Published on May 31, 2017
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AVMA honor roll member


Horace G. Blalock Jr.

Dr. Blalock (Georgia ’54), 87, Evans, Georgia, died April 13, 2017. Following graduation, he joined the University of Georgia Diagnostic and Research Laboratory in Tifton. In 1957, Dr. Blalock established Highland Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Augusta, Georgia, later founding another practice in nearby Columbia County.

Dr. Blalock was a past president of the Georgia VMA and Southern Veterinary Medical Federation, served as Georgia’s alternate delegate or delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1977-1990, and was a past member of the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine. In 1994, he was named Georgia Veterinarian of the Year, and, in 2008, he received the GVMA J.T. Mercer Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Blalock helped establish the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; two sons and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, GA 30909, or Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

Joseph F. Chabot

Dr. Chabot (Oklahoma State ’63), 77, North Grafton, Massachusetts, died Jan. 10, 2017. He owned a small animal practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, for 37 years. Dr. Chabot later served as an associate clinical professor of biomedical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University until retirement. His wife, Mary Ellen; a son and a daughter; and four grandchildren survive him.

Robert L. Felker

Dr. Felker (Colorado State ’56), 84, Green Valley, Arizona, died Dec. 30, 2016. A small animal practitioner, he was a past president of the Colorado VMA and Denver Area VMS.

Hugh A. Haller

Dr. Haller (Colorado State ’62), 83, Moffat, Colorado, died Jan. 31, 2017. He worked as a federal veterinarian in New Mexico for 14 years prior to retirement in 2005. Earlier, Dr. Haller was a partner at Valley Veterinary Clinic in Alamosa, Colorado, and owned a practice and raised Herefords in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. A lifetime member of the Colorado VMA, he received the CVMA 50-year Service Award in 2012.

Dr. Haller is survived by his wife, Gretchen, and a son. His brother-in-law, Dr. Martin T. Shellabarger (Colorado State ’70), is a mixed animal veterinarian in Moffat.

Robert B. Lank

Dr. Lank (Kansas State ’42), 97, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died April 16, 2017. Following graduation, he practiced in Louisiana at Ferriday and Bastrop before joining the faculty of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor in 1948. He subsequently served as professor, head of the Department of Veterinary Science, and associate dean of the veterinary school, retiring as emeritus in all three positions. As associate dean, Dr. Lank played a pivotal role in the design, planning, and building of the veterinary school. He also served on the LSU System Boyd Professor Review Committee.

Dr. Lank was a past chair of the AVMA Council on Education, served as Louisiana VMA delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1967-1980, and was a member of the House Advisory Committee. He was a past president of the Louisiana VMA, the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, and the East Baton Rouge Cattlemen’s Association. In 1962, Dr. Lank was named Louisiana Veterinarian of the Year, and, in 1984, he received the first LSU-CVM Alumni Chapter Award of Merit. He was also a past recipient of the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation and the Meritorious Service Award from the Selective Service Advisory Committee.

In his community, Dr. Lank was a past president of the Baton Rouge Kiwanis Foundation, chaired the EBR Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control Board, and was a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and Red Stick Forestry Associ­ation. Memorials, with the memo line of checks notated to the Dr. Robert Lank Memorial Scholarship, may be made to the LSU Foundation, 3796 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Christ V.R. Mueller

Dr. Mueller (Minnesota ’68), 74, Marshfield, Wisconsin, died Oct. 13, 2016. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Marshfield.

Jerry L. Schrader

Dr. Schrader (Kansas State ’57), 84, Great Bend, Kansas, died Feb. 11, 2017. In 1959, he established Countryside Veterinary Associates in Great Bend, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until his death. Prior to that, Dr. Schrader worked in Iowa and Arkansas for two years. A member of the Kansas VMA, he represented the association on the Governor’s Pet Advisory Board and was named 2013 Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Schrader was a past president of the Golden Belt Humane Society and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He served on the board of trustees of Barton Community College and was active with the Great Bend Elks Lodge. Dr. Schrader is survived by his wife, Yvonne, and a stepson. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

David R. Sidel

Dr. Sidel (Auburn ’63), 78, Mobile, Alabama, died Dec. 30, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he practiced at Theodore Veterinary Hospital in Theodore, Alabama. Dr. Sidel’s four daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Animal Rescue Foundation, 6140 Rangeline Road, Theodore, AL 36582, or Roxbury Rescues, 5761 Highway 90 W., Theodore, Alabama 36582.

Charles G. Sims

Dr. Sims (Georgia ’52), 88, Greens­boro, North Carolina, died Dec. 16, 2016. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Greensboro for 60 years. Dr. Sims was a Navy veteran of World War II, receiving a Victory Medal for his service. He is survived by his wife, Karen; four daughters and a son; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center of Alamance, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215, or Charles G. Sims Foundation for Education, 7B Corporate Center Court, Greensboro, NC 27408.

Donald E. Smith

Dr. Smith (Iowa State ’53), 91, Verona, Wisconsin, died March 31, 2017. Following an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, he established Pioneer Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Elizabeth, Illinois. In 1974, Dr. Smith moved to Mondovi, Wisconsin, where he practiced large animal medicine at Buffalo Valley Veterinary Service. He retired in 1986. Dr. Smith helped establish the Northern Illinois VMA. He was a member of the Lions Club for 30 years.

Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Susan; a son and two daughters; and four grandchildren. His son, Dr. Barney Smith (Iowa State ’81), practices small animal medicine in Verona. Memorials may be made to the Sierra Club, 754 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703, or Memorial United Church of Christ, 5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711.

Ray L. Taylor

Dr. Taylor (Michigan State ’50), 90, Paris, Illinois, died March 31, 2017. Following graduation, he worked briefly in West Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Taylor subsequently moved to Paris, where he spent the rest of his career, beginning in large animal practice, focusing later on small animals. He served on the Edgar County Fair Board for 35 years and was a member of the Rotary Club, Shriners, Masonic Lodge, and Elks Club.

Dr. Taylor was a veteran of the Navy. He is survived by three daughters and a son, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to University of Illinois Extension for Edgar County 4-H, 210 W. Washington St., Paris, IL 61944.

Edwin A. Wagner Jr.

Dr. Wagner (Pennsylvania ’77), 64, Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 6, 2016. He owned Valley Green Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Goldsboro, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wagner was a member of the Pennsylvania VMA and Veterinary Orthopedic Society. His wife, Somjit, survives him. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111, or The Last Chance Fund, 8574 Paxton St., Hummelstown, PA 17036.