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December 15, 2019

Obituaries

Published on November 25, 2019

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Peter C. Baldwin

Dr. Baldwin (Michigan State ’54), 90, Quincy, Michigan, died April 15, 2019. He owned a practice in Quincy where he initially practiced large animal medicine, focusing later on small animals. Dr. Baldwin retired in 1991.

Active in his community, he was a past president of the Quincy City Council and Branch County School Board. Dr. Baldwin was also a past president of the Quincy Rotary Club and a Paul Harris fellow. His wife, Marie; three sons and three stepchildren; eight grandchildren and 12 stepgrandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Quincy Public Library, 11 N. Main St., Quincy, MI 49082, or Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202.

Rebekah E. Brady

Dr. Brady (Mississippi State ’12), 33, Aiken, South Carolina, died June 13, 2019. She was an associate veterinarian at Southern Equine Service in Aiken. Dr. Brady had a special interest in lameness evaluation and ambulatory medicine.

Her parents and a brother survive her. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Ministry of Whitefield Baptist Church, 207 Mitchell Road, Belton, SC 29627, or Dr. Rebekah Edens Brady Memorial Scholarship, Attn: Jimmy Knight, P.O. Box 6100, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Joseph M. Brennan

Dr. Brennan (Kansas State ’59), 87, Indianola, Iowa, died Sept. 21, 2019. A mixed animal veterinarian, he was a partner at Indianola Veterinary Clinic from 1960 until retirement in 1992. Prior to that, Dr. Brennan worked for the state of California.

A life member of the Iowa VMA, he was also active in his community, serving on the Indianola Municipal Utilities Board. Dr. Brennan was an Army veteran of the Korean War. His three sons, eight grandchildren, and a sister survive him. Two sons, Drs. Brian Brennan (Iowa State ’90), and Kurt Brennan (Iowa State ’94), are veterinarians in Iowa.

Memorials may be made to Kiya Koda Humane Society, 1206 N. Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125.

Cecil F. Brown

Dr. Brown (Georgia ’62), 87, Seagrove, North Carolina, died April 27, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Seagrove Animal Hospital from 2005-17. Dr. Brown also bred and raised Black Angus cattle and Quarter Horses. Earlier in his career, he owned Randolph Animal Hospital in Asheboro, North Carolina.

Active in his community, Dr. Brown helped establish the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA. He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Brown’s wife, Betty; two sons; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister and a brother survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204, or Gideons of Montgomery County, P.O. Box 103, Troy, NC 27371.

Larry L. Dearking

Dr. Dearking (Missouri ’71), 73, Central City, Nebraska, died Aug. 30, 2019. He practiced mixed animal medicine at Central City Veterinary Clinic for 33 years prior to retirement. Earlier, Dr. Dearking worked in Tomah, Wisconsin.

He was a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and Nebraska VMA. Dr. Dearking was also a member of Ducks Unlimited. His wife, Ilene; three sons and a daughter; seven grandchildren; and a sister and two brothers survive him.

David A. Hager

Dr. Hager (Purdue ’80), 65, Cardiff, California, died Sept. 7, 2019. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, he began his career as an assistant professor of veterinary radiology at the University of Florida. From 1988-89, Dr. Hager served as a staff veterinary radiologist at Helen Woodward Specialty Referral Hospital in Rancho Santa Fe, California. In 1988, he also established a radiology consulting service in San Diego.

Dr. Hager graduated with a medical degree in 1994 from the University of California-Davis. In 1998, he established Animal Imaging and Treatment Center in Vista, California, and in Las Vegas. From 2001-04, Dr. Hager served as a staff veterinary radiologist at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He then founded Eagle Eye Radiology, providing veterinary teleradiology services.

Dr. Hager is survived by his wife, Janet; his mother; and two brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be made to The Rescue House, P.O. Box 231336, Encinitas, CA 92023, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Donald D. Johnson

Dr. Johnson (Minnesota ’54), 89, Fridley, Minnesota, died Sept. 4, 2019. He practiced small animal medicine at Steele Animal Hospital in Minneapolis for 35 years prior to retirement.

Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife, JoAnn; a son; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His son, Dr. Timothy Johnson (Minnesota ’80), is a veterinarian in Osceola, Wisconsin.

Don C. King Jr.

Dr. King (Texas A&M ’82), 64, Canyon, Texas, died July 9, 2019. A large animal veterinarian, he began his career in Fort Worth, Texas, where he established Kings Veterinary Services. In 1998, Dr. King moved to Colorado to work for what was known as the Upjohn Co. He later relocated back to Texas, joining Cactus Feeders in 2006.

Dr. King served on the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, was a member of the board of directors of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, and served as an honorary director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. His wife, Rochelle; a daughter and a son; three grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Robin D. Kirkner

Dr. Kirkner (Iowa State ’84), 61, Geneseo, New York, died May 4, 2019. He practiced small animal medicine at Avon Animal Hospital in Avon, New York, for several years. Dr. Kirkner is survived by his life partner, Clint Taft; his mother; and his sister. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Humane Society, P.O. Box 233, Avon, NY 14414, or Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris, NY 14510.

James B. Laird

Dr. Laird (Texas A&M ’61), 84, Paragould, Arkansas, died Aug. 16, 2019. He practiced mixed animal medicine at Paragould Animal Clinic prior to retirement in 2006. Dr. Laird served on the board of directors of the Paragould School District and Arkansas School Boards Association.

His wife, Roma; a daughter and a son; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren survive him. Dr. Laird’s daughter, Dr. Lisa L. Miller (Louisiana State ’85), is a veterinarian in Yucca Valley, California. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 120 N. 3rd St., Paragould, AR 72450, or Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Allen Wayne Parker

Dr. Parker (Texas A&M ’74), 75, Sulphur Springs, Texas, died Aug. 26, 2019. He most recently worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Earlier, Dr. Parker practiced mixed animal medicine in Texas for several years. He is survived by his wife, Clary; two sons and a daughter; four grandchildren; and three sisters.

April J. Plummer

Dr. Plummer (Colorado State ’71), 72, Rainier, Oregon, died Sept. 24, 2019. She was the founder of Valley Veterinary Clinic in Rainier where she practiced mixed animal medicine. Dr. Plummer’s husband, David; a son; and two grandchildren survive her.

Daniel J. Shey

Dr. Shey (Iowa State ’54), 92, Algona, Iowa, died April 27, 2019. He practiced mixed animal medicine in Algona for 39 years. A veteran of the Navy, Dr. Shey helped establish the Camp Algona POW Museum. He is survived by his wife, Jean; three daughters and three sons; and nine grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Bishop Garrigan High School, 1224 N. McCoy St., Algona, IA 50511.

Stanley D. Teggatz

Dr. Teggatz (Iowa State ’72), 72, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died April 16, 2019. In 1978, he established Veterinary Medical Center in Williamsburg, Iowa, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until retirement in 2001. Earlier, Dr. Teggatz worked in Britt, Iowa, and owned Teggatz Animal Hospital in Williamsburg.

He was a member of the Iowa VMA and served on the board of directors of the Eastern Iowa VMA. Dr. Teggatz also served on the Iowa County Board of Health and Williamsburg School Board. He was a member of the Williamsburg Lions Club and a charter member of the Williamsburg Ruritan Club.

Dr. Teggatz is survived by his wife, Beth; three sons; and seven grandchildren. One son, Dr. Curt Teggatz (Iowa State ’99), is a veterinarian in Carroll, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2978 225th St., Williamsburg, IA 52361. 

Please report the death of a veterinarian promptly to the JAVMA News staff via a toll-free phone call at 800-248-2862, ext. 6754; newsatavma [dot] org (email); or fax at 847-925-9329. For an obituary to be published, JAVMA must be notified within six months of the date of death.