Obituaries

Published on March 27, 2019

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Alan Bachrach Jr.

Dr. Bachrach (Pennsylvania '68), 78, Petersham, Massachusetts, died Sept. 2, 2018. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, he owned a practice just outside Boston prior to retirement in 2017. During his career, Dr. Bachrach also conducted research, instituted clinical ophthalmology rounds at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, and helped establish the ophthalmology department at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where for several years he provided clinical support to the university and contributed to the academic curriculum.

His wife, Debra, survives him. Memorials may be made to Mass Lions Eye Research Fund, c/o Dr. Jim Roth, 43 Stewart Terrace, Belmont, MA 02478, or Class of 68 Scholarship, c/o Office of Advancement, Alumni Relations, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce St., Suite 172E, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Lawrence E. Green

Dr. Green (Ohio State '43), 101, Atlantic Beach, Florida, died Feb. 11, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, he co-founded Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Copley, Ohio, in 1968. In 1989, Dr. Green moved to Atlantic Beach, where he joined the veterinary practice owned by his son, Dr. John L. Green (Ohio State '73). Early in his career, he practiced in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Green was a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board from 1965-70 and served multiple times as president of the Ohio VMA. In 1969, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine awarded him a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is survived by his son, two daughters, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Dickson G. Haviland

Dr. Haviland (Guelph '76), 74, Queensbury, New York, died Feb. 2, 2019. Prior to retirement, he owned Mohawk Valley Animal Hospital in Amsterdam, New York, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine, switching later to solely small animal practice. Dr. Haviland served as the official veterinarian for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. In retirement, he volunteered with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Upstate New York.

Dr. Haviland was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. His two daughters, four grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother survive him. One daughter, Dr. Kristen Haviland (Pennsylvania '01), works at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California. Her husband, Dr. David Sierra (California-Davis '03), is a small animal veterinarian in San Francisco. Memorials may be made to K9s for Warriors, an organization that provides service dogs to military veterans, at 114 Camp K9 Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081.

Duane L. Mach

Dr. Mach (Kansas State '59), 85, Peoria, Illinois, died Feb. 8, 2019. Following graduation, he joined McGinnis-England Veterinary Hospital in Peoria. Dr. Mach later expanded the practice, which was renamed Meadowbrook Veterinary Clinic. He retired in 1998. Dr. Mach was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Illinois State VMA, and Mississippi Valley VMA. He was also a member of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris fellow. Dr. Mach is survived by his wife, Virleen; a son; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother and a sister. Memorials, toward the Mortgage Abatement Program, may be sent to United Presbyterian Church, 2400 W. Northmoor Road, Peoria, IL 61614.

Newell P. Netsch

Dr. Netsch (Missouri '54), 89, Stockton, Missouri, died Jan. 24, 2019. He owned a practice in Tomah, Wisconsin, prior to retirement in 1994. Early in his career, Dr. Netsch served two years in food inspection with the Army. He was a member of the Wisconsin VMA and Masonic Lodge. Dr. Netsch is survived by his wife, Sherlene; a son, a daughter, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother. Memorials may be made to the Stockton Area Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry, P.O. Box 171, Stockton, MO 65785.

Wayne D. Oxender

Dr. Oxender (Michigan State '67), 87, Fort Myers, Florida, died Feb. 2, 2019. A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, he was professor emeritus and a former head of what was known as the Department of Food Animal and Equine Medicine at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. Oxender joined the veterinary faculty at Michigan State University, where he served as a professor of large animal medicine and was acting assistant dean for research and graduate education in the veterinary college and assistant coordinator of animal health and disease research programs in the Agricultural Experiment Station. While at MSU, Dr. Oxender also served a year as a visiting professor at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He joined the NCSU veterinary college in 1980.

Dr. Oxender was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and American Association of Equine Practitioners. His wife, Rita; three daughters and a son; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Clay E. Pierce

Dr. Pierce (Texas A&M '74), 68, Thibodaux, Louisiana, died Nov. 12, 2018. Following graduation, he established Lafourche Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Thibodaux. Dr. Pierce subsequently expanded his practice to a second location in Cut Off, Louisiana. He is survived by his fiancee, Linda; two daughters and three stepsons; three grandchildren and eight stepgrandchildren; a great-grandchild; and two brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be made to the K.C. Toups DVM College of Agriculture Endowed Scholarship, LSU College of Agriculture, 106 Martin D. Woodin Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Charles W. Smith

Dr. Smith (Illinois '65), 78, Champaign, Illinois, died Aug. 31, 2018. From 1969 until retirement in 2000, he served on the veterinary faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his tenure, Dr. Smith was an instructor, chief of small animal surgery, and professor of veterinary clinical medicine. He received what is now known as the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award in 1977, 1983, and 1991. In 1995, Dr. Smith was honored with the Chicago VMA Outstanding Instructor Award and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine All-Around Excellence Award. In 2000, he received the Campus Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Student Teaching. Following his retirement from the veterinary college, Dr. Smith consulted for several veterinary practices, primarily in Bradley, Illinois, and Bloomington, Illinois. Early in his career, he worked in Dundee, Illinois, and Rockford, Illinois, and served in the Army Veterinary Corps.

Dr. Smith was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and was named an ACVS Foundation Honored Mentor in 2014. He was also a member of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Ann; two daughters and two sons; 11 grandchildren; and two brothers. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 702 E. Church St., Savoy, IL 61874, or Class of 1965 Scholarship Endowment Fund, University of Illinois, Office of Advancement, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61802.

Carlisle W. Van Deusen

Dr. Van Deusen (Cornell '44), 97, North Bangor, New York, died Dec. 18, 2018. He owned a mixed animal practice in North Bangor for 60 years. Active in his community, Dr. Van Deusen helped establish the North Bangor Fire Department, serving as fire chief for a period. In Bangor, New York, he was a past president of the Bangor School Board and served as a city councilman. Dr. Van Deusen was an Army and Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by five daughters, three sons, 19 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the North Bangor Fire Department, 2367 US-11, North Bangor, NY 12966, or Meals on Wheels, c/o Office of the Aging, 355 W. Main St., Malone, NY 12953.

Eric S. Walker

Dr. Walker (Texas A&M '02), 42, Carnegie, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 10, 2018. He practiced small animal medicine at Big Easy Animal Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Walker is survived by a son; his parents; and a sister.

Frank D. Yturria

Dr. Yturria (Texas A&M '46), 95, Brownsville, Texas, died Nov. 26, 2018. He was a rancher in south Texas. Active in local and national politics, Dr. Yturria served as collector of customs for the 23rd Collections District of Texas from 1956-61, was appointed to the South Pacific Commission in 1982, and was a two-time chair of the Inter-American Foundation, a government agency funding grassroots economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

A staunch conservationist, he lobbied for the restoration of the Bahia Grande into its native estuarine habitat, helped restore the Aplomado falcon to south Texas, fought to save the dwindling population of ocelots in Texas, and repurposed his ranch as a wildlife refuge. In 2017, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas honored Dr. Yturria with the International Award for Excellence in Conservation.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister and a brother. Memorials may be made to the Frank Yturria Fund for Ocelot Conservation, c/o Dr. Michael Tewes, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, 700 University Blvd., MSC 218, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX 78363.