Obituaries

Published on May 30, 2018

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Norman F. Baker

Dr. Baker (California-Davis '52), 91, Dixon, California, died Feb. 16, 2018. He was a professor of parasitology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine prior to retirement in 1988. During his tenure at UC-Davis, Dr. Baker served as an assistant veterinarian in the Agricultural Experiment Station, earned his doctorate in comparative pathology, and developed the parasitology diagnostic service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

He was a charter member of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, co-founder of the Northern California Parasitologists, and a member of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology. In 1987, Dr. Baker received the AAVP Distinguished Service Award.

His two daughters survive him.

Jay A. Benton

Dr. Benton (Texas A&M '84), 62, Silsbee, Texas, died April 18, 2018. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned Silsbee Animal Clinic. Dr. Benton was a member of the Texas VMA and was active with the National FFA Organization. His mother, brother, and two sisters survive him.

Memorials may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840.

Alan F. Berger

Dr. Berger (Michigan State '59), 84, Ray Township, Michigan, died April 7, 2018. A small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Macomb Veterinary Associates in Utica, Michigan, where he practiced for 40 years. Dr. Berger helped establish the Humane Society of Southeast Michigan and served in a leadership role with the Macomb Oakland Management Seminars Group. A member of the Michigan VMA, he was a past member of its Information Technology Committee.

In 1983, the MVMA honored Dr. Berger with its Merit Award, and, in 2013, he received the association's W. Kenneth McKersie Service Award. His wife, Cherie; two daughters; two grandchildren; and a brother survive him.

Ryan B. Brown

Dr. Brown (Colorado State '99), 46, Spokane, Washington, died April 9, 2018. Following graduation, he moved to Spokane and began his career in small animal medicine at North Division Veterinary Hospital. In the late 2000s, Dr. Brown bought what is now known as Indian Trail Animal Hospital in Spokane, where he worked until his death. He is survived by his wife, Colette; two sons; his mother; and a brother.

Memorials may be made to Basset Rescue, P.O. Box 13665, Spokane Valley, WA 99212, or Angel Compassion Fund, c/o Indian Trail Animal Hospital, 5150 W. Barnes Road, Spokane, WA 99208.

Beryl W. Cline

Dr. Cline (Texas A&M '56), 86, Alvin, Texas, died Feb. 22, 2018. A mixed animal veterinarian, he co-owned Alvin Animal Clinic from 1956-2005. Active in his community, Dr. Cline was a member of the Alvin Independent School District board of trustees for several years, served in leadership roles with the Alvin Chamber of Commerce, and was a 50-year member of the Alvin Rotary Club. His wife, Margaret; three daughters and a son; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren survive him.

Memorials may be made to Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546.

David A. Hildreth

Dr. Hildreth (Missouri '70), 72, Coupeville, Washington, died Dec. 20, 2017. He owned Hildreth's House Calls for Animals, based in Coupeville. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hildreth practiced mixed animal medicine at Lake Sammamish Veterinary Hospital in Issaquah, Washington. He was a past president of the Seattle-King County VMA. Dr. Hildreth's wife, Jacqueline; two daughters and a son; seven grandchildren; and a brother survive him. Memorials may be made to Oak Harbor Church of the Nazarene, 1100 W. Whidbey Ave., Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

Clinton J. Hof Jr.

Dr. Hof (Minnesota '57), 84, De Smet, South Dakota, died Oct. 27, 2017. He owned Hof Veterinary Clinic in De Smet for 54 years prior to retirement. Dr. Hof is survived by his wife, Janet; three sons; and two grandchildren.

Frank E. Hoopes

Dr. Hoopes (Colorado State '65), 90, Afton, Wyoming, died Dec. 9, 2017. He worked as a federal veterinarian in Buffalo, Wyoming, prior to retirement. Early in his career, Dr. Hoopes served as a professor of veterinary medicine at Kabul University in Afghanistan for five years, as part of a joint program between the University of Wyoming and the United States Agency for International Development. He was a veteran of the Navy.

Dr. Hoopes' wife, Madalyn; three sons and a daughter; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Kathryn M. Krista

Dr. Krista (Kansas State '03), 41, Bluemont, Virginia, died Jan. 5, 2018. An equine veterinarian, she practiced at Piedmont Equine Practice in The Plains, Virginia, where she focused on emergency care, gastroenterology, and geriatric horses. Earlier, Dr. Krista worked in Kentucky and Florida. She is survived by her husband, Ben; her parents; and a brother.

Memorials, honoring Dr. Katy Morton Krista, may be made to KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Amanda Lumsden

Dr. Lumsden (North Carolina State '08), 46, Santa Barbara, California, died Feb. 9, 2018. She owned Cat Calls Mobile Veterinary Service, incorporating alternative medicine into her work. Dr. Lumsden began her veterinary career in Arlington, Texas. She subsequently moved to California and worked for Animal Shelter Assistance Program in Santa Barbara and Mercy Crusade Spay and Neuter Clinic in Oxnard. Dr. Lumsden is survived by her parents and a brother.

Memorials may be made to Mercy Crusade Spay and Neuter Clinic, 2252 Craig Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036, or Animal Shelter Assistance Program, The Lester Fund, 5473 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111.

Tiffany Margolin

Dr. Margolin (California-Davis '91), 52, Summerland, California, died Nov. 26, 2017. A small animal veterinarian, she owned a mobile practice in southern California, incorporating alternative and holistic medicine into her work. Dr. Margolin was a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (avian medicine), a past president of the Santa Barbara Ventura VMA, and a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Association of Avian Veterinarians, and California VMA.

She authored the book "Relationship Reset: Get Her To Love You As Much As Your Dog Does." Dr. Margolin is survived by her family.

Joe K. Neff

Dr. Neff (Texas A&M '63), 84, Big Spring, Texas, died Jan. 15, 2018. Following graduation, he worked at Highland Animal Clinic in Big Spring for a year. Dr. Neff then began his career in large animal medicine, serving ranches all over West Texas, the Texas Panhandle, and eastern New Mexico. For many years, he also provided his services to cattle auction barns in Texas' Howard and Midland counties. Dr. Neff raised commercial cattle and fine-wool sheep on his ranches in Howard County and Texas' Glasscock County.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; a son; seven grandchildren; and a brother. Dr. Neff's son, Dr. Bryan G. Neff (Texas A&M '89), is an equine veterinarian in Bandera, Texas.

Carleton W. Potter

Dr. Potter (Cornell '40), 99, Ithaca, New York, died March 16, 2018. From 1943-2008, he owned a practice in Homer, New York, practicing primarily large animal medicine until the 1980s, focusing later on small animals. Dr. Potter also coordinated the annual Cortland County rabies clinic during that time. Earlier, he worked in Claremont, New Hampshire, and Lawrence, Massachusetts. Dr. Potter was a member of the New York State VMS and Central New York VMA.

Active in his community, he represented the township of Homer on the Cortland County Legislature, was a past president of the Cortland Kiwanis Club, and served on the Homer School Board. Dr. Potter was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Homer Fire Department, Masonic Lodge, and Homer Elks.

His wife, Esther; three sons and three daughters; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren survive him. Dr. Potter's late father, Dr. Wilburn Potter (Cornell '18), was a veterinarian in upstate New York. His granddaughter, Dr. Megan Potter (Purdue '07), is a veterinarian in Abilene, Kansas.

Memorials may be made to the Homer Phillips Free Library, 37 South Main St., Homer, NY 13077, or Homer Congregational Church Endowment Fund, 28 S. Main St., Homer, NY 13077.

R. Tracy Rhodes

Dr. Rhodes (Colorado State '60), 82, Buffalo, Wyoming, died April 5, 2018. A former member of the AVMA Board of Directors and several of its committees, he began his career in a predominantly feedlot practice in Mitchell, Nebraska. From 1964-90, Dr. Rhodes owned a mixed animal practice in Buffalo, where he focused on bovine medicine. In 1990, Dr. Rhodes was named Wyoming Veterinarian of the Year. He later did relief work and ranched. Dr. Rhodes was a past president of the Wyoming VMA and Wyoming Board of Veterinary Medicine.

He began his service at the national level when he became Wyoming's alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates from 1982-85, and delegate from 1986-90. From 1987-99, Dr. Rhodes was a trustee of the AVMA Group Health & Life Insurance Trust, serving as chair from 1992-94. In 2000, he was elected to a six-year term on the AVMA Board of Directors, representing District IX. Dr. Rhodes was a director of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation from 2003-12, serving as chair from 2005-08, and represented the Foundation on the AVMA Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues from 2006-11. He was a member of the AVMA Member Services Committee from 2006-12, also serving on the former AVMA Long-Range Planning Committee and the former AVMA Task Force on the Housing of Pregnant Sows.

Dr. Rhodes was active with the Johnson County Cattlemen's Association and Wyoming Stock Growers. He served three terms as Johnson County commissioner; was a past president of the Wyoming County Commissioner's Association, Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, and Buffalo Jaycees; and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; a son; and three grandchildren.

William E. Ripple

Dr. Ripple (Colorado State '44), 96, Dodge City, Kansas, died Nov. 27, 2017. Following graduation, he served in the Army during World War II. In 1946, Dr. Ripple co-established Drs. Ripple and Liebl, a mixed animal practice in Dodge City. He was a life member of the Kansas VMA.

Dr. Ripple is survived by two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. One son, Dr. David Ripple (Kansas State '72), is a retired mixed animal veterinarian in Dodge City.

Memorials, toward the Dr. William E. Ripple Scholarship in Veterinary Medicine or First Presbyterian Church in Dodge City, may be made c/o Swaim Funeral Home, 1901 6th Ave., Dodge City, KS 67801.

Richard E. Shirbroun

Dr. Shirbroun (Iowa State '52), 88, Winterset, Iowa, died March 4, 2018. Following graduation and after serving in the Air Force, he established a mixed animal practice in Coon Rapids, Iowa, where he worked until 2001, focusing on food animal medicine. Dr. Shirbroun then moved to Illinois as Trust veterinarian for the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust, having served as an AVMA PLIT trustee from 1984-2000. He retired to Winterset in 2008.

Dr. Shirbroun was a past director of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, a past president of the Iowa VMA, and a member of the Society for Theriogenology. In 1986, he received the IVMA President's Award, and, in 1987, the AABP Excellence in Preventive Medicine Award for beef practice. In 1988, Dr. Shirbroun was honored with the Stange Award by the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

He is survived by his wife, Wava; four sons; two daughters; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Dr. Shirbroun's son, Dr. Randy Shirbroun (Iowa State '79), is a veterinarian in Worthington, Minnesota, and his grandson, Dr. David Shirbroun (Iowa State '08), works in Spencer, Iowa.

Samuel C. Spangler

Dr. Spangler (Texas A&M '72), 77, Austin, Texas, died Dec. 28, 2017. He practiced small animal medicine in Austin for 45 years. Dr. Spangler's son, two daughters, and five grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Austin Humane Society, 124 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752.

Harley H. Sutton Sr.

Dr. Sutton (Michigan State '49), 94, Jamestown, Tennessee, died Nov. 22, 2017. In 1970, he founded Central Kentucky Veterinary Center in Georgetown, Kentucky, retiring in the mid-1990s. In 1971, Dr. Sutton was named Kentucky Veterinarian of the Year. Earlier in his career, he worked in Lexington, Kentucky, and served as a partner in a Georgetown veterinary practice. He served in the Army during World War II.

Dr. Sutton was a past president of the Kentucky VMA, served on the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners, and was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, and Thoroughbred Club of America.

Dr. Sutton is survived by two sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Dr. Sutton's sons, Drs. George F. Sutton (Cornell '76) and Harley H. Sutton Jr. (Auburn '80), are veterinarians in Georgetown and Jamestown, respectively. Memorials may be made to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, 4185 Walt Robertson Road, Lexington, KY 40511.

James P. Watson

Dr. Watson (Cornell '45), 99, Union Dale, Pennsylvania, died March 25, 2018. Following graduation, he established a mixed animal practice in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, retiring in 1987. In 2008, Dr. Watson authored the book "A Country Veterinarian Reminisces." Active in his community, he served as deputy coroner in Pennsylvania's Wayne County, was a member of the local school board, and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

Dr. Watson was a veteran of the Army and a member of the American Legion. His three sons, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 209, 412 Como Road, Lake Como, PA 18437, or Northern Wayne Community Library, 11 Library Road, Lakewood, PA 18439.

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