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Updated Oct. 5, 2016

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Albert S. Abdullah

Dr. Abdullah (Texas A&M ’57), 82, Dalhart, Texas, died May 27, 2016. In 1964, he moved to Dalhart, where he established Dalhart Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice. Dr. Abdullah served as arena veterinarian for the XIT Rodeo and Reunion for two decades and took care of the animals at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Earlier, he served as a captain in the Army and worked in Dumas, Texas.

Dr. Abdullah was a past president of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, served on the executive board of the Texas VMA, and co-founded Panhandle Veterinary Supply. In 2011, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Abdullah served on the Dalhart Independent School District and was a member of the Dalhart Chamber of Commerce and Masonic Lodge. He was named Dalhart Citizen of the Year in 1996.

Dr. Abdullah’s wife, Nancy; a son and a daughter; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or Children’s Home, 3400 Bowie St., Amarillo, TX 79109.

Alfred C. Clausen

Dr. Clausen (Cornell ’55), 85, Wantagh, New York, died July 6, 2016. A small animal practitioner, he worked for Bideawee, a pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island, for more than 40 years.

Dr. Clausen was a veteran of the Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Dr. Clausen is survived by his wife, Florence; two sons and two daughters; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Deborah A. Colker

Dr. Colker (Ohio State ’80), 63, Miami, died Aug. 2, 2016. With a special interest in feline medicine, she practiced at Kendall Animal Clinic in Miami.

Dr. Colker was a past president of the South Florida VMA, served on the executive board of the Dade County Veterinary Foundation, and was a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Her husband, Michael, and three sons and a daughter survive her. Memorials may be made to Bet Shira Congregation Musical Fund, 7500 SW 120th St., Miami, FL 33156; or General Israel Orphans Home for Girls, 132 Nassau St., Suite 725, New York, NY 10038.

Layson T. Doty

Dr. Doty (Ohio State ’54), 89, Lake Placid, Florida, died April 25, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he was the co-founder of Southwest Animal Hospital in Miami.

Dr. Doty served in the Army during World War II. His wife, Joyce; two daughters, a son, a stepson, and two stepdaughters; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 118 N. Oak Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852.

David Eisenberg

Dr. Eisenberg (Kansas State ’47), 88, Lakewood, New Jersey, died May 15, 2016. He was the founder of Ocean County Veterinary Hospital in Toms River, New Jersey. Early in his career, Dr. Eisenberg taught at Cornell University and worked in Mexico and New York. He was a past president of the New Jersey VMA.

Dr. Eisenberg’s two sons and two daughters, four grandchildren, and two stepgrandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Mercaz (a Zionist organization supporting religious pluralism in Israel), 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 820, New York, NY 10015; Jewish National Fund, 42 E. 69th St., New York, NY 10021; Anti-Defamation League, 605 3rd St., New York, NY 10158; or Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Richard H. Galley

Dr. Galley (Colorado State ’65), 74, Willow Park, Texas, died March 14, 2016. An equine veterinarian, he worked at racetracks in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas until 1993. Dr. Galley spent the remainder of his career practicing in Willow Park, focusing on equine lameness. He was a captain in the Army and served two years in Vietnam, receiving an Army Commendation Medal for his service. Dr. Galley was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and was active with the rodeo, participating in team roping. His wife, Sherida; a son and a daughter; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials toward the Parker County Cowboy Church or the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group may be made c/o Aledo United Methodist Church, 100 Pecan Drive, Aledo, TX 76008.

Charles E. Jameson

Dr. Jameson (Texas A&M ’71), 68, League City, Texas, died May 1, 2016. He owned Lap of Love Pet Hospice, serving the greater Houston area. Dr. Jameson also practiced emergency and critical care medicine for the last 20 years of his 45-year career. Earlier, he owned a large animal practice in Arkansas and worked for Hill’s Pet Nutrition in New England. Dr. Jameson is survived by his wife, MaryBeth, and a son and a daughter.

Jon D. Krause

Dr. Krause (Cornell ’73), 76, Palmyra, New York, died June 2, 2016. He owned Palymra Animal Hospital, a small animal practice, from 1974-2004. Dr. Krause was a past president of the Finger Lakes VMA.

His wife, Barbara; a son and a daughter; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to America’s Vet Dogs, Veteran’s K-9 Corps, 371 Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787.

Monte E. Lorang

Dr. Lorang (Colorado State ’71), 69, Sumner, Washington, died March 6, 2016. In 1975, he established Sumner Veterinary Hospital, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement. Prior to that, Dr. Lorang worked at Parkway Veterinary Clinic in Tacoma, Washington.

His wife, Mary; a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him.

Thomas H. Pettit

Dr. Pettit (Cornell ’64), 77, Port Charlotte, Florida, died July 28, 2016. He began his career practicing mixed animal medicine in Catskill, New York. In 1966, Dr. Pettit bought a mixed animal practice in Oneonta, New York, eventually switching his focus to small animal medicine. He began teaching in the veterinary science technology program at the State University of New York-Delhi in 1977 and sold his Oneonta practice in 1978 to pursue a full-time career in academia.

During his tenure at the university, Dr. Pettit served three years as dean of the former Agricultural Science Division and received honors for excellence in teaching. He retired as professor emeritus in 1999.

Dr. Pettit was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter and two sons; and six grandchildren.

Alden E. Stilson Jr.

Dr. Stilson (Ohio State ’57), 90, Granville, Ohio, died May 4, 2016. He served on the faculties of The Ohio State University colleges of medicine and veterinary medicine from 1961 until retirement in 1988. During that time, Dr. Stilson was director of what was known as the OSU Laboratory Animal Center and animal laboratories at the College of Medicine, and he served as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Earlier, he worked in a general practice in Danville, Kentucky, for a year and directed the laboratory animal facility of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Dr. Stilson was charter president of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War and attained the rank of major general in the Army Reserve in 1979. Dr. Stilson received several military honors, including the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, and Bronz Star. He was a member of the Rotary Club and American Legion.

Dr. Stilson’s two daughters and six grandchildren survive him.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC 20002.

Duane E. Trueblood

Dr. Trueblood (Illinois ’94), 48, Moweaqua, Illinois, died June 16, 2016. He practiced small animal medicine in Decatur, Illinois, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, until 2009.

Dr. Trueblood is survived by his parents, two sisters, and a brother. Memorials may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090.

Dan W. Upson

Dr. Upson (Kansas State ’52), 86, Manhattan, Kansas, died May 18, 2016. Following graduation, he worked in Hutchinson, Kansas, for a year, subsequently establishing a practice in Pretty Prairie, Kansas. In 1959, Dr. Upson joined Kansas State University as an instructor in the Department of Physiology, retiring as professor emeritus in 1994.

During his 35-year tenure at the university, he earned a master’s and a doctorate in physiology; served as a professor of pharmacology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor of anatomy and physiology in the College of Agriculture; directed what was known as the Veterinary Teaching Resource Center; and served as assistant dean for instruction.

Dr. Upson was a past chair of the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, serving on the committee from 1976-1981; was a member of the AVMA Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee from 2003-2005; and was a past president of the Kansas VMA.

Known for his expertise in veterinary clinical pharmacology, food animal pharmacology, and bovine pharmacology, he authored Upson’s Handbook of Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology in 1981. Dr. Upson was a fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and was a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Comparative Gastroenterology Society, and American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

He received what is now known as the Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award in 1968, 1977, and 1991; was a past recipient of the KSU All-University Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award; was named Kansas Veterinarian of the Year in 1982; received the AABP Award of Excellence in 1994; and was honored with the KSU CVM E.R. Frank Alumni Recognition Award in 2003.

Dr. Upson officiated football in what was then the Big 8 Conference (now, Big 12) as a back judge for more than 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie; two daughters and a son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials toward the KSU Foundation for the Food for Thought Lecture Series in the College of Veterinary Medicine (established in honor of Dr. Upson), the American Heart Association, or Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund may be made c/o Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.


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Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the incorrect age for Dr. Charles E. Jameson.