. He practiced mixed animal medicine at Millerstown Veterinary Associates. Dr. Gehman had a special interest in the spaying and neutering of pigs. Early in his career, he practiced dairy medicine at Muleshoe Animal Clinic in Muleshoe, Texas. Dr. Gehman’s wife, Jenna, survives him.

Amy L. Gerber

Dr. Gerber (Pennsylvania ’77), 65, Jackson, New Jersey, died Feb. 15, 2016. She served as senior veterinarian at Freehold Raceway in Freehold, New Jersey, for more than 25 years. Dr. Gerber was a member of the Jackson Township Chapter of the Lyme Disease Association. Her companion, Kevin Manger, and two stepsons survive her. Memorials may be made to the John Drulle M.D. Memorial Lyme Fund, 702 Brewers Bridge Road, Jackson, NJ 08527.

Mylo M. Hagberg

Dr. Hagberg (Minnesota ’61), 85, Faribault, Minnesota, died Feb. 8, 2016. Following graduation, he joined the Army Veterinary Corps, retiring as a colonel in 1986. During his military service, Dr. Hagberg worked in food and dairy inspection and preventive medicine.

Dr. Hagberg was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Lucille; a son and a daughter; and four grandchildren.

Norman Herbert

Dr. Herbert (Alfort ’51), 93, Pikesville, Maryland, died Feb. 25, 2016. After graduating from the National Veterinary School of Alfort in France, he pursued a career in small animal medicine, co-owning Liberty Animal Clinic in Baltimore prior to retirement. In retirement, Dr. Herbert practiced part time with his son, Dr. Greg Herbert (University of Philippines ’80), co-owner of Anne Arundel Veterinary Hospital in Baltimore. Early in his career, he traveled twice to Poland with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, providing care for the cattle and horses during the voyages. An avid collector of antiques, Dr. Herbert donated several veterinary-related items to the Carol County Farm Museum.

He is survived by his son and a daughter, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236.

Hyrum W. Kershaw

Dr. Kershaw (Washington State ’51), 93, Blackfoot, Idaho, died Oct. 8, 2015. A mixed animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Blackfoot Animal Clinic, retiring in 1981. Dr. Kershaw also bred Angus cattle and Arabian horses. A past president of the Idaho VMA, he was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1977. Dr. Kershaw was active with the Rotary Club and Boy Scouts of America. An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and five Air medals. Dr. Kershaw retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.

His six children, 20 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to Huntsman Cancer Institute, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108; or the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.

Donald E. O’Brien

Dr. O’Brien (Iowa State ’66), 81, Marshalltown, Iowa, died Feb. 28, 2016. He worked for the Department of Agriculture from the late 1980s until retirement. Prior to that, Dr. O’Brien practiced in Allison, Iowa, for more than 20 years. He was a member of the Lions Club and Elks. Dr. O’Brien served in the Air Force from 1955-1958. He is survived by his wife, Berneta; four daughters and a son; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of Iowa, 2530 73rd St., Urbandale, IA 50322.

James O. Rinehart

Dr. Rinehart (Texas A&M ’43), 99, Green Valley, Arizona, died March 16, 2016. Following graduation, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Rinehart subsequently established a practice in Springfield, Illinois, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine, focusing later on small animals. He retired in 1979.

Edward W. Speer

Dr. Speer (Kansas State ’52), 86, Stanwood, Iowa, died Feb. 24, 2016. Following graduation, he served as a base veterinarian with the Air Force Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. In 1954, Dr. Speer moved to Stanwood, where he established a mixed animal practice, working until retirement in 2008. During that time, he also maintained a second practice in Olin, Iowa, for several years. Dr. Speer was a past president of the Eastern Iowa VMA and served on the executive board of the Iowa VMA. He was also a past president of the Lincoln Community School Board and a member of the Stanwood Town Council.

Dr. Speer is survived by his wife, Lenora; two sons and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Stanwood Union Church, 208 S. Main St., Stanwood, IA 52337.

Henry R. Steadman Jr.

Dr. Steadman (Guelph ’44), 94, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died Feb. 27, 2016. He owned a small animal practice in Magnolia, Massachusetts, from 1954 until retirement in 1980. Dr. Steadman also served as veterinarian at Wonderland Greyhound Park in Revere, Massachusetts, for several years.

Following graduation, he began his career as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II. Dr. Steadman subsequently owned a practice in Clinton, Massachusetts, and worked in Wakefield, Massa­chusetts, before buying his Magnolia practice.

His daughter, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the African Wildlife Fund, 1400 Sixteenth St. NW, Suite 120, Washington, DC 20036.

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