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March 15, 2020


Published on February 26, 2020

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David M. Bates

Dr. Bates (Ohio State ’62), 83, Bay City, Texas, died Sept. 4, 2019. He owned a mixed animal practice in Sealy, Texas, and served as veterinarian for several broodmare farms in the Sealy, Brenham, and Katy areas of Texas. Early in his career, Dr. Bates worked for the state of Texas, involved in brucellosis testing, and at a practice in Rosenberg, Texas. His two daughters and a son survive him.

Richard E. Billings

Dr. Billings (Michigan State ’56), 86, Indianapolis, died Sept. 29, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, he was a founding partner of the Michigan Road Animal Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Billings also helped establish the Airport Animal Emergi-Center in Indianapolis. Following retirement from his practice, he co-founded C Specialties in Indianapolis, an animal care supply company, also serving as president of Billings Farm Corp., a family enterprise. Dr. Billings was a member of the Indiana VMA and Sertoma Club of Indianapolis. His wife, Diane; two sons; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him.

Wayne A. Danker

Dr. Danker (Iowa State ’52), 94, Sun City West, Arizona, died Nov. 8, 2019. He owned a large animal practice in Dows, Iowa, for almost three decades. In later years, Dr. Danker worked for the state veterinarian’s office in Clear Lake, Iowa. He was a member of the Iowa VMA and Order of the Knoll at Iowa State University. Dr. Danker was active with the Masonic Lodge and Lions Club. An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was also a member of the American Legion. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Charles Comer Duggan Sr.

Dr. Duggan (Georgia ’67), 85, Statesboro, Georgia, died Aug. 29, 2019. He practiced small animal medicine at Bulloch Veterinary Clinic in Statesboro from 1970 until retirement in 2001. Prior to that, Dr. Duggan worked in Tallahassee, Florida. He was a member of the Statesboro Rotary Club. Dr. Duggan served in the Army from 1957-59. His wife, Tricia; three sons; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 1265, Statesboro, GA 30458, or to Fostering Bulloch, a nonprofit organization assisting foster children, and sent to 2505 Watering Hole Court, Statesboro, GA 30458.

Leonard Jackel

Dr. Jackel, 96, Aptos, California, died Oct. 5, 2019. A 1952 graduate of the National Veterinary School of Alfort in France, he owned a small animal practice in New Jersey prior to retirement in 1984. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jackel served in the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, caring for horses being transported to Europe after World War II. In retirement, he volunteered at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music for more than 25 years. Dr. Jackel is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Phillip A. Karns

Dr. Karns (Ohio State ’61), 94, Waverly, Ohio, died Nov. 14, 2019. Following graduation, he practiced primarily equine medicine in southwest Ohio. In later years, Dr. Karns served on the veterinary faculty of Louisiana State University. He also volunteered with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Dr. Karns retired in 1990. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Dr Karns’ daughter survives him. Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Greater Dayton, 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton, OH 45417; The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, OH 43210; or American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Alan M. Klide

Dr. Klide (Pennsylvania ’65), 80, Oxford, Pennsylvania, died Sept. 12, 2019. A charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, he was professor emeritus of anesthesia and a past section chief and director of small animal anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Klide began his career at Penn Vet as an assistant professor of anesthesiology, becoming a professor in 1994. He retired in 2007.

Dr. Klide was a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Known for his contributions to the field of exotic, zoo, and wildlife animal anesthesia, he frequently presented information on the use of immobilizing drugs and safe anesthesia in several species of zoo animals. Dr. Klide was part of the team that took care of immobilizations at the Philadelphia Zoo and provided support to clinicians pursuing the diagnosis and treatment of exotic pets.

His wife, Dr. Lin V. Klein (Pennsylvania ’70), is a veterinary anesthesiologist. Memorials may be made to Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, P.O. Box 1808, Manteo, NC 27954.

Deorsey E. McGruder Jr.

Dr. McGruder (Oklahoma State ’64), 82, Indianapolis, died Dec. 1, 2019. In 1966, he founded Southern Oaks Animal Clinic in Dallas, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 2013. Earlier, Dr. McGruder taught in the large animal clinic at Tuskegee Institute and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

During his career, he had a column focusing on pet health in the Dallas Post Tribune, and he worked with the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dr. McGruder was a past treasurer of the Dallas County VMA and served six years as the honorable commissioner for Greyhound and horse racing in Texas.

He is survived by two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, two sisters, and two brothers. Dr. McGruder’s son, Dr. Edward D. McGruder (Texas A&M ’92), is a veterinarian in Indiana, and brother-in-law Dr. Claud D. Evans (Tuskegee ’70) is a veterinarian in Okemah, Oklahoma.

Edward J. Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell (Tuskegee ’95), 49, Fayetteville, Georgia, died Sept. 16, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, he co-founded Union City Veterinary Medical Center in Union City, Georgia. Dr. Mitchell’s wife, Nicole, and his family survive him.

Eugene E. Murphy

Dr. Murphy (Kansas State ’62), 87, Franklin, Nebraska, died Nov. 30, 2019. Following graduation, he moved to Franklin, where he practiced mixed animal medicine, focusing on large animals, until retirement in 2000. During that time, Dr. Murphy established Franklin Animal Clinic. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. Dr. Murphy’s wife, Kathleen; three sons and a daughter; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters and a brother survive him. His daughter, Dr. Patricia Murphy (Iowa State ’90), is a veterinarian in Aubrey, Texas.

Christopher W. Sage

Dr. Sage (Missouri ’74), 71, Butler, Missouri, died Sept. 26, 2019. A mixed animal veterinarian, he had owned Sage Animal Health Clinic in Butler since 1989. Prior to that, Dr. Sage worked at Butler Animal Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; a son; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters. Memorials toward McGennis Youth Center or Bates County Fair may be sent c/o Roberta Sage, 1185 NW State Route V, Butler, MO 64730.

Kenneth W. Sloan

Dr. Sloan (Colorado State ’60), 88, Dublin, Ohio, died Nov. 13, 2019. He served as executive director of The Ohio State University Research Foundation from 1973 until retirement in 1988. Following graduation, Dr. Sloan practiced mixed animal medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After receiving a master’s in radiology and earning his doctorate in radiation biology from Colorado State University, he served as an assistant professor of radiation therapy at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. From 1968-73, Dr. Sloan was associate dean for research at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He served on the Council on Governmental Relations from 1978-84, chairing it in 1981.

Dr. Sloan was a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; a daughter and a son; a grandchild; and three great-grandchildren. Brother-in-law Dr. Henry A. Brunz (Colorado State ’65) is a retired small animal veterinarian. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, or towards the Meals-on-Wheels program of LifeCare Alliance, 1699 W. Mound St., Columbus, OH 43223.

Kenneth J. Wales

Dr. Wales (Iowa State ’52), 91, Akron, Iowa, died Sept. 26, 2019. He served as a federal meat inspector for 30 years in the Sioux City area of Iowa. Dr. Wales also raised cattle for 55 years. Earlier in his career, he practiced in Pleasantville, Iowa, and served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps. Dr. Wales’ son, daughter, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and siblings survive him.