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December 01, 2021


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Susan Babineau

Dr. Babineau (Purdue ’97), 51, Newport, Vermont, died Sept. 9, 2021. A small animal veterinarian, she owned Newport Animal Hospital for more than 20 years. In 2020, Dr. Babineau received the Newport Daily Express’ Best of the Best Award, honoring her as the best veterinarian in the area. She is survived by her mother, three brothers, and a sister.

Roger S. Boughton

Dr. Boughton (Texas A&M ’65), 81, New Iberia, Louisiana, died July 15, 2021. Following graduation, he served four years in the Army during the Vietnam War. Dr. Boughton then became a partner in a mixed animal practice in New Iberia, where he worked until retirement. His wife, Judy; a son, a daughter, and a stepdaughter; three grandchildren and a stepgrandchild; four great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, TX 77210; Highland Baptist Church, 607 Victory Drive, New Iberia, LA 70563; or Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1838 Highway 132, Mangham, LA 71259.

Robert M. Carr

Dr. Carr (Cornell ’63), 83, Canandaigua, New York, died Aug. 8, 2021. Following graduation, he moved to upstate New York and established an equine practice at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. Dr. Carr was a past president of the New York Veterinary Medical Society and served on the board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners for several years. He also served on the board of directors of the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program. Dr. Carr is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons and two daughters; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s School, 16 Gibson St., Canandaigua, NY 14424, or Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, 5757 Route 96, Farmington, NY 14425.

Paul J. Corwin

Dr. Corwin (Cornell ’57), 89, East Atlantic Beach, New York, died May 11, 2021. Following graduation, he joined his father, Dr. Louis A. Corwin in practice at Corwin Animal Hospital in Richmond Hill, New York. Dr. Corwin also served as supervising veterinarian for the New York State Gaming Commission. He was an Air Force veteran, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Dr. Corwin is survived by five children, four grandchildren, and a brother. Memorials may be made to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 602 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Lyle J. Hanson

Dr. Hanson (Minnesota ’52), 95, Golden, Colorado, died July 31, 2021. He began his career at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Windom, Minnesota. In the early 1960s, Dr. Hanson also began to farm, eventually establishing a cattle feedlot. In 1973, he moved to New Jersey, working as a scientist for F. Hoffman-La Roche. During that time, Dr. Hanson managed the Roche research farm for large animal health in Colts Neck while also overseeing the building of an advanced research farm in Wrightstown. He later served as an advisory staff scientist for Roche in Nutley, New Jersey, retiring in 1987.

In retirement, Dr. Hanson became a certified parapaleontologist and volunteered as a dinosaur excavator for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He was a veteran of the Naval Air Corps. Dr. Hanson is survived by three daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Jeanine S. Koester

Dr. Koester (Colorado State ’96), 66, Henderson, Nevada, died April 26, 2021. During her career, she practiced small animal medicine in Nevada, also serving as a relief veterinarian. Dr. Koester is survived by her husband, Dick Rush.

Richard C. Lucas

Dr. Lucas (Tuskegee ’69), 92, Flagstaff, Arizona, died Aug. 3, 2021. Following graduation, he joined Safford Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Safford, Arizona. Dr. Lucas took ownership of the practice in 1987. He also farmed and served as a racetrack veterinarian in southeastern Arizona.

Dr. Lucas was a member of the Arizona VMA. He was also a charter member and a past president of the Gila Valley Rotary Club. He was a veteran of the Army. His two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to the Gila Valley Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1484, Thatcher, AZ 85552.

Herbert C. Mueller

Dr. Mueller (Cornell ’51), 93, Walden, New York, died March 26, 2021. He owned Orange County Veterinary Hospital, a mixed animal practice in Goshen, New York, for several years. Dr. Mueller also served as veterinarian for the Goshen Historic Track and Monticello Raceway. He was a past president of the Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society and a member of the Masonic Lodge. Dr. Mueller served in the Army from 1946-47. His wife, Eileen; a son and a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550, or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Martin H. Plone

Dr. Plone (Washington State ’67), 81, Livermore, California, died July 8, 2021. Following graduation, he served two years in the Air Force in Japan. Dr. Plone subsequently worked in California at Berkeley and Livermore. In the early 1970s, he established his own practice in Livermore. In 1979, Dr. Plone founded Del Valle Pet Hospital in Livermore, where he practiced small animal medicine until retirement in 2000.

Active in his community, he was a member and a past president of the Rotary Club of Livermore and was instrumental in establishing the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore. Working with the Del Valle Dog Club, Dr. Plone helped found the first dog park in Livermore. In retirement, he developed an interest in legal matters and began promoting criminal restitution laws, also working with the state’s attorney general’s office to develop and review bills about victim rights.

Dr. Plone is survived by his sister. Memorials may be made to the Rotarian Foundation of Livermore, P.O. Box 2181, Livermore, CA 94551.

James W. Pool

Dr. Pool (Colorado State ’59), 91, Milton, Florida, died June 23, 2021. A small animal veterinarian, he worked in Miami for 10 years following graduation. In 1970, Dr. Pool established Beach Boulevard Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, where he practiced until retirement in 2000. He is survived by a son and seven grandchildren.

Charles R. Rossi

Dr. Rossi (Illinois ’56), 91, Auburn, Alabama, died June 20, 2021. He served as a professor of immunology and virology at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for 23 years, retiring as a professor emeritus. In 1985, Dr. Rossi was honored with the Beecham Award for Research Excellence. His four daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren survive him.

Jeanne M. Scarola

Dr. Scarola (Tufts ’95), 51, Hatfield, Pennsylvania, died June 25, 2021. She practiced small animal medicine at Colmar Veterinary Hospital in Colmar, Pennsylvania. Following graduation, Dr. Scarola served as an emergency clinician at Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware in New Castle, Delaware. She subsequently worked as an associate veterinarian at Kona Veterinary Service in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Dr. Scarola later served as medical director at ABE Animal Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her husband, Matthew; two daughters; and a sister and a brother. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002, or Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, c/o CURE Epilepsy, P.O. Box 10572, Chicago, IL 60610.

Larry L. Sinn

Dr. Sinn (Colorado State ’64), 85, Springfield, Missouri, died Aug. 15, 2021. Following graduation, he practiced in Valentine, Nebraska, and Casper, Wyoming, for several years. Dr. Sinn subsequently taught veterinary technology in Curtis, Nebraska, and Waseca, Minnesota. He later joined Grand Labs/Novartis and worked in veterinary pharmaceutical sales until retirement. Dr. Sinn was a veteran of the Army National Guard. His wife, Margaret; two sons and a daughter; three grandchildren; and a brother survive him.

Gary L. Smith

Dr. Smith (Colorado State ’93), 61, Goodland, Kansas, died Aug. 9, 2021. A mixed animal veterinarian, he owned what is now known as The Animal House in Goodland, Kansas, for more than 20 years. Dr. Smith’s four sons, three grandchildren, mother, and three brothers survive him. Memorials, toward a scholarship for veterinary students, may be made to the Dr. Gary Smith Memorial, Western State Bank, Attn: Steve West, 815 Center, Goodland, KS 67735, or to the Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 950, Lamar, CO 81052.

Loretta A. Walker

Dr. Walker (Oklahoma State ’91), 56, Columbia, Maryland, died Aug. 11, 2021. She was a veterinary medical officer with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine for more than 20 years. During that time, Dr. Walker was active with the FDA Advisory Committee for Employees with Disabilities for several years. Earlier, she served in the Naval Corps via the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Walker is survived by her mother and a sister. Memorials, with the memo line of the check notated to the Loretta Antoinette Walker DVM Memorial Fund, may be made to the OSU Foundation, Attn: Ashley Hesser, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74074.