In Memory – June 22, 2023

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John G. Allred

Dr. Allred (Washington State '63), 85, Syracuse, Utah, died April 6, 2023. A large animal veterinarian, he worked at Associated Veterinarians in Roy, Utah, for most of his more than 50-year career. Dr. Allred served as a captain in the Army. His two sons, two daughters, and 16 grandchildren survive him.

Evelyn A. Bock

Dr. Bock (Kansas State '68), 78, St. Louis, Missouri, died February 3, 2023. She practiced small animal medicine in the south St. Louis County area, founding Southwick Veterinary Hospital in 1975. Dr. Bock was a member of the Missouri VMA. Her husband, Robert, and a brother survive her. Memorials may be made to Open Door Animal Sanctuary, 6065 Duda Road, House Springs, MO 63051, or Stray Rescue of St. Louis, 2320 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63103.

Rex D. Buller

Dr. Buller (Ohio State '61), 87, Orient, Ohio, died March 4, 2023. He practiced mixed animal medicine at clinics he owned in Ohio at Mount Sterling and Harrisburg. Earlier in his career, Dr. Buller served as an assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of the Ohio VMA and served on the admissions committee at the veterinary college. Dr. Buller was also a member of the Pickaway County Board of Health. His wife, Martha Jo, and two daughters survive him. Memorials, toward veterinary scholarships, may be made to the OSU Foundation, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210, or Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306.

Robert E. Cope

Dr. Cope (Kansas State '75), 71, Salmon, Idaho, died December 28, 2022. He owned Blue Cross Veterinary Clinic in Salmon, practicing bovine medicine in Lemhi County for 44 years. Early in his career, Dr. Cope worked briefly in Bowman, North Dakota.

Active in his community, Dr. Cope was a Lemhi County commissioner, served on the Salmon City Council, and was a past president of the Western Interstate Region for the National Association of Counties. In 2022, he was inducted into the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame. Dr. Cope is survived by his wife, Terri.

Lauren E. Dunaway

Dr. Dunaway (Illinois '69), 86, Des Peres, Missouri, died March 29, 2023. He owned West Side Animal Clinic in Rock Hill, Missouri, until 2010. Dr. Dunaway subsequently practiced part time at the clinic until retirement in 2016. His wife, Patricia; a daughter and a son; two grandchildren; and two brothers and a sister survive him.

David E. Hughes

Dr. Hughes (Cornell '51), 100, Ames, Iowa, died May 10, 2023. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture prior to retirement in 1977. During that time, Dr. Hughes worked in Beltsville, Maryland, where he conducted research on diseases in cattle, focusing on pink eye. He also worked at what is now known as the National Animal Disease Center in Ames.

Dr. Hughes was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, retiring from the Army Reserves in 1972. He is survived by four daughters, a son, 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and seven great great-grandchildren. One daughter, Dr. Sheree Hughes-Irwin (Iowa State '81), is also a veterinarian. Memorials may be made to Heartland Senior Services, 205 S. Walnut Ave., Ames, IA 50010.

Gordon F. Johnson

Dr. Johnson (Ohio State '57), 94, Chillicothe, Ohio, died April 16, 2023. Following graduation, he practiced in Lafayette, Indiana. In 1969, Dr. Johnson moved to West Virginia, where he worked at Gateway Animal Hospital in St. Albans, Avalon Dog & Cat Hospital in South Charleston, and veterinary practices in Williamson and Logan. He retired in 1998.

Dr. Johnson was a veteran of the Navy. His son, daughter, and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 815 Kanawha Terrace #2955, St. Albans, WV 25177, or Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

Robert A. Moen

Dr. Moen (Minnesota '62), 86, Sartell, Minnesota, died January 31, 2023. He retired from practice in 1993. Dr. Moen is survived by his wife, Dottie; four daughters and a son; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five sisters and a brother. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Donald V. Osborne

Dr. Osborne (Illinois '55), 91, Solomons, Maryland, died March 13, 2023. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force Veterinary Corps. During his military career, Dr. Osborne earned his master's in public health from the University of Michigan and served on bases in Alabama, Texas, California, Mississippi, Florida, Maryland, Philippines, and Guam. He retired in 1985 with the rank of colonel. Dr. Osborne is survived by his wife, Georgianna; two sons and two daughters; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Richard M. Smithwick

Dr. Smithwick (Texas A&M '61), 87, Howe, Texas, died January 21, 2023. Following graduation, he founded a practice in Richardson, Texas. Dr. Smithwick later established a practice on his farm in Howe. His wife, Daisie; three daughters; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials may be made to the Hall Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 664, Howe, TX 75459, or First Baptist Church, 100 Davis St., Howe, TX 75459.

A version of this story appears in the September 2023 print issue of JAVMA

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