Published on October 30, 2019

AVMA member

AVMA honor roll member


W. Robert Bastian

Dr. Bastian (Cornell '63), 91, Friedens, Pennsylvania, died July 13, 2019. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Somerset, Pennsylvania, for more than 30 years. Earlier, Dr. Bastian worked in Centreville, Maryland, and served in the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain.

In 1997, he traveled to Nepal for a short-term mission with the Christian Veterinary Mission. Dr. Bastian was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1998, representing Bedford and Somerset counties for 10 years. His wife, Susan; two sons and three daughters; and 16 grandchildren survive him. One son, Dr. Scott F. Bastian (Wisconsin '91), is a veterinarian in Friedens.

Memorials may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Horace E. Caton

Dr. Caton (Auburn '49), 96, Tallahassee, Florida, died May 6, 2019. In 1957, he established Underhill Animal Hospital in Orlando, Florida, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 1986. Earlier, Dr. Caton owned a large animal practice in Orlando. He was a founding member of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida.

Dr. Caton served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. His son, daughter, and two grandchildren survive him.

Fred S. David

Dr. David (Missouri '54), 92, Beverly Hills, California, died May 11, 2019. Following graduation, he moved to Chicago and subsequently established McCormick Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Skokie, Illinois. From 1988-97, Dr. David owned Valley Animal Hospital in Van Nuys, California. He continued to work at the practice until retirement in 2012.

Dr. David served in the Army Air Forces from 1945-48. He is survived by two daughters, a son, and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to The Blue Card, an organization that provides direct financial assistance to needy survivors of the Holocaust, and sent to 171 Madison Ave., Suite 1405, New York, NY 10016.

Robert E. Decher

Dr. Decher (Cornell '51), 91, Hendersonville, North Carolina, died May 23, 2019. He practiced in West Islip, New York, for 40 years. Dr. Decher is survived by his wife, Joanne; a son and a daughter; and a grandchild.

Mera M. Fisher

Dr. Fisher (Iowa State '00), 64, Aventura, Florida, died March 29, 2019. During her career, she owned a small animal practice in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Fisher also worked at animal shelters in Fargo, North Dakota, including Cats Cradle Shelter Inc.

Her husband, Mark; her mother; and a sister survive her. Memorials may be made to Cats Cradle Shelter Inc., 9 Ninth St. S., Fargo, ND 58103.

James H. Howard

Dr. Howard (Georgia '61), 89, Newport News, Virginia, died June 15, 2019. He practiced small animal medicine at Colony Animal Hospital in Newport News for 39 years. Dr. Howard served in the Navy from 1953-57.

His wife, June; a stepson; two stepgrandchildren; and four step great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102; Peninsula Humane Society & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601; or Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 123, Yorktown, VA 23690.

Matthew Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins (Tuskegee '57), 85, Long Beach, California, died Sept. 14, 2019. He was a former interim president of Tuskegee University. Following graduation, Dr. Jenkins worked briefly for the Department of Agriculture in Boston. He subsequently joined the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. While stationed in Greenland in 1958, he discovered the first confirmed case of rabies on the island. Dr. Jenkins led the team that established a rabies eradication program there and published his findings in JAVMA in 1960.

Following his military service, he established a small animal practice in Compton, California, and later in Long Beach, California. Dr. Jenkins retired from practice in 1979 and went on to found and serve as president of a real estate investment and property management company based in Fullerton, California, with branches in several states. In 2013, he was appointed interim president of Tuskegee University, serving in that capacity for a year.

Known for his efforts to advocate for minorities, he served on a minority recruitment committee at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, established a scholarship fund for students in need at Tuskegee University, and with his wife, Roberta, established the Matthew and Roberta Jenkins Family Foundation, awarding grants and scholarships to students, institutions, and local organizations. Dr. Jenkins authored the book "Positive Possibilities: My Game Plan for Success."

He was a past president of the Sierra VMA; served as a trustee and board president of Compton College; was a trustee of Tuskegee University, a past chair of the veterinary school's advisory board, and a past president of the Tuskegee University Foundation; and was a member of the California and Southern California VMAs. Dr. Jenkins received several honors, including a Tuskegee Institute Alumni Merit Award in 1975, the Tuskegee VMA's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982, and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education's Distinguished Alumnus Citation in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Memorials, toward the Math Collaborative Program at David Starr Jordan High School, may be sent c/o Doris Robinson, Jordan High, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805.

William G. Loufman

Dr. Loufman (Ohio State '46), 96, Elyria, Ohio, died July 9, 2019. He owned Ridgeville Animal Hospital in North Ridgeville, Ohio, for several years. Dr. Loufman also served as a veterinarian for horse racetracks in Ohio.

He was a member of the Elyria Rotary Club. Dr. Loufman is survived by his son, daughter, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ Food Pantry, 330 2nd St., Elyria, OH 44035.

John R. Markley

Dr. Markley (Kansas State '57), 85, Howard, Kansas, died May 22, 2019. He was in mixed animal practice in Howard from 1960 until retirement in 1998. Earlier, Dr. Markley worked as a federal veterinarian in Burns, Oregon, and practiced in Pocahontas, Iowa.

He was a member of the Kansas VMA. Dr. Markley is survived by his wife, Lois; a son and a daughter; and two grandchildren.

Tad A. Sullivan

Dr. Sullivan (Ohio State '76), 72, Marysville, Ohio, died July 29, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Marysville Animal Care Center for 37 years prior to retirement in 2016. Earlier, Dr. Sullivan worked in Roanoke, Virginia, and practiced at Beechwold Veterinary Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Dr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Susan; a son and a daughter; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Union County Humane Society, 16540 County Home Road, Marysville, OH 43040.

Charles E. Vail

Dr. Vail (Iowa State '52), 95, Bentonville, Arkansas, died Aug. 3, 2019. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Hillsboro, Illinois, prior to retirement in 1988. Dr. Vail was an Army veteran of World War II.

His two sons, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Horses for Healing, 14673 Daniels Road, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Robert J. Young

Dr. Young (Illinois '59), 91, Sparta, Illinois, died April 21, 2019. He practiced in Sparta prior to retirement. Dr. Young was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

His wife, Gloria; three daughters and a son; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Randolph County Humane Society, 414 W. Belmont St., Sparta, IL 62286. 

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