In Memory – October 2022

Published: 26 September 2022


AVMA member | AVMA honor roll member | Nonmember


Martin L. Akins

Dr. Akins (California-Davis ’60), 85, Shaver Lake, California, died July 5, 2022. He practiced at Diamond Veterinary Medical Hospital in Visalia, California, where he served as a partner until retirement in 2000. Dr. Akins helped establish Tulare-Kings Veterinary Emergency Services in Visalia. He was a member of the California and Tulare-Kings VMAs and was active with Tulare County Animal Services, the Visalia Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the American Heart Association. Dr. Akins is survived by his wife, Jeanette; two sons and a daughter; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hinds Hospice, 2490 W. Shaw, Suite 101, Fresno, CA 93711; Church of Shaver Lake, 41340 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93664; or Visalia United Methodist Church, 5200 W. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277.

James E. Ducey Sr.

Dr. Ducey (Georgia ’58), 87, Savannah, Georgia, died May 29, 2022. Following graduation, he served in the Army. In 1960, Dr. Ducey took over the practice owned by his father, Dr. Frederick E. Ducey Sr., in Savannah. Dr. James Ducey retired in 2020. He served in the Army Reserves for more than 20 years, attaining the rank of major. His wife, Jayne; three sons and two daughters; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him. A brother, Dr. Frederick E. Ducey Jr. (Georgia ’50), was a veterinarian in Ridgeland, South Carolina, prior to his death. Memorials, toward the St. Peter the Apostle Church Organ Fund, may be made to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 7020 Concord Road, Savannah, GA 31410.

James G. Fish

Dr. Fish (Texas A&M ’54), 92, Jacksonville, Florida, died July 13, 2022. Following graduation, he served in the Army. Dr. Fish subsequently practiced small animal medicine at San Juan Animal Hospital in Jacksonville for more than 40 years. His wife, Janet; three children; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him.

Donald R. Glotfelty

Dr. Glotfelty (Georgia ’56), 90, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, died June 4, 2022. Following graduation, he served in the Army for two years. Dr. Glotfelty subsequently worked in a diagnostic laboratory at the University of Maryland. In 1961, he established a large animal practice in Maryland’s Garrett County, also founding a dairy farm in the area. In 1975, Dr. Glotfelty moved to Pittsburgh, where he owned Plum Animal Clinic, a small animal practice, until retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his companion, Betty Grossheim; two sons; two grandchildren; and a brother. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 255 3rd St., New Kensington, PA 15068, or The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.

George A. Hofmann

Dr. Hofmann (Colorado State ’74), 84, Johnston, Iowa, died May 13, 2022. He worked as a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During that time, Dr. Hofmann was also involved with the USDA’s Horse Protection Program and the monitoring of commercial dog breeding facilities. His wife, Jean; three daughters and a son; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother survive him.

William H. Leonard

Dr. Leonard (Colorado State ’62), 84, Lexington, Kentucky, died March 6, 2022. He owned Leonard’s Pet Clinic in Lexington, Kentucky, prior to retirement. Earlier, he worked in Colorado and Pocatello, Idaho, before moving to Lexington to serve as resident veterinarian at Hamburg Farm. He is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren, and two sisters. One daughter, Dr. Margie L. Garrett (Purdue ’92), is also a veterinarian. Memorials may be made to the United Way of the Bluegrass, 100 Midland Ave. Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40508; Second Presbyterian Church, 460 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Robert J. Luebke

Dr. Luebke (Colorado State ’58), 91, Ennis, Montana, died July 14, 2022. He was a partner at Four Corners Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Concord, California. Dr. Luebke also helped establish a veterinary emergency clinic in California’s Contra Costa County. Early in his career, he worked in Chico, California. Dr. Luebke was a past president of the Contra Costa VMA. He is survived by his wife, Nani; a son; and a grandchild. Memorials may be made to the Madison Valley Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 993, Ennis, MT 59729.

Richard H. McConnell

Dr. McConnell (Iowa State ’62), 83, Antigo, Wisconsin, died July 27, 2022. Following graduation, he joined the Air Force, stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. In 1964, Dr. McConnell moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he worked at Feist Animal Hospital. He subsequently established his own practice in Newport, Minnesota. Dr. McConnell went on to found Park Grove Pet Hospital in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. He retired in 2015. Dr. McConnell is survived by his wife, Laurie; three daughters and a son; six grandchildren; and a sister and brother.

Berry W. Moore

Dr. Moore (Georgia ’60), 86, Gray, Georgia, died May 30, 2022. Following graduation, he served in the Army as station veterinarian for the Pentagon at Fort Myer in Virginia. Dr. Moore subsequently began a veterinary practice in Georgia’s Jones County, where he practiced mixed animal medicine until retirement in 2000. He also treated animals for Jones County Animal Services for 20 years. Dr. Moore was a member of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Lions Club. His two daughters and three grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Gray United Methodist Church Building Fund, 117 S. Jefferson St., Gray, GA 31032.

Barbara E. Penney

Dr. Penney (Pennsylvania ’68), 87, Taneytown, Maryland, died Dec. 25, 2021. Following graduation and after completing her residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Penney subsequently served at Penn Vet as an assistant instructor, lecturer, and an associate professor. In 1983, she joined the faculty at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. During her career, Dr. Penney also worked in the animal research division of the National Institutes of Health for several years and served as an assistant handler on the dog show circuit.

She was a charter member of the National Museum of the American Indian and was active with several conservation organizations. Dr. Penney is survived by her sister and family.

Paul F. Rait

Dr. Raiti, 70, Mount Vernon, New York, died July 10, 2022. A 1979 veterinary graduate of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, he owned Beverlie Animal Hospital in Mount Vernon. Known for his expertise in reptile and amphibian medicine, Dr. Raiti was a past president of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. In 2010, he was one of the first five veterinarians to achieve diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in reptile and amphibian practice. Dr. Raiti authored several peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters and co-edited two editions of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Manual of Reptiles. His wife, Renie, and a daughter survive him.

Earnest E. Seiler Jr.

Dr. Seiler (Colorado State ’64), 87, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, died June 2, 2022. Following graduation, he practiced in Orlando, Florida. In 1967, Dr. Seiler established Seiler Animal Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. He also founded the Pet Emergency Center in Fort Lauderdale and owned Broward Pet Cemetery and Crematory in Plantation, Florida. Dr. Seiler was a member of the Florida VMA and served on several of its committees. He was a past president of the Executives’ Association of Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Seiler’s wife, Nancy; three daughters and two sons; 17 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild survive him. Memorials toward Orange Bowl Cares, a program that supports and rewards Florida teachers, may be made to the Orange Bowl Committee, 14360 NW 77th Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33016.

Don J. Staunton

Dr. Staunton (Illinois ’94), 53, Villa Park, Illinois, died May 28, 2022. During his career, he practiced in the far north and northwestern suburbs of Chicago, including at Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center in Niles. Dr. Staunton was a member of the Illinois State and Chicago VMAs. His wife, Christine, and his children survive him. Memorials may be made to World Vets, 9711 18th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

John E. Stump

Dr. Stump (Ohio State ’58), 88, West Lafayette, Indiana, died July 23, 2022. Following graduation, he practiced in Bucyrus, Ohio. In 1961, Dr. Stump joined the veterinary faculty of Purdue University, retiring as a professor emeritus in 1992 from what is now known as the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. In 1999, he was inducted into the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers. Dr. Stump is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 211 Knox Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906, or Westminster Village, 2741 N. Salisbury St., West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Lynn G. Wheaton

Dr. Wheaton (California-Davis ’67), 79, Pullman, Washington, died June 10, 2022. Following graduation, she completed an internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Wheaton subsequently began her career in academia, joining the veterinary faculty at Purdue University. She went on to serve as an assistant professor of small animal surgery at the University of Illinois. Dr. Wheaton later headed small animal surgery at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her career and in retirement, she worked with medical companies to develop artificial limbs and organs used in training veterinary students.

Dr. Wheaton was the first female diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is survived by her brother.

John Allan Whitby

Dr. Whitby (Colorado State ’81), 67, Kaysville, Utah, died June 25, 2022. He began his career in Carmichael, California. In 1985, Dr. Whitby moved to Utah, where he worked at A Animal Hospital in Clearfield. From 1990, he served as a partner at Fairfield Veterinary Hospital in Layton, Utah, practicing there for 32 years.

Active with the Boy Scouts of America, Dr. Whitby served as a Scout leader and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He is survived by his wife, Anna; four daughters; five grandchildren; his parents; and three brothers and two sisters.