DVM In Memoriam

  • Robert McKnightRobert McKnight ('53 DVM) - December 24, 2013

    Dr. Robert McKnight (Bob) passed away on December 24, 2013 at the age of 84. He was born in Dallas, Oregon. He graduated from Dallas High School, attended Oregon State University in Pre-Vet Medicine and received his verterinary degree from Washington State University.

    He established the first Veterinary Hospital in Florence, Oregon in 1954 and practiced there until his retirement in 1998.

    He is survived by his wife Phyllis, of 61 years; 3 sons, Jon, Brett, Kent; 1 daughter, Mary Kay, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also by his sister and brother-in-law, Muriel and Karl Byers.

    Following his retirement he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family. A memorial service will be held at New Life Lutheran Church, Florence, Oregon on January 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Life Lutheran Church. Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 2, 2014

  • Conrad FerreiraConrad John Ferreira ('45 DVM) - August 17, 2013

    Dr. Ferreira was the 2001 recipient of the Washington State University Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award for Excellence in Veterinary Practice.

  • Leland MillerLeland Ross Miller ('61 DVM) - December 12, 2012

    Dr. L. Ross Miller resided in Corvallis and passed away at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center at the age of 82. He was known to family, friends and clients as Dad, Ross and Doc Miller.

    Ross, born in Winthrop, Wash., was the oldest son of George and Mary Miller. He grew up on several ranches in the Methow Valley owned by his parents. He graduated from Twisp High School.

    In 1950, he married W. Elaine Thompson of Carlton, Wash. Ross enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean conflict. During his service, their son Mikel was born. After receiving an honorable discharge, Ross went back to the Methow and worked in the timber industry.

    Ross was accepted to Washington State University on the GI Bill. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to obtain his doctorate in veterinary medicine. The family lived in Pullman, Wash., while Ross was attending college and their other two children, Karen and George, were born.

    Upon receiving his doctorate, he was hired as a veterinarian in Cottage Grove. Later he moved on to Clark Veterinary Clinic in Corvallis, and worked for Dr. Clark for several years. In 1970, Ross and Elaine started Town and Country Animal Clinic on North Ninth Street in Corvallis. He practiced large and small animal veterinary medicine for 30 years. He sold Town and Country in 2000 and semiretired, but continued to practice part time for several years.

    He and Elaine were active in the Corvallis community and raised all three children here.

    Ross and Elaine remained in Corvallis. They enjoyed traveling to the coast and Central Oregon, and visiting their family. They were active in the Corvallis Elks Lodge, where Ross volunteered many hours and served as a trustee. He also was on various boards and committees for the Oregon State University Veterinary School of Medicine, and helped in its establishment. Elaine passed away in 2001.

    Later, Ross met Joanne Woods in Corvallis. He and Joanne enjoyed traveling to visit their families and spending time at the Eagles Lodge with friends.

    Ross’ greatest love was his family. He is survived by his sons, Mikel (Lynn) Miller of Powell Butte and George (Christy) Miller of Philomath; daughter Karen VanderPlaat (Andy) of Pendleton; and his companion, Joanne Woods of Corvallis. He also is survived by his brothers Claude (Pat) Miller and Carl (Roxie) Miller of Winthrop. Ross had seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.

    A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 N.W. Tyler Ave. McHenry Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. Donations in memory of L. Ross Miller, DVM, for the benefit of Benton Hospice Service or the American Cancer Society can be sent in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 N.W. Fifth St., Corvallis, OR 97330.

    Published in Corvallis Gazette-Times on Dec. 20, 2012.

  • Steven WagnerSteven Jay Wagner ('68 DVM) - November 22, 2012

    Steven J. Wagner, DVM, died Monday at the age of 68. He was born October 16, 1944 at Moscow, Idaho to Palmer and Lucille (Schoepflin) Wagner. He attended schools in Garfield, WA. Steve, known as Doc Wag to his friends, graduated from veterinary school at Washington State University, and moved from the eastern Washington farming community where he was raised to Southern California. He has been there ever since, first settling in Upland and then in the High Desert where he practiced large and small animal medicine, most recently in Phelan. Doc was gifted in his profession, where he endeavored to serve the veterinary community, people and animals through two terms as president of the California Veterinary Medical Association and also as an investigator for the Bureau of Consumer Affairs. He volunteered both as a San Bernardino Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy and as a Sheriff’s Ranger, and enjoyed the Western lifestyle and raising funds for charities through Wild Horsemen of America (WHOA). He was a giant of a man that lived life to its fullest and loved his friends and family. He is survived by his wife Nancy; daughter Stacia Phillips of Mission Viejo, CA; and son Jarrad Wagner of Tulsa, OK. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; siblings Ted Wagner of Spokane, and Kathy Higgins of Spokane. A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Silver Creek Cemetery south of Farmington, WA. Memorial gifts may be given to the Wild Horsemen of America. http://www.wildhorsemen.com/. KRAMER FUNERAL HOME of TEKOA, WA is handling the local arrangements.

    Published in The Spokesman-Review on Nov. 22, 2012.

  • H.C. HarrisH.C. "Buck" Harris ('52 DVM) - October 25, 2012

    DR. H.C. "Buck" Harris, resident of Acampo, passed away on October 25, 2012, at the age of 97, with his wife Mary by his side.

    Dr. Harris was born on the 18th of September, 1915, in Vancouver, Washington. He served in the Navy during WW11. Graduating from Washington State University in 1952, he went on to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1952. He purchase first practice in Lodi CA, located on Ham Lane. He relocated to the present location in 1964, which today is run by his son, Hunter. Buck devoted his life to his practice, refusing to retire full time until the age of 93. He is a Charter Member of the Elk Lodge, serving of past Exulted Ruler for two years. He is also a member of the Polled Hereford Association, Lyons Club and a life member of the AVMA.

    Dr Harris is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary and his children: Greg (Patti), Eileen (Tim), Erin (John), Cameron (Kathy) and Hunter (Robin), 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His son Kirk (Valerie), joined him in heaven on October 29, 2012.

    A celebration of life will be held in the month of February. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Foundation of San Joaquin County.
    Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18, 2013
  • Dale WinthropWinthrop Dale ('56 DVM) - October 23, 2012

    Dr. Winthrop Dale passed away on October 23, 2012 at Star Valley Medical Center in Afton, Wyoming. Dr. Dale had resided in Wyoming for the last twelve years and was a well known former resident of Incline Village, Nevada.

    Dr. Dale was born June 15, 1925 in Ohio. In 1930 the family moved to the college town of Oxford, Ohio where his father helped establish the college of Business Administration at Miami University. The family relocated to Moscow, Idaho in 1937 where his father became the President of the University of Idaho.

    After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Idaho where he was initiated into the Idaho Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta. Soon after he enlisted in the  army, where he was stationed at Fort Knox during World War II. He was discharged in 1946 but was recalled several years later to serve the army in the Korean War. Upon his return he found his true calling in veterinary medicine. He received his veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1956 and went on to build successful veterinary hospitals in Carson City, Yerington, and Incline Village.

    He also discovered his passion for flying and became an experienced pilot. His skills proved to be very useful as he could fly out to ranches and farms that did not have access to veterinary services. Among his many accomplishments was a flight around the world in his Cessna 310. 

    Dr. Dale was an active member of AVMS, AOPA, Earthrounders, and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

    He is survived by brother, Dr. Paul Dale, of Honolulu, Hawaii, several nieces and nephews, including Gary Kupper of Incline Village, and former wife, Shirley Dale of Incline Village.

    A memorial service and burial of his ashes will be held sometime next spring in Moscow, Idaho near his parents.


    Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Nov. 25, 2012

  • Devon TerryM. Devon Terry ('58 DVM) - September 20, 2012

    Marvin Devon Terry passed away at age 84 on September 20, 2012 in Clovis, CA. He was born August 13, 1928 in Cedar City, Utah to David Marvin and Lamar Timothy Terry. He was the seventh of eight children. Devon grew up in the beautiful town of Rockville where, with his siblings, he learned the value of hard work and play. After graduating from Hurricane High School, Devon received his Bachelor of Science Degree from BAC college in Cedar City. He then went on to earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Devon was a skilled and trusted Vet and he loved his work as evidenced by the fact that he continued to practice up into his 82nd year! He owned a large veterinary practice and hospital in Corona, CA. He and Jan moved up into the mountains and he operated his clinic in Idyllwild, CA. He continued to practice in Hurricane, UT and Barstow, CA while semi-retired. Devon served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a Sergeant at March Air Base in Riverside, CA. A member of the LDS Church, he served as a bishop twice in Norco, CA and as Branch President in Idyllwild, CA. He married Jan Smith in 1959. In 1972, they were sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Jan had a son, Bill and a beautiful blonde baby, Kara, came to make their family complete in 1965. Both Jan and Devon spent many years in service to their family, church and community. They served an LDS mission to Ireland. Devon was a great lover of life, interested in many things. He loved animals, gardening, skiing, and deep sea fishing. He was kind and generous, upbeat and funny. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; daughter, Kara Gail Ryckman; and siblings: Barbara Bell, David Lowell Terry, Keith Terry, Dorothy McCloud and Carlson Terry. He is survived by his son, William Terry; five grandchildren: Lela and Carrie Terry, Joseph Porcaro, Kayla Bell and David Ryckman; and two sisters, Fae (Vic) Jenacaro and Jeanette Madsen. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hurricane City Cemetery, 215 East 600 North, Hurricane, Utah, under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.

  • Harry BonalloHarry Bruce "Doc" Bonallo ('51 DVM) - September 16, 2012

    After a life of service to his country, his community, and those he loved, Harry Bruce "Doc" Bonallo, 89, passed away peacefully at home in Blaine with his wife of 65 years and family members by his side.

    Born June 28, 1923, in Butte, Montana, to Herbert and Myrtle Bonallo, Harry moved to North Idaho where he met his future wife, Evelyn Young. 

    He attended Hayden Lake Grade School, Coeur d'Alene High School, and North Idaho Junior College before enlisting in the U.S. Army to serve as a medic, under General Patton, with the 87th Infantry "Golden Acorn" Division in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia. 

    After the War, Harry entered the veterinary medicine program at Washington State College (WSU) and upon graduation began his career as a veterinarian for the US Department of Agriculture working along the US/Canadian border in Montana, Idaho and Washington, moving to Blaine in 1966. 

    "Doc" served on the Blaine School District School Board, as a city council member and as mayor of Blaine. 

    In their retirement years, Doc and Evelyn enjoyed traveling around the U.S., Canada and Scotland, spending time with family and friends.

    Harry was preceded in death by his parents, twin sisters, Marjorie and Rhea, and brother-in-law, Larry Peters. 

    He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; brother, Herbert; children. Barbara Bonallo, Colleen Wear, Trish (Loren) Loop, Daniel Bonallo (Paula), Fred Bonallo (Kathi), Lois (Kurt) Olden and Robin (Michael) Anthony; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren who have fond memories of Grampa Doc—his sense of humor, his good natured practical jokes and his pure pleasure in the simple joys of life. 

    The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Blaine Food Bank, Whatcom Hospice or United Church of Christ. 

    Published in Bellingham Herald on September 23, 2012

  • Michael HouganMichael William Hougan, Sr. ('66 DVM) - September 7, 2012

    Michael William Hougan, born February 23, 1939 in Tenino to Wylma Margaret and Cecil Morris, passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on September 7, 2012.  He grew up in Fall City, Washington on a dairy farm.  His life was an agricultural study of plant and animal care.  He attended Mt. Si High School, where he met Christine Williams.  The two started a journey that would lead them along life’s path for 54 years.Mike graduated from high school in 1957 and attended Washington State University.  His studies followed his love of animals and he graduated from WSU as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1966.  He began practicing veterinary medicine in Snohomish at Pilchuck Veterinary Clinic.  In 1968, Mike purchased the Animal Medical Hospital, formerly the Ellis Veterinary Hospital, in Olympia.  He practiced small animal medicine until his retirement in 2004.  He was fondly regarded by all living creatures.

    Following his retirement from animal care, Mike worked as a plant inspector for the Washington State Department of Agriculture and joined the security team on the Washington State Capitol campus.  Most recently he drove a school bus for Olympia School District.  This was an obvious choice as he enjoyed caring for children as much as he cared for animals.

    Mike enjoyed the outdoors with his family, whether it was camping at Mount Rainier or fishing on the Puget Sound.  He may not have caught many fish, but he always had a tale to tell.  His wife and five boys were very important to him and he loved when his family grew with five daughters-in-law and twelve grandchildren. Mike’s perfect Saturday was filled with cheering at the grandkids’ sporting events, hearing about how their games went, a WSU Cougar win, and Big Tom’s with bacon.

    Mike was known for his skills at fixing any broken piece of equipment or toy.  If he had a length of wire, some duct tape or hot glue, it was fixable.

    Mike is survived by his loving wife, Christine Hougan; children, Michael Jr. (Brooke), John, David (Karen), Matthew (Mary), Thomas (Sunny); grandchildren, Andrew, Riley, Chelsea, Hans, Evan, Mikayla, Alexander, Karlyn (Andrew), Madelyn, Jocelyn, Jack, Benjamin; in-laws, Donald Williams (Deanna), Robin Pappas (Jack), Wendy Shepherd (Bill), Stephen (Daphnie); and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

    Mike will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  His struggle is over and he is at peace.  Mike’s family thanks the unwavering care from the staff and volunteers of Providence Hospice.

    His motto and last thoughts to all would most definitely resemble those spoken by the long time radio sportscaster Bob Robertson during his signature sign off:  “Remember to be a good sport, be a good sport always – so long!”

    Go Cougs!

    Memorial donations may be made in Mike’s name to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine or Providence Hospice.

  • Marilyn Frances LewisMarilyn Frances Lewis ('49 DVM) - September 3, 2012

  • Joseph TugawJoseph Edgar Tugaw ('54 DVM) - September 3, 2012

    Dr. Joseph Edgar Tugaw, 81, a prominent rancher and veterinarian in the Twin Falls and Salt Lake City area for more than 50 years passed away on Monday, September 3rd in an aviation accident at his Dry Creek Ranch near Murtaugh, Idaho.

    He was an only child, born into the ranching tradition to Joseph Theodore and Ruie Howell Tugaw on November 12, 1930 and was raised on their beef cattle ranch near Okanogan, Washington. After graduating from Okanogan High School in 1948, he attended Washington State University where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1954. While attending WSU, he was affiliated with the Theta Chi Fraternity, where he developed many lifelong friendships. After marrying Mary A. Conner on September 5, 1953, he worked briefly as a Veterinarian in Portland, Oregon before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force to serve in Taipei Formosa during the Korean Conflict. After two years in the service, he joined his uncle and mentor, Dr. Edward A. Tugaw, in veterinary practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. A short time later, Dr. Clark Vanderhoof joined their practice to form Central Valley Veterinary Hospital and together they grew the practice to include 8 doctors, the first 24 hour emergency animal clinic in the Intermountain Region and several more satellite clinics in the Salt Lake Area. Collectively, they became one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the Western US. 

    He has contributed his time and talents to local, state and national civic associations, including service as national president of The American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, president of the Utah Veterinary Medical Association, president of the South Salt Lake Rotary Club, Utah delegate to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, president and board member of the Idaho Cattle Association, chairman of the Federal Lands Committee, member of the National Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors and a member of the Bureau of Land Management's Upper Snake River Resource Advisory Council. In 1999, Dr. Joe Tugaw was inducted into the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame and he was also named the "Idaho Cattleman of the Year" by the Idaho Cattle Association. In 1961 he joined Twin Peaks Masonic Lodge #32 (Midvale, UT) as a Charter Member where he was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Noble of El Kalah Shrine.

    In 1963, Dr. Joe Tugaw, together with his uncle Dr. Ed Tugaw and his father, J.T. Tugaw, purchased the Dry Creek Ranch south of Murtaugh. In 1971, he purchased the Buckhorn Ranch, which was the beginning of several decades of commuting between the Salt Lake City veterinary practice and his beloved ranches. Joe was an experienced pilot for more than 60 years. 

    He and his wife Joan were married in 1984 in Salt Lake City. They later moved to Twin Falls, where they have resided since 1990. Joe loved to travel. He and Joan enjoyed several vacations, which included Asia, Hawaii and visiting family and friends. 
    Joe was a man of great honor, integrity, and a friend to all. He never met a stranger and he was deeply loyal to his family and friends and a man of his word. 

    Joe is survived by his wife, Joan Tugaw of Twin Falls, Mary Tugaw-Harmer of Salt Lake City, mother of his children Joseph A Tugaw, of Del Mar, CA, Julie (Rick) Prentiss, of Plano, TX, daughter-in-law Kathy Tugaw of Centerville, UT, his step children Jodi (Brandon) Byce, of Twin Falls, Jil Lee of Twin Falls, and Brent (Christy) Bush of Maricopa, AZ, fourteen grandchildren, Brandon, Chelsea, Dallon and Shelby Tugaw, Morgan and Ryan Prentiss, T.J. (Maria) Bowthorpe, Conner and Sydney Lee, Jade, Jason and Josie Byce, Sophia Bush, Isaak Boyd and great granddaughter, Scarlet Bowthorpe. 

    Joe will be greatly missed by his family and friends and all the lives he has touched. He will be in our hearts forever. The family requests donations be made in Joe's name to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1235.

  • Melford BoggsMelford E. Boggs ('55 DVM) - September 3, 2012

    Dr. Mel Boggs, 83, passed away Sept. 3, 2012, after fighting a gallant battle against pancreatic cancer.

    He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Yampa, Colo., to Walter C. and Sylvia L. Boggs. He graduated from Salem High School, where he lettered in three sports. He attended Oregon State University before transferring to Washington State University after being accepted into the School of Veterinary medicine.

    He was married in 1953 to Betty Hughes of Pullman, Wash., and graduated as a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1955.

    After graduation, he worked for two veterinarians in the Portland and Gresham area before buying the practice of Dr. Jim Lewis of Madras, in 1961.

    Dr. Boggs really liked the area and the people that he worked for, and wanted to give back to the community. This opportunity came in 1975, when mandatory rabies vaccination for dogs was required by the state.

    This gave him the opportunity to donate all the proceeds from the vaccinations to worthy causes for many years, including: the United Fund, the high school sports program which lacked funding to operate one year, and to several other causes.
    One of the things he was gratified to do was develop an autogenous vaccine in cooperation with an animal health drug company. This vaccine prevented a large death loss of cattle in the local feedlots, saving many jobs in the community and the business itself.

    One summer, he was contacted by the Lassie Corp. to be the veterinarian on the set of a filming of Lassie saving some deer on the Wind River in Washington.

    Anytime he could get away from the practice, he would take his family skiing, hiking and hunting in the area. After he learned how to run a sled (jet boat) on the Deschutes River from Oscar Lange, he was always in search of steelhead.

    He thoroughly loved the practice of veterinary medicine and helping to heal all the animals that he saw. This would include turtles, birds, and snakes, plus the usual small and large variety of animals. 

    After he retired in the mid-1980s, he put this same enthusiasm into traveling with Betty and learning about the world. One of their last trips was to Uganda, where he was able to fulfill his longtime dream of seeing gorillas in the wild.

    Mel is survived by his wife, Betty Boggs of Madras; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Diane Boggs of Vancouver, Wash., and Michael and Tammy Boggs of Portland; daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie and Jon Turnbull of McMinnville, and Sally and Brian Bovero of Portland; nine grandchildren; brother, Arthur Boggs of Eugene; and sister, Sharon Buhr and her husband Don of Molalla; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and five siblings.

    By his request, there will only be private family gatherings. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Dr. Boggs may be made to the Madras High School Scholarship Fund for a Jefferson County student accepted to a veterinary school, or to Mountain View Hospital Hospice.

    Published in the Portland Tribune on Sept. 4, 2012.

  • Charles ChildsCharles Elton "Chuck" Childs ('51 DVM) - June 21, 2012

    Dr. Charles E. Childs was born in Center, Texas on August 8, 1919 and passed away on June 21, 2012 in Lancaster, California. The pillars of Chuck's life were his faith in God, his loving wife of 64 years, Carol, his family, veterinary medicine, community service, and his military service. Chuck served in the Army both in WWII and in Korea. He and Carol married in 1946, moving to Rialto, California in 1959, where they established the Rialto Animal Hospital. He was a life-long member of the Mt. View Church of Christ in San Bernardino and was a founding member of the Rialto Exchange Club. Chuck and Carol retired from practice in 1984 and moved to the Antelope Valley in June 2010. Chuck was a sweet, wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by children Janna Gard (Michael); Jeff (Kay), and Randy (Carolyn); grandchildren Jason, Chad, David, Jillian, Charles, Daniel, Amy, Emily, and Katie; seven great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Neva Cornelius.

    A Memorial Service for Dr. Childs will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Mt. View Church of Christ, 1354 North Mt. View, San Bernardino, California.

    In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Rialto Exchange Club, P.O. Box 423, Rialto, CA 92376, to benefit their annual Veterinary Student Scholarship.

     Published in San Bernardino Sun on June 27, 2012.
  • Robert ClintonRobert L. Clinton ('39 DVM) - May 4, 2012

    Dr. Robert L. Clinton passed away May 4, 2012.

    He was born November 5, 1915 in Bellingham, WA to Florence and Lester Clinton. The family soon moved to Rice, WA where they farmed; he decided at age 7 or 8 to become a veterinarian when they lost a cow, he just knew he could have been saved had he known how. He graduated from Kettle Falls High in 1934 and Washington State University (then called WSC) in 1939. After interning in Yakima and Bremerton, he started practice in Mount Vernon, WA where he and three dairymen founded Evergreen Breeders, the first artificial insemination association in the state, now known as All West/Select Sires.

    Having been a First Lieutenant in the reserves in college, he was drafted in 1942 three weeks after marrying Lillian Haselwood; they spent the next four years with the air Force during which time two children, Sharon and Allen, were born. Discharged as a Major in 1946, they returned to Burlington and practiced privately until adding a partner, Dr. Paul Van Eeckhout and building the first Skagit Animal Clinic in 1955. With partners Dr. Fred Stump and Dr. Howard DuBois, he built the second Skagit Animal Clinic from which he retired in 1977.

    After his first marriage ended, Robert married Ellen Schock in 1966 and welcomed two children, Judy and Jim, to his family. After retirement, Robert and Ellen enjoyed traveling in their motor home and time with family.

    Some of Robert's activities include the following: member of WSU Alumni Board 1952-58, Burlington-Edison School Board Member 1954-60 and lifelong avid Tiger fan, helped organize the Tri-county Veterinary Association and served as president of it and the Skagit County Veterinary Association, long time member of the Elks and National Veterinary Medical Association, taught the first cow milker training class in the U.S. at SVC from 1985-90, Skagit County Weed Control Officer 1984-85, Vet at the Puyallup Fair from 1987-92. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and after retiring, loafing.

    Robert was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Marvin and Dale and his wife, Ellen.

    He is survived by sister Lois Page (Paul) and brother Stanley Clinton (Barbara) both of Spokane; his first wife Lillian Plunkett of Ellensburg, daughter Sharon Hinton (Jim) their daughters, Kristen Hinton VanValkenburg (John), their daughter Jaelynn, all of Mount Vernon and Jaime Sue Hinton, California; Allan Clinton (Jill) of Quepos, Costa Rica, Allan's daughter Carmen (Hawaii) and her two children, Chelsea and Clint; Judy Schock Johnson (Gary) and their sons Todd, Mount Vernon, and Tyler (Tina) their children Max and Ellie; Jim Schock of Bellingham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Mathey, the wonderful people at Puget Sound Oncology and all those who cared for Robert at Mira Vista Care Center.

    Cremation was handled by Hulbush Funeral Home.

    Robert was adamant about no services and family will honor that wish.

  • Rebecca Moody Rebecca Moody ('02 DVM) - April 20, 2012

    Rebecca Katherine “Becky” Moody, DVM, age 41, passed away at her Coupeville home on Friday, April 20, 2012.

    Becky was born in Lewiston, ID, on November 20, 1970, to Harold and Jennifer (Rudd) Breeden. She attended Lewiston schools and graduated from Lewiston High School. She attended the University of Idaho, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science, and then went on to Washington State University, where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. 

    Becky married Robert L. Moody on November 9, 2000, in Moscow, ID. The couple moved to Coupeville in 2002. Becky worked in several veterinary clinics on Whidbey Island and in Mt. Vernon. She enjoyed crocheting, painting and crafts. Becky loved to help stray animals, and this was reflected in her career. She was a member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. She was also a member of the Oak Harbor Southern Baptist Church. 

    Becky is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Moody, DVM, of Coupeville; children: Stephen Moody (Andrea) of Commmerce, OK, Jennifer Moody of Oak Harbor and Michelle Moody (Barbara Berninger) of Charleston, S.C.; six grandchildren, including Cassidy Moody; one brother, Christopher Breeden (Lynnette) of Lewiston, ID; one sister, Pam Benson (Todd) of Mt. Vernon; also, several nieces, nephews and other family members.

    A Memorial Service was held at Oak Harbor Southern Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, 192 Nickerson St., #100, Seattle, WA 98109.  
  • Erland ElefsonErland Elefson ('52 DVM) - April 12, 2012

    Erland Philip Elefson passed away on April 12, 2012 following a lengthy illness. He was born May 6, 1929 in Stanley, ND to Evender and Paula Elefson. The family migrated to WA in 1934, settling on a small farm in Happy Valley near Silvana, WA. 

    He attended Silvana School; graduated from Arlington High in 1947; earned BS and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at WA State College of Veterinary Medicine in l952; served in  US Air Force l951-54. He partnered with Drs Warsinske and Hansen at NW Veterinary Clinics of Arlington and Stanwood for 30 years; younger brother, Gene, later joined the partnership. He was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran of Arlington, Arlington Lion's Club, WA St Veterinary Assoc, and served on Arlington School Board.
    Surviving are Geri, his wife of 61 years; daughter, Kim (Roy) Boyer; sons, Todd (Melody), Eric (Lisa); sisters, Carol Storaasli, Dorothy (Ralph) Gunderson; brother, Eugene (Audrey); grandchildren, Brian (Trisha) Smith, Kirsten Smith, Amy (Brad) Meeuwse, Peter (Josie) Elefson, Anna (Alan) Mullikan, Eli and Aaron Elefson, Brianna and Jill Boyer; great-grandchildren Conner, Chloe, Cameryn Smith, Austin Meeuwse; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Memorial service is April 21, 1 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran, 615 E. Highland Dr, Arlington. 

    Donations may be made in Erland's memory to Our Saviour's or WA State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, School for Global Animal Health, PO Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010. 

  • David PritchardDavid Lee Pritchard ('69 DVM) - April 6, 2012

    Dr. David Lee Pritchard of Sebastopol passed away on April 6, 2012 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with family at his side. Dave was born in Tacoma, WA on June 22, 1943 to Betty Mae and Harvey James Pritchard. After high school graduation in 1961 Dave left Parma, ID to attend Washington State University, where he received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. He completed his surgical residency at UC Davis in 1971. Later that year Dave began his career at Redwood Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa. In 1981, he and Dr. Ken Hartley, purchased Westside Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa. The practice grew with a devoted staff and clientele and Dave took pride in teaching and training of the staff members. Dave worked alongside his wife Lora, who managed the clinic, until it was sold to VCA Veterinary Hospitals in 2010. Over the course of his career, Dave provided veterinary care to Sonoma County Sheriff's Department canines and worked as a traveling vet for the Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Dave was an accomplished wood craftsman, a passionate fly fisherman and an adoring husband (and he loved his John Deere). Recently Dave and Lora especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the Wednesday hiking group. In addition to Lora, his wife of 17 years, and eternal soulmate, Dave is survived by daughter, Traci (Russ) Anderson of Aptos; son, Christopher (Jodi), granddaughters, Courtney, Hallie, Lanie, and Emmiline, of Orinda; former wife, Sandra of Santa Rosa; and brother, Jim of Flagstaff, AZ. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dr. David Lee Pritchard, to the Community Foundation Sonoma County, to provide scholarships to students studying veterinary medicine. Checks to the David Pritchard Scholarship Fund may be sent to Community Foundation Sonoma County, 250 D St. Ste 205, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
    Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2012
  • Tony Gallina Tony Gallina (DVM) - April 1, 2012

    Dr. Tony Gallina was the director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) from 1976 - 1992 and taught pathology to many veterinary students and graduate students.

    Anthony M. Gallina passed away at home on April 1, 2012. 

    He was the first born in a large Italian family and grew up in Kent, Ohio. He served in the Air Force for 4 years during the Korean Conflict. He is known in the Panama City area for his "giving back for all the good things that life provided him," to include many hours of volunteer work at the Catholic Charities food bank. He was a retired veterinarian and educator, having taught pathology to veterinary students at Washington State University and a number of other veterinary colleges. 

    He loved his family to include daughter, Michaelann de los Santos, son, Scott Gallina; son, Jay Gallina (deceased); granddaughters, Antonia and Barbara de los Santos and Asti Gallina; grandson, Anthony Gallina; his wife, Barbara Gallina (deceased), eternally missed; and current wife of 20 years, Lynne Siegfried. 

    The family requests that donations in his name be made to the Barbara Gallina Scholarship Fund at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Matthew Maberry Matthew Maberry ('47 DVM) - January 26, 2012 

    Dr. Maberry, who delivered Packy the elephant in 1962, passed away Jan. 26, after a long, eventful life. He was 94. 

    An exceptional scholar, he graduated from Washington State University in 1947 with a degree in veterinarian medicine. Doc earned international recognition when he delivered Packy, the first elephant to be born and survive in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years. Most recently, Doc and his wife, Patricia, compiled a book, "Packy & Me." 

    Doc often said, "I've lived the life many people just dream of." 

    Doc is survived by wife, Patricia, of Beaverton; son, Wake and daughter, Sondra, both of Washington; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his beloved poodle, Zandria.

    Matthew Maberry, veterinarian who attended Packy the elephant's birth nearly 50 years ago, dies at 94
  • Kristi GaddyKristi 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.