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November 15, 2021


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Lloyd E. Davis

Dr. Davis (Ohio State ’59), 92, Urbana, Illinois, died Sept. 4, 2021. Following graduation and after earning a doctorate in physiology and pharmacology from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, he joined the veterinary faculty at the university. Dr. Davis subsequently served as a professor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. In 1978, he joined the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was a professor of clinical pharmacology. Dr. Davis retired as a professor emeritus in 1994.

Known for his expertise in veterinary clinical pharmacology, he helped establish the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and was a charter diplomate and the charter president of the college. Dr. Davis was also a founding fellow and a past chair of the board of directors of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and was a past chair of the U.S. Pharmacopeia Advisory Panel on Veterinary Medicine.

In 1988, the AAVPT established the Lloyd E. Davis Award, in recognition of outstanding lifetime achievements in research, teaching and professional service in the field of veterinary pharmacology. Dr. Davis was honored at the University of Illinois in 2008 as one of 17 notable faculty members.

Dr. Davis served in the Navy and Naval Reserve from 1948-53. He is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics or the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation.

Robert F. Going

Dr. Going (Michigan State ’57), 90, Gurnee, Illinois, died May 17, 2021. He owned Countryside Animal Clinic in Northbrook, Illinois, for several years. Dr. Going was a past president of the Northbrook Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; three daughters; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sharon L. Heisler

Dr. Heisler (Ohio State ’03), 45, Plain City, Ohio, died May 1, 2021. A small animal veterinarian, she owned Champion Pet Vet with locations in Ohio at Delaware and Mechanicsburg. Dr. Heisler was a member of the Ohio VMA. Her husband, Brad; four children; her parents; and a brother survive her.

James Malcolm Kling

Dr. Kling (Georgia ’59), 85, Evans, Georgia, died Aug. 26, 2021. Following graduation and after receiving his master’s in physiology and biochemistry in 1961 from Auburn University, he taught anatomy and pharmacology for two years at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kling subsequently earned his doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Florida. He then joined Augusta University Medical College of Georgia, where he directed the Office of Research and Support Services, served as an attending veterinarian, and was a professor. During his tenure, Dr. Kling also served as interim vice president for research and was interim chair of pharmacology. He retired in 2001.

Dr. Kling was known for his leadership in the establishment of ethical and humane treatment of laboratory animals and ethical research standards. In 2001, the Medical College of Georgia instituted the Malcolm Kling Lectureship in Research Ethics in recognition of his contributions. In 2004, the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine honored Dr. Kling with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is survived by a daughter, two sisters, and a brother. Memorials may be made to Heart of Georgia Hospice, 103 Westridge Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088.

Bobby G. Lawson

Dr. Lawson (Auburn ’57), 89, Maryville, Tennessee, died Aug. 2, 2021. He founded Lawson Animal Hospital in Maryville, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until retirement. Dr. Lawson’s two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a brother survive him.

Leslie R. Lynch

Dr. Lynch (Georgia ’83), 69, Higganum, Connecticut, died July 1, 2021. Following graduation, she practiced small animal medicine in Penfield, New York, for two years. In 1985, Dr. Lynch joined Cromwell Veterinary Hospital in Cromwell, Connecticut, eventually becoming a partner in the practice. She retired in 2014.

A member of the Connecticut VMA, Dr. Lynch served on its board of directors for several years. She was active with the Fred Scott Feline Symposium at Cornell University and the Northern New England Veterinary Alpine Symposium. She was an avid supporter of Protectors of Animals, a no-kill animal shelter and rescue. Dr. Lynch is survived by her husband, David. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 322 W. Lamar St., Americus, GA 31709, or Global Lyme Alliance, 1290 E. Main St., 3rd floor, Stamford, CT 06902.

Alan S. Meyer

Dr. Meyer (Cornell ’68), 77, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, died July 15, 2021. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned Animal Clinic of Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon, New York, for 40 years. Dr. Meyer is survived by his wife, Anne; two sons; four grandchildren; and two brothers. Memorials may be made to the Baker Institute for Animal Health, 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14853; Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, P.O. Box 374, Birmingham, MI 48012; or Temple Beth Shalom, 740 North Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706.

George Migaki

Dr. Migaki (Washington State ’52), 96, Phoenix, died July 27, 2021. Following graduation, he was in private practice in Montana and Washington state for several years. Dr. Migaki then joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving initially as a meat inspector and later as a pathologist at the meat inspection laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland. From 1968-91, he was chief pathologist for the Registry of Comparative Pathology at the former Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. During his tenure, Dr. Migaki established and edited the Comparative Pathology Bulletin. He also developed several scientific exhibits on comparative pathology.

Dr. Migaki was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. In 1988, Washington State University honored him with an Alumni Achievement Award. The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine named Dr. Migaki a Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus in 1993. In retirement, while living in Oregon, Dr. Migaki became a Yamhill County master gardener and volunteered with the master gardener program. In 2008, Oregon State University honored him with the Diamond Pioneer Award for his contributions toward the development of Oregon’s agricultural and natural resources.

Dr. Migaki was an Army veteran of World War II. His wife, Riyoko; two daughters; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials, toward the Dr. George Migaki Veterinary Pathology Graduate Fellowship, may be sent to the WSU Foundation, Attn: Gift Planning, Migaki Fellowship GF006515, P.O. Box 641925, Pullman, WA 99164.

Paula Reass

Dr. Reass (Texas A&M ’69), 74, Houston, died April 29, 2021. She owned Glencairn Animal Clinic in Houston for 45 years. Earlier in her career, Dr. Reass worked at the University of Illinois for two years and practiced in the Houston area. She is survived by her son, two brothers, and a sister. Memorials may be made to the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, P.O. Box 632, College Station, TX 77841, or to Special Pals, an animal shelter, and sent to 3830 Greenhouse Road, Houston, TX 77084.

Anne Michaux Scully

Dr. Scully (Kansas State ’63), 82, Bottineau, North Dakota, died Aug. 13, 2021. Following graduation, she established a practice in Bottineau, where she also farmed and bred dogs and horses. In 1990, Dr. Scully joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working as a veterinarian at the U.S. border with Canada. She continued to work full time until the fall of 2020. Dr. Scully’s two daughters, six grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister survive her.

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