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January 15, 2020


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John Michael Barnes

Dr. Barnes (Ohio State ’73), 72, New Martinsville, West Virginia, died Aug. 20, 2019. He owned Riverside Animal Clinic in New Martinsville, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine, focusing later on small animals. Dr. Barnes also made farm calls in neighboring Ohio during that time. He retired in 2016.

Dr. Barnes was a member of the Ohio and West Virginia VMAs. He was also a member of the Rotary Club and Brooks Bird Club. Dr. Barnes is survived by his wife, Jeanne; a daughter; and two grandchildren. Memorials, toward West Virginia Scholarship Fund #315329, benefiting a West Virginia student attending The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, may be sent c/o The Ohio State University Office of Advancement, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.

James D. Elmore

Dr. Elmore (Texas A&M ’70), 72, Evans, Georgia, died July 24, 2019. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he served in the Army for 30 years prior to retirement with the rank of colonel. Dr. Elmore also worked in adult education at Augusta Technical College in Augusta, Georgia, for several years.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta; two daughters; four grandchildren; and a brother.

Lindsay B. Fruge

Dr. Fruge (Louisiana State ’13), 31, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died Aug. 31, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, she owned Crowley Veterinary Hospital in Crowley, Louisiana. Dr. Fruge was a member of the Crowley Rotary Club. Her husband, Adam; two sons; her mother; and three sisters, three stepbrothers, and a stepsister survive her.

Samuel A. Gilmore

Dr. Gilmore (Texas A&M ’64), 82, Amarillo, Texas, died July 5, 2019. He worked for the Department of Agriculture for 30 years prior to retirement in 1994, serving as a circuit supervisor for New Mexico and southwest Texas. Dr. Gilmore was a veteran of the Army. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels, English as a Second Language, and Snack Pak 4 Kids.

Dr. Gilmore is survived by his wife, Martha; a son, two daughters, a stepson, and a stepdaughter; three grandchildren; and two brothers and two sisters. Memorials may be made to South Georgia Baptist Church, 5209 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX 79110.

Robert B. Hancock Jr.

Dr. Hancock (Mississippi State ’01), 43, Madisonville, Louisiana, died June 16, 2019. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he owned South Paws Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Mandeville, Louisiana. Dr. Hancock’s wife, Jennifer; two daughters; and his parents survive him. Memorials may be made to South Paws Healing Hands Fund, 2631 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, LA 70471, or Dr. Robert “Bob” Hancock Memorial Scholarship Fund, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

William H. Herbold III

Dr. Herbold (Cornell ’62), 83, West Islip, New York, died May 9, 2019. He practiced small animal medicine in West Islip for 40 years. Dr. Herbold is survived by his wife, Dianne; three sons and three daughters; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers. Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3 Lawrence Lane, Bay Shore, NY 11706, or Remington Fund, Cornell University, Box 39, 930 Campus Road, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Wendell H. Niemann

Dr. Niemann (Minnesota ’57), 86, Tucson, Arizona, died Aug. 13, 2019. Following graduation, he served in the Army, attaining the rank of captain. During his military service, Dr. Niemann worked in research at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He later continued a career in research, working at Hoffmann-La Roche Pharmaceutical Co. in Nutley, New Jersey; Columbia University; New York University; and what was known as the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.

Dr. Niemann was a member of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, served on the advisory board of the Pima County Library, and volunteered with homeless services, including Casa Maria in Tucson. His wife, Rosemary; three sons, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter; nine grandchildren; and two sisters and a brother survive him.

Glenn F. Sexton

Dr. Sexton (Auburn ’70), 78, Guntersville, Alabama, died May 22, 2019. From 1985-2005, he served as director, program coordinator, and professor for the veterinary technology program at Snead State Community College in Boaz, Alabama. Dr. Sexton later served as a consultant for the veterinary technology program at Alabama’s Jefferson State Community College.

Earlier in his career, he was in private practice in Mississippi at Greenville and Cleveland. Dr. Sexton’s wife, Charlene; a daughter, a son, a stepson, and a stepdaughter; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother survive him.

Larry J. Wiseman

Dr. Wiseman (Washington State ’66), 77, Colorado Springs, Colorado, died June 29, 2019. Following graduation, he served two years as a captain in the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Wiseman subsequently founded Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, where he practiced until retirement. He later joined Simmons & Associates, a veterinary consulting company.

Dr. Wiseman was a past president of the Colorado VMA and a past editor of its newsletter, Voice. In 2001, he was a recipient of the CVMA President’s Award. Dr. Wiseman’s wife, Sue; a daughter and a son; three grandchildren; and a brother and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc., P.O. Box 695, LaPlata, MD 20646. 

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