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December 01, 2020

Obituaries

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Dennis A. Boileau

Dr. Boileau (Iowa State ’80), 69, Chaska, Minnesota, died April 1, 2020. He co-owned Chanhassen Veterinary Clinic in Chanhassen, Minnesota, with his wife, Dr. Jodi Arndt (Iowa State ’80). Dr. Boileau also co-owned a hobby farm with several animals, including Norwegian Fjord Horses. He is survived by his wife, a son, a grandchild, and a brother. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Larry J. Christensen

Dr. Christensen (Texas A&M ’77), 72, Baytown, Texas, died June 14, 2020. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Baytown Animal Hospital. Dr. Christensen’s wife, Betty; a son; three grandchildren; and three brothers survive him. Memorials may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Office of Development, 4461 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843.

C. Richard Dorn

Dr. Dorn (Ohio State ’57), 86, Columbus, Ohio, died April 27, 2020. He was a professor and a past chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, retiring in 1992 as a professor emeritus. During his tenure, Dr. Dorn also served as a professor at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

He began his career as a staff veterinarian at Stark Animal Hospital in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Dorn subsequently served in the Air Force, worked as an inspector for the Cincinnati Health Department, earned his master’s in public health from Harvard University, was a research specialist in cancer with the California Department of Public Health, and served as a visiting lecturer in epidemiology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

In 1968, he joined the University of Missouri as an associate professor in both the School of Medicine and in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dorn eventually served as a professor at the veterinary college before moving in 1975 to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his career, he also served as a visiting scientist in the epidemiology branch at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and was a Fogarty International Senior Fellow at the Central Public Health Laboratory in London. In retirement, Dr. Dorn spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Medicine and worked part time for a few years as a community relations specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and as a science officer for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation in Aurora, Ohio.

He was a diplomate and a past president of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; served on what is now known as the AVMA Convention Education Program Committee; was a past member of several U.S. Animal Health Association committees; and served as president of what was known as the Association of Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Dorn also served in leadership roles with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Council on Educators and was a past trustee of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He consulted for several entities, including the National Institutes of Health, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and World Health Organization. Dr. Dorn was a member of the Ohio VMA, Missouri and Ohio public health associations, Veterinary Cancer Society, and the Society of Environmental Geochemistry and Health.

In 1991, he received the ACVPM Helwig-Jennings Award. In 1992, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dorn served 20 years in the Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of colonel and in 1982 was a recipient of a Commendation Medal. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jane; a son and two daughters; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Eric J. Hollen

Dr. Hollen (Iowa State ’71), 73, Winterset, Iowa, died June 30, 2020. Following graduation, he worked two years in Villisca, Iowa. Dr. Hollen then moved to Winterset, joining the practice where his father, Dr. James Hollen (Iowa State ’50), served as a partner. He retired in 2019. Dr. Hollen was a member of the Madison County Cattlemen’s Association, Madison County Pork Producers, and Madison County Master Gardeners. He was also active with Lions Club International, serving as a district governor and as a council chair. Dr. Hollen’s wife, Susan; three sons and a daughter; eight grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; and two sisters survive him.

Samuel W. Reeves III

Dr. Reeves (Texas A&M ’68), 74, Amarillo, Texas, died June 3, 2020. He practiced small animal medicine in Amarillo for 44 years. Dr. Reeves twice served as a volunteer veterinarian for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. He was a past president of the Amarillo VMA and was a past member of the Amarillo Animal Control board of directors. Dr. Reeves was also a past president of the South Amarillo Kiwanis Club and served as a lieutenant governor of Division 33 of Kiwanis International. His wife, Carol Ann; a daughter; two grandchildren; and a brother survive him. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101.

Joe E. West

Dr. West (Texas A&M ’56), 88, College Station, Texas, died June 5, 2020. Following graduation, he completed an internship in Skokie, Illinois, and then joined the Air Force Veterinary Corps. During his 22-year military career, Dr. West served as a base veterinarian and assistant preventive medicine officer; earned a master’s degree in radiation biology from the University of Rochester; served as chief of the nuclear medicine section at the U.S. Air Force Medical Service School; earned a doctorate in comparative pathology from the University of California-Davis; chaired the Radiation Biology Department at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland; and served as command veterinarian in the Office of the Surgeon for U.S. Air Forces Europe.

During his three-year assignment as command veterinarian in Europe, he was responsible for and oversaw all veterinary medical and food safety programs for USAF Europe. Afterward, he moved back to the United States, where he served a year as a member of the Air Force Inspector General team, auditing Air Force hospitals and clinics worldwide. During his military service, Dr. West also served as a consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General and was honored with an Air Force Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Legion of Merit. He retired as a colonel in 1979.

After retiring from the corps, Dr. West became an associate professor of veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University before joining the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory as a clinical pathologist. He served in that capacity until retirement and was named a clinical pathologist emeritus in 2016. In 2001, the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences honored Dr. West as an Outstanding Alumnus. In 2011, the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students named him a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2014, he was inducted into the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor.

In retirement, Dr. West worked in emergency preparedness and response with the Texas Engineering Extension Service. He was a past president of the Brazos Valley VMA and Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice. Dr. West was a member of the College Station Noon Lions Club, American Legion, and the Brazos Valley chapters of the Air Force Association and Military Officers Association of America. Dr. West is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons and two daughters; three grandchildren; and two brothers and a sister. Memorials may be made to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.