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AVMA honor roll member


James K. Boutcher

Dr. Boutcher (Auburn ’70), 76, Versailles, Kentucky, died Sept. 22, 2017. He practiced equine medicine in central Kentucky for more than 40 years, serving initially as a partner at Woodford Veterinary Clinic in Versailles for eight years, and, later, establishing his own equine practice. Dr. Boutcher was the primary veterinarian for 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew for several years.

He was a past president of the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners, a past director of the Woodford Humane Society, and a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Kentucky VMA, Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and Thoroughbred Club of America.

Dr. Boutcher was active with the Woodford County FFA and the Woodford County chapter of Ducks Unlimited. His wife, Sally; a daughter and a son; four grandchildren; and a sister and a brother survive him. Memorials may be made to a Thoroughbred retirement farm: Old Friends Inc., 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324; Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 101 Sanders-Brown Building, 800 S. Limestone St., Lexington, KY 40536; or First Christian Church, 160 Lexington St., Versailles, KY 40383.

Daniel N. Kelley

Dr. Kelley (Texas A&M ’62), 87, Huntsville, Texas, died Sept. 23, 2017. He owned Animal Hospital in Huntsville, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for more than 50 years prior to retirement in 2016. Earlier, Dr. Kelley worked in Crockett, Texas. He was active with projects serving students in the 4-H Club and National FFA Organization. Dr. Kelley is survived by his wife, Lorena; a son and a daughter; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Walker County FFA, 441 FM 2821, Huntsville, TX 77320, or Walker County 4-H Club, 102 Tam Road, Suite B, Huntsville, TX 77320.

Charles A. Montgomery

Dr. Montgomery (Oklahoma State ’63), 78, Jay, Oklahoma, died Oct. 23, 2017. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, he owned ComPath, a veterinary pathology consulting company, prior to retirement in 2012. Following graduation, Dr. Montgomery established a mixed animal practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1966, he was drafted into the Army, becoming a preceptee in comparative pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. Dr. Montgomery later worked at a medical laboratory in Vietnam and headed veterinary pathology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

In 1977, he joined the United States Public Health Service, serving as head of comparative pathology at the National Cancer Institute, chair of pathology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, and head of toxicologic pathology for the National Toxicology Program in North Carolina. From 1987-89, Dr. Montgomery was director of laboratory animal medicine and comparative pathology at Biotherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company. He later served as director of the Center for Comparative Medicine at Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston and director of pathology for Lexicon Genetics Inc. in The Woodlands, Texas.

Dr. Montgomery received several military honors, including the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Bronze Star. In 1994, he was a co-recipient of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science’s Technician-of-the-Year Award, and, in 2008, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Montgomery’s wife, Mitzi; two sons and a daughter; and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2424 American Lane, Madison, WI 53704,

Mark A. Newman

Dr. Newman (Virginia-Maryland ’88), 55, Blacksburg, Virginia, died Oct. 28, 2017. He owned Radford Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Fairlawn, Virginia, since 1998. Prior to that, Dr. Newman practiced mixed animal medicine at Carroll Veterinary Clinic in Hillsville, Virginia. Following graduation, he was in large animal practice in New Oxford, Pennsylvania, for two years. Dr. Newman was a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and a member of the Virginia and Southwest Virginia VMAs.

He is survived by his wife, Lori; a son and a daughter; his parents; and a sister. Memorials may be made to the Radford Animal Hospital Angel Fund (a pet care donation program), P.O. Box 3512, Radford, VA 24143, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Merl E. Raisbeck

Dr. Raisbeck (Colorado State ’46), 94, Loveland, Colorado, died June 15, 2017. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Loveland prior to retirement. Dr. Raisbeck is survived by two sons and a daughter.

David A. Schoneweis

Dr. Schoneweis (Kansas State ’56), 86, Manhattan, Kansas, died Nov. 9, 2017. He was a professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he taught food animal medicine for 30 years prior to retirement as professor emeritus in 1996. Following graduation, Dr. Schoneweis served in the Army Veterinary Corps for two years. He then taught clinical sciences at Oklahoma State University for six years. Dr. Schoneweis was in private practice in Lawrence, Kansas, for the next two years before joining the veterinary faculty at KSU in 1966.

He was a lifetime member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, serving on its nutrition committee and as faculty adviser to K-State’s student AASV chapter. Dr. Schoneweis was also a member of the Kansas Pork Producers Council, Blue Valley Pork Producers, and Kansas VMA. In 1997, he received the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Alumni Association’s E.R. Frank Award, also receiving the AASV Meritorious Award that same year. Dr. Schoneweis was a member of the Manhattan Kiwanis Club and served on the Riley County Parks Board and Riley County Extension Council.

His two sons and two daughters, six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and two sisters survive him. Memorials, toward the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and Manhattan Kiwanis Club-Bluemont Hill Overlook Project, may be made c/o Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

Bradbury B. Smith

Dr. Smith (Missouri ’77), 65, Groton, Massachusetts, died July 31, 2017. He owned a practice in Pepperell, Massachusetts, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine and later focused on small animals. Earlier in his career, Dr. Smith worked at Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Las Vegas and Clayton Road Veterinary Hospital in Clayton, Missouri. Active in his community, he was a member of the Williams Barn Committee and helped organize the Groton Farmer’s Market. Dr. Smith’s wife, Sally; two sons; and three brothers survive him.

Ralph E. Werner

Dr. Werner (Pennsylvania ’68), 77, Ocean City, New Jersey, died Sept. 13, 2017. He was an assistant professor of biology at Richard Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, prior to retirement in 2015. Dr. Werner also served as a research scientist for the Coastal Conservation Research Program, hosted by The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

Following graduation, he practiced small animal medicine at Toms River Animal Hospital in Toms River, New Jersey, for four years. Dr. Werner then established his own practice in Somers Point, New Jersey, where he worked until he joined the faculty of Richard Stockton University in 1995. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, he served on the AVMA Alternative and Complementary Therapies Task Force from 1999-2000.

Dr. Werner was a veteran of the Army, serving in the 101st Airborne Division. His wife, Lois; two daughters; and six grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Ocean City, 1 Shelter Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226, or St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226.