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July 15, 2020


Published on June 24, 2020

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Guy W. Allen

Dr. Allen (Louisiana State ’96), 49, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, died Sept. 3, 2019. He was a veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 20 years. Dr. Allen began his career with the USDA in the Food Safety and Inspection Service. In 1999, he joined the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Veterinary Services. During his tenure with Veterinary Services, Dr. Allen served as a field veterinary medical officer, was assistant area veterinarian in charge in Arkansas, and served as logistics deputy chief of the Green Team, one of Veterinary Services’ National Incident Management Teams. He deployed across the country during outbreaks of animal disease including avian influenza and also lent his expertise to the Bureau of Land Management for its Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Dr. Allen was recognized for his work with the NIMT and BLM and received several other honors, including an Excellence of Leadership Award from Veterinary Services’ District 4. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Amy Allen (Louisiana State ’96), a small animal veterinarian in Arkadelphia; two sons; and a sister and a brother. Memorials may be made to Clark County Ecumenical Food Pantry, 107 N. 9th St., Arkadelphia, AR 71923, or American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Wesley H. Archer

Dr. Archer (California-Davis ’75), 70, Greenville, Texas, died April 23, 2020. He served as a relief veterinarian since 2010 in Texas. Prior to that, Dr. Archer owned mixed animal practices in Missouri at Iberia and Dixon and worked for Banfield Pet Hospital in Texas. Early in his career, he worked in California and bred and raised Salers, Marchigiana, and Romagnola cattle. Dr. Archer is survived by his wife, Jorn Jamieson; two daughters and five sons; his grandchildren; and four sisters and a brother.

John E. Awalt

Dr. Awalt (Georgia ’58), 88, Rochester, Minnesota, died March 20, 2020. Following graduation, he established a practice in Bremen, Georgia, where he also farmed. Dr. Awalt was a veteran of the Navy. His son and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Haralson County Animal Control, 1799 Macedonia Church Road, Buchanan, GA 30113.

Roy D. Bertolet

Dr. Bertolet (Pennsylvania ’46), 97, Hawley, Pennsylvania, died April 14, 2020. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Somerton Animal Hospital in Philadelphia for 34 years prior to retirement. Dr. Bertolet traveled to Honduras as part of a volunteer medical missionary group for several years. He was a member of Rotary International and the Masonic Lodge. A veteran of the Army, Dr. Bertolet attained the rank of colonel. He is survived by three daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister. Memorials may be made to Bertolet Mennonite Meeting House, c/o Joyce Ginelli, 2740 Country Lane, Langhorne, PA 19047.

Philip H. Davis

Dr. Davis (Auburn ’64), 85, Florence, Alabama, died March 6, 2020. Prior to retirement, he worked for Pfizer Animal Health as an industrial veterinarian, focusing on avian protozoology. Dr. Davis later served as a consultant and taught and lectured on the practical control of parasitic diseases in poultry. Early in his career, he served as associate state veterinarian in Alabama and practiced mixed animal medicine in Florence for 20 years.

Dr. Davis served in the Army and Alabama National Guard for 27 years, attaining the rank of colonel in the Army. His military service included serving in Operation Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf, commandeering the 161st Medical Battalion, serving three tours with Army Special Forces, and working as an Army veterinarian. Dr. Davis is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorials, notated in memory of Myrtie and Mary Davis, may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Duane E. Flack

Dr. Flack (Colorado State ’59), 84, Greeley, Colorado, died March 31, 2020. Following graduation, he practiced large animal medicine in the Greeley area for six years. Dr. Flack then joined Monfort Inc. in Greeley as resident veterinarian. During his career of more than 30 years with the company, he served as general manager of the feedlot division, was group vice president, and served as chief executive officer of Monfort Integrated Genetics. Dr. Flack later established Associated Agricultural Consultants.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, he was a past president of what was known as the Colorado Cattle Feeders Association and was a past director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Dr. Flack helped establish the Academy of Veterinary Consultants and served on committees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. In 1991 he received the CCFA Top Choice Award. That same year, the AVC named him Consultant of the Year. In 1996, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners honored Dr. Flack with the Award of Excellence.

He was a past president of the board of directors of the Milliken Fire Protection District and was a member and an awardee of the Greeley Jaycees. Dr. Flack is survived by his wife, Colleen; two daughters; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother. Memorials, toward a scholarship fund for veterinary students, may be sent to AVC Foundation, 305 W. Magnolia St. #267, Fort Collins, CO 80521, or may be made to Meals on Wheels of Greeley and Weld County, 2131 9th St., Greeley, CO 80631.

Martin P. Hines

Dr. Hines (Ohio State ’46), 95, Raleigh, North Carolina, died April 20, 2020. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he served from 1964 until retirement in 1983 as director of the division of epidemiology at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and as North Carolina state epidemiologist.  Dr. Hines was also a visiting associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1957-83 and at North Carolina Central University in Durham from 1966-70.

Following graduation, he practiced in Montgomery, Alabama, while also serving as a first lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps. After earning a master’s in public health in 1949 from Harvard University, Dr. Hines worked as an assistant professor of bacteriology at the University of Georgia. From 1951-64, he was head of the veterinary public health branch in the division of epidemiology at the NCDHHS and served as state public health veterinarian.

Dr. Hines was a past president of the North Carolina Public Health Association, American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians, and National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians. He served on the AVMA Council on Education, was a consultant to the World Health Organization, was a member of the North Carolina VMA, and was a fellow of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Hines authored the book “Disease Hunter: My Life as a Shoe Leather Epidemiologist.” He served in the Army Reserves for 32 years, attaining the rank of colonel. Dr. Hines received a Meritorious Service Medal in 1976.

His other honors included a  Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1974 from The Ohio State University, AVMA Public Service Award in 1975, and Association of Military Surgeons of the United States’ James C. McCallam Award in 1976. Dr. Hines was inducted into the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters and a stepdaughter; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Tremont Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133; Raleigh Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 27391, Raleigh, NC 27611; or the Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Paul D. Hohman

Dr. Hohman (Iowa State ’56), 87, Canton, South Dakota, died Nov. 18, 2019. Following graduation, he served in the Army for two years. Dr. Hohman subsequently moved to Canton, where he practiced large animal medicine until he retired in his early 60s. Active in organized veterinary medicine, he served on the South Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and was a past president of the South Dakota VMA. In 1982, Dr. Hohman was named SDVMA Veterinarian of the Year.

His wife, Marlys; two sons and three daughters; ten grandchildren; and two brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to the Jim and Caroline Deinema Canton Community Foundation, Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, 200 N. Cherapa Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

Orival W. Linder

Dr. Linder (Kansas State ’60), 89, Clay Center, Kansas, died Nov. 28, 2019. Following graduation, he owned a mixed animal practice in Clay Center for 28 years. During that time, Dr. Linder also took care of the animals at the Clay Center Zoo and at local county 4-H fairs. He later worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 15 years.

Dr. Linder served on the board of Clay County Unified School District 379 and was a member of the Kansas State Alumni Association, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, and Clay Center Elks Lodge. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Dr. Linder is survived by his wife, Jean; two sons and a daughter; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Clay Center Christian Church, 1021 Crawford St., Clay Center, KS 67432.

Raymond W. Lundberg

Dr. Lundberg (Pennsylvania ’56), 94, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died Dec. 6, 2019. Following graduation, he worked for the state of Pennsylvania, testing cattle for respiratory diseases. Dr. Lundberg subsequently moved to Fort Lauderdale, where he owned a practice until retirement in 2010. An Army veteran of World War II, he received several honors, including three Bronze Stars, two Battle Stars, and the French Legion of Honor. He is survived by his wife, Marian; two sons and two daughters; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother and a sister. Memorials may be made to Lanes Mills Memorial Church, 362 Rattlesnake Road, Brockway, PA 15824.

Linda McElhaney Robinette

Dr. Robinette (Washington State ’70), 74, Pullman, Washington, died April 18, 2020. She owned Alpine Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Pullman, for 47 years. Dr. Robinette was a member of the Washington State VMA. She raised Irish Terriers and was active in dressage training with Swedish Warmblood horses. Dr. Robinette is survived by her husband, Dr. Jack Robinette (Washington State ’54), who is retired from the veterinary faculty of Washington State University, and by her sister.

Benjamin E. Tharp

Dr. Tharp (Texas A&M ’78), 64, Houston, died Dec. 10, 2019. He practiced small animal medicine at Voss Road Animal Clinic in Houston. Dr. Tharp’s wife, Mary Ellen; two daughters and a son; four grandchildren; and two sisters and two brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450, or to Christian Veterinary Mission, 9303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

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