April 15, 2018

 

 Obituaries

Posted March 28, 2018​


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Jenks S. Britt

Dr. Britt (Auburn '70), 72, Bowling Green, Kentucky, died Jan. 14, 2018. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, he was a professor and former head of the Western Kentucky University Department of Agriculture prior to retirement in 2008.

Following graduation, Dr. Britt moved to Russellville, Kentucky, where he was a partner at Logan County Animal Clinic for more than 20 years. He then joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving as a clinical assistant professor until he joined WKU in the late 1990s. He served on the AVMA Council on Education from 1995-2001, chairing the council from 2000-01.

A past president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, he developed a bovine embryo transfer technique that helped advance beef and dairy management. Dr. Britt was a member of the American Dairy Science Association and National Mastitis Council. He was named AABP Bovine Practitioner of the Year in 1992 and Kentucky Veterinarian of the Year in 1993, and received the Auburn University Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009 and AABP-Merck Animal Health Mentor-of-the-Year Award in 2011. He was also a past recipient of the Auburn University El Toro Award for excellence in food animal medicine and was named to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame.

In retirement, Dr. Britt consulted for the dairy industry. 

Dr. Britt is survived by his wife, L. Kathy; three sons; seven grandchildren; his mother; and a brother and a sister. Memorials may be made to State Street United Methodist Church, 1101 State St., Bowling Green, KY 42101, or Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131. 

 
R.L. Collinson

Dr. Collinson (Colorado State '42), 99, Los Altos, California, died Feb. 8, 2018. He owned a small animal practice in Mountain View, California, prior to retirement. Earlier, Dr. Collinson practiced large animal medicine in Wyoming and Missouri, and mixed animal medicine in Turlock and Modesto, California.

Dr. Collinson was a founding director of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, serving on the board from 1995-2005 and as chair from 1995-2000. He was a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association and California VMA, and a past member of the former AVMA Council on Public Relations and the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service, chairing the latter in 1989. In 2001, Dr. Collinson received the AVMA Award for distinguished contributions to the advancement of veterinary medical organizations, and, in 2008, he was honored with the CVMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is survived by his son, Dr. James M. Collinson (Colorado State '74), a small animal veterinarian in Los Altos, California, and two grandchildren.

 
Martin R. Dinnes

Dr. Dinnes (California-Davis '66), 77, Agua Dulce, California, died Dec. 12, 2017. A charter diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, he was the founder of Dinnes Memorial Veterinary Hospital, a zoo and aquatic animal practice in Santa Clarita, California. Early in his career, Dr. Dinnes served as resident veterinarian for the former Africa USA park in California. He established Telinject USA, inventing and developing the Telinject system for remotely injecting reptiles, mammals, and birds. Dr. Dinnes also co-founded the International Zoo Veterinary Group, a freelance zoological veterinary practice working with zoos, aquariums, and parks worldwide. In 2000, he was awarded the University of California-Davis Alumni Achievement Award, and, in 2014, he was the charter recipient of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Dinnes is survived by his family.

 
Donald F. Goetsch

Dr. Goetsch (Iowa State '45), 94, Sewickley, Pennsylvania, died Feb. 20, 2018. He began his career with the former Bureau of Animal Industry, inspecting poultry in Iowa, New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, for two years. Dr. Goetsch subsequently went into large animal practice in Buffalo, Minnesota. In 1950, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked for Corn States Serum Company for three years. Dr. Goetsch then practiced large animal medicine in St. Cloud, Minnesota, before moving to California, where he was in small animal practice at the Green Dog and Cat Hospital in Los Angeles. He retired in 1988.

Dr. Goetsch is survived by three children and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, or World Vision Water, P.0. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063, www.worldvision.org/our-work/clean-water

 
Fineas G. Hughbanks

Dr. Hughbanks (Kansas State '67), 75, Gooding, Idaho, died Feb. 12, 2018. From 1984 until retirement in 2012, he practiced mixed animal medicine, focusing on small animals, at Gem Veterinary Clinic in Gooding. Following graduation, Dr. Hughbanks worked a year in Attica, Kansas, before moving to Idaho, where he practiced in Caldwell for a brief period. He later bought the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Boise, Idaho, and went on to establish the Les Bois Veterinary Hospital in Boise, eventually expanding his services to the May, Idaho area. Dr. Hughbanks also owned a cattle ranch, with a special interest in Salers cattle.

He was a past president of the Gooding Chamber of Commerce, active with the Gooding School District, and a member of the Rotary Cub. Dr. Hughbanks is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters and two sons; six grandchildren; and eight siblings. Memorials may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, 11221 John Wycliffe Blvd. #1, Orlando, FL 32832.

 
Lance F. Karcher

Dr. Karcher (Cornell '85), 60, Westbury, New York, died Jan. 28, 2018. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he was in equine ambulatory practice with his wife, Dr. Sarah M. Darish (Cornell '85), for the past 30 years. Early in his career, Dr. Karcher practiced mixed animal medicine in Boonville, New York. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, his mother, and a sister and a brother.

 
James L. Kastens

Dr. Kastens (Kansas State '57), 84, Wichita, Kansas, died Jan. 12, 2018. A small animal veterinarian, he owned Indian Hills Animal Clinic in Wichita prior to retirement in 1997. Following graduation, Dr. Kastens served two years as a captain in the Air Force. He then moved to Wichita, where he worked briefly for the Department of Agriculture before establishing his practice.

Dr. Kastens' wife, Pat; five daughters; seven grandchildren; and a sister survive him. One daughter, Dr. Valerie K. Archibald (Kansas State '93), is a small animal veterinarian in Holladay, Utah.

Memorials may be made to Church of the Resurrection, 4910 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS 67220; Center of Hope Homeless Prevention Assistance Program, 400 N. Emporia, Wichita, KS 67202; or Kansans for Life, 7808 Foster St., Overland Park, KS 66204.

 
William V. Lumb

Dr. Lumb (Kansas State '43), 96, Fort Collins, Colorado, died Feb. 3, 2018. Following graduation, he served in the Army Veterinary Corps for three years. After completing an internship and residency at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Dr. Lumb worked in the small animal clinic at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He subsequently moved to Fort Collins, where he taught small animal medicine and surgery at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

From 1958-60, Dr. Lumb served on the veterinary faculty of Michigan State University, teaching in the small animal clinic and conducting research. He then returned to Colorado State, and, in 1963, was named director of the surgical laboratory at the university's Foothills campus, where he developed a graduate teaching and research program in surgery and anesthesiology. He retired from the university as professor emeritus in 1980. In retirement, Dr. Lumb briefly taught anesthesiology at Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies.

He was a founding diplomate and a past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a founding diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Lumb authored the books "Small Animal Anesthesia" and "Veterinary Anesthesia." He consulted with faculties of veterinary medicine in Kenya, Libya, and Sudan and served as an external examiner.

Dr. Lumb's received several awards, including the AVMA Gaines Award in 1965, Academy of Surgical Research's Jacob Markowitz Award in 1987, Colorado Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award in 2001, and ACVS Founders' Award for Career Achievement in 2008. His wife, Lilly; a son; and two grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Native American Cultural Center Assist Fund, Colorado State University, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, CO 80522, or Kansas State University Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502.

 
David N. Scarr

Dr. Scarr (Kansas State '46), 96, Barboursville, West Virginia, died Feb. 16, 2018. He retired in 1986 as chief of the food animal disease branch in the Office of Surveillance and Compliance of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Scarr practiced large animal medicine in West Concord, Minnesota. In 1967, he joined the FDA in Washington, D.C., as a veterinary medical officer.

In retirement, Dr. Scarr volunteered with the branch of consumer affairs in Virginia's Fairfax County and with Offender Aid and Restoration of Fairfax County. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Dr. Scarr's four sons and a daughter, 10 grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren, one great-grandchild and five stepgreat-grandchildren, and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 101 Trotter Hall, Manhattan, KS 65506.

 
Bobby J. Shackelford

Dr. Shackelford (Auburn '64), 83, Bolivar, Tennessee, died Oct. 6, 2017. He owned Shackelford Veterinary Clinic in Bolivar, where he initially practiced mixed animal medicine, focusing later on small animals. Dr. Shackelford was a lifetime member of the Tennessee VMA and a past member of its executive board. He served on the Hardeman County Board of Health and the executive board of the Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, Dr. Shackelford was honored by Hardeman County Adoptable Animals for his work with the organization. He was a veteran of the Army.

Dr. Shackelford is survived by his wife, Judy; a son and a daughter; five grandchildren; and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Christian Veterinary Mission, 19303 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133.

 
Kunwar K. Srivastava

Dr. Srivastava (DUVASU University '64), 77, Auburn, Alabama, died Jan. 25, 2018. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, he was a professor of laboratory animal medicine and attending veterinarian in the Department of Pathobiology at the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine prior to retirement in 2017.

Following graduation from DUVASU University's College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in Mathura, India, and after earning his master's in immunology (1969) and doctorate in immunochemistry (1971) from the University of Georgia, Dr. Srivastava joined the Tuskegee veterinary college as a research associate in the Department of Microbiology. He subsequently served as an assistant faculty fellow in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, before joining the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of North Carolina as a veterinary microbiologist.

From 1977-81, Dr. Srivastava was department head of animal maintenance at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, New York. He later served as manager of laboratory veterinary services at Lederle for a few years before rejoining the veterinary faculty at Tuskegee in 1984 as an assistant professor and director of laboratory animal medicine.

Dr. Srivastava was a member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners. He is survived by his wife, Urmila; two daughters; and four grandchildren. 

 
Lori Tapp

Dr. Tapp (Florida '86), 58, Black Mountain, North Carolina, died Nov. 20, 2017. She was head of the Veterinary Medical Technology Program at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dr. Tapp is survived by her husband, Gary, and their families.  

 
John E. Willson

Dr. Willson (Cornell '54), 88, Essex, Connecticut, died Dec. 13, 2017. Following graduation, he served as a first lieutenant and medical bacteriologist with the Army in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. Willson subsequently did an internship while serving as a staff member at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. He then embarked on a career in the pharmaceutical industry, initially working for Pfizer Inc., and, later, for more than 30 years at Johnson & Johnson in New Jersey. During his time with Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Willson served as a senior pathologist, assistant director and manager of its research foundation, and corporate director of animal care and use for its corporate office of science and technology.

Active in organized veterinary medicine, he was a past member of the AVMA House of Delegates representing New Jersey, a member of the Society of Toxicology, a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, and past board member of the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research. Dr. Willson also served on the Bernard Townships Board of Health and on the board of trustees of Raritan Valley Community College. He is survived by his wife, June; two daughters and a son; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Essex Meadows Employee Appreciation Fund, 30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT 06426, or Theodore Roosevelt Association (designated for the Gable TRA Journal Fund), P.O. Box 719, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.

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