In Memory – Aug 18, 2022

AVMA member

AVMA honor roll member


William H. Leonard

Dr. Leonard (Colorado State ’62), 84, Lexington, Kentucky, died March 6, 2022. He owned Leonard’s Pet Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky, prior to retirement. Earlier, he worked in Colorado and Pocatello, Idaho, before moving to Lexington to serve as resident veterinarian at Hamburg Farm. He is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren, and two sisters. One daughter, Dr. Margie L. Garrett (Purdue ’92), is also a veterinarian. Memorials may be made to the United Way of the Bluegrass, 100 Midland Ave. Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40508; Second Presbyterian Church, 460 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Berry W. Moore

Dr. Moore (Georgia ’60), 86, Gray, Georgia, died May 30, 2022. Following graduation, he served in the Army as station veterinarian for the Pentagon at Fort Myer in Virginia. Dr. Moore subsequently began a veterinary practice in Georgia’s Jones County, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until retirement in 2000. He also treated animals for Jones County Animal Services for 20 years. Dr. Moore was a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Lions Club. His two daughters and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Gray United Methodist Church Building Fund, 117 S. Jefferson St., Gray, GA 31032.

Barbara E. Penney

Dr. Penney (Pennsylvania ’68), 87, Taneytown, Maryland, died Dec. 25, 2021. Following graduation and after completing her residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Penney subsequently served at Penn Vet as an assistant instructor, lecturer, and an associate professor. In 1983, she joined the faculty at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. During her career, Dr. Penney also worked in the animal research division of the National Institutes of Health for several years and served as an assistant handler on the dog show circuit.

She was a charter member of the National Museum of the American Indian and was active with several conservation organizations. Dr. Penney is survived by her sister and family.

Don J. Staunton

Dr. Staunton (Illinois ’94), 53, Villa Park, Illinois, died May 28, 2022. During his career, he practiced in the far north and northwestern suburbs of Chicago, including at Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center in Niles. Dr. Staunton was a member of the Illinois State and Chicago VMAs. His wife, Christine, and his children survive him. Memorials may be made to World Vets, 9711 18th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

John E. Stump

Dr. Stump (Ohio State ’58), 88, West Lafayette, Indiana, died July 23, 2022. Following graduation, he practiced in Bucyrus, Ohio. In 1961, Dr. Stump joined the veterinary faculty of Purdue University, retiring as a professor emeritus in 1992 from what is now known as the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. In 1999, he was inducted into the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers. Dr. Stump is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 211 Knox Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906, or Westminster Village, 2741 N. Salisbury St., West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Lynn G. Wheaton

Dr. Wheaton (California-Davis ’67), 79, Pullman, Washington, died June 10, 2022. Following graduation, she completed an internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Wheaton subsequently began her career in academia, joining the veterinary faculty at Purdue University. She went on to serve as an assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wheaton later headed small animal surgery at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her career and in retirement, she worked with medical companies to develop artificial limbs and organs used in training veterinary students.

Dr. Wheaton was the first female diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is survived by her brother.

John Allan Whitby

Dr. Whitby (Colorado State ’81), 67, Kaysville, Utah, died June 25, 2022. He began his career in Carmichael, California. In 1985, Dr. Whitby moved to Utah, where he worked at A Animal Hospital in Clearfield. From 1990, he served as a partner at Fairfield Veterinary Hospital in Layton, Utah, practicing there for 32 years.

Active with the Boy Scouts of America, Dr. Whitby served as a Scout leader and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He is survived by his wife, Anna; four daughters; five grandchildren; his parents; and three brothers and two sisters.

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