Obituaries

Published on August 14, 2019

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William M. Adams

Dr. Adams (Pennsylvania '54), 93, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, died June 17, 2019. Following graduation, he established a mixed animal practice in Albion, Pennsylvania. After earning his master's in reproduction in 1961 from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Adams joined Pennsylvania State University as an extension veterinarian, later serving as a faculty member in veterinary sciences. He subsequently moved to Iowa, where he chaired the theriogenology section and served as an associate professor at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

In 1970, Dr. Adams was named head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies at the University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also served as a professor and hospital director. He became associate dean for clinical affairs in 1980 at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, helping develop its veterinary hospital. Dr. Adams retired in 1990.

He was a charter diplomate and a past president of the American College of Theriogenologists. Dr. Adams is survived by a daughter, six sons, 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother. Two of his sons, Drs. William Chess Adams (Iowa State '73) and Gregg P. Adams (Saskatchewan '82), are veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Saskatchewan, respectively.

John D. Beal

Dr. Beal (Oklahoma State '69), 80, Muskogee, Oklahoma, died April 10, 2019. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Muskogee for 46 years. Earlier, Dr. Beal worked in California. He was a past president of the Muskogee Humane Society and was a member of the Oklahoma VMA.

Dr. Beal is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons and a daughter; a grandchild; and a sister and a brother.

Philip Bookman

Dr. Bookman (Auburn '48), 95, Voorhees, New Jersey, died May 26, 2019. Following graduation, he worked for the Department of Agriculture's former Bureau of Animal Industry, serving as a meat inspector in New Jersey and Connecticut. Dr. Bookman subsequently owned Burlington Animal Hospital in Burlington, New Jersey, and Country Club Plaza Animal Hospital in Willingboro, New Jersey.

He was a past president of the Southern New Jersey VMA and a past member of the executive board of the New Jersey VMA. Dr. Bookman was also a member of the Burlington Kiwanis Club. He is survived by a son and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to Scleroderma Foundation Delaware Valley Chapter, 385 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Harlan D. Ellis

Dr. Ellis (Kansas State '50), 93, Springfield, Missouri, died July 3, 2019. He worked for the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service for more than 30 years, retiring as area supervisor overseeing meat inspection for Missouri. Prior to that, Dr. Ellis practiced mixed animal medicine for a year in Kansas City, Kansas.

He was a member of the Missouri VMA. An Army veteran of World War II, Dr. Ellis received the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, and three battle stars. He served in the Army Reserve from 1950-58 and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dr. Ellis was also active with the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by two daughters, two stepsons, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Dr. Ellis' son-in-law, Dr. Curtis Bock (Kansas State '74), practices at VCA Wellborn Animal Hospital in Kansas City. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or Excellence in Veterinary Medicine Scholarship V93920, c/o KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Henry B. Kinard Jr.

Dr. Kinard (Auburn '47), 93, Greenwood, South Carolina, died May 27, 2019. Following graduation, he established Kinard Animal Hospital in Greenwood, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 67 years.

Dr. Kinard is survived by his wife, Bettye; a son and a daughter; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church of Greenwood, 211 N. Main St., Greenwood, SC 29646, or Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646.

Gerald A. Liles

Dr. Liles (Guelph '94), 73, Tazewell, Virginia, died Jan. 9, 2019. He co-established Clinch Mountain Veterinary Services with his wife, Dr. Linda J. Taylor (Guelph '94), in Tazewell County, where he initially practiced large animal medicine, switching later to mixed animal medicine. Dr. Liles retired in 2016.

He is survived by his wife, a brother, and a sister.

William H. Livingston

Dr. Livingston (Colorado State '59), 89, Artesia, New Mexico, died June 28, 2019. A mixed animal veterinarian, he founded Livingston Animal Clinic in Artesia. Early in his career, Dr. Livingston practiced for a few years in Batesville, Mississippi.

He was a member of the Elks Club and Rotary Club and was a veteran of the Air Force. Dr. Livingston's three sons, six grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Paws and Claws of Artesia, 501 Paddy Wagon Road, Artesia, NM 88210.

William S. McDowell

Dr. McDowell (Oklahoma State '61), 86, Vandalia, Missouri, died May 23, 2019. Following graduation, he practiced in the mid-Missouri region. In 1988, Dr. McDowell joined the Department of Agriculture as a federal veterinarian. He also raised Angus cattle.

Dr. McDowell was a lifetime member of the Missouri VMA. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Dr. McDowell is survived by two sons, seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a sister. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 214 North Jefferson St., Vandalia, MO 63382, or Wellsville Cemetery, 300 Southeast St., Wellsville, MO 63384.

William E. Newberry

Dr. Newberry (Kansas State '52), 97, Troy, Missouri, died June 15, 2019. A mixed animal veterinarian, he was the co-founder of Troy & Wentzville Veterinary Clinics in Troy and Wentzville, Missouri. Dr. Newberry also bred, trained, and showed American Saddle Horses. He retired in 1983.

Dr. Newberry was a past chair of the Missouri Horse Council and was a member of the Missouri VMA. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, served as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps Reserve, and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Dr. Newberry's wife, Frances; three sons and two daughters; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Bruce J. Novotny

Dr. Novotny (Kansas State '78), 64, Bandon, Oregon, died April 21, 2019. He began his career in small animal practice in South Dakota and South Bend, Indiana. Dr. Novotny subsequently moved to Kansas City, Missouri, joining Veterinary Medicine Publishing Co., eventually serving as publisher. In 1995, he founded Helios Communications, developing print and electronic media for veterinary, medical, and nursing education. Dr. Novotny later worked with the Mark Morris Institute for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia; two daughters and a stepdaughter; six grandchildren; his mother; and five siblings. One brother, Dr. Mark Novotny (Iowa State '80), is a veterinarian in Indiana, and one sister, Dr. Teresa Novotny (Kansas State '85), is a veterinarian in South Dakota.

Michael E. Pfarr

Dr. Pfarr (Washington State '78), 73, Spokane, Washington, died May 2, 2019. Following graduation, he began his career in small animal medicine at Animal Clinic of Spokane, then owned by his father, Dr. Philip Pfarr (Washington State '40). Dr. Michael Pfarr took over the clinic in 1980, practicing there until retirement in 2011.

His wife, Patricia; two sons and two daughters; 11 grandchildren; and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to The Arc of Spokane, an organization that promotes independence and enhances the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities, and sent to 808 N. Ruby St., Spokane, WA 99202.

Steven B. Ringler

Dr. Ringler (Ross '88), 65, Hartsdale, New York, died March 15, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, he was the former owner of Dobbs Ferry Animal Hospital in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Dr. Ringler is survived by his wife, Susan; a daughter and a son; and a sister.

Howard A. Smith

Dr. Smith (Brandeis Middlesex '45), 95, Lincoln, Massachusetts, died June 19, 2019. He owned a small animal practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, prior to retirement. Dr. Smith served on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Veterinary Medicine and was a member of the Massachusetts VMA.

His wife, Elaine; two sons and a daughter; and five grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Howard A. Smith, DVM, Scholarship Fund, Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England, P.O. Box 3221, North Attleboro, MA 02761.

Wayne E. Smith

Dr. Smith (Colorado State '56), 88, Littleton, Colorado, died May 6, 2019. He owned a small animal practice in Denver. Early in his career, Dr. Smith taught for a year at Iowa State University. He was a past president of the Colorado VMA.

Dr. Smith volunteered with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Mounted Posse and Westernaires, a nonprofit organization in Colorado. He was a member of the Lakewood Rotary Club and Round Up Riders of the Rockies.

Dr. Smith's wife, Bettie Anderson; a daughter, son, and three stepchildren; and five grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Lakewood Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 151208, Lakewood, CO 80215, or St. James Presbyterian Church Food Bank, 3601 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton, CO 80123.

Gary L. Stamp

Dr. Stamp (Illinois '70), 75, San Antonio, died May 26, 2019. A founding member, past president, and charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, he served as executive director of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society from 1999-2018.

Following graduation, Dr. Stamp joined the Air Force, serving as chief of veterinary services at San Vito Air Force Base in Italy until 1974. After earning his master's and completing a residency, both in small animal medicine, at Colorado State University, he was assigned to the Department of Defense Working Dog Service at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas as chief of medicine. Dr. Stamp subsequently served as chief of the Air Force's Military Dog Referral Center in Europe at Remstein Air Base in Germany.

In 1983, he transferred to the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Stamp went on to direct the Military Dog Veterinary Service, was deputy commander for veterinary services, served as commander of the South Central Veterinary Service Support Area, and was a consultant to the Army surgeon general for veterinary clinical medicine. He was promoted to colonel in 1990.

In 1996, Dr. Stamp became commander of the Army Veterinary Command, serving in this capacity until his retirement in 1999. During his military service, he received several honors, including the Humanitarian Service Medal in 1992 for coordinating animal care programs relating to Hurricane Andrew and the Army surgeon general's Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine in 1994.

Dr. Stamp was named executive director of the VECCS in 1999, having previously served the society as secretary, executive secretary, and president. During his tenure with the society, he co-founded the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. Dr. Stamp also served as administrator of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Foundation for several years and was a past secretary of the Veterinary Medical Association Executives.

In 1996, he received the VECCS Ira M. Zaslow Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Stamp was a co-recipient of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine's Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. That same year, he was made an honorary member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses.

In 2015, Dr. Stamp and his wife, Mary, established an endowment fund with the University of Illinois Foundation to improve the level and affordability of emergency care available to the general public. The VECCS and ACVECC honored him with the first Dr. Gary L. Stamp Award for supporting the advancement of emergency and critical care around the world in 2018.

Dr. Stamp is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son, a grandchild, and a brother. Memorials may be made to VECCF, 6335 Camp Bullis Road #12, San Antonio, TX 78257, or Fisher House Foundation Inc., 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852.

Max D. Sutter

Dr. Sutter (Kansas State '51), 93, Overland Park, Kansas, died May 7, 2019. He began his career practicing small animal medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. From 1952-60, Dr. Sutter worked for Jensen-Salsbery Laboratories in Kansas City, Kansas, as director of clinical medicine. He then owned Santa Fe Clinic, a small animal practice in Overland Park, until 1991.

Dr. Sutter was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and Kansas VMA. Active in his community, he was a past president of the Rotary Club of Overland Park and a Paul Harris Fellow. Dr. Sutter was also active with the Boy Scouts of America. He served in the Army from 1944-45.

Dr. Sutter is survived by his wife, Darilene; two sons and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Gregory J. Wood

Dr. Wood (Texas A&M '84), 60, Katy, Texas, died May 30, 2019. He served as hospital director at VCA Kelliwood Animal Hospital in Katy for 19 years prior to retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wood practiced small animal medicine at DeWitt Veterinary Clinic in Cuero, Texas, and later in Victoria, Texas.

His wife, Anne; two daughters; and four brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to Elim Lutheran Church Cemetery Association, 113 Parade Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213.