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April 01, 2021

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J. Irvine Bingham

Dr. Bingham (Washington State ’63), 84, Georgetown, California, died Dec. 28, 2020. In 1973, he established Green Valley Animal Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Folsom, California. Dr. Bingham later moved his practice to Georgetown. Earlier in his career, he served as a partner in a practice in Orangevale, California, for 10 years. Dr. Bingham is survived by his wife, Jean; eight children; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Harold M. Braeutigam

Dr. Braeutigam (Michigan State ’51), 92, Frankenmuth, Michigan, died Dec. 9, 2020. He owned a mixed animal practice in Frankenmuth until retirement in 1996. During his career, Dr. Braeutigam was also an adjunct clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, he served on the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine and was a past president of the Michigan and Saginaw Valley VMAs. In 1984, the Michigan State veterinary college named Dr. Braeutigam a Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus. In 1994, the college honored him with the Birth of a Purebred Food Animal Practitioner Award. He was also a past recipient of a Michigan VMA Service Award.

Dr. Braeutigam was a past vice president of the Board of Education for the Frankenmuth School District and was a member of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a district governor for the Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. In 2016, the Frankenmuth School District honored Dr. Braeutigam with the Champion for the Children Award. He was also a past recipient of the Frankenmuth Jaycees’ Herbert L. Keineth Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Braeutigam served as a first lieutenant in the Army Veterinary Corps from 1953-55 and was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; three sons, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. One son, Dr. Kim Braeutigam (Michigan State ’79), practices at Four Winds Farm and Equine Hospital in Bridgeport, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the St. Lorenz Foundation, 140 Churchgrove Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, or the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

James D. Denhart

Dr. Denhart (Iowa State ’68), 76, Des Moines, Iowa, died Nov. 12, 2020. From 1973 until retirement in 2009, he owned Eastown Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Des Moines. Dr. Denhart also helped establish and served on the board of directors of the Animal Emergency Clinic in Des Moines. Earlier in his career, he practiced in Los Angeles and South Bend, Indiana.

Dr. Denhart was a member of the Iowa VMA. He is survived by his wife, Rita; a son and two daughters; four grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. Joseph W. Denhart (Iowa State ’67), a veterinarian in Shenandoah, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313.

Norman E. Hutton

Dr. Hutton (Iowa State ’66), 86, Marion, Iowa, died Jan. 5, 2021. A past vice president of the AVMA, he retired in 1997 as interim dean of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation and after earning a master’s in computer science from Iowa State, Dr. Hutton helped establish the Department of Biomedical Communications at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During his 11-year tenure at the veterinary college, he served as a professor, was assistant dean, and directed biomedical communications. Dr. Hutton also consulted with zoos nationwide, setting up computer systems for recording animal data. In 1977, he was named assistant dean of Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also served as a professor. In retirement, Dr. Hutton served as a consultant for the Iowa State veterinary college.

He was a past chair of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee and a past vice chair of the former AVMA Continuing Education Advisory Committee. Dr. Hutton served on the Organizing Committee for the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in 2002. He was a member of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and Oregon VMA. In 2009, Dr. Hutton received Iowa State veterinary college’s Stange Award.

He was a veteran of the Army. Dr. Hutton is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister. Memorials may be made to the Hutton International Veterinary Scholarship, Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Blvd., Ames, IA 50010.

Walter F. Loeb

Dr. Loeb (Pennsylvania ’55), 88, Gaithersburg, Maryland, died Dec. 24, 2020. He was a co-founder of Ani Lytics, a reference laboratory in Gaithersburg, developing and providing clinical pathology and toxicology tests used in research by the government and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Following graduation, Dr. Loeb began a career in academia, culminating in his service as an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he also served for a period as director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory. In 1970, he joined Litton Bionetics in Kensington, Maryland, overseeing the clinical laboratory and supporting research efforts at the National Institutes of Health and toxicology studies for Food and Drug Administration applications. Dr. Loeb went on to co-found Ani Lytics in 1988.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he co-edited the first and second editions of the textbook “The Clinical Chemistry of Laboratory Animals.” Dr. Loeb served as a councilor for the ACVP, was a past president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and was a past chair of the Division of Animal Clinical Chemistry in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. He received several honors, including the Barbara Jean Thompson Award for Service to the Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology in 1994 and the AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Clinical Chemistry in 1997. In 2005, the ACVP recognized Dr. Loeb as a Distinguished Member.

He is survived by his four children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to National Public Radio, P.O. Box 791490, Baltimore, MD 21279, or to the Canavan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating at-risk populations about Canavan disease and other Jewish genetic diseases and the reproductive options available to carrier couples, and sent to 600 West 111th St., 8A, New York, NY 10024.

Rhya Marohn

Dr. Marohn (Virginia-Maryland ’00), 45, La Plata, Maryland, died Dec. 20, 2020. Following graduation, she served three years in the Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. Marohn subsequently earned her law degree from Georgetown University before establishing At Home Animal Care, a house call practice. She was active with social justice causes via political and grassroots activism.

Dr. Marohn is survived by her husband, Sean; a daughter; her parents; and a brother. Memorials may be made to the Carter Marohn-Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6715, Annapolis, MD 21401; Port Tobacco River Conservancy, P.O. Box 104, Port Tobacco, MD 20677; Ladles of Love Soup Kitchen, c/o The Arnold House, 3444 Rockefeller Court, Waldorf, MD 20602; or Not One More Vet.

Peter K. Martin

Dr. Martin (Texas A&M ’84), 66, Giddings, Texas, died Sept. 12, 2020. He was a mixed animal practitioner. Dr. Martin is survived by his wife, Janet; a daughter and two sons; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; his mother; and a brother and a sister.

Thomas C. McChesney

Dr. McChesney (Colorado State ’44), 96, Fort Collins, Colorado, died Dec. 29, 2020. Following graduation, he joined the Army Veterinary Corps, attaining the rank of colonel. During his military service, Dr. McChesney served in Korea and Vietnam and was awarded the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and two Oak Leaf clusters. In the mid-1970s, he joined the Arkansas Department of Health as director of the state meat inspection program. In 1980, Dr. McChesney became chief of veterinary public health. He was named state epidemiologist in 1985.

In 2003, the Arkansas VMA honored Dr. McChesney with an Outstanding Service Award. He is survived by a daughter, Dr. Sharon McChesney Gillette (Colorado State ’95), who works at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. John H. McChesney (Colorado State ’43), who formerly practiced in South Lake Tahoe, California. A daughter-in-law, Dr. Connie Van Meter (Colorado State ’80), is a mixed animal veterinarian. A late son, Dr. Thomas S. McChesney (Colorado State ’81) and two late brothers, Drs. Arthur C. McChesney (Colorado State ’43) and Albert McChesney (Colorado State ’47), were also veterinarians.

Memorials, toward the DVM Class of 1944 Scholarship Endowment 42515, may be made to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

William B. Morgan

Dr. Morgan (Georgia ’88), 57, Statesboro, Georgia, died Nov. 16, 2020. He co-owned Statesboro Bulloch Regional Veterinary Hospital since 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Morgan owned Statesboro Animal Hospital for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Amy Deal; a son and two daughters; and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Dayspring Walk to Emmaus, c/o Leslie Akins, P.O. Box 1312, Statesboro, GA 30458, or Nevils Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Tessa Martin, 2000 Fronies Circle, Brooklet, GA 30415.

Art J. Quinn

Dr. Quinn (Kansas State ’61), 84, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, died Aug. 29, 2020. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, he was a professor emeritus at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine since 1995.

Following graduation, Dr. Quinn practiced mixed animal medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until 1975. During that period, he also spent time as a field representative for the American Animal Hospital Association and served as a captain in the Army.

In 1975, Dr. Quinn joined the veterinary faculty at Oklahoma State University, where he taught and served as director of the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital. During his career, he also frequently lectured at the University of Prince Edward Island, Mississippi State University, and St. George’s University. In retirement, Dr. Quinn served as a guest veterinarian to conduct eye clinics at dog shows in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas.

He was a past president of what was known as the American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology and of the Albuquerque VMA. Dr. Quinn received the ASVO Distinguished Service Award in 1986. In 1993, he was recognized with the AAHA Outstanding Service Award. In 2002, the Western Veterinary Conference honored Dr. Quinn with a Meritorious Service Award. He received the Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Dr. Quinn is survived by his life partner, Rosalee Stafford; her daughter, son, and three grandchildren; and a sister.

Gerald M. Rosen

Dr. Rosen (Minnesota ’57), 88, Glendale, Wisconsin, died Dec. 5, 2020. Following graduation, he established Park Pet Hospital in Milwaukee, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 2002. Dr. Rosen was a past chair of the Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board and a past president of the Wisconsin VMA and Wisconsin Humane Society. His wife, Anne; two sons and two daughters; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, or Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, WI 53209.

Gerald L. Van Hoosier Jr.

Dr. Van Hoosier (Texas A&M ’57), 86, Seattle, died Nov. 18, 2020. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service and began a career in research at the National Institutes of Health, focusing on polio vaccines. Dr. Van Hoosier subsequently served on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and the veterinary faculty of Washington State University, where he directed the WSU Laboratory Animal Resources program from 1969-75. He then became the founding chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington, retiring from the university in 1995 as a professor emeritus of comparative medicine.

Dr. Van Hoosier was a diplomate and a past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He was also a past president of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, was a past chair of the board of trustees of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, and served on the governing board of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science from 1995-99. Dr. Van Hoosier co-edited the textbook “Laboratory Hamsters” and Volumes II and III of “Handbook of Laboratory Animal Science.” He received several honors, including the AALAS Griffin Award, ACLAM’s Nathan R. Brewer Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Dr. Van Hoosier is survived by his wife, Marlene; two sons; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. William L. Van Hoosier (Texas A&M ’68), a veterinarian in Dalworthington Gardens, Texas.

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