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At the December 2013 AAEP Convention in Nashville TN
At the December 2013 AAEP Convention in Nashville TN, 2 WSU alumni and former equine faculty were presented with Distinguished Educator awards.Read More
Vicki L. Thayer ('76 DVM, WSU)
Vicki L. Thayer ('76 DVM, WSU) - Dr. Vicki Thayer is the new president of the Winn Feline Foundation board of directors, the foundation announced Nov. 1, 2011. Dr. Thayer succeeds actress Betty White, who remains on the board.
Kristi Gaddy ('02 DVM) - 2011
Kristi Gaddy ('02 DVM) - 2011
Kristi Gaddy was born December 11, 1971. She lived in southern California most of her life surrounded by a large and loving family. She always had an affinity for animals, beginning at a young age with her beloved dog Poco. Anyone who knew Kristi talked about her joy and light. She was curious, cheerful and positive and had a very strong sense of self.
Following the path of learning, Dr. Gaddy became a graduate of Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and launched into the practice of small animal and exotic medicine in San Diego. She stood out amongst her colleagues for an unflagging commitment to the comfort of her patients, the emotional support of her clients, and the wellbeing of any creature, great or small, that limped, scurried or crawled across her path. She did not shy away from difficult challenges, which she tackled with intellect, creativity, and a deep well of compassion that never faltered. Her stated interest, simply put, was “helping you keep your pet healthy and happy.”
Kristi was remarkably in-tune with living creatures of any sort, and supremely sensitive to suffering. She was tireless and driven to help, often finding injured creatures near her home in need of TLC. Her patients ranged from snails with fractured shells, orphaned neonatal mice, a stink-bug infested with mites, wild pigeons, and the full complement of cats, dogs, reptiles, birds, rabbits and more. For clients in need of special assistance she traveled to help them with patient care in their homes. Her clients sensed her dedication, resolve and compassion, becoming steadfast and loyal followers.
Kristi felt keenly the plight of feral dogs in Mexico and Central America. She had traveled to Mexico where her family was originally from, and on several occasions she volunteered on-site and advised international shelters to better structure their programs in maintaining the health of their stray dog populations. It was her hope to return someday and establish a real sanctuary or self sustainable spay/neuter clinic in Mexico.
Kristi was mom to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 turtles and a few (too many) pigeons. Many of her pets through the years have had special needs, and all were rescued from hardship or illness, some brought back from the brink. Her personal interests included music, photography, crafts and construction, hiking, politics, green living (and more music). In fact, her interests were many, as life held much to captivate, motivate and, sometimes, obsess her. She stayed up all hours learning, researching and exploring her latest point of interest.
Dr. Gaddy leaves behind her mother Lili Lamb, father Mike Gaddy, beloved family and pets (Manina, Tessa, Jackson, Flash, Penny Lane, Boy Bird (and his flock), and more). Lili retired from her loyal client base as an aesthetician in Los Angeles in 2005; she and Kristi combined their resources to purchase a home, perched over a canyon and nestled in the boulders sprinkled along the ridge of La Cresta in El Cajon. It is a place of beauty, spiritual in its embrace of nature. It is one place in which Kristi will come to rest.Memorial
Cindee Carlson ('07 DVM, WSU)
Cindee Carlson ('07 DVM, WSU) - Featured in the Lewiston Tribune.
Michael Ontiveros ('96 DVM)
Michael Ontiveros ('96 DVM) - Dr. Michael Ontiveros has started VetVid, an online site that distributes informational veterinary videos on topics important to pet owners.
Stan Coe ('57)
Stan Coe ('57) - Dr. Stan Coe received the Dean's Extra Mile Award on May 14, given to an individual who has gone the "extra mile" for their college, and colleagues on many occasions.
Sarah Sampson ('99 DVM '08 Ph.D.)
Sarah Sampson ('99 DVM '08 Ph.D.) - Dr. Sarah Sampson received the Camosun College Distinguished Alumni Award. She is currently an assistant professor at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.Read More
Clarence Gansberg ('51 DVM) - December 5, 2011
Clarence Gansberg ('51 DVM) - December 5, 2011Dr. Clarence F. "Clancy" Gansberg, DVM, died of malignant mesothelioma at home in Yuma, Ariz., on Dec. 5, 2011. He was 88 years old.
Dr. Gansberg was born Jan. 24, 1923, in Webster, S.D., and grew up in Stanwood, Wash.
He worked as a sheet metal fitter in the shipyards before joining the Army Air Corps during World War II. As a pilot in the war, he flew the Boeing B29 Superfortress bomber, the largest airplane of its time. He survived 30 missions over Japan and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters, two rows of Asiatic-Pacific ribbons, and The Presidential Unit Citation. He was a first lieutenant and was in line for a commission to captain at Bomber Command Flight Control when the A-Bomb was dropped and the war ended.
After the war, he studied to become a doctor of veterinary medicine at Washington State University. He then moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., where he lived and practiced veterinary medicine for 30 years.
He married Marjorie A. Petty, had three boys, James, Ronald, and Jeffrey, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of the Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Masonic Shriners.
After retiring in 1981, he traveled in the summer and wintered in Yuma.
After learning of a World War II B17 bomber that crashed into the Gila Mountains during training, he climbed to the crash site many times and spearheaded an effort to construct a monument to the crew.
In Yuma, he met his second wife, A. Lorene "Loree" Wirt, and continued associations with the Elks, Shriners, Moose, American Legion, and V.F.W. Annually, he volunteered with the Arizona Game and Fish as veterinarian during captures of desert big horn sheep and Sonoran pronghorn. In his spare time, he enjoyed dancing and forming many lasting friendships.
Dr. Gansberg is survived by his wife Loree Wirt, two sisters Lorraine Watson and Rosalie Whitney, three sons, and seven grandchildren.
Memorials are being planned for sometime in the coming year.
In lieu of flowers, please send in memorial donations to either: Shriners Hospital for Children at http://support.shrinershospitals.org/site/TR/Events/General?pg=fund&fr_id=1030&pxfid=4440or The Hansen-Welles Scholarship Fund, making checks payable to Desert Bighorn Council and sending them to Desert Bighorn Council c/o Dr. Esther Rubin (DBC Secretary), Research Branch, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.Published in Herald And News on Dec. 14, 201
Matthew Maberry ('47)
Matthew Maberry ('47) - Dr. Matthew Maberry recalls the birth of the first elephant born in the United States in more than 40 years in "Packy & Me: The Incredible Tale of Doc Maberry and the Baby Elephant Who Made History." Maberry, 93, wrote the memoir with his wife, Patricia, and Michelle Trappen, a former reporter for The Oregonian.Read More
John Mitten ('65 DVM) - October 21, 2011
John Mitten ('65 DVM) - October 21, 2011Dr. John Q. Mitten, Snohomish Washington, died on October, 21st, 2011 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Dr. Mitten was a graduate of Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1966, and was one of the founding veterinarians of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, Washington. After joining Drs. Gary Duskin and Bob Darlington at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospitalin 1970, Dr. Mitten practiced for over 30 years as a dedicated equine practitioner in the Snohomish County area. He was awarded the Practitioner of the Year in 1997,by the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Mitten is survived by his four children (Laurie, Eric, Stephanie, and Phillip) and4 grandchildren. Please join us for a celebration of his life to be held at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 20, 2011
Harold McCutchan ('81 BS in Biochemistry-pre-medical, DVM)
Harold McCutchan ('81 BS in Biochemistry-pre-medical, DVM) - Snohomish County orthopedic surgeon, was inducted in to the 2011 Blanchet High School Hall of Fame as part of the 1974 boys state soccer championship team. McCutchan played mid-field for the Blanchet soccer team for three years, and earned three varsity letters. In 1977, he went on to play on Seattle Pacific University's men's soccer team, which placed second in the NCAA championship. He also played on Washington State University's men's soccer team from 1978-1980, winning the NWICA championship all three years.
McCutchan has a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry (now part of the School of Molecular Biosciences) from WSU. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1986 and completed residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences in Denver.
He is an American Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, with special interest in sports injuries. He is in private practice in Everett and is affiliated with the American Medical Association, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Washington State Medical Association.
Marty Becker ('80 DVM), Leo Bustad ('49 DVM), Todd Coleman ('04), Greg Ingman ('81), and Janice Seigford ('03 PhD)
Marty Becker ('80 DVM), Leo Bustad ('49 DVM), Todd Coleman ('04), Greg Ingman ('81), and Janice Seigford ('03 PhD) - Read about CVM alumni Dr. Marty Becker, Dr. Leo Bustad, Dr. Todd Coleman, Dr. Greg Ingman, and Dr. Janice Seigford in Washington State Magazines article "The Things We Do for our Dogs (and what they do for us)."
Isaac Bott ('09 DVM)
Isaac Bott ('09 DVM) - Dr. Issac Bott artificially inseminated a reindeer resulting in Sandy, one of the world's first baby reindeer to be conceived via AI.
Isaac Bott ('09 DVM) - Dr. Isaac Bott specializes in reindeer reproductive services, has developed a way to artificially inseminate reindeer successfully. He also works with bighorn sheep, elk, and water buffalo.Read More
Sheryl McDevitt ('77 DVM, WSU)
Sheryl McDevitt ('77 DVM, WSU) - Dr. Cheryl McDevitt discusses dressing your pet: function or fashion, in the Seattle Times.
Kim Nicholas ('84 DVM, WSU)
Kim Nicholas ('84 DVM, WSU) - Dr. Kim Nicholas answers questions about lumps and bumps in the Seattle Times.
Kim Nicholas ('84 DVM, WSU) - Published a children's book titled "A Special Place Called Moholo" based on his work with the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa. All proceeds will go to support the center.
Matt Mickas ('97 DVM, WSU)
Matt Mickas ('97 DVM, WSU) - Dr. Matt Mickas answers questions about Vaccinations for indoor cats in the Seattle Times.
John Gorham (DVM) - October 14, 2011
John Gorham (DVM) - October 14, 2011John Richard Gorham, a resident of Pullman, Wash. for 69 years, died on Oct. 14, 2011, at his Bishop Place residence where he had lived for the past six years.
Gorham was born on Dec. 19, 1922 to Richard and Mae Gorham in Puyallup, Wash. He was reared and educated in Sumner, Wash.
Following graduation from Sumner High School, he attended Washington State College (now Washington State University) where he was a member of the freshman basketball team. He received a Bachelor’s Degree, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from WSC. He also received a Master’s degree, the first given at Washington State University in Veterinary Medicine. In 1952 he received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
While at WSC, he met and married Mary Ellen Martin on May 23, 1944. During WW II he served in the U.S. Army, while completing veterinary school. Gorham also served in the U.S Army Reserve as a major and continued to serve in the U.S Reserve Veterinary Corp.
Following graduation, he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was research leader for animal diseases at Pullman. He held this position until 1995, when he retired from the USDA. At the time of his death, he remained a Professor in the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2011, he was named a WSU Diamond Donor for 50 years of contributions to the WSU Foundation. He and his wife are honored with a sidewalk plaque along the Walk of Fame in downtown Pullman.
Gorham was a charter member of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, a charter member of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and an honorary member of the American College of Veterinary Pathology. He was elected to membership in the National Academies of Practice and was an overseas member of the British Royal Society of Medicine as well as the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He was the author or co-author of more than 700 publications. Two virus strains are named after Gorham; cell-adapted Aleutian Disease virus and a distemper virus.
Gorham was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Zeta. He also was a past president of the Cougar Club, a member of the WSU Foundation and a retired member of Good Fellowship. In 1975, he led the first veterinary delegation to the Soviet Union.
Gorham received many honors during his lifetime including the Gaines Medal and also the International Veterinary Award given by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award, Fur Farming Industry’s Hall of Fame, and the USDA’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year in 1991. He was the first veterinarian inducted into the USDA Agricultural Research Service Hall of Fame and to receive the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University’s highest alumni honor. He also was named a Legend in Veterinary Medicine, was initiated into the USDA’s Hall of Fame and he received the Gold Headed Cane award from the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology. In 2007, after he retired he received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Lifetime Excellence in Research Award given to one veterinarian in the United States each years.
During his lifetime, Gorham traveled to more than 50 countries to advise foreign research programs. He represented the United States as chairman of the Biotechnology Committee of the World Health Organization and was on other international committees.
He was a world authority on fur animal and canine diseases and contributed significantly to slow virus disease research. His most important contributions included discovery of a new rickettsial disease of dogs, control of nutritional diseases of mink, laboratory tests for dog and mink diseases, and a spray vaccine used for immunization of at least 20 million mink worldwide each year.
He was an enthusiastic gardener, enjoyed fishing and camping and he traveled extensively in a Born Free motor home. He was a Ham radio operator (W7MEH), a hobby he started when he was in high school. He was an ardent supporter of WSU’s football and basketball programs and seldom missed Pac-10 home games.
His philosophy was expressed in the many lectures he gave and summarized here:
Research is a great life.
You meet a lot of interesting people.
You work in a warm room.
You don’t have to lift anything heavy.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years at their Bishop Place cottage, one daughter, Katherine and her husband, Roscoe Caron, one son, Dr. Jay Gorham and his wife, Karla, and two granddaughters, Lindsay Thompson and Casey Vogt.
At his request, no service will be held. Memorials are suggested to the Comparative Medicine Scholarship, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, PO P O Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164.
Kerri Marshall ('85 DVM, WSU)
Kerri Marshall ('85 DVM, WSU) - Named as Executive Vice President of Customer Experience for the Pet Insurance Provider Trupanion.Read More
Jack S. Dunlap (DVM) - September 25, 2011
Jack S. Dunlap (DVM) - September 25, 2011
Dr. Jack S. Dunlap, a long-time resident of Pullman, died Sept. 25, 2011, in Reno, Nev.
Dr. Dunlap earned his bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science in parasitology and doctor of veterinary medicine degrees from Michigan State University in 1949 and 1950. Dr. Dunlap began his career at Washington State University in 1950 as an assistant professor of veterinary parasitology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He became a full professor in 1961. During his tenure, Dr. Dunlap also served as acting chair of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.
He was a veteran of the Army, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Dr. Dunlap retired from WSU in 1978 as professor emeritus. After retiring from teaching and research, he loved to spend time at his cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, reading, golfing and traveling. Dr. Dunlap is survived by a son, daughter, stepdaughter and several grandchildren.Published Online in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on Dec. 17, 2011.
Lance Perryman ('70 DVM, WSU)
Lance Perryman ('70 DVM, WSU) - Dr. Lance Perryman steps down as Dean of Colorado State University.
Lance Perryman ('70 DVM, '75 PhD) - Received the WSU Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award.