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Edward L. Anderson

Dr. Anderson (Iowa State ’53), 94, Bonsall, California, died on April 14, 2020. After graduating, he worked at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and then practiced in Joliet, Illinois. Dr. Anderson then moved to California where he worked at Bellflower. He later became a partner at the Bay Cities Pet Hospital in Torrance, California. 1973 Dr. Anderson partnered in Bay Cities and moved to Fallbrook, California to start the Circle R Animal Clinic in Escondido, California, where he practiced until he retired at the age of 75.

In retirement, he became an avid lumberjack whose artwork was on display in several homes and businesses in the San Diego area. Dr. Anderson, a World War II Army veteran, served in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star Medal and Distinguished Service Cross. He published two memoirs of his experiences during the war, copies of which are now in the National Museum of World War II in New Orleans.

Dr. Anderson’s wife, Nancy; five daughters; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren survive him.

Sarah A. Bingel

Dr. Bingel, Pennsylvania ’67, 77, Hendersonville, North Carolina, died on May 8, 2020. After graduation, she practiced small animal medicine in New Jersey and Philadelphia and worked for Bideawee, a rescue organization in New York City. After receiving his PhD in Veterinary Pathology from Washington State University in 1981, Dr. Bingel Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. From 1990 until her retirement in 2008, she worked as a veterinary pathologist in the Department of Comparative Medicine and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston.

Dr. Bingel took part in agility competitions with her Border Collies and volunteered with one of her certified therapy collies at children’s charities in Hendersonville. She also volunteered as a cave guide with the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Bingel is survived by two sons, two grandchildren and a sister. Monuments can be directed to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St. NW, PO Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090.

Garry E. Ernst

Dr. Ernst (Illinois ’73), 78, Charleston, Illinois, died May 1, 2020. As a small animal practitioner, he owned the Forest Park Animal Hospital in Panama City, Florida for more than 30 years before retiring in 2004. Ernst owned the Ernst Animal Hospital in Panama City. In retirement, he performed other operations upon request. Dr. Ernst was a past President of the Panama City Northside Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of Elks Lodge. Dr. Ernst received an honorary doctorate for his contributions to the Gulf Coast State College Foundation. He was an Army and Air Force veteran. Dr. Ernst’s wife, Janet; a stepdaughter; and a brother outlives him.

Samuel M. Fassig

Dr. Fassig (Ohio State ’73), 72, Boise, Idaho, died on January 16, 2020. Before retiring, he was a public health supervisory veterinarian with the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Upon graduation, Dr. Barrel in the Army Veterinary Corps. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, he assisted the Army’s Olympic Equestrian Pentathlon Team. When he was stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, he was involved in dog sledding and the Iditarod. Dr. Fassig eventually organized his own sled dog team and entered the Iditarod twice, finishing the race once. He retired from military service as a captain.

Subsequently, Dr. Fassig holds a Masters in Organizational Development and Whole Systems Design from Antioch University and founded PCMR Consulting / Fassig Farms, where he served as a consultant on risk management assessments, analysis and strategic planning, as well as setting up multiple companion, equine and mixed veterinary practices in Washington State and Colorado. During this time he also worked for several pharmaceutical companies, including Merial Animal Health and Schering-Plow Animal Health. In 2009, Dr. Join the USDA FSIS.

He worked in organized veterinary medicine, was a past president of the American Association of Industry Veterinarians, and was a member of the AVMA Council on Public Health from 2018-2020. Dr. Fassig was a member of the Idaho Veterinary Response Team, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. He was also a member of what is now the Association for Supply Chain Management and served as a training resource for the Center for Food Security and Public Health. Dr. A Florida Poodle Rescue benefactor for more than 20 years, Fassig volunteered his time and services to senior pet owners.

He is the author of the Associate’s Survival Guide and contributed to the Principles and Practice of Veterinary Technology. Dr. Fassig served as a lieutenant in the army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion and veteran of foreign wars. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fassig, PhD. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or the Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd St., NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.

William E. McAda

Dr. McAda (Texas A & M ’52), 95, Yorktown, Texas, died April 27, 2020. As a mixed vet, he owned the Yorktown Veterinary Clinic for 65 years. Dr. McAda was a member of the Texas and Golden Crescent VMAs. In 2012 the GCVMA named him one of the top five veterinarians in the Golden Crescent area of ​​Texas. As an army veteran, Dr. McAda at the Pacific Theater during World War II.

He is survived by three sons, a daughter, ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sister. Other vets in his family are sons Dr. Hampton D. McAda (Texas A & M ’81) and Wesley S. McAda (Texas A & M ’86); Son-in-law Dr. Michael Jacob (Texas A&M ’77); Nephews Drs. Travis L. Respondek (Texas A & M ’94) and Warren W. Migura (Texas A & M ’97); and grandson and daughter-in-law Dr. Reagan S. McAda (Texas A & M ’20) and Leah R. McAda (Texas A & M ’20). A brother, the late Dr. Acie C. McAda (Texas A&M ’50), was also a veterinarian. Monuments can be directed to First United Methodist Church, 222 N. Riedel, Yorktown, TX 78164.

David E. McMillon

Dr. McMillon (Kansas State ’80), 64, Great Bend, Kansas, died on January 23, 2020. Upon graduation, he entered the Hoisington Veterinary Hospital in Hoisington, Kansas. In 1989, Dr. McMillon left the hospital and practiced there until his retirement in 2015. He later worked part-time for Downs Veterinary Clinic in Downs, Kansas. Dr. McMillon was a member of the Kansas VMA.

He was active in his community and a member of the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation. He was chairman of the board of directors for several years. Dr. McMillon’s wife, Peggy; a son, a daughter and two stepdaughters; six grandchildren; and two sisters survive him. Memorials to the American Diabetes Association, Greater Kansas City Down Syndrome Guild, or the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation can be sent to the Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home at PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544.

Bobby F. Sherwood

Dr. Sherwood, Georgia ’59, 90, Elizabethton, Tennessee, died May 8, 2020. After graduating, he practiced mixed veterinary medicine in Boone, North Carolina. Dr. Sherwood later served as an assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. During this time he also participated in Duke University’s physician assistant program and served as a consultant for Research Triangle Park. From 1980 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Sherwood in Durham.

As a veteran in the Army Air Force, he served four years in Korea. Dr. Sherwood is survived by his wife Frances and a son.

Earl D. Smith

Dr. Smith (Colorado State ’44), 97, Grand Junction, Colorado, died on February 15, 2020. Before retiring, he practiced mixed veterinary medicine for 45 years at Steamboat Springs Veterinary Hospital in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Dr. Smith co-invented the Kamar Heatmount Detector, which is used to detect heat from cattle prior to in vitro fertilization. As a veteran of the army, he achieved the rank of captain. Dr. Smith is survived by his wife, Alex; a son and a daughter; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His son, Dr. Kenneth L. Smith (Colorado State ’78), is a small animal veterinarian based in Pueblo, Colorado, and the late brothers Dr. Kenneth W. Smith (Colorado State ’32) and Edwin J. Smith (Colorado State ’38) were also veterinarians.

Robert W. Stannard

Dr. Stannard (California-Davis ’73), 72, of Danville, California, died on January 16, 2020. Before retiring in 2014, he owned Adobe Pet Hospital in Livermore, California. He completed an advanced program in laser surgery at the university. In 2002, Dr. Stannard, California-Davis, performs referral laser surgery and video otoscopy procedures across the state. He oversaw the K-9 unit of the Livermore Police and the K-9 units from San Leandro, Fremont and Berkeley, California for 35 years.

Dr. Stannard was an advisor and opinion leader at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and a member of the company’s advisory board. He served on the board of the American Heartworm Society for several years and served as the Society’s secretary and treasurer from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Stannard was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the California VMA, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. In 2018 he was honored with an AHS honorary membership for outstanding commitment and service to society.

Dr. Stannard was a founding member and past president of the Montair Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising for public education. He is survived by his wife Wendelyn and a son and daughter. Monuments may be directed to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797.