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Russell H. Anthony

Dr. Anthony (Iowa State ’53), 93, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Jan. 4, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he began his career in Mount Carroll, Illinois. In 1954, Dr. Anthony moved to Cedar Rapids, where he established Anthony Animal Hospital, also working as veterinarian for the city’s Bever Park Zoo in the early years of his practice. Following retirement in 1982, he was appointed city veterinarian for Cedar Rapids, later serving as a consultant for Avid Microchip Company in the Midwest.

Dr. Anthony was a past secretary-treasurer of the AVMA Political Action Committee Board, a past chair of the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine, and a past president of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the (now dissolved) American Association of Retired Veterinarians, and the Iowa and Eastern Iowa VMAs. He received the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Stange Award in 1980. In 1986, Dr. Anthony was the first veterinarian to be elected to the designation of imperial potentate of the Shrine of North America, a Masonic International fraternity. He was also active with Rotary International. Dr. Anthony served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, receiving the Good Conduct Ribbon, Distinguished Unit Citation, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, ETO Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, ATO Ribbon, and Croix de Guerre Ribbon. He was a charter member of the World War II National Memorial and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

Dr. Anthony is survived by his wife, Shirley; two sons and a daughter; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave. NE, Marion, IA 52302, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 3360.

James H. Bailey

Dr. Bailey (Iowa State ’46), 93, Brookings, South Dakota, died May 12, 2017. He was executive director of the South Dakota VMA from 1985-1996 and a noted extension veterinarian.

Following graduation, Dr. Bailey practiced 10 years with his father, Dr. R.C. Bailey (Iowa State ’18), in Atlantic, Iowa. In 1956, he joined Iowa State University as an assistant professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, working in the Veterinary Ambulatory Clinic. From 1958-1968, Dr. Bailey served as an industrial and field veterinarian with Walnut Grove Feed Company in Atlantic. He then joined South Dakota State University as extension veterinarian, serving in that capacity until 1985. Dr. Bailey was one of the extension veterinarians who compiled the fact sheets that became the present Pork Industry Handbook.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, he was a past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, a past member of the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, a past secretary-treasurer of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, and a member of the American Feed Manufacturers Association. He was the American Association of Extension Veterinarians’ Extension Veterinarian of the Year in 1975, South Dakota’s Honorary Master Pork Producer and recipient of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council’s Distinguished Service Award in 1976, and South Dakota Veterinarian of the Year in 1977. Dr. Bailey was also honored with the ISU CVM Stange Award in 1984 and the AASV Howard Dunne Memorial Award in 1986. In 1997, the SDVMA’s annual herd health conference was renamed the James Bailey Herd Health Conference and, in 2014, he received the SDVMA Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Bailey was a veteran of the Army and a member of the American Legion. An avid pilot, he served on the Brookings Airport board and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was also a member of the Elks Club. Dr. Bailey is survived by four daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the South Dakota VMA Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 2175, Brook­ings, SD 57007.

John P. Davis Jr.

Dr. Davis (Texas A&M ’53). 89, Shreveport, Louisiana, died Feb. 2, 2017. He practiced in Shreveport for 60 years prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Davis owned a practice in Jacksonville, Florida, and taught at Texas A&M University. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Dr. Davis’ son, daughter, and five grandchildren survive him.

Stanley L. Diesch

Dr. Diesch (Minnesota ’56), 91, St. Paul, Minnesota, died May 10, 2017. He was professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health.

Following graduation, Dr. Diesch briefly practiced mixed animal medicine in Freeport, Illinois, before moving to Winthrop, Iowa, where he owned a large animal practice for five years. After earning a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota in 1963, he served three years as an assistant professor and chief epidemiologist at the Institute of Agricultural Medicine at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. In 1966, Dr. Diesch joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota. During his more than 30-year tenure at the university, he was a professor in the Department of Clinical and Population Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology at the university’s School of Public Health, and served as director of the international veterinary medicine programs. Dr. Diesch also co-founded a small animal practice in Minneapolis.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he was instrumental in establishing the Minnesota Food Animal Disease Reporting System. Dr. Diesch was a past president of the International Society for Animal Hygiene, was a past member of the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization. A past president of the Minnesota-Uruguay chapter of Partners of the Americas, he established the university linkage program between the University of Minnesota and the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay, and was named honorary consul for Uruguay in Minnesota from 1990-1996. Dr. Diesch received the AVMA Public Service Award in 1987, Minnesota VMA Distinguished Service Award in 1996, AVMA XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize in 1998, ISAH Honorary Award in 2000, and Partners of the Americas 2002 Dumond Peck Hill Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine named him a Pioneer in One Health and, in 2015, the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences gave him the Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture.

Dr. Diesch is survived by his wife, Darlene; two daughters; four grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Memorials toward veterinary public health programs may be made to the University of Minnesota Foundation, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55455; toward scholarships to Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation, 101 Bridgepoint Way, Suite 100, South St. Paul, MN 55075; or to Roseville Lutheran Church Foundation, 1215 Roselawn Ave. W., Roseville, MN 55113.

Larry W. Laudig

Dr. Laudig (Michigan State ’60), 80, Pendleton, Indiana, died Jan. 29, 2017. From 1965 until retirement in 1997, he owned a practice in McCordsville, Indiana, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine, later focusing on small animals. Earlier in his career, Dr. Laudig owned a practice in Lapel, Indiana. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Laudig is survived by his wife, Sondra; four children; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Richard R. Lawton

Dr. Lawton (Cornell ’61), 81, Mililani, Hawaii, died Dec. 27, 2016. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Wahiawa Animal Hospital in Wahiawa, Hawaii, for 45 years. During that time, Dr. Lawton also worked as a meat inspector for the state of Hawaii from 1985-1995 and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service from 1995-2005. He was a past president of the Hawaii VMA. A veteran of the Army, Dr. Lawton attained the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Jane; three sons and two daughters; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 39, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Donald J. Smylie

Dr. Smylie (Colorado State ’54), 86, Douglas, Wyoming, died May 11, 2017. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Douglas until his death. Dr. Smylie began his career in Leola, South Dakota, and served with the Army in Chicago. In 1958, he moved to Torrington, Wyoming, where he practiced until he moved to Douglas in 1962. Dr. Smylie was a past president of the Wyoming VMA and served on the board of directors of the Society for Theriogenology. He was active with the 4-H Club and the National FFA Organization. Dr. Smylie is survived by his wife, Susan; three sons and three stepchildren; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 136 South Fifth St., Douglas, WY 82633.