DVM In Memoriam

  • Jack DunlapJack 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.
  • George OakshotGeorge Robert Oakshott, DVM ('63 DVM) - September 13, 2011

    George Robert Oakshott, DVM, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Sept.13, 2011 in Colville at the age of 82. George was born on Oct. 26, 1928 in Rosalia, the son of George Haywood and Olive Loreen (Harper) Oakshott. As a boy, George moved with his family from Rosalia to Newport. After one year in Newport, they relocated to Colville. While in Colville, George attended school and graduated in 1946 as the Class President of Colville High School. He then farmed with his father and distributed fuel for the Standard Oil Company. Shortly thereafter, George entered the U.S. Air Force and served for four years, which included service overseas during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged and began college at Washington State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. George continued his education at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, during which time he married Arch Elee Selde on Sept. 11, 1960. In August 1963, he and Arch Elee moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where he began a 27-year career as a Federal Field Veterinarian for the US Department of Agriculture. His position primarily involved disease control and prevention. In 1990, George retired from the USDA and moved to Colville, where he assumed the operation of the family farm. In 1994, the Northern Idaho Veterinary Medical Association (NIVMA) established the George Oakshott Award to recognize outstanding service to the veterinary profession in North Idaho and to honor George, the award’s first recipient. Each year the award is given to a practitioner who, through his/her personality and competence as a veterinarian, reflects credit on the profession. George loved his family and was a wonderful father. With his thoughtful and patient manner, he taught Christine and Rya everything from driving to fiscal responsibility. He impressed upon his girls the importance of being self-assured, independent, and healthy. They spent many summer days together as a family at the Little Pend Oreille Lakes. George liked to fly recreationally. He also enjoyed being outdoors and often swam and biked in his free time. In his later years, he took up social dancing. George loved conversation. He would often discuss articles about nutrition, politics, finance, and agriculture and express his admiration for innovative and industrious people. He will be remembered as a conscientious and kind man who nurtured his relationships with friends, family, animals, and the earth. George is survived by his wife, Arch Elee Selde Oakshott; daughters, Rya Oakshott, Ephrata; Christine Oakshott, Seattle; sisters, Claudia Koontz-Goering and husband, John Goering andVirginia Oakshott, all of Colville. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds Ag. Trade Center (Colville). Memorial contributions may be given either to the Colville Library, 195 South Oak Street, Colville, WA 99114, or to N.E. Washington Home Health Services, P.O. Box 808, Chewelah, WA 99109.

    Published by The Statesman Examiner.

  • Birger Thomas SatherBirger Thomas Sather ('59DVM) - September 7, 2011

    Birger Thomas Sather, DVM, July 2, 1927 to September 7, 2011, a much-beloved husband, father, veterinarian and all-around Norwegian passed away peacefully at his home in Hansville, Wa., on Wednesday, September 7th. He was 84. Birger was born in Norway and immigrated to the United States at the age of one (1) with his parents and twin sister. His family settled to Hettinger, North Dakota, where he lived until he went into the military in 1950. Birger served in the U.S. Army with the 647th Field Artillery unit in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1952 — "It was COLD over there!"

    After the military, Birger enrolled at Central Washington University where he met his wife of 53 years, Barbara Herard. He studied Veterinary Medicine and eventually received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. After graduating in 1958, Barbara and Birger got married and settled in Redmond, WA, where Birger practiced both large and small animal medicine for 30 years. He loved being a veterinarian. Barbara and Birger raised five (5) children in Redmond over those 30 years and upon retirement moved to the Kitsap Peninsula where he enjoyed the good life. He loved to travel, dance, garden, and fish.

    He was deeply involved in his community both in Redmond and on the Kitsap Peninsula. Over the years he was a member of Holy Family, St. Jude, and St. Olaf Parish's, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Sons of Norway (He loved his Lutefisk), VFW, WSU Cougars Club, Boys and Girls State Government Education Programs and the American Veterinary Medical Association. For the past 10 years he spent his spare time helping families of veterans obtain their VA benefits through the American Legion Post 245 in Poulsbo, WA.

    Birger was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Ruth, and by his sister Joan. He is survived by his wife Barbara, three daughters, Sondra, Paula and Jeri-Lyn, two sons, Denis and Steven, and 9 grandchildren with another one on the way, and two sisters Liv and Helen.

    Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, WA. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Olaf. Interment will take place on Friday, September 23, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. Memorial gifts may be sent to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 641925, Pullman, WA 99164.

    Published by Kitsap Sun on Sept. 15, 2011.

  • Dr. Robert Miller LewisRobert Miller Lewis ('61 DVM) - August 18, 2011

    Robert Miller Lewis, 74, of Barnstable, Mass., died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at his home in Barnstable Village, after a long illness. Born in Flushing, N.Y., Bob was the eldest of two children. He graduated from Grant High School in Portland and from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1961. Bob married Sandra Jane Shurtleff (deceased) in 1958 and relocated to Boston in 1961. Over the next 50 years, they resided in Wayland, Mass.; Ithaca, N.Y.; Bern, Switzerland; Danville, Ky.; and Barnstable. Bob was a member of the Department of Pathology, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, and worked at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He left Boston in 1975 to join the faculty of the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he served as Chairman of the College's Pathology Department until 1986. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 2000. Bob was a teacher and scientist at heart, and a mentor to countless veterinary students and young professionals. He enjoyed a good story, and he enjoyed the endless summers of excitement and camaraderie that Cape Cod afforded him and his family over the years. Many will remember Bob for his hospitality and generosity, and for the good times spent in his company on the Mongrel, chasing striped bass and bluefish across Cape Cod Bay. Bob is survived by his son, Jon Robert Lewis of Hong Kong; daughter, Karin Ann Lewis of Lexington, Ky.; beloved granddaughters, Meagan, Madeline and Audrey Lewis; and sister, Susan Lewis Davis of Gresham. A celebration of Bob's life will be held in Barnstable Village at a later date. Bob was proud to be an Eagle Scout.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, National Council, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079, Arrangements by Hallett Funeral Home, South Yarmouth. 

    Published in The Oregonian on August 24, 2011.

  • Dr. James PickrellJames Pickrell ('53 DVM) - August 7, 2011

    PICKRELL, James Whitman, 84, of Sonoita, AZ, died peacefully, in his sleep, on August 7, 2011 at his home in Sonoita, AZ. He was born July 4, 1927 in Phoenix, AZ, to the late Charles and Anna Wallace Pickrell. He is survived by one brother, Robert (Lettie) Pickrell of Phoenix, AZ and one sister, Frances (Roy) Brown of Chillicothe, OH; his daughter, Gregg Pickrell of Camden, SC, the son of Marsha Burden, Iric Burden and his spouse, Darlene Burden and grandson, Emory Burden, all of Flagstaff, AZ. He had many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his life companion, Marsha Poe Burden and by his brother, Charles U. Pickrell, Jr. He attended the University of Arizona and Washington State University. He graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine of Washington State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced for many years in the Nogales and Sonoita areas as a respected and much-loved veterinarian for large animals. He was an artist and brilliant storyteller, and had a passion for history. A Service will be held at Black Oak Cemetery on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (A pilot car will leave the Sonoita Fairgrounds at approximately 1:20 p.m.) A celebration of Jim's life will follow immediately at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.

    Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 647010, Pullman, WA 99164, or the charity of your choice. Black Oak Cemetery is located in Canelo, (Canille) Arizona, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, on Highway 83. It's approximately 14 miles from the junction of State Highways 82 and 83, and 1/2 mile from mile marker 18. (Inside the Coronado National Forest).

    Published on tucson.com on Aug. 16, 2011.

  • Dr. Hugh Butler

    Hugh Butler ('54 DVM) - July 23, 2011

    On July 23, 2011, Dr. Hugh Cato Butler, DVM, 86, passed away in his sleep of natural causes in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

    Dr. Hugh C. Butler was the oldest son of Dr. William John Butler and John Ozella (Cato) Butler, born in Helena on Jan. 7, 1925. In a ceremony held on the Two Medicine River in 1939, Hugh Butler became an adopted member of the Blackfeet Tribe with the name “Flying Eagle.” Since that date, he was intrigued with Native American culture. He attended Hawthorne Elementary School, Helena High School and was a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M.

    Dr. Butler served as a WWII infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 as a private first class with the 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Division. In October and November 1944, the 99th Division stopped the German advance, preventing the enemy’s capture of the road system leading south into allied territory. While Pvt. Butler was slogging his way through the Belgian Ardennes forest lugging a heavy 15-pound Browning automatic rifle, U.S. Senator Burton K. Wheeler from Montana nominated Hugh to attend West Point military academy.

    It was once said that: “life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Thus, as in the celebrated book and film “Saving Private Ryan,” a directive was given to an Army patrol to find Pvt. Hugh C. Butler, who was somewhere in the Ardennes battle lines, and return him safely to West Point. After several weeks of diligent and dogged searching, the patrol discovered Pvt. Butler’s unit in the middle of a deadly firefight, pinned down by heavy fire from a German machine gun nest. In order to safely extricate him, the American patrol had to destroy the machine gun nest.

    Pvt. Butler was whisked out the European Theatre of Operations by riding in the second seat of a P-38 Lightning, hop-scotching its way across the Atlantic Ocean. He landed back in the United States on Dec. 4, 1944.

    Although he did not attend West Point, he nonetheless received an officer’s commission and was honorably discharged from duty on April 14, 1946, as a second lieutenant. Like many, he did not readily speak about his combat experiences, but he went on to lead a distinguished professional career.

    He subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science and a master’s degree in microbiology from Montana State College (now MSU-Bozeman), and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree and a master’s degree in physiology, both from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

    While attending Montana State University in 1947, he met Jacqueline Mary Schlitgus, of Rochester, Minn. She was instantly smitten with Hugh and thought his rugged good looks resembled her screen idol, Gary Cooper. The feelings were reciprocal and they married on Aug. 7, 1948, and they remained inseparable for 61 years.

    Dr. Butler served as a professor of animal surgery at Washington State University in Pullman until 1964 when he began conducting medical research at the Sloane Kettering Institute in Manhattan, N.Y. The orthopedic surgical techniques he pioneered and developed helped advance the science of artificial joint replacement. Dr. Butler also earned recognition for his pioneering medical research in kidney transplantation. He and Dr. Joe Desch performed the first two successful renal transplants in dogs. In 1974, Dr. Butler received the John E. McCoy Award from Washington State University for his outstanding work in clinical veterinary medicine.

    He served as a professor of surgery at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., from 1968 until his retirement in 1986. In 2000, in light of his professional achievements and meritorious service to science, he was chosen to receive the prestigious E.R. Frank Award from Kansas State University.

    He was the author of numerous medical research publications and refereed papers, and was a member of several professional and educational organizations, including the American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, American Heart Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, and a charter member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also was a member of several honorary societies, including Alpha Psi, Phi Zeta, and the Sigma Xi Association. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity in Bozeman.

    In 1986, Dr. Butler retired to Bigfork with his wife Jacqueline, where they spent several happy years in their log cabin home at Many Lakes. Hugh took active part in the community and served as a volunteer emergency medical technician. Subsequently, Dr. and Mrs. Butler moved to Austin to live closer to their sons, John and Ben Butler, and their families.

    Although cerebral and professorial, in his early years Hugh was a “rugged outdoorsman” and enjoyed hunting and fishing, alpine skiing, scuba-diving and boating with great relish. He was noted for peculiar dietary preferences: munching on dog kibble while doing research in the lab and eating fried pork crackles around the campfire. If Hugh was cooking a meal, you could rest assured that meat was on the menu.

    Dr. Butler is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Cato and Dora Butler of Helena; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Sheri Butler of Elgin, Ill.; their son, Hugh Christopher Butler; their daughter, Elizabeth Orcutt, and her husband, Matthew Orcutt;  son and daughter-in-law, John and Judy Butler of Austin; their daughter, Camille Butler; their son, Samuel Butler; daughter-in-law, Nell Butler of Pflugerville, Texas; and her daughter, Rebekah Alfaro, and her husband, Marin Alfaro; his niece, Sioux Roth of Helena, and her husband, Timothy Roth, and their sons, Tyson Roth and Samuel Roth; his niece, Cheye Ann Butler of Libby, and her husband, Robert Slomski; and a nephew, Tommy Butler of Helena, and his wife, Nancy Butler, and their two daughters, Megan Butler and Sarah Butler.

    Dr. Butler is pre-deceased by his parents; his wife, Jacqueline Schlitgus Butler; and his son, Benjamin James Butler.

    The Butler family extends its thanks and appreciation to all of the staff at Heartland Health Care and Odyssey Hospice in Austin for their care, friendship, and kindness.

    Private memorial services for Dr. Butler will be held in Montana.

    Memorial gifts may be donated to: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, The Duke Ellington Building, 2121 Ward Ct., NW, 5th Floor Washington, DC 20037.

    Published in the Independent Record on July 31, 2011.

  • Dr. Carolyn Louise Downey

    Carolyn Louise Downey (Skinner) ('88 DVM) - April 11, 2011

    Carolyn Louise Downey, DVM, passed away on April 11, 2011 in Omak, WA. She was 59 years old and died of ovarian cancer. She was born on February 28, 1952 in San Francisco, CA, the daughter of Edward Joseph Skinner and Catherine Eleanor Smith. Carol lived a short time in Milbrae, CA, but spent most of her growing up in Palos Verdes, CA. She attended St. John Fisher Catholic School and Rolling Hills High School where she graduated in 1970.
    Carol married Tom Downey in 1984. She graduated from Washington State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate of veterinary medicine. She moved with her family to Omak in 1991. Carol has been a veterinarian in Omak since 1991, and in 2009 she bought and began operating The Animal Hospital of Omak. Carol loved animals. She loved working in the Omak community, being a veterinarian, and most of all, she loved her family.
    Carol is survived by her husband, Tom Downey; her daughters, Kelly and Nadine Downey, Omak, WA; her brothers George Skinner, Jacksonville, FL; Ed Skinner, Altadena, CA; Robb Skinner, Carlsbad, CA; Brian Skinner, Tiburon, CA; her sisters Nancy Skinner, Berkeley, CA; Patti Skinner Sulpizio, Valencia, CA; JoAnne Skinner, Albany, CA; Mary Skinner, Torrance, CA; and 21 nieces and nephews.

    A memorial celebrating Carol’s life will be held April 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Downey home, 1200 Oleander, Omak, WA.

  • Dr. Gordon Hatcher

    M. Gordon Hatcher ('52 DVM) - March 21, 2011

    Dr. Hatcher (WSU '52), 94, Sonoma, Calif., died March 21, 2011. Retired since the early 1990s, he was a mixed animal practitioner in California's Calaveras County and served as a relief veterinarian in southern California. Early in his career, Dr. Hatcher practiced in Modesto, Calif. A past director of Heifer International, he was involved with livestock projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Bolivia. After an earthquake and hurricane, Dr. Hatcher also assisted Peru and Honduras through the National Council of Churches. For his dedication to veterinary medicine in underdeveloped countries, he received the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award in 1986. Dr. Hatcher served in the Air Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and two daughters.

    Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.