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April 15, 2020


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Lyle E. Brumley

Dr. Brumley (Illinois ’68), 80, Allen, Texas, died Dec. 17, 2019. During his 50-year career, he practiced small animal medicine in the Chicago area and in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dr. Brumley also served as chief of staff of the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. He was a member of the Chicago and Illinois State VMAs. Active in his community, Dr. Brumley served as president of the Maercker School District 60 board of directors and was a member of the Rotary Club of La Grange.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters and a son; 12 grandchildren; and two brothers and a stepbrother. Memorials may be made to Hospice Plus-McKinney, 1575 Redbud Blvd., Suite 201, McKinney, TX 75069; Grinnell College, 1115 8th Ave., Grinnell, IA 50112; First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 6th Ave., La Grange, IL 60525; or toward the choral music department at Lovejoy High School, 2350 Estates Parkway, Lucas, TX 75002.

Robert E. Bryant

Dr. Bryant (Colorado State ’55), 90, Lewiston, Idaho, died Oct. 1, 2019. He was a partner at what was known as McIntosh Veterinary Clinic in Lewiston, where he initially practiced large animal medicine, focusing later on small animals. Dr. Bryant retired in 1996. Early in his career, he practiced for a year in Bismarck, North Dakota, and worked for the state of Idaho’s livestock disease control division in Lewiston.

Dr. Bryant was a member of the Idaho VMA and was named Veterinarian of the Year in 1993. He was also a member of the United Way and Rotary Club. Dr. Bryant’s son; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters survive him.

Robert A. Crandell

Dr. Crandell (Michigan State ’49), 95, College Station, Texas, died Dec. 15, 2019. He served as head of the microbiology section at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory for seven years, retiring as microbiology section head emeritus. Following graduation, Dr. Crandell was in the Air Force for 20 years, eventually serving as chief of the biosciences division at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and attaining the rank of colonel. During that time, he received a master’s of public health from the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Crandell subsequently served as a professor and directed the veterinary diagnostic laboratory at the University of Illinois before joining the TVMDL.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, he made significant contributions to the understanding of feline viruses. Dr. Crandell isolated and identified the feline rhinotracheitis virus and established a feline kidney cell line. While at the TVMDL, he helped explain the role of Cache Valley fever virus, isolated a calicivirus from vesicular lesions of canines, and expanded the serologic and virological testing capabilities of the laboratory.

Dr. Crandell was the founding editor of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation and served on the board of scientific review of the American Journal of Veterinary Research. A past president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, he consulted in comparative virology with the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Crandell served on committees of the ACVPM, United States Animal Health Association, National Academy of Sciences National Research Council, and what is now known as the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.

He received the AAVLD E.P. Pope Award in 1991 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. In 2001, Dr. Crandell received the NIAA’s President’s Award in recognition of exemplary leadership and dedication to the institute and to the former NIAA Emerging Diseases Committee. He was honored with the AAVLD Pioneers in Virology Award in 2005 and was a co-recipient of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society’s Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award in 2014.

Dr. Crandell is survived by three daughters and a son. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Ronald F. Dubbe

Dr. Dubbe (Minnesota ’66), 81, Waconia, Minnesota, died Nov. 28, 2019. He practiced dairy medicine at Waconia Veterinary Clinic until 1980. Dr. Dubbe later served as a speaker on dairy cow nutrition and care, pursued several patents pertaining to dairy production and health, and was involved with Pine Products in Waconia.

Active in his community, he served on the board of directors of Ridgeview Medical Center and Mayer Lutheran High School. Dr. Dubbe was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; three sons; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Joseph H. Gainer

Dr. Gainer (Ohio State ’46), 94, Potomac, Maryland, died Aug. 24, 2019. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, he worked for the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service from 1965 until retirement in 1994. During that time, Dr. Gainer had commissions at the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and served as a veterinary officer at the Food and Drug Administration. He investigated immunotoxicity of heavy metals, metabolism and smoking, and the role of interferons in the immune response.

Following graduation and after receiving a master’s in veterinary pathology in 1947 from The Ohio State University, Dr. Gainer embarked upon a career in academia and research beginning at The Ohio State University and subsequently at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Chicago, and the University of Arkansas. He then served two years in the Army Veterinary Corps during the Korean War. Dr. Gainer went on to earn his second master’s degree in 1958, in the field of virology, from the University of Michigan. He then served eight years as head of virology at the state diagnostic laboratory in central Florida.

In retirement, Dr. Gainer volunteered at the Rachel Carson Institute. He is survived by six children, 16 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials toward the Joseph and Bridget Gainer Graduate Student Award Fund, for need-based support of female graduate students at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, may be sent to the University of Michigan Office of University Development, 3003 S. State St., Suite 9000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Earl E. Gatz

Dr. Gatz (Kansas State ’56), 89, Olathe, Kansas, died Nov. 28, 2019. Following graduation and after serving in the Army Veterinary Corps, he established a mixed animal practice in Pratt, Kansas, where he worked for almost 44 years. Dr. Gatz served 17 years on the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners. A longtime member of the Kansas VMA, he was named KVMA Veterinarian of the Year in 1984. Dr. Gatz served eight years as a trustee of the Pratt Community College.

His wife, Nancy; five children; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren survive him. Dr. Gatz’s late father, Dr. Isaac F. Gatz (Kansas State ’22), owned a practice in Preston, Kansas, and son Dr. David E. Gatz (Kansas State ’84) recently retired from his veterinary practice in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Dereck A. Klopfenstein

Dr. Klopfenstein (Purdue ’97), 49, Goshen, Indiana, died Aug. 25, 2019. Following graduation, he practiced at Birnamwood Veterinary Services in Birnamwood, Wisconsin, for two years. In 1999, Dr. Klopfenstein co-established Dairy Veterinary and Management Services in Goshen with his father, Dr. Douglas Yoder (Ohio State ’73). Dr. Klopfenstein was a member of the American Association of Bovine Veterinarians, American Dairy Science Association, Indiana VMA, and National Mastitis Council.

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, his parents, and two brothers. Memorials, toward an educational fund for his children, may be made to Dereck Klopfenstein Estate, and sent to Chad Klopfenstein, 60751 Creekstone Court, Goshen, IN 46526, or made to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Garnet L. Leitch

Dr. Leitch (Guelph ’52), 92, London, Ontario, died Oct. 25, 2019. He co-owned South Huron Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Zurich, Ontario, prior to retirement. Dr. Leitch is survived by his wife, Grace, and a daughter. Memorials may be made to Humane Society London & Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, Canada N5V 3K5.

William E. Moore

Dr. Moore (Cornell ’58), 85, Manhattan, Kansas, died Nov. 1, 2019. He was a professor of clinical pathology at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine from 1968 until retirement in 1999. During his tenure, Dr. Moore also served as head of the university’s former Department of Laboratory Medicine and directed the clinical pathology laboratory. Earlier in his career, he worked at a practice near Boston for a few years and served as director of the clinical pathology service at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Moore’s daughter, four grandchildren, and three siblings survive him.

McTyier Salter

Dr. Salter (Georgia ’54), 89, Dawson, Georgia, died Nov. 12, 2019. Following graduation, he served as a base veterinarian with the Air Force, attaining the rank of captain. Dr. Salter subsequently joined his father, the late Dr. John W. Salter, in practice in Dawson, retiring after 50 years. He was a member of the Georgia VMA, Masonic Lodge, and American Legion, and was a past member of the Dawson City Council.

Dr. Salter is survived by his wife, Eloise; a son and a daughter; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Dawson Youth Fund, 309 Church St., Dawson, GA 39842; Phoebe Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707; or Humane Society of Terrell County, P.O. Box 311, Dawson, GA 39842.

Steven L. Stockham

Dr. Stockham (Kansas State ’72), 71, Manhattan, Kansas, died Nov. 14, 2019. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he was professor emeritus of veterinary clinical pathology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, Dr. Stockham served two years in the Air Force as a base veterinarian with the rank of captain. He then practiced in Caldwell, Idaho, and Salt Lake City. From 1981-2001, Dr. Stockham taught at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He then joined Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, retiring as professor emeritus in 2016.

Dr. Stockham was a member of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology and European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. He was also an honorary member of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Dr. Stockham co-authored the textbook “Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.” He received what is now known as the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award in 1987 and was inducted into the ESVCP Clinical Pathology Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Stockham was honored with the ASVCP Educator Award. In 2016, the Association for American Veterinary Medical Colleges recognized him with the national Distinguished Teacher Award. He was the recipient of the ASVCP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Dr. Stockham was active with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a scout master. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; two sons; three grandchildren; and a sister and two stepsisters. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice House, c/o Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502; or toward a memorial for Dr. Steven Stockham, Fund M47283, Kansas State University Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502.

William A. Sumner Jr.

Dr. Sumner (Cornell ’56), 86, Kinston, North Carolina, died Oct. 29, 2019. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Pamlico Pet Care in Oriental, North Carolina, prior to retirement in the mid-1990s. Dr. Sumner also helped establish the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society in Oriental. Earlier, he served as director of the Greensboro Veterinary Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dr. Sumner was a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association, North Carolina VMA, and Guilford County Humane Society, and was a past North Carolina delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. He received several honors during his career, including being named NCVMA Distinguished Veterinarian and North Carolina State University Honorary Alumnus. Dr. Sumner was AAHA Region II Veterinary Practitioner of the Year in 1982 and AAHA Charles E. Bild Practitioner of the Year in 1984.

His two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 800 Rountree St., Kinston, NC 28501; Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY 14853; North Carolina State Veterans Home, 2150 Hull Road, Kinston, NC 28504; or Pamlico Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 888, Oriental, NC 28571.