In Memory – Jan. 19, 2023

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Paul E. Fenstermaker

Dr. Fenstermaker (Ohio State ’45), 101, Williamsport, Ohio, died Aug. 14, 2022. He owned a primarily large animal practice in Williamsport. Dr. Fenstermaker was also the veterinarian for the Pickaway County Fair for several decades. Active in his community, he served several terms on the Pickaway County Health Board and the Deercreek Township and Williamsport school boards. Dr. Fenstermaker is survived by his wife, Irma; three daughters and a son; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Westfall Education Foundation, 19463 Pherson Pike, Williamsport, OH 43164; Williamsport United Methodist Church, 218 N. Main St., Williamsport, OH 43164; or Southwest Pickaway Fire District, 107 Green St., Williamsport, OH 43164.

Wayne J. Fowles

Dr. Fowles (Cornell ’66), 82, Montgomery, Massachusetts, died Sept. 13, 2022. Following graduation, he worked in Vermont and Massachusetts before establishing his own practice in Westfield, Massachusetts. In 1974, Dr. Fowles designed and founded Westfield Animal Clinic in Westfield, where he practiced mixed animal medicine for 40 years. The clinic was recognized by Veterinary Economics magazine for its design. Dr. Fowles’ wife, Louise; a son and three daughters; eight grandchildren; and two sisters survive him.

Wilfred E. Gagne

Dr. Gagne (Michigan State ’61), 91, Sequim, Washington, died Sept. 1, 2022. He was a small animal veterinarian. Dr. Gagne is survived by his family.

Estelle H. Geller

Dr. Geller (Cornell ’47), 95, New York City, died Nov. 27, 2022. She was the founding director of the Animal Institute at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where she also served as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology. During her tenure of more than 35 years, Dr. Geller earned a master’s in public health from Columbia University. She was a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a charter member of the former Association for Women Veterinarians. Dr. Geller is survived by two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Earthjustice, 50 California St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Jan D. Huber

Dr. Huber (Ohio State ’58), 88, Sun City West, Arizona, died Dec. 5, 2022. He practiced large animal medicine for 16 years in Millersburg, Indiana, and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 30 years prior to retirement in 2004. While in large animal practice, Dr. Huber also served a period as resident veterinarian for Marlu Farms, a Jersey breeding operation in Lincroft, New Jersey. During his career with the USDA, he spent several years involved in brucellosis eradication, serving as national epidemiologist for the brucellosis program from 1985-90. Dr. Huber is survived by his wife, Rose Marie.

Norman D. Jones

Dr. Jones (Illinois ’55), 93, Lynchburg, Virginia, died Sept. 24, 2022. Following graduation, he taught anatomy at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1957, Dr. Jones joined the Air Force. During his military career of 22 years, he served as a base veterinarian in England, Scotland, and California; was a resident in pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; assessed the effects of radiation on sheep while stationed at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico; earned a master’s in veterinary pathology at the University of Connecticut; and was assigned to the Apollo program at NASA in Houston, where during the Apollo 11 and 12 missions, he designed and established protocols to evaluate the effects of lunar material on warm-blooded animals.

Dr. Jones later volunteered for posts in Asia and was stationed as a senior veterinary officer in South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines, monitoring and promoting public health activities. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and received the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal for his service. Following his military career, Dr. Jones pursued fellowship training at what was known as the Bowman Gray School of Medicine and served as chief of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He ended his career at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Veterinary Services in Lynchburg.

Dr. Jones was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife, YnDo; a daughter; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg, P.O. Box 4372, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Harry C. King

Dr. King (Auburn ’67), 80, Las Vegas, died Sept. 8, 2022. Following graduation, he served in the Air Force. Dr. King then moved to Las Vegas, where he established St. Francis Animal Hospital. He subsequently founded Legacy Animal Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, working there until retirement in 2008. Dr. King served in the Air Force Reserve for 23 years, attaining the rank of colonel. His wife, Ann; a son and two daughters; four grandchildren; and a sister survive him.

Robert W. Lammers

Dr. Lammers (California-Davis ’59), 91, Redding, California, died Aug. 1, 2022. He co-owned Lammers Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in San Pablo, California, with his brother, Dr. Victor Lammers Jr. (California-Davis ’57), prior to retirement. Dr. Lammers is survived by his wife, Prudence, and his family.

Danny E. Moore

Dr. Moore (Auburn ’75), 74, Louisville, Kentucky, died Sept. 17, 2022. Following graduation, he worked in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Dr. Moore subsequently established Moore Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Louisville. He was a member of the Valley Masonic Lodge. Dr. Moore’s wife, Phyllis; a daughter, a son, and four stepdaughters; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister survive him. Memorials may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society, 1000 Lyndon Lane, Suite B, Louisville KY 40222.

Patrick M. Morgan

Dr. Morgan (Georgia ’58), 89, Norman, Oklahoma, died Dec. 6, 2022. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he served as dean of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine from 1977-84. As dean, Dr. Morgan oversaw the establishment of a veterinary teaching hospital, helped the veterinary college obtain full accreditation, and raised funding exponentially. During his tenure, he also served as a professor at the veterinary college, retiring as professor emeritus.

Following graduation, Dr. Morgan served two years in the Army Veterinary Corps. He subsequently worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served as assistant dean for academic affairs at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and was deputy commissioner of health and served as state epidemiologist with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. While at Tulane University, Dr. Morgan developed and implemented a combined program for students to earn both a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health.

During his career, he also served a period as a professor and interim dean for the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1983, the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine honored Dr. Morgan with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 1997, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine bestowed upon him the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Morgan’s wife, Barbara; a son; a grandchild; and three great-grandchildren survive him.

Elmer R. Reich

Dr. Reich (Kansas State ’59), 88, Carlsbad, California, died Oct. 12, 2022. During his career, he served as a partner at practices in Friend, Nebraska, and Marshall, Minnesota. Dr. Reich was a veteran of the Army, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He is survived by his wife, Lorrine; two sons; and four grandchildren. A niece, Dr. Amy Melendy-Bruno (Illinois ’94), is also a veterinarian.

Katherine E. Searle

Dr. Searle (Ohio State ’09), 43, Columbia, South Carolina, died Oct. 22, 2022. A mixed animal veterinarian, she owned Palmetto Animal Health in Columbia. Earlier in her career, Dr. Searle served as a relief veterinarian and worked at Black Horse Animal Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her family.

Hal R. Sinclair

Dr. Sinclair (Kansas State ’58), 87, Kansas City, Missouri, died June 1, 2022. Following graduation, he practiced in Altus, Oklahoma. Dr. Sinclair subsequently owned a mixed animal practice in Kingman, Kansas, for 10 years. He then moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he began an advisory career with Diamond Laboratories. Dr. Sinclair went on to work with several veterinary health companies until retirement. He is survived by his wife, Nina; two sons and a daughter; five grandchildren; and a sister. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 6700 NW 72nd St., Kansas City, MO 64151.

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A version of this article appears in the March 2023 print issue of JAVMA.