DVM In Memoriam

  • John W. Unis, Jr. ('57 DVM) - August 7, 2018

    Dr. John W. Unis, Jr, DVM, passed away on August 7, 2018 at home under Hospice care in Dragoon, AZ. He was 87 years old. He was born on September 23, 1930 in Seattle, WA and graduated from Olympia High School in Olympia, WA in 1948. He received a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, WA in 1952. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Washington State University in 1957. He worked as a Staff Veterinarian and Surgeon at Burien Veterinary Hospital in Burien, WA from 1957 to 1960. He then established the Olympia Veterinary Hospital in 1960, where he practiced veterinary medicine until he sold his practice in 1980 and moved to Pearce, AZ and opened Valley Veterinary Service. He retired from veterinary medicine in 1988, but continued to do consulting work for other veterinarians. He was a former Chairman of the American Animal Hospital Association and member of Animal Technician program Advisory Committee, an Executive Board member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Washington State Veterinary Medical Association and past president of the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Association.

    John received a degree in Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance from Cochise College in Douglas, AZ in 1988. He earned certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and went to work for America West Airlines in Phoenix, AZ. He was an aircraft line mechanic and then a technical writer until his retirement in 1997.

    Dr. Unis was involved in numerous civic and academic organizations throughout his career to include the Seattle Opera Association, Northwest Ballet Guide, Olympia Opera Guild, Olympia Kiwanis International, Capital Lions Club, Elks Lodge, Greater Olympia Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County Humane Society, Smithsonian Institution, National Wildlife Association, National Geographic Society, National Oceanographic Foundation, Alpha Psi Omega and Alpha Phi Omega, National Small Business Association, Olympia Yacht Club and was a past Commander of the Olympia Power Squadron boating organization. He was a member of the Washington State National Guard from 1948-1951. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Sunsites, AZ fire department.

    Dr. Unis was married to Ellen M. Harms, of Davenport, WA, from 1953-1964. They had two sons – Brian D. Unis and Richard E. Unis. Brian lives in Edane, Sweden and Richard lives in Leesburg, VA. Richard has a wife, Cynthia, and three daughters; Kristina, Hillary, and Hannah.

    Dr. Unis was remarried in 1965 to Laura E. Fry. They had a daughter, Suzanne M. Unis (now Campbell), who lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, Paul Campbell, and their daughter, Heather Campbell. Laura had one son, Edward Garvin, and one daughter, Cathy Unis, from a previous marriage. John and Laura divorced in 1974.

    John remarried again in 1983 to Ralphine C. Matuszak, of Dragoon, AZ. John and Ralphine were still married at the time of his passing. Ralphine lives in Dragoon. Ralphine has three daughters (Robin Bruch, Susan Collins and Fawn McGee), and one son (Adam Matuszak- who is deceased) from a previous marriage. Ralphine has ten grandchildren.

    Dr. Unis was cremated and his ashes will be buried at Olympic Memorial Gardens in Tumwater, WA, next to his parents, Dr. John W. Unis, Sr, MD and Esther Unis, RN.

  • Michael J. Leinweber ('65 DVM) - May 26, 2018

    Michael Joel Leinweber was born to Alfred and Bernyce (Plowman) Leinweber on January 10, 1940, joining an older sister. Growing up on a small family farm near LaCrosse, Washington, he held a deep love and appreciation for his childhood. He fondly remembered shooting baskets with his Dad, playing cards with his family when they were mudded in, bucking bales, grooming steers for the fair, participating in football, basketball, and baseball, as well as playing the trumpet in the LaCrosse High School band.

    He loved life on the farm and would have considered becoming a farmer but his mother kept telling him that he needed to get an education because "this farm is too small to support two families." Consequently, he attended WSU where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation and a short stint in private practice, he reported for military duty with the US Air Force. This was during the Vietnam War when most young men were either drafted or enlisted. He enlisted. He married Betty White and the two of them started married life in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he was stationed. After his two-year commitment to the Air Force was over, they moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where he worked in a private practice. During this time their first son was born in Corvallis. A year and a half later, they moved to Spokane where he joined Roger Harder at the Garland Animal Clinic in a partnership that lasted over thirty years. In Spokane, a second son and a daughter rounded out the family.

    Early family life was filled with camping at Priest Lake, floating the Little Spokane River, bird hunting, fishing, fantasy football leagues, running, following his children's activities, and attending WSU athletic events. He loved his profession and the people and clients he worked with. He was an active member of the North Spokane Rotary Club, Country Homes Christian Church and later Covenant Methodist Church. After retiring, he and Betty moved to Pullman, where he was an active member of the Pullman Rotary Club and Pullman Presbyterian Church. During empty nester and retirement years he enjoyed time with his 12 grandchildren, traveling with friends, gardening, investment club, wood carving and yet more WSU athletic events.

    Michael was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Bernyce Leinweber. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; sons Chad (Heidi) Leinweber and Kurt (Shaula) Leinweber; daughter Anne (Shaun) Ljunggren; twelve grandchildren: Kayla (Shane) Wise, Jacob, Emily, Erika, Katie, Luke, Jackson, Nathan, Joel, and Grace Leinweber, and Olivia and Finn Ljunggren; sister Judy (Bud) Aune of Colfax WA, aunts Bev Dahmen and Esther Johnson, and uncle Lloyd Madison.

    The family thanks the staff of the Rockwood Atrium for the loving care they gave to him and his family. 

    Mike, we love you and miss you.

    The service honoring Mike will be held Saturday, July 7, 1:00 at Covenant Methodist Church, 15515 N. Gleneden Drive, Spokane, WA. Reception to follow.

    Donations in his memory may be made to Christian Veterinary Mission (www.cvmusa.org/donate-now/greatestneed); Rotoplast International (www.rotoplast.org) for cleft palate surgery; or a charity of your choice.

    Published in Spokesman-Review on June 10, 2018.

  • Andrew I. Moe ('54 DVM) - February 19, 2018

    Andrew I. Moe, 91, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2018 after a long illness.

    Andrew was born in Tacoma, WA to Ole and Ingeborg Moe. He was the youngest in his family with four brothers and three sisters. He was married for 51 years to the “personification of young womanhood,” his lovely wife Dorothy Moe. He is survived by his well-loved children, Sylvia McGowan (Gene), Pam Barker (Neill), and Joyce Moe (Martha); grandchildren, Pam, Josh, Lindsey, Sam, Andrew, Loralyn, James, Brittany, Melissa, and Carolyn; great-grandchildren, Ben, Jackson, Samson, and Lucy; brother-in-law William Becker (Christine); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    After completing undergraduate degrees at College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Andrew earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State College in Pullman. Andrew was a Regulatory Veterinarian for the State of California for 33 years. His work included eradicating brucellosis in cattle in California. He was also on the task force that eliminated Avian Influenza from Southern California in the 1970s. He was a member of the No. San Joaquin Vet Med Assn (Pres 1979) and a Charter Member of the Calif Vet Medical Assn.

    Service to his country, his community, and his family was a core value for Andrew. He served in the Air Force on active duty from 1954-1956 and in the Air Force Reserves for 28 years, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and would have been the commanding officer of a MASH hospital to arrive on the seventh plane, if forces were deployed into Cuba. He was a VFW Life Member (Commander Post 4144/1998-2001, Quartermaster 2000-02, Trustee Post 3199/2004-05), a Charter Member of the Military Officers Assn, and a Life Member of the following organizations: American Legion, Reserve Officers Assn, Retired Officers Assn, and Assn of Military Surgeons US.

    Andrew was also a member of The Shriners (Bd Dirs Modesto 1995), Masons (Illustrious Master Modesto Chpt 1983, Allied Masonic Degrees Pres 1991, Man of Yr Award 1999), York Rite, and Scottish Rite (Pres Central Valley 1997, Bd Dirs 1998-2004). He served as “Rainbow Dad” and a board member for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (Grand Cross of Color). He chaperoned dances and drove carloads of Rainbow Girls to many events. He was also a member of the Sons of Norway, and the Modesto Elks Lodge 1282. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church for over 50 years and served in several roles there.

    Andrew touted himself as a “Man of Moderate Means with a Few Non-Problems.” In his retirement, he enjoyed having coffee with friends at the Brenda Athletic Club and a glass or two of wine at VFW 3199 or at the Elks Lodge. He had a very analytical mind and could fix or build anything around the house. Andrew was a mentor and very influential to numerous people during his lifetime through his willingness to help those in need. He had a knack for encouraging others and could put a positive spin on almost any situation. His honesty, integrity, and respect for others proved a role model for everyone who knew him.

    Andrew will be honored with a military ceremony at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella on Tuesday, February 27th at 11:30AM, and with a Memorial Service at Franklin and Downs McHenry Chapel on Saturday, March 17th at 11:00AM. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice mentioning Andrew’s name.


  • William Edward Babcock

    William E. Babcock ('45 DVM) - October 17, 2017

    William Edward Babcock, age 95, died at home in Terre Haute, Indiana. A native of Buhl, Idaho, Bill was born October 15, 1922, son of Everett E. Babcock and Ona Zbinden Babcock. 

    Bill graduated from Buhl High School in 1940. He attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA where he was a member of the Army Student Training Program and graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May 1945. While at Washington State Bill met the love of his life, Nina Virginia March. They were married January 26, 1945. 
    In May 1945, Bill and Nina moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Bill took a position at Oregon State University in the Poultry Disease lab. Following his research appointment, they moved to Buhl, Idaho where Bill opened a veterinary practice in his parents’ home. Bill enlisted in the US Army in August 1946 and served in the Veterinary Corps. He was posted to Fort Riley, Kansas where he cared for the horses in the last active cavalry unit of the US Army. His military service was completed in 1948 as a Captain. In the Spring of 1949, the Babcocks returned to Corvallis where Bill assumed the position of Associate Professor at OSU. In 1963, the family moved to Terre Haute, Indiana and Bill began his career with Pfizer Animal Health. He retired in 1988 as Director of Animal Health Research. Bill and Nina lived a full and happy life together. They loved to dance, ski, and travel with friends and family and were long time members of The Country Club of Terre Haute. 

    He leaves to cherish his memory Nina Virginia Babcock, his loving wife of 72 years, devoted children Robert E. Babcock (Rebecca) Port Lavaca, TX, Virginia A. Ware (Douglas) Chapel Hill, NC, Lora B. Mail (Rodney) Indianapolis, IN and Thomas W. Babcock (Deborah) Fair Haven, NJ. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren Jeffery Babcock (Traci), Allison Babcock (David Nagle), Kara Shane (Robert) and Jay Babcock (Stacy), Anna Marie Ware and Kristin Ware, Anne Mail, Ellen Mail, and Clare Mail (Michael Rardon), William Babcock (Katherine), Sarah Babcock, Ann Babcock and Thomas Babcock. In addition, there are four great grandchildren, Dimitri Babcock, Braxton Nagle, Parker Nagle and Robert Shane. Bill was predeceased by his parents Everett E. Babcock and Ona Zbinden Babcock and brother Donald Babcock. 

    The family is grateful the for the home care aides whose compassionate care allowed the fulfillment of his wishes to remain at home. 

    A true gentleman, honest and humble with a twinkle in his eyes, Bill is fondly remembered for his love of family and friends. 

  • Daniel Leonard DeWeert ('78 DVM) - September 12, 2017

    Dr. Daniel Leonard DeWeert, age 69, of Twisp, passed away at the VA Hospital of Puget Sound on Sept. 12, 2017. He was born on Jan. 31, 1948, to Ray and Mary-Jo DeWeert in Kelso, Washington.

    Dan was raised in Kelso, and graduated from Kelso High School in 1966. He then served as a veterinary technician in the U.S. Air Force.

    Dan graduated from The Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He worked as an associate veterinarian in Brewster, before starting Valley Veterinary Clinic in Twisp later that year. He specialized in equine medicine and small animal orthopedics.

    Dan was involved in the Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at both the state and national level for many years. He served as president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) from 1986-1987. After serving as president, Dan served as a delegate for the WSVMA and AVMA House of Delegates for 10 years. During his last three years in the House, Dan was a member of the House Advisory Committee representing Equine Medicine. Only seven veterinarians from the United States are asked to serve on this committee at any one time.

    Dan was honored by the recognitions that he received while serving his profession. In 1987, WSU presented Dan with an Outstanding Leadership Award in the WSVMA. In 1991, the AVMA recognized Dan and longtime friend, Dr. Gary Duskin, for their roles as co-chairmen for the AVMA convention in Seattle, and, in 2011, Dan was the recipient of the WSVMA Veterinary of the Year award.

    Locally, Dan provided veterinary services to the annual rodeos and Omak Suicide race — providing support of local heritage. Dan made a clinic policy of keeping the doors open for students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. This culminated in nine students who went on to become veterinarians and six who became veterinary technicians. Dr. Dan was very proud of his professional accomplishments, as well as being able to serve both the local and national veterinary communities.

    After practicing veterinary medicine for 38 years, Dan retired in the fall of 2015. He enjoyed his additional time with family and friends, and frequented the vet clinic regularly to lend advice and visit with clients. An avid sports fan, Dan loved the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks, and was fiercely loyal to the Washington State Cougar football team, where he played college football himself for one year before having to step down due to injury.

    Dan was always proud of living and raising his family in the Methow Valley, and being an active member of his community gave him a great sense of self-worth. He coached football at Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School for nine years, and loved to reminisce about the years he spent there “torturing the boys.” He also assisted with AAU basketball, coached and umpired Little League baseball, and served in the Kiwanis and Community Accountability Board. When he wasn’t chasing around his family or serving the community, Dan was at home in the outdoors. During the summer months, you could find him with his family and friends on horseback, chasing cows, or exploring the many trails around the Methow Valley. In the fall, he could be found looking for any deer that had horns.

    Dan was devoted to his profession and family, and was well known for sharing his stories with those who would listen. The stories he shared gave all of us a glimpse into the life of a man who was deeply ingrained into the soul of his community and family. Whether diving into the many stories of animals he’d saved, or how proud he was of his family — some of us may remember hearing about his grandson Marquis’s football exploits — Dan was quick to share a smile, and would always take the time to ask about someone’s family, to see how everyone was doing.

    Dan is survived by his wife, Terri; his four sisters, Rose, Patti, Cindi and Carol; his two daughters, Kellie and Sara; his two step-sons, Doug and Ryan; and his three grandchildren, Marquis, Desmond and Arya.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Mary-Josephine, and his brother Art.

    Doctor, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Dan was a man who lived larger than life, and shared his big heart with everyone he could. He will be dearly missed, and fondly remembered. Go Cougs!

    A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday (Sept. 22) at noon in the Beaver Creek Cemetery, Twisp.

    A celebration of Dan’s Life is to follow service at the Pipestone Canyon Ranch Event Center, 448 Balky Hill Road, Twisp. Please bring your favorite dish for a potluck and pig roast. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel of Okanogan is caring for the arrangements.

    Published in the Methow Valley News on Sept. 21, 2017.
  • Ronald L. Persing ('54 DVM) - July 28, 2017

    Dr. Persing (Washington State '54), 88, Springfield, Oregon, died July 28, 2017. He worked as a staff pathologist for Battelle Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio, prior to retirement in 1995. As part of the biomedical team of the laboratory, Dr. Persing participated in pathologic and toxicologic studies of chemicals and drugs. Earlier, he served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel. During that time, Dr. Persing worked at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.; the Air Force weapons laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the biomedical division of the former United States Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Maryland.

    His daughter and son, and six grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.

    *As published by AVMA.org

    CVM Alumni News
  • Alfred Hallowell

    Alfred Lee Hallowell ('57 DVM) - November 2, 2017

    Longtime Washington horseman and respected equine reproduction specialist, A. L. "Bud" Hallowell, 85, passed away at home on November 2, 2017. Bud was appointed to the Washington Horse Racing Commission in December 2004 upon the death of fellow veterinarian Dr. Robert Mead. He served until December 2012 when he resigned to care for his ailing wife. He had first been licensed by the WHRC in 1954.

    He was born in Yakima on September 21, 1932, to Russell and Ruth Hallowell, joining his sister Mary. His love of horses led him, at the age of 12, to begin hot-walking horses at Longacres Racetrack in Renton. He graduated from Highline High School, the same school from which his future wife, Pat, also graduated. Bud attended Washington State College and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1957.

    Bud practiced veterinary medicine in Washington from 1957 to 1963, working for clinics in Ellensburg and Centralia before becoming the farm veterinarian for the Agnew family’s T-9-O Ranch in Tenino. In January of 1964 the family moved to Kentucky to allow Bud to work with famed equine practitioner Dr. William McGee. After spending the 1964 breeding and foaling season in Lexington, he turned down an offer to remain in practice with Dr. McGee and returned to Washington to start a private equine practice. During the remaining years of his veterinary career he specialized in work concerned with breeding and foaling horses, mainly Thoroughbreds.

    Beginning in the mid-1960s, he and Pat became commercial Thoroughbred breeders. Among the many good horses the Auburn couple bred was 1981 Washington champion three-year-old Tavy Blue, whose dam Miss Peone was named Washington broodmare of the year that same season.

    The longtime WTBOA member served on the WTBOA board of directors, as sales veterinarian and on the sales, magazine and various other committees, as well as on various industry-related committees and advisory boards, including the board of the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation.

    He was a lifetime member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCT).

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 2014; and daughter, Laurie Rae Weiss, in 2013. Bud is survived by his sister, Mary Auvil; daughter, Lynn Hallowell; son-in-law, Rolf Torgerson; granddaughter, Lysne Torgerson; and grandson-in-law, Jeff Stein.

    *As published by Washington Horse Racing Commission 

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    Robert Whitaker ('54 DVM) - November 5, 2017

    Dr. Robert P. Whitaker Passed on to be with Jesus, surrounded by his family, November 5, 2017. He was born in Whittier, CA in 1923. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps from 1943-46. His regard for animals led him to graduate from Washington State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1954. Bob loved his profession, and spent 28 years in his practice, Clover Park Veterinary Hospital, in Lakewood, WA. Bob met and married the love of his life, Jean, while at WSU. They were married for 68 years. He is survived by his wife Jean, his daughters Mary Kay and Lynn, his son Steve, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Bob's honor at 11:00 AM November 10, 2017 at Mission Woods Presbyterian Church, 2003 Taylor Street, Edgewood, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Washington State Veterinary Scholarship Fund, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 8, 2017

  • Aimee Witherspoon 

    Aimee Witherspoon ('79 DVM) - October 5, 2017

    The Reflector
  • Gregory-BoivinGregory (Greg) Paul Boivin ('89 DVM) - August 11, 2017

    Gregory (Greg) Paul Boivin 55, lost his courageous fight to pancreatic cancer on Friday, August 11, 2017. 

    Greg was born July 31, 1962 to Daniel and Linda Boivin in Seattle, Washington. Greg never lost his love for the State of Washington and was a long-time season football ticket holder for University of Washington Huskies. Greg’s greatest love were his children. He thoroughly enjoyed hiking, music, traveling and attending Reds baseball, U-Dub and Mizzou football games. In 2007 Greg and a few close friends hiked the John Muir trail lasting 20 days and was one of Greg’s fondest hiking memories. 

    Greg leaves behind his two children, Jordan and Kayla and his Fiancée Pam Williams who were the love of his life. Greg and Pam often referred to their family as the Brady Bunch consisting of Jordan, Kayla, Keaton, Ginny and Sam. Greg is survived by his father Dan Boivin (Treva) and his two loving and supportive sisters, Donna Ditore (Joe) and Diane Donovan and his four favorite nieces and nephews, Michelle Ditore, Anthony Ditore, Megan Ditore and Sean Donovan.

    He was preceded in death by his mother Linda Boivin in 2011.

    Greg graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1984 and Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Greg did his residency at University of Missouri from 1989-1992 and moved to Cincinnati in 1992 working for University of Cincinnati until 2008 as Director of the Division of Comparative Pathology. In 2008 Greg accepted his current position at Wright State University as Professor for Department of Pathology, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Laboratory Animal Resources. Since 1992 Greg worked part time for Cincinnati VA as Veterinary Medical Officer. 

    Greg’s research was focused on colon cancer and tendon repair. He was also a strong advocate for the humane care and use of animals used in research to improve human and animal health. Greg was known as an outstanding comparative pathologist, veterinary scientist and collaborator with almost 150 scientific publications. He was proud that his publications have reached every major scientific journal. 
    Greg was a member of many professional organizations relating to his industry and in lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine www.aclam.org or American Association for Laboratory Animal Science www.aalas.org.

  • Gary DuskinGary Duskin ('61 DVM) - August 2, 2017

    Dr. Gary Duskin, DVM of Stanwood, WA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the age of 80. Gary was born to Gordon and Helen Duskin on October 29, 1936, in Arlington, WA. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1955 with his sweetheart and future wife, Marie. They were married, and celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on the date of his passing. Gary graduated from Washington State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961 and was a co-founder of Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital. He enjoyed being a board member, officer and President of several veterinary organizations, both locally and internationally. Part of his lifetime passion for horses included breeding, raising and racing thoroughbreds and he enjoyed a long association with Longacres and Emerald Downs. His love of horses and the outdoors poured over into his personal life; Gary was often found trail riding, fishing and hunting. He was active in his church community and valued faith and family above all else. Gary and Marie raised their four children at Top O' the Ridge Thoroughbred Farm in Lake Stevens, WA, which they ultimately sold to become Cavelero Mid High School. Gary was preceded in death by his brother, Dennis. He is survived by his wife, Marie: brothers, Dale (Carol) Duskin and David (Kay) Duskin, sister, Margie (Dennis) Donnelly; children, Scott (Deanna) Duskin, Todd (Becky) Duskin, Lisa (Jesse) Hanson, Chris (Becca) Duskin, Robert (Virginia) Dutcher, and eleven grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at Evergreen Funeral Home, Everett. The Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 11, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Marysville. Donations may be made to the Gary and Marie Duskin Endowed Scholarship at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Published in The Herald (Everett) from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2017
  • Edward HarnessEdward Harness ('00 DVM) - July 27, 2017

    Edward Dale Harness DVM passed away unexpectedly at his home in Jerome, Idaho on July 27, 2017 at the age of 44.

    He was born in Gary, Indiana January 27, 1973 to F. Irene (Johnson) and A. Lee Harness. In 1978 his family moved to Corral, Idaho where Eddie remained until completing high school and receiving his appointment to the U.S Naval Academy. He later attended the University of Idaho followed by graduate school at Washington State University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. His passion for the dairy/agricultural industry and love for animals was reflected in how he practiced. From 1994 to 1998 he was married to Suzanne Collett and to this union had a beautiful baby girl, Kaity Marie Harness. Kaity was Ed’s pride and joy. On September 30, 2000 to 2015 he was married to Kassidy Dowton and with that marriage came two wonderful children Dylan Lee Dowton and Mckenzie Jo Dowton. Edward’s last years were spent with his girlfriend and collogue Amanda Wright DVM. Ed enjoyed attending church, camping, fishing, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, but most of all FIREWORKS!!!

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Freida Irene Harness.

    He is survived by his father A. Lee Harness, Fairfield; sister, Lori (Jim) Bott, Mountain Home; daughter, Kaitlyn Harness, Twin Falls/Moscow; son, Dylan (Amber) Dowton, Shoshone; daughter, Mckenzie Dowton, Twin Falls; and grandson, Rhett Lee Dowton, Shoshone.

    The family would like you to join them for a viewing Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Farnsworth Mortuary, 1343 South Lincoln Ave., Jerome, Idaho 83338.

    A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Amazing Grace Fellowship, 1061 Eastland Drive N, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301 with a reception immediately following the memorial service.

    Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Eddie's memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.

  • Annie WhiteAnnie White ('00 DVM) - May 2, 2017

    Annie White, age 52, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at University California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA after a courageous 4 year battle with cancer. She was born April 19, 1965, in Seattle, WA to Edmund and Meg (O'Brien) Raftis. She was a 1987 graduate of Georgetown University and received a degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 2000. 

    Annie was a force that exuded possibility and she savored every experience. Her life adventures and keen intellect were fueled at Georgetown and later Washington State University. A timeless sense of style supported her career start in fashion at Ralph Lauren, what for many would have been the pinnacle of achievement. But not for Annie. Next came veterinary school and years of caring for animals, along with learning to sail and dedicating her time to humanity with her service work in Africa. A full life by any measure. In September 2006, Annie married Carter A. White in Seattle, WA and later that year set forth on a 10-year journey with Carter when they relocated to Dublin, Ireland. On October 17, 2008, she landed the most important role of her life - becoming a mother. She poured her heart and soul into her beloved Jack. A moment with him and you can see her smile and feel her joy.

    The chapters of Annie's life read as a story of compassion and service. She lived her life heart first, acting with love and kindness always. She was incredibly fierce and brave too, embodying the kind of quiet courage others lean into. Annie faced her cancer diagnosis with a ROAR and chose an attitude of "health is not the absence of disease, but the presence of vitality." 

    Annie Raftis White...joyous, angelic, inspiring. You will be missed and forever in our hearts.

    Her memory lives on through her husband, Carter and son, Jack; father Ed Raftis of Seattle, WA; mother, Meg (Stillman Brown) Raftis of Stonington, CT; brother, Timothy (Jennifer) Raftis of Moraga, CA; sister Jeanine (Earl) Ford of Shelby, NC; and her nieces, nephew, cousins and countless friends.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Annie's memory to iCan Ireland (www.idonate.ie/annieraftiswhite) or the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/annie)

    Published in The Seattle Times on June 18, 2017

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    Dean H. Smith (DVM) - May 3, 2016

    Dr. Dean H. Smith was born to Albert Ross Smith and Alma Loree Smith (nee Rinehart) in Dayton, Washington He graduated from Dayton High School, received his Bachelor of Science and Veterinarian degrees from Washington State University and his Master of Science degree from Oregon State University. He married Catherine Therese Bennett in July 1945. During his career, in addition to having been on the faculty of Oregon State University, Dr. Smith served in the Army Veterinarian Corps, operated a private veterinarian practice, was an active wheat farmer and cattle rancher, and also served as supervisor of the Federal-State programs in the Animal Health Division of the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture. In Dr. Smith’s final role he was appointed State Veterinarian, Washington State Dept. of Agriculture. 

    In 1965-66, while of the faculty at Oregon State University, Dr. Smith served as a Fulbright Lecturer in the United Arab Republic, teaching at Cairo University. He published numerous papers and journal articles on diseases in animals. He was in demand as a speaker at both in-state and national conferences. 

    Dr. Smith was a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, the Willamette Valley and the Oregon VMA, the U.S. Animal Health Association, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Sigma Kappa and Alpha Psi.
    Dean is survived by his two sons Ross and Gordon Smith, two grandsons, Jeffrey and Stuart Smith and two great-grandchildren Ceilidh and Shea. Dean is also survived by his long time traveling companion Rose Marie Moore. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Cathy.

    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11 2016 at 11:00 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Dean H. Smith Excellence Fund at WSU, Alzheimer’s Research, or a charity of the donor’s choice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Rd., Walla Walla. WA 99362.

  • Kenneth Larson

    Kenneth Larson ('61 DVM) - April 24, 2016

    On Sunday, April 24, 2016, Dr. Kenneth Larson, age 80 left this earth to be with our Lord. He died peacefully in his sleep in Fort Collins, Colorado, surrounded by his family. Kenneth Alan Larson was born July 6, 1935 in Havre, Montana. 

    Ken grew up in Stanford, Montana, working on ranches and learning to become a cowboy. He graduated High School in 1953, and then went on to study at Washington State University, where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. 

    Ken married Eileen Baker December 30, 1961 at the Cathedral in Helena Montana; they were married for 54 years. 

    They moved back to Stanford, Montana where he started a large animal veterinary practice. He sold his practice and returned to Washington State University where he received a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology in 1966. 

    After graduation they moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he accepted a position teaching Veterinary Microbiology at CSU. 

    Being a true entrepreneur, he started Elars Bioresearch Laboratories in 1975. He eventually sold Elars and started another business called Vetline. His hard work paid off and Vetline became a successful family business that is still run by his sons. Ken worked there until his retirement 3 years ago. 

    Ken loved the history of the West and was an avid reader. His love of the west stayed with him his whole life and he remained a cowboy at heart. He returned to Montana every year to visit family and friends. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Fort Collins for 50 years. 

    Ken is survived by his wife, Eileen; his daughter, Teresa, (Troy Contestable); sons, Joe Larson, (Lori Larson) and Tom Larson; brother, Robert Larson; grandchildren, Katie & Jack and Tommy & Lily.

    He is proceeded in death by his son, Daniel Larson. 

    A Funeral Mass is planned for Thursday, April 28, 2:00 pm, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers any contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic School. 

  • Richard-KaukRichard Kauk ('63 DVM) - January 7, 2016

    Billings —Our hearts are heavy, yet full of joy for the years we shared with our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Richard Gene Kauk, died peacefully on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

    Dick was born in Great Falls, Montana on August 10, 1939, the first born of three children to Richard and Lelah Kauk. While he was growing up on the farm by Brady he learned early on the value of a day's work, done right, that stuck with him throughout his lifetime.

    Dr. Dick is survived by his wife, Lynne, children, Kevin (Sheila) Kauk, Karla (Dave) Compton, Kirby (Kathi) Kauk, Kelsy (Keith) Cofield, Jeff (Rushany) Jermunson, Chris (Christine) Jermunson, sister, Cheryl (Gordon) Schlepp, uncle Elmer Kauk, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Dr. Dick is preceded in death by his parents and a baby brother. 

    Dr. Dick received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington in 1963. Upon graduation he returned to Great Falls working with Doctor Pat Doran for one year before establishing his own large animal practice in Brady, Montana.

    Dr. Dick is known and recognized in a wide variety of circles. One arena was sports, excelling in basketball, football, track and baseball, offered scholarships and playing basketball and baseball at Eastern Montana College. Dick's passion for baseball resulted in his signing on as Bonus Baby for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Later in life he continued the Kauk-Hill legacy as Chairman on the Brady School Board, established the cattle business, K and K Cattle Company with his father, and was President of the International Pinzgauer Association, to name a few.

    Dr. Dick was…"A noble heart made weak by time and fate but strong in mind to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield."(Lord Byron). Dr. Dick was a man of courage, strength, kindness and integrity…a gentleman who made natural connections with people, the land and the animals who foraged it. 

    The Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m., February 12th at the First Presbyterian Church, 123 4th Ave SW, Conrad, Montana. Reception following the service will be held at Norley Hall, 400 North Virginia.

    Memorials may be sent to Washington State University Foundation: College of Veterinary Medicine, Richard G. Kauk, DVM Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, Washington 99164-7010.

    Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 21, 2016
  • James E Perry

    James E. Perry ('61 DVM) - August 23, 2015

    James E. (Doc) Perry passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Eagle Point, Ore.

    There was no cow he couldn’t catch, no yearling stud colt he couldn’t cut, no calf he wouldn’t try to save, and no chute he wouldn’t work for countless hours. He was a man loved by all who knew him. He was a man who would help anyone who needed it. He was a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather,. He was a great friend, a hero, a role model, and a legend to many.

    Jim was born to Richard and Irma Perry in Arizona, December 28, 1935. The family moved to Southern Oregon while he was a young boy. 

    Jim married his high school sweetheart, Claudia Hutton, August 5, 1955. Jim and Claudia settled in Eagle Point and raised three sons. 

    Jim was a graduate of WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and spent the last 50 years as a veterinarian in the Rogue Valley. Jim put himself through veterinary school by winning in the many rodeos where he competed in calf roping and team roping.

    Jim taught his sons and grandsons to rope and you could see the twinkle in his eye as his two year old great-grandson was swinging his rope and roping the dummy.

    Jim is survived by his wife, Claudia; sons Mike (Miki), Mark (Zena) and Charles; grandchildren, Cody (Alex), Wade, Colby, Caleb Perry, and Raine Brown (Dustin); great-grandchildren, Jesse Perry and Dylan Brown.

    A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, at the ranch of Tom and Donetta Perry, 11099 Hwy 140, Eagle Point.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Ranch, P.O. Box 3788 Central Point, Ore. 97502.

    “Welcome to heaven cowboy, your entry fees are paid.”

    Published by the Mail Tribune on Aug 30, 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 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 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