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In Memory - April 07, 2022

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Robert G. Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong (Ohio State ’58), 88, Shreve, Ohio, died Aug. 2, 2021. He practiced small animal medicine in Louisville, Ohio, prior to retirement. Dr. Armstrong was a member of the Louisville Rotary Club. He is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a brother, and a sister. Memorials may be made to Shreve Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 587, Shreve, OH 44676.

John C. Burns

Dr. Burns (Cornell ’59), 88, Henrietta, New York, died Feb. 12, 2022. A small animal veterinarian, he was the founder of Henrietta Animal Hospital. Dr. Burns was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Ansley P. “Bill” Carney III

Dr. Carney (Auburn ’68), 77, Meridian, Mississippi, died Sept. 2, 2021. Following graduation, he moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he established North State Animal Hospital. In 1983, Dr. Carney founded Poplar Springs Animal Hospital in Meridian. He later established Animal Medical Supply in Meridian. Dr. Carney is survived by his wife, Harriette; two daughters and a son; and three grandchildren. His son, Dr. Ansley P. “Chip” Carney IV (St. George’s ’04), owns Poplar Springs Animal Hospital. Memorials may be made to the Lauderdale County Animal Control Shelter, c/o Rocky Rockette, 6100 Rocky Lane, Marion, MS 39342.

Dewey F. Gillett

Dr. Gillett (Kansas State ’63), 87, Leavenworth, Kansas, died Feb. 7, 2022. Following graduation, he established a practice in Leavenworth, where he worked for 30 years. Dr. Gillett later taught human anatomy and physiology at Kansas City Kansas Community College and served as a relief veterinarian. He was a past president of the Leavenworth County Health Department board of directors. Dr. Gillett is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Robert B. Goodin

Dr. Goodin (Illinois ’58), 87, Virginia, Illinois, died Jan. 27, 2022. He founded Cass Veterinary Services in Virginia, practicing mixed animal medicine for more than 40 years. Dr. Goodin also co-owned a family hog business and Cass Meats, a slaughter and processing plant and retail meat market in Virginia. He was active with 4-H and the National FFA Organization, receiving an Honorary State FFA Degree from the Illinois FFA. In 2018, the Poland China Swine Association honored Dr. Goodin with a Distinguished Service Award.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three daughters and a son; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund of Virginia United Methodist Church and sent to 401 E. Broadway St., Virginia, IL 62691, or to the Robert Goodin Memorial for 4-H, Cass County Fair Board, 649 S. Job St., Virginia, IL 62691.

Robert J. Keener

Dr. Keener (Kansas State ’98), 54, LaCrosse, Kansas, died Sept. 23, 2021. Following graduation, he practiced mixed animal medicine in LaCrosse. In 2012, Dr. Keener joined Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, as an assistant professor of animal science. In 2020, he received the Fort Hays State University Pilot Award, recognizing him as an outstanding faculty member. That same year, Dr. Keener was honored with the Werth College Award for Outstanding Teaching.

He was a member of the Kansas VMA, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the Fort Hays State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Active in his community, Dr. Keener was a member of the Walnut City Masonic Lodge and Fort Hays Shrine Club and volunteered with the Special Olympics, McCracken Rodeo, and Rush County Fair. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Shelley Oelkers (Kansas State ’82); a daughter; a grandchild; and two brothers. Memorials may be made to the Fort Hays State University Foundation, Dr. Bob Keener Agriculture Scholarship, One Tiger Place, P.O. Box 1060, Hays, KS 67601, or the Fort Hays Shrine Club, 217 West Florence, Rush Center, KS 67575.

Jack C. Leighty

Dr. Leighty (Ohio State ’57), 95, Huntingtown, Maryland, died Oct. 22, 2021. Following graduation, he owned a small animal practice in Wheaton, Maryland, for a year. Dr. Leighty then joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, retiring in 1990 as director of the pathology and epidemiology division. During his early years with the USDA, he was a veterinary medical officer, national training officer, and chief of the laboratory branch of the federal poultry inspection program. Dr. Leighty went on to serve as assistant deputy administrator of consumer and marketing services and as director of the technical services division of the meat and poultry inspection program.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he served on the former AVMA Scientific Program Committee from 1986-90. Dr. Leighty was a member of the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, National Association of Federal Veterinarians, and the United States Animal Health Association. In 1991, the University of Maryland’s National Capital Area Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta honored him with the Regulatory Affairs Award. Dr. Leighty served in the Air Force during World War II. His wife, Susan Noble, and two daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to the Southern Maryland Audubon Society, P.O. Box 181, Bryans Road, MD 20616.

Aloysius A. Lenhard Jr.

Dr. Lenhard (Cornell ’61), 86, Fairport, New York, died Oct. 29, 2021. Following graduation, he served two years in the Army. Dr. Lenhard subsequently practiced at Brighton Animal Hospital in Pittsford, New York. He was active with the Humane Society of Greater Rochester and the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Lenhard’s wife, Barbara; two sons and three daughters; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Chester F. Palmer

Dr. Palmer (Illinois ’64), 82, Clemson, South Carolina, died Feb. 24, 2022. He owned a mixed animal practice in Malta, Illinois, for 35 years. Dr. Palmer served on the board of directors of the Illinois State VMA. Active in his community, he was a member of the Lions Club in Malta for 47 years and was a past president of the school board for the township of Malta. Dr. Palmer also represented the township on the board of directors of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. His wife, Janet; two daughters and a son; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Fredrick P. Sattler

Dr. Sattler (Ohio State ’54), 93, Fullerton, California, died Jan. 14, 2022. Following graduation, he worked in Whittier, California, subsequently establishing Commonwealth Animal Hospital in Fullerton. In later years, Dr. Sattler founded a veterinary clinic in Big Bear Lake, California. He conducted research for several companies, evaluating and creating medical equipment for human use and co-establishing Hancock Laboratories in 1968. Dr. Sattler helped develop pig heart valves for replacement of human heart valves and helped create a porcine epidermal dressing for the treatment of severe burns in humans.

During his career, he also served as veterinary director of the cardiopulmonary research unit at the Providence St. Jude Medical Hospital in Fullerton, was an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California Medical School in Irvine, and served as a clinical professor of surgery at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Sattler was a charter diplomate and a past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2007, he was honored with the ACVS Founders' Award for Career Achievement for his work in electronic monitoring of respiration and circulation in surgical patients. Active in his community, Dr. Sattler was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Fullerton and the Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake. He served in the Navy during World War II.

Dr. Sattler is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two sons and a daughter; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Richard A. Soldner

Dr. Soldner (Ohio State ’67), 80, Parrish, Florida, died Jan. 4, 2022. Following graduation, he joined Springfield Animal Hospital, a practice owned by his father, Dr. Paul A. Soldner, in Springfield, Ohio. Upon his father’s retirement in 1981, Dr. Soldner took over the practice, where he worked until retirement in 2001. In retirement, he served as a relief veterinarian for several years.

Dr. Soldner was a member of the Ohio VMA and a past president of OVMA District 2. He also served on the board of directors of the Ohio Jersey Breeders Association. Dr. Soldner was a past president of the Clark County Fair Board, was active with 4-H, and was a member of the Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Deanna; a daughter and a son; and six grandchildren. Memorials toward the support of children with autism may be sent to the Susan Mosure Memorial Fund, CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation, 13100 Filly Lane, Truckee, CA 96161.

A version of this article appears in the May 2022 print issue of JAVMA.