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  • Paul Klavano ('44 DVM) - June 10, 2015

    Dr. Paul KlavanoPaul Klavano ('44 DVM) - June 10, 2015

    Paul A. Klavano died quietly in his sleep on June 10, 2015 at Bishop Place Retirement Community in Pullman, WA. He was 95 years old. His deep roots in Pullman started when he arrived at WSC in 1936 as a 16 year old freshman. He has lived in Pullman ever since, with the exception of two different one year periods. He was born in Valley, Washington, on November 30, 1919. His parents, Peter Klavano and Florence Meyer Klavano, had a farm in Stevens County. So Paul grew up with daily farm chores and lots of extra work during harvest. He graduated in 1936 as valedictorian of Valley High School, in a class of about 25 students. His mother encouraged him to go to college and he worked his way through WSC, graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1941. Marching to and from class as a member of the Army Veterinary Corp, he graduated from Veterinary School in 1944. Meeting Martha Havighurst at a Lutheran Student Association picnic sparked a new interest for him and they were married on June 2, 1945. Joining the faculty at the Vet School in 1944 turned out to be a 42 to year connection until he retired in 1986. An even longer relationship in Pullman was with Trinity Lutheran Church. Starting in 1936, he served in almost every non-musical role a lay person could hold. He was known for his positive, uplifting spirit, his deep faith and caring ways, his wide generosity, and his amazing warm hugs. He in turn was given great support by the congregation, especially the last few years. Paul and Martha had a lively family with four children, Robert (Byrna) of Puyallup, Ruth (deceased), Beth (Niel) Wiegand of Rochester, Minnesota, and Ann of Papua New Guinea. He had five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His wife, Martha died in 2001, and daughter, Ruth, died in 2008. He was a member of Rotary and also had a keen interest in Cougar baseball, volleyball, and both men's and women's basketball. A Service of Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, July 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pullman.

    Memorial gifts may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1300 N.E. Lybecker Street, Pullman. WA 99163; or to the Dr. Paul A. Klavano Pharmacology Award, WSU Foundation, PO Box 641925, Pullman, WA 99164-1925 (or by phone using 800- 448-2978).

  • John W. Harrer ('60 DVM) - March 23, 2015

    John HarrerJohn W. Harrer ('60 DVM) - March 23, 2015

    Dr. John W. Harrer, who practiced veterinary medicine for 36 years and never stopped caring for animals, was called home to be with his savior, Jesus, on Mar. 23, 2015. Born Oct. 20, 1928 in Bozeman, MT to Wilbert and Esther Harrer, John grew up on a cattle ranch near Belgrade, MT. After graduating from Belgrade High School, he attended Montana State University in the ROTC program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry. John spent the summer of 1951 in Greece as an International 4-H Youth Exchange delegate. He then served two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. John married Barbara McNiven in Livingston, MT on May 3, 1953. Their son, Bruce, and daughter, Susan, were born before they moved to Pullman, WA where John attended Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1960. John worked as a veterinarian in Billings, MT for nine months before starting a veterinary practice in Wisdom, MT in 1961. In 1966, he purchased a veterinary practice in Harrah, WA, where he served the community for 30 years until retirement in 1996.

    John was a longtime member of the Harrah Community Church, where he served on the church board. He was Adjutant of American Legion Post 223. As a member of the Yakima Hard Core Runners Club, John participated in many 10K races. He organized and started the Harrah block watch program. John was active in the Yakima Valley Veterinary Association, the WA State Veterinary Association and the National Veterinary Association, through which he advanced his education and training.

    The family sincerely thanks the staff and caregivers at Cedar Hills Adult Residential Home for the excellent care John received during the final two and a half years of his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

    John is survived by his wife, Barbara, son, Bruce Harrer (Lori), daughter, Susan Hagensen (Jim), brother Bill Harrer (Dolores), sister Ruth Ann Massey, 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 6 nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 11 at 11:30 AM at Harrah Grace Brethren Church, 3701 Harrah Rd., Harrah, WA. Gifts in memory can be made to Yakima Humane Society, Harrah Community Church, or Parkinson’s Disease Foundation c/o Shaw & Sons, 201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901.

  • Kirk "Doc" Allen Seekins ('62 DVM) - February 24, 2015

    Kirk SeekinsKirk "Doc" Allen Seekins ('62 DVM) - February 24, 2015

    GREAT FALLS —Kirk "Doc" Allen Seekins, 79, veterinarian, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the care of his loving family, Park Place Nursing Home and Peace Hospice.

    Kirk "Doc" was born June 1, 1935 in Kalispell, Montana to Allen Seekins and Helen (Kirkpatrick) Seekins. Growing up in Sunburst, Havre, and Geraldine, he was instilled with a love of a great day of fishing, Montana, and Western culture that lasted a lifetime. After serving two years in the army and earning the title of being a Korean War Veteran, he graduated from Montana State University in Agriculture, working briefly as an agronomist until obtaining his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University. Having his board certification in California and Montana he started practicing in 1962. In 2014, Dr. Seekins was honored by the Montana Veterinary Medical Association for his years of service. 

    As a celebrated artist, he is known for his bronze sculptures that became sponsored by Fort Dodge Laboratories to tour across the United States, his oil painting in the First Peoples Buffalo Museum, and playing piano in his bowler hat while entertaining with hymns, traditional dance and jazz music of his time. He is remembered for his eclectic and broad understanding of veterinary medicine, love of animals - both wild and domestic, faith, music, art, photographic memory, red-faced laughs, simple jokes and booming sneezes. 

    Dr. Seekins is survived by his wife, Nora Kullberg Seekins; 2 sisters, Sharie (Bob) Temperly and Sue (Ron) Christensen; 5 children, Laura (Alan) Hughes, Jon Seekins, Lidia (Brett) Koppel, Sara (Bryce) Graft, and Bob Seekins; and 4 grandchildren, Alex Hughes, Davis Koppel, Taea Koppel and Greta Graft.

    He was a patriot, a dreamer, a debater, a story teller, devoted to the Lord. Talented, gifted, and accomplished, he will be missed. 

    There will be a private, family ceremony; however, condolences may be sent to Skyline Veterinary Clinic P.O. Box 2905, Great Falls, MT 59403. Memorial contributions may be sent to Lifeline for Pets c/o Skyline Veterinary Clinic. 

    We would like to thank Great Falls and the surrounding communities for your friendship, warm thoughts, and blessings. 

    Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 27, 2015
  • Jerry A. Harsch ('55 DVM) - February 17, 2015

    Jerry HarschJerry A. Harsch ('55 DVM) - February 17, 2015

    Dr. Harsch (Washington State ’55), 83, Medford, Oregon, died Feb. 17, 2015. From 1964 until retirement in 2000, he owned Mid-Columbia Veterinary Clinic in Goldendale, Washington, where he practiced primarily equine and bovine medicine. Earlier, Dr. Harsch served in the Air Force; practiced mixed animal medicine at Follett Veterinary Clinic in Walla Walla, Washington, and Ellensburg Animal Hospital in Ellensburg, Washington; and worked as a large animal clinician and instructor at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
    He served on the executive board of the Washington State VMA and was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Harsch also served on the Goldendale School Board. He was a past recipient of the Goldendale Boss of the Year Award and Klickitat County and Sherman County achievement awards.
    Dr. Harsch is survived by his wife, Evelyn; a daughter and a son; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

    *As published by AVMA.org
  • Charles Ritter Lange ('61 DVM) - February 17, 2015

    Charles LangeCharles Ritter Lange ('61 DVM) - February 17, 2015

    Dr. Charles Ritter Lange DVM better known as "Doc Lange" was born in Prescott AZ. on November 21, 1930 to Charles and Edna Lange. He went to be with his Lord on February 17, 2015 due to complications from heart disease. 

    Doc was raised on cattle ranches. His parents were born in the Arizona Territory which may have accounted for his love of history, especially the stories of his own pioneer grandfathers who were ranchers who settled the area. He graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell OR in 1949. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951 and served his country for 4 years. He met the love of his life, Marilyn Fogal while at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida. They were married in 1953 and remained together for 60 years until Marilyn's passing in 2013. 

    Doc started college at Washington State University in 1955 and graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961. He then moved to Eagle in 1961 and practiced large and small animal medicine for 48 years. A career that spans that length of time garners many colorful stories. One of mom's favorite stories occurred on their 20th wedding anniversary. Doc had told mom that he was taking her out for real fancy dinner at the Owyhee Hotel. After dressing up in their best clothes and right as they were leaving Doc got a phone call and then said to mom "I have to make a quick call and it will only take a few minutes. It's this little old couple who needs help." So they went to this couple's home which was a little farm house. Doc drove out their back gate to the end of their pasture and then on top of a windswept ridge. There stood an elderly gentleman with a leg in a cast and his wife who was holding a flash light on their cow that was down in the mud trying to calve. Doc told the couple to go back to their house he would take care of it and not to worry mom "would assist him." They left and Doc took off his good jacket and worked on the cow while mom held the flashlight and handed him whatever instruments he asked for. The procedure lasted till about midnight. The cow and calf lived but they never got to their dinner date. They left the little farm house with their clothes ruined but they laughed on their way home and said that it would probably be an anniversary that they would never forget. 

    Doc was also an accomplished pilot and loved to fly with his friends in the Idaho back country which he also dearly loved. For many years he flew in to the various back country ranches to treat their livestock. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. 
    Doc is survived by his son Mark and daughter in law Sandy Lange of Caldwell, Ted Lange of Eagle, and Ron Lange of Star and his grandson Mike Lange of Portland Oregon. He is preceded in death by his wife Marilyn and by his two brothers Dean and Ralph Lange. 

    The memorial service will be held at Cole Community Church at 8775 Ustick Road Boise, Idaho on February 28, 2015 at 1pm. There will be a private graveside service immediately afterward. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Cole Community Church. 

    Published in Idaho Statesman on Feb. 24, 2015
  • Ernest Doyle Montgomery ('55 DVM) - January 22, 2015

    Ernest MontgomeryErnest Doyle Montgomery ('55 DVM) - January 22, 2015

    Dr. Ernest Doyle Montgomery's favorite Bible passage was, "Finally, Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praise worth - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace wil be with you." Philippians 4:8-9. 

    Dr. Montgomery tried to uphold that passage whenever possible in life. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue and was dedicated to his community, both locally and globally. Dr.Montgomery gently passed away on Jan. 22, 2015, at Sipes Adult Homecare in SeaTac, where he lived the past three and half years.

    Dr. Montgomery was born March 26 ,1926, in Haubstadt, IN, to Conrad Irwin and Ruby Montgomery. He graduated from Haubstadt High School in 1944. He entered the  Army Air Corps in January 1946, serving the majority of his time in Alaska as a weather and teletype technician until his discharge in September 1950. He then entered the State College of Washington, earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in June 1955.

    Dr. Montgomery was very active and involved in the veterinary community during his career. He opened his first practice. Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital, in Seattle in 1956. On May 1963, he opened Five Corners Veterinary Hospital in Burien with his colleague, Frank Lindeke, DVM. Dr. Montgomery was active in the Seattle Veterinary Medical Association, Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association serving in leadership positions. Washington Governor Booth Gardner appointed him to the Veterinary Board of Governors, where he served from 1994 - 1999. Dr. Montgomery retired in June 1997 and established the Dr. E. Doyle and Mrs. Matilda Montgomery Endowment Fund at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to help students fulfill their dreams of becoming doctors of veterinary medicine. 

    Dr. Montgomery loved his family, life and saw the beauty of each day. He believed in positive thinking and enjoyed phases such as Author Hal Borland's "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." He enjoyed gardening, cooking, community activities, skiing, reading, and traveling domestically and to countries aboard. He served on the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees and later as a Trustee Ambassador. Additionally, he served on the College of Veterinary Medicine Campaign Committee, WSU Foundation Gift Acceptance Cabinet and WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Committee. He was a WSU Foundation Outstanding Service Award Recipient.

    He is predeceased by his brother, Clifford Montgomery of Haubstadt, IN, and Sister Mariam (Montgomery) Bender of Poseyville, IN. He is survived by his wife Matilda Montgomery, whom he married in 1986 and brother David Montgomery of Rogersville, AL He also is survived by daughter Sandra Roberts (Jeff) of Kent by wife Elinor Herfurth; and by daughter Tami Montgomery of by wife Sandi Coffin, Also survived by step-daughters Tarina Baldwin Jenkins (Dave) and MiLinda Baldwin Monaghan (P.J.); and grandchildren Justine Roberts, Kaitlyn Roberts Romain (Josh), Terry Baldwin, Sage Baldwin, Kendal Monaghan and Cruz Monaghan. 

    A memorial celebration will be held this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dr. Montgomery's memory to the Montgomery Scholarship Endowment at the College of Veterinary Medicine, PO Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164.
     

    Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 15, 2015

  • Hans Edmund Flatla ('67 DVM) - December 26, 2014

    Hans FlatlaHans Edmund Flatla ('67 DVM) - December 26, 2014

    Dr. Hans Edmund Flatla passed away on December 26, 2014 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. He was born on December 9, 1935 in Bassano, Alberta to Peder and Mabel Flatla. Hans grew up in Tilley, Alberta. He graduated from Tilley School in 1954. Hans married Mariel Kay Ingram of Brooks, Alberta on December 3, 1954. They were happily married for 60 years. In 1961, after being a hardworking farm family in Tilley, Hans, Mariel and their three young children left for an adventure of a lifetime! They first moved to Calgary and then to the USA. Hans, through the faith and encouragement of his family, earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 1967. Hans was a very energetic, humorous, caring and well respected man. He practiced Veterinary Medicine all over Alberta including Strathmore, Calgary and Olds. He was the responsible for the development of the Veterinary Technology Program at Olds College. His duties as the Registrar of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association were administered with a strong sense of fairness and grace. His last professional achievement before retirement was on Gabriola Island, BC where he practiced Veterinary Medicine once again. Hans is survived by his loving wife Mariel, his daughters Patricia Flatla and Linda McFetridge (Tim), both of Edmonton Alberta. He also leaves behind his youngest son Keith and wife Karen of Gabriola Island British Columbia. Hans was a wonderful Grandfather to eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: Stephen, Scott, Andrew, Michael, Travis, Richard, Amy, Shawna, Levi and Jacob. Hans is also survived by his sisters Alice, Glenda (Lawrence) and brother Raymond (Audrey) and mother Mabel Flatla. He will always be remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Hans was preceded in death by his son Darold Flatla, his father Peder Flatla and brother–in-law Gordon Skriver. Hans enjoyed life to the fullest and made many dear friends during his life. He will be remembered for his constant devotion and love to his family, his faith in God, his dedication to Veterinary Medicine, and most of all for being Hans. A Memorial Service for Hans will be held on Vancouver Island on May 2nd, 1pm at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Parksville, BC.

  • Kerstin F. Brosemer ('95 DVM) - August 3, 2014

    Kerstin BrosemerKerstin F. Brosemer ('95 DVM) - August 3, 2014

    Kerstin F. Brosemer, age 45, of Richland, Wash., passed away at the Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, on Aug. 3, 2014, due to natural causes.

    She was born May 7, 1969, in Pullman, Wash., where she was educated and spent her childhood years. She graduated from Washington State University with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1994. Dr. B, as she was known by her colleagues, was an experienced and very knowledgeable veterinarian of 20 years. She spent the past 10 years practicing emergency room veterinarian care at the Pet Emergency Service in Pasco, Wash. Dr. B loved her calling and the people that she worked with.

    She volunteered much of her free time to animal causes and was at the forefront of emergency medical practices. Kerstin was also a member in good standing of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    She also attained a bachelor's degree in French, received a private pilot's license, was a certified aerobics instructor and played the violin, piano and flute.

    The most fulfilling and happiest part of her life was her loving relationship with her husband, best friend and soul mate, Michael. Those 774 days of her life with Michael was a love story that most people only read or dream about.

    Kerstin was an avid outdoors person. She enjoyed hiking, backpacking, snow-shoeing and mountain biking. Her favorite places to enjoy these activities were all the mountains around the Tri-Cities area, especially Badger Mountain. She also enjoyed hiking in the Cascade Mountains, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Mount St. Helens, Palouse Falls, Multnomah Falls, Eagle Creek and the entire Oregon coast.

    She is survived by her husband, Michael J. Okoniewski; father, Ron Brosemer; mother, Antji Sundermeier; sister, Birgit; two nephews; one niece; her kitties and one old dog that she loved.

    A private memorial service for Kerstin was held on Aug. 8 at Einan's at Sunset.

    Contributions to Dr. B's favorite animal charities follow:

    Prevent Homeless Pets-www.preventhomelesspets.org,

    Pet OverPopulation Prevention - www.popptricities.org. 

    Published in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Aug 15, 2014.
  • Steven Carter Haskins ('69 DVM) - April 26, 2014

    Steven HaskinsSteven Carter Haskins ('69 DVM) - April 26, 2014

    Dr. Haskins, Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, who helped found two veterinary medical specialties, died in a plane crash in eastern Arizona. He was 69.

    Considered the father of veterinary anesthesiology and a pioneer in emergency and critical care, Dr. Haskins authored more than 70 research papers and many book chapters and teaching publications.  He helped form the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care, serving as president of both. He also established one of the first intensive care residency programs.

    “He really was one of the most famous members of our profession. People all over the world were influenced by him,” said Kate Hopper, chief of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s small-animal emergency medicine and critical care service.

    After graduating from Washington State University in 1969 he pursued an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, and then earned a M.S. in anesthesia from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He subsequently became a diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia.

    Dr. Haskins came to UCD in 1975. He went on to play a key role, first in anesthesia and then in establishing emergency and critical care as a specialty, formalizing everything from the taking of blood pressure to patient evaluation in critical care situations. His formal training in anesthesia allowed him to advance the specialty of veterinary anesthesia and address the need to better support animals under anesthesia and drastically reduce the number of animals lost due to unsafe practices.

    In recognition of his teaching abilities, he received distinguished teaching awards at both UC Davis and the University of Minnesota. He was recognized as a gifted teacher, often described as charismatic and funny, he made his students feel included in the sessions and learning activities. 

    He retired in 2006 after 30 years of service to the School.  He continued to teach at UC Davis and around the world. He worked with our residents as recently as this past December.

    In 2007, Washington State University gave Haskins an alumni award for teaching and research. And last September, he was recognized for teaching at all 19 International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposiums.

    *Published by UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

  • William R. McFadden ('57 DVM) - April 12, 2014

    William McfaddenWilliam R. McFadden ('57 DVM) - April 12, 2014

    William Roger McFadden DVM passed peacefully at his home on April 12th, 2014 with his family by his side. He was born May 6th, 1925 in McCool Junction, Nebraska to William Earl and Helen Rachel (Churchill) McFadden.

    Bill joined the Merchant Marines in World War II and served in the South Pacific. After serving his country, he moved to Alaska and opened a dance studio to finance his college education. He graduated from the Veterinary School of Medicine at Washington State University in 1957. After graduation, he moved to Ontario, California and opened his first Animal Hospital. At this time he also worked with Walt Disney Studios animals. In the late 1960s he moved to Sedona, AZ. and opened a new Animal Hospital. Shortly after that, he opened other Animal Hospitals in Flagstaff and Page. With these three offices and his love of flying he was known as the "Flying Vet of Arizona" as he would fly to each office at least once a week. In the mid 1970's, he sold the Sedona and Flagstaff hospitals. Then he moved to Lake Havasu City and opened his new Veterinary practice. In 1978 he started the Western Arizona Humane Society and served as its president for over five years. In 1984 he built and opened the Animal Hospital of Havasu. He was known as "Doc" by most of his friends and pet owners. After selling the Animal Hospital of Havasu and a short retirement, he purchased a pet caring facility and turned it into the Pet Resort. After a few years he retired in 1997.

    Bill was a member of the Elks for over 60 years, London Bridge Rotary Club in which he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award, American Legion, Arizona and California Veterinary Associations as well as a faithful member of the Mount Olive Lutheran Church and Cursillo Member #45 and WSU Alumni Association.

    Bill is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Orline McFadden of Lake Havasu City, AZ; Step-son, Brad Meger of Lake Havasu City, AZ; Step-daughter, Lynn Juneau and her husband Greg of Woodinville, WA and Step-grandchildren, Kyl, Klay, Katy and Tara.

    Services will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Friday, April 18th at 10:30 AM with Pastor Jim Price offering words of comfort.

    Donations can be made in Bill's name to Hospice of Havasu or Mount Olive Lutheran Building Fund.

  • Cathryn Marie Styer ('03 DVM) - March 28, 2014

    Cathryn StyerCathryn Marie Styer ('03 DVM) - March 28, 2014

    Cathy Styer passed away peacefully in her home on March 28, 2014 following a grueling 5-year battle with ovarian cancer. Cathy was born in Seattle on May 5, 1955. She grew up in Seattle and on Vashon Island and graduated from Vashon High School in 1973. Cathy worked as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner for many years in Seattle and Los Angeles. In her early 40's, Cathy began to pursue a second career in veterinary medicine and laboratory research. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2003 and a PhD in comparative pathology from UC Davis in 2010. Cathy was devastated that she could never fully realize her dreams for her second career after her cancer diagnosis. She fought hard to continue working for as long as possible, and her family is grateful for the support provided by her colleagues at UC Davis and the University of Washington.

    Cathy was a beach kid, a music lover, and an insatiable reader. We will miss her humor, her child-like enthusiasm and sense of wonder, and her quiet determination.

    Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 6, 2014
  • Gary Lloyd Schmid ('66 DVM) - February 22, 2014

    Gary SchmidGary Lloyd Schmid ('66 DVM) - February 22, 2014

    On February 22, 2014 Gary passed away at Virginia Mason Hospital from advanced pancreatic cancer at age 71. He was born in Nampa, Idaho April 19, 1942 to Lloyd and Phoebe Schmid.

    Gary enjoyed several activities including hiking, snow and water skiing, and especially watching his horses run at the racetrack.

    Gary received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1966 after his undergrad at Seattle Pacific University. Shortly after graduating WSU, he partnered with Dr Don Mee at the Valley Veterinary Hospital, which came under his ownership for much of the 37 years he practiced veterinary medicine.

    Although he enjoyed working with all animals, Gary had a passion for horses that lead to a hobby of breeding and racing thoroughbreds. Even in retirement, he enjoyed caring for his racehorses and helping others in the breeding process. But his greatest joy was seeing his own horses cross the finish line which made all his hard work worthwhile. Gary also spent time with his grandchildren, as well as inspiring those around the community involved with Rotary, AA, and animals. 

    Gary was involved in several groups including Morning Rotary Club, AA, WSU Alumni, WA Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association.

    Gary Schmid is survived by his wife Barbara Schmid of Ellensburg; son Matthew (Shantel) Schmid of Kansas City; daughter Jennifer (Troy) Brantley of Ellensburg; son Brendan (Shannon) Schmid of Ellensburg; grandchildren Sydney, D'Marco, DeAndre', Taylor, Jade, Hannah, Sarah, Jerin, and Isaiah; sister Cheryl (Ed) Wilkinson of Moses Lake; sister Deborah Fash-Desai (Naren Desai) of Scottsdale, AZ.

    Please join us in celebrating Gary's inspiring life on March 22, 2014 at the Liberty Theater on 5th and Pine in Ellensburg, WA at 2.00PM, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gary's memory and his love for animals to the College of Veterinary Medicine, PO Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164.

    Published in Daily Record from Mar. 3 to Mar. 12, 2014
  • Carol Jo Helfer ('81 DVM) - February 21, 2014

    Carol HelferCarol Jo Helfer ('81 DVM) - February 21, 2014

    Carol Helfer, daughter of Ginger and the late Don Helfer, was born on Jan. 25, 1952, in Tillamook.

    She lived in Tillamook County until the family moved to Corvallis in 1963. Carol graduated from Corvallis High School in 1970, and from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1981. Carol was part of the Portland veterinary community for many years as a general practitioner and president of the Portland Veterinary Association in 1990-91, and president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association in 2002.

    She sold her practice in 1999 to pursue her passion for sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy. She then started Canine Peak Performance, the first practice of its kind in the state of Oregon, where she introduced therapeutic ultrasound, laser, hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill) and therapeutic exercise physical therapy. These services all are taught in veterinary schools now, but 15 years ago Carol was leading the veterinary community into the future.

    She was very familiar with the canine athlete, as that was her passion outside the veterinary hospital. She and her beloved dogs competed nationally in fly-ball, disc, agility and super-dogs. Carol always volunteered to be on-site veterinarian at fly-ball tournaments, and was widely appreciated for her gentle compassion and generosity for competitors and their dogs.

    Carol is survived by her mother, Ginger Helfer of Corvallis; her siblings, Patty Waggener of Atlanta, Ga., and Bob Helfer of Bend; sister-in-law, Susie Helfer of Bend; and two nephews, Steven Waggener of Missoula, Mont., and Jonathan Waggener of Atlanta.

    Carol will be remembered for her strength and independence, and for always being on the forefront of something she was passionate about. Carol left us on Jan. 25, 2014, her 62nd birthday, in Portland. Contributions in Carol’s memory can be made to the Morris Animal Foundation at morrisanimalfoundation.org, or to your local humane society.

  • John H. Schmidt ('52 DVM) - February 6, 2014

    John SchmidtJohn H. Schmidt ('52 DVM) - February 6, 2014

    John H. Schmidt, DVM, who died Feb. 6, 2014, was born in Portland, Ore. June 21, 1926, to Charles and Catarina Schmidt.

    He lived there until entering the  U.S. Navy in 1944 after graduating from Grant High School. He served stateside and in the Pacific until receiving an honorable discharge in 1946.

    He enrolled at Vanport College in Portland and later applied for and was accepted into the veterinary program at Washington State College in Pullman, Wash. While attending Vanport, he met Barbara Jean Mac Donald, the sister of a close friend and classmate. John and Barbara were married on Aug. 6, 1949 in Portland.

    He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1952 as a member of the last class of horse doctors. His class was so named because they performed all of their basic anatomy and physiology study on the horse. All later classes utilized the dog for their basic study.

    After graduation, he practiced in Stockton, Calif.; Merrill, Ore.; Walla Walla, Wash.; and Redmond, Ore., before settling in Klamath Falls in 1960. John retired from the mixed-animal practice at Klamath Animal Clinic in 1987.

    John was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and numerous vintage car clubs. He was also a life member of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and  Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    He greatly enjoyed owning and working with livestock on the small acreage he and Barbara lived on. They had cattle, horses, mules and many dogs over the years. His other hobbies included working on and driving his old Fords, and hunting and fishing. He spent many deer seasons hunting on Steens Mountain and on a friend's ranch in Idaho.
    He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, who died in 2001.

    He is survived by daughter, Tresa Schmidt of Klamath Falls; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Marsha Schmidt of Canby, Ore.; grandchildren, Laura Schmidt of Portland and John Schmidt of Fort Myers, Fla.; brother-in-law, Ken MacDonald of Portland; nephews and their wives, Mark and Pam MacDonald and Bruce and Nancy MacDonald; niece, Joni MacDonald; niece and husband, Carol and Art Krueger; and nephew, Steven Schmidt.

    Memorial gifts may be made to High Desert Hospice, 2894 Greensprings Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97603, or Klamath Animal Shelter, 4240 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.

    Published in Herald And News on Feb. 7, 2014
  • Robert Clovis Goulding ('45 DVM) - February 2014

    Robert GouldingRobert Clovis Goulding ('45 DVM) - February 2014

    Robert Clovis "Dr. Bob" Goulding, was a beloved husband and father. He shared a love of horses and that of being a cowboy.

    Bob died earlier this month in Auburn, peacefully and with his family close by at the age of 91 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Marjorie Goulding, and granddaughter Cynthia Brush.

    Bob was born and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from McClatchy High School and earned his veterinary degree from Washington State University. Bob owned a private vet practice and then held a long career with the State of California in the Bureau of Animal Health's Horse Program. He owned a cattle ranch in Modoc County, California, where he lived the frontier life with spring water, periodic electricity from a gas-powered generator, and a CB radio for communicating with his daughter 20 miles away. After retiring from the State of California he remained active as a judge and advisor for American Endurance Ride Association and the North American Trail Ride Conference. He was a head judge for the Tevis Cup in the 1960's. Bob was one of the original Pony Express riders for the Centennial Pony Express Re-ride, riding from Phillips Station to Strawberry Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on what is now Highway 50. He also served as Wagonmaster for the Kit Carson Mountain Men Annual Wagon Train from South Lake Tahoe to Placerville.

    Bob was active in such organizations as Kit Carson Mountain Men, Native Sons of the Golden West, Masons, Shriners, and St. Peter's Anglican Church.

    Bob is survived by his wife Charlotte of 63 years; children Cathy Baldwin, Candy Phillips, Claudia Brush, Curt Goulding, and Carolyn Goulding; sister Harriet Lawrie; 2 nieces, 6 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

    Donations can be made to: VEF Cynthia Brush Memorial Scholarships, c/o Ken and Claudia Brush, 19724 Dixie River Road, Caldwell, ID 83607, or to your local 4-H club.
    Come celebrate his life with us at Auburn Dewitt Senior Center (Avenue B entrance) on February 8 at 1p.m.

    Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 31, 2014
  • Alan J. Hyde ('80 DVM) - January 24, 2014

    Alan HydeAlan J. Hyde ('80 DVM) - January 24, 2014

    Alan J Hyde, DVM, 59, of Emmett, Idaho, died Jan. 24, 2014, at his home with family by his side.

    Alan was born on May 31, 1954, in Logan, Utah, to Norris and Nona Hyde. He was the youngest of three boys. His family moved to Emmett in 1961 where he attended school, excelling in academic and athletic programs. 

    After graduating from Emmett High School in 1972, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from The University of Idaho in 1976 and graduated from Washington State University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. After earning his degree, Alan returned to Emmett where he partnered with his father, Norris "Doc" Hyde, in their veterinary practice, Animal Medical Center. In 1975, Alan married Jennifer Stevens of Emmett. They had two sons, Monty and Joe. Alan and Jennifer were later divorced and in 1986 Alan married Shannon Korell of Garden Valley. Alan and Shannon had three sons, Toby, Tucker and Yancy. 

    Alan was very active in his community. For those who knew him, he was a support, a mentor and a consummate father-like figure. He was a continuous supporter of the 4-H program, actively involved in high school and youth athletics as coach, booster and fan. 
    Alan's greatest commitment in life was to his sons. His five boys and two granddaughters were all active in various sports and his greatest pleasure was to watch them participate. In over 30 years, he only missed a handful of games. 

    Besides sporting events, Alan's biggest passions were race horses and the outdoors. He valued his relationships in the horseracing community and enjoyed watching his "patients" race. Alan could often be found with family and friends in Idaho's mountains while hunting, fishing or napping under a pine tree. 

    Alan was preceded in death by his father, Norris. He is survived by his mother, Nona Hyde (Chuck White); stepmother, Norma Hyde; brothers Brent (Jan) Hyde and Blaine (Judy) Hyde; five sons, Monty (Sara), Joe, Toby, Tucker and Yancy; two granddaughters, Makayla and Alee Hyde; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friend, Verna Wise and her daughter, Annie Todd.

    Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 2104, at 2 p.m. at Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. Burial will follow at the Emmett Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the viewing on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Emmett High School Football Booster Club, in care of Emmett High School, 721 W. 12th St., Emmett, ID 83617. 

    The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at West Valley ICU in Caldwell and Horizon Hospice Care in Emmett.

  • Emory H. Bull ('61 DVM) - January 4, 2014

    Emory BullEmory H. Bull ('61 DVM) - January 4, 2014

    Broomfield, CO —Dr. Emory H. Bull, 83, a Billings MT native, born April 1, 1930 to Emory and Sylvia Bull, passed away 1/4/2014. 

    He was educated through his junior year in high school in Billings, finishing his senior year in Bozeman. Emory entered the newly formed USAF in November 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1954. Emory married Jean Conley of Harlowton in October 1952. He attended MSU Bozeman and graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1957. 

    Emory attended Washington State University from 1957 to 1961, graduating with a degree in Veterinary medicine. He started Chinook Veterinary clinic, Chinook Montana in March of 1962, practicing large and small animal medicine until 1968. Emory attended Colorado State University, earning an advanced degree in Radiation Biology in 1970. He worked for Ralston Purina Corp and Syntex Corp until 1977 when he purchased Adams Valley Veterinary Clinic in Thornton CO, which he ran until 1988. 

    He finished his veterinary career as a civilian employee of the US Army in Augsburg, Germany and as a radiation specialist in the decommissioning of Rocky Flats Weapons Plant-Golden, Colorado. 

    Emory was also an accomplished musician and played drums with many dance bands throughout the years. 

    He is survived by his wife Jean of 61 years; son Bruce (Tammy) Bull; daughter Lynn (Randy) O'Brien; son Jim Bull; grand-daughters, Sylvia Bull and Victoria Bull; sister Joy Hamlett; and nephew Bradley Hamlett,

    Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 7, 2014

  • Thomas T. Migaki ('61 DVM) - January 3, 2014

    Thomas MigakiThomas T. Migaki ('61 DVM) - January 3, 2014

    Thomas T. Migaki, 86 passed away on January 3. 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN of complications from emergency abdominal surgery. A forty seven year resident of Terre Haute, he was born to Kinhichi and Hisano Migaki on April 23, 1927 in Troy, Montana. Tom graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelors degree in microbiology and received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University. He worked for Pfizer as a research veterinarian for twenty six years and retired in 1992. After his retirement, Tom volunteered as a tutor, delivered Meals on Wheels, worked in the Salvation Army’s food pantry, helped build houses at Habitat for Humanity, served on the vestry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and was an active participant in life, particularly enjoying tennis and golf. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Amy Migaki; He is survived by two sons, Paul (Janet) of Corona del Mar, CA, Gregg of Chicago, grandchildren Lauren and Tom; daughter Mary Ellen Carter (David) of Indianapolis and grandchildren Kyle and Caroline Beagle. He is also survived by an older brother, George (Riyo) of Newberg, OR. He was also preceded in death by another brother, Jim. Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Friday, January 10 at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 215 N 7th Street Terre Haute, IN 47807. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, January 11 at 11 am, also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1961 Endowment, Pullman, WA 99164-7010.

  • Edward Kearley ('61 DVM) - January 2014

    Edward KearleyEdward Kearley ('61 DVM) - January 2014

    Edward O. Kearley, age 84, of Ceres, CA passed away on January 25, 2014 in Turlock. Edward was born on a farm in 1929 near Buhl, ID to Paul & Vera Kearley. He attended Elementary and High School in both Buhl and Wendell, Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho from 1955-57, then moved on to Washingon State University where he earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine. He received his Masters Degree in Agricultural Chemistry from the University of Missouri in 1963, and during that time he taught in the Veterinary Physiology Dept.

    Edward served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-51 and attained the rate of Electricians Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer. In November of 1952 he married Winifred Chesler of Jerome, ID and they farmed with his father from 1952-1956. During that time they had two children, Kathleen and Paul.

    Edward worked in many fields of veterinary medicine until his retirement. He ran a small farm operation since 1973, including a dairy farm for 14 years.

    His many civic works include: President of the Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Assoc. (1977); House of Delegates (1978) & Board of Governors (1979-1982) for the CA Veterinary Medical Assoc.; Trustee for the Turlock Mosquito Abatement Assoc. (1980-1992); Board of Directors (1981-1986) for the Stanislaus Dairy Herd Improvement Assoc.; Registered member of the Boy Scouts of America (20+ years); Scoutmaster of Catholic Troop 51 (4 years); Volunteer Veterinarian for the Heifer Project.

    Edward’s religious activities included: Knights of Columbus, 3rd degree since 1954; Sacred Heart Church ministries: Commentator since 1966; Eucharistic Minister since 1986; Pre-Marriage Program in Finance for 10-11 years; President of the Sacred Heart School Dads Club (1 year); Sacred Heart Men’s Choir (3 years); St. Vincent DePaul Society member since 1970 where he served as Treasurer from 1987-1991 and President since 1992. In 1977 he received the “St. George Emblem” for adult Catholic Scouting from the Stockton Diocese.

    Edward is survived by his wife Winifred; children Kathleen (Robert S.) Kearley-Green of Mill Valley, CA, and Paul (Judy) Kearley of Ceres, CA; siblings Carroll (Tacui) Kearley of Los Angeles, CA, Helen (Jack) White of Simi Valley, CA, Mary Ann Kearley of Chesapeake, VA, and William (Sue) Kearley of Boise, ID; brothers-in-law Gene Chesler of Pocatello, ID and Leon (Nancy Davis) Chesler of Spokane, WA. Edward is also survived by his grandchildren Timothy Green of New Orleans, LA, William Green of Seattle, WA, David Kearley of Ceres, CA, Michael Kearley of Ceres, CA, and Jonathan Kearley of Fresno, CA.

    Rosary will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 5pm at Allen Mortuary. Mass will be held on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Turlock with private burial at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

  • Daniel Yturraspe ('65 DVM) - December 29, 2013

    Daniel YturraspeDaniel Yturraspe ('65 DVM) - December 29, 2013

    Dr. Daniel J. Yturraspe, 75, of San Francisco, California, died Sunday December 29, 2013 of complications from Lung Cancer.

    Dan was born in Caldwell, Idaho on December 20, 1938, to Jesus (Jess) and Maxine Haylett Yturraspe. Raised in Jordan Valley Oregon, the oldest of three boys, Dan showed a passion for animals and a strong determination to become a veterinarian. He spent his summers working at local ranches and graduated from Jordan Valley High School in 1957. He went on to several institutions of higher learning before graduating from Washington State University with distinction as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1965. 

    Dr. Yturraspe then moved to Bakersfield California to work as a surgeon before returning to school to receive his Master's degree and PhD from Colorado State University. There he did pioneering research in small animal spinal surgery, and was published by the University and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

    After his Academic Career, Dr. Yturraspe moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he would practice as a board certified surgeon for 39 years. There he opened his own animal hospital and inspired excellence in others by example. 

    Aside from his 5 decade career as a surgeon, Dan was a noted orchid grower, an avid chef, an artist, and a much loved member of his community. A perfectionist to the core, he demanded excellence, and delivered it. 

    He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Jess and Maxine Yturraspe. He is survived by his two younger brothers, Luis and Vic Yturraspe, cherished friend, Rick Goldman, and countless loving family members and friends. His absence will be felt by all who knew him. 

    His funeral will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Jordan Valley, Oregon at 1:00pm on Friday, January 10, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Bernard's Catholic Church.

    Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 8, 2014
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