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Melvin K. Beach

Dr. Beach (Colorado State '41), 99, Delta, Colorado, died March 8, 2017. He was a cattle rancher from the late 1940s until retirement.

Dr. Beach began his career working for the Bureau of Animal Industry in Bismarck, North Dakota. In 1944, he moved to Delta, where he established a practice, selling it three years later to go into the cattle business. Dr. Beach was a member of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; a son and two daughters; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Clifton Christian Church, 3241 F 1/4 Road, Clifton, CO 81520, or HopeWest Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.

Beckwith Hubbell Jr.

Dr. Hubbell (Washington State '52), 94, Camp Verde, Arizona, died Jan. 20, 2017. During his career, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Washington state and Montana and served as director of the Montana State Livestock Laboratory in Bozeman for 13 years. Dr. Hubbell was a member of the Sedona Parks and Recreation Commission and the Camp Verde Planning and Zoning Commission. He volunteered at Fort Verde State Park and was named Arizona State Parks Volunteer of the Year in 2000. Dr. Hubbell served in the Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; four sons and a daughter; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pines, 13175 East St., Route 169, Dewey, AZ 86327.

Edward A. Jones

Dr. Jones (Iowa State '56), 87, Alpharetta, Georgia, died Dec. 22, 2016. He practiced small animal medicine in Alpharetta prior to retirement in 2012. During his career, Dr. Jones established and owned five practices in Florida, one in Dunedin and four in Clearwater. In 1969, Veterinary Economics magazine named his Dunedin practice Hospital of the Year.

Dr. Jones was a member of the American Animal Hospital Asso­ciation, Pinnelas County VMA, and Hillsborough County VMS. A past president of Dunedin's Rotary club and Jaycees, he was a recipient of the Rotary's Paul Harris Award. Dr. Jones served in the Marine Corps. His wife, Carol; four daughters, two sons, and a stepdaughter; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren survive him.

Valerie B. McDaniel

Dr. McDaniel (Texas A&M '97), 48, Houston, died March 27, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, she owned Montrose Veterinary Clinic in Houston.

Dr. McDaniel is survived by her daughter.

Christopher S. Rogers

Dr. Rogers (Virginia-Maryland '01), 42, Roanoke, Virginia, died April 6, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, he worked at Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke. Following graduation, Dr. Rogers practiced emergency medicine in Cockeysville, Maryland, and in Virginia at Lynchburg and Roanoke. He subsequently served as staff veterinarian at the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke and practiced at Animal Emergency and Critical Care of Lynchburg. In 2011, Dr. Rogers established Roanoke Valley Mobile Veterinary Clinic, maintaining the practice until early 2017, after which he joined Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke. He is survived by his wife, Kari, and two daughters.

Memorials toward an educational fund for Dr. Rogers' children may be sent c/o Kari Rogers, 3203 Oakdale Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Bruce W. Widger

Dr. Widger (Cornell '51), 92, Marcellus, New York, died March 6, 2017. He retired in 1989 as director of the New York State Division of Animal Industry. Following graduation, Dr. Widger bought a mixed animal practice in Unadilla, New York. In 1953, he co-established a mixed animal practice in Skaneateles, New York, where he worked until joining the state's division of animal industry in 1978. Dr. Widger was a past president of the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians and a member of the United States Animal Health Association. A member of the New York State VMS, he received the Merit Award in 1986.

Dr. Widger served as a trustee of Cornell University for 20 years and was a member of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council for more than two decades. In 1995, the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honored him with an Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Widger was a founding member of the Marcellus Rotary Club and active with the Masonic Lodge, serving as grand master of masons for New York.

His wife, Mary; a daughter and two sons; and nine grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple St., Marcellus, NY 13108.

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