A Legacy for Educational Excellence
As you read through these pages, the brief descriptions of the Endowed Scholarships within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, relate a story of personal giving. A brief history of each scholarship provides a glimpse of why individuals, organizations and foundations choose to involve themselves in the profession of veterinary medicine. These donors have created a Legacy of Educational Excellence that touches the lives of future veterinarians and scientists.
Abney Foundation Scholarship (1985)
The Abney Foundation was originally formed in 1957 by Mrs. Susie Mathews Abney, widow of Mr. John Pope Abney, the founder of Abney Mills in Greenwood, South Carolina. The mission of the Abney Foundation is to aid organizations that are operated exclusively for educational, religious, charitable, scientific, and literary purposes. The Foundation’s primary focus is on higher education. Mrs. Abney strongly believed that young people are our greatest resource; they hold the key to our future.
David Adams Memorial Scholarship (1982)
Dr. David Adams brought compassion, originality, and the desire to improve animal and human health through innovative technology to the veterinary profession. A 1980 graduate of the Professional Veterinary Medical Program (PVM), it was during his time at Colorado State that Dr. Adams began pushing the limits of veterinary medicine. In one particular case, a Fort Collins police dog had been shot in the face and Dr. Adams and his team worked to fabricate Teflon-coated plates to rebuild the dog’s rostrum. After graduation, Dr. Adams moved to New York where he was working on an internship and residency in soft-tissue surgery at the Animal Medical Center. He was especially excited about the center’s partnership with Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the research opportunities that were afforded to him, in addition to the novel practice of veterinary medicine at the City Zoo and with the Central Park horses. Tragically, he died in 1982 at the age of 27. He left his wife Robin, who was pregnant with their first child, and his family and friends stunned by the death of this young man who had so much to give. The family, friends and classmates of Dr. Adams established the David Adams Memorial Scholarship to help other PVM students achieve their goals. For Dr. Adams’ son, the scholarship is a living link to the father he never knew.
John Alexander Memorial Scholarship (1999)
This scholarship was established by the Class of 2000 as a tribute to their classmate, John Alexander. Mr. Alexander had a great zeal for his veterinary studies, was very active in his class, and enjoyed a variety of sports. Born and raised in Geneva, Illinois, he came to Colorado partially because of his love of the outdoors, skiing and fishing. He attended the University of Colorado (CU), graduating in 1994. While at CU, he decided to pursue his interest in equine medicine and was accepted into veterinary school at Colorado State University where he excelled at his studies and developed many friendships with both fellow students and professors. In 1999, at the age of 26, Mr. Alexander’s life was tragically cut short in a skiing accident. The Class of 2000 created this scholarship in his memory to help other students.
Dr. D. Warner Anderson Scholarship (1994)
Dr. Anderson, a graduate of the DVM Class of 1939, was born and raised on the family farm near Greeley, Colorado. He was a member of the Alpha Psi veterinary fraternity and, after graduation, worked as a veterinarian in Johnstown, CO. He accepted an appointment with the USDA in 1940 and lived in several states. He retired in 1977 after 37 years of service. He was an advisor and consultant to the Colorado Meat Dealers Association. Dr. Anderson believed in hard work and honesty. If you gave your word, he expected it to be honored. The reward was in doing a job well, not in the praise or monetary reward you might receive. He took great pride in being a graduate of one of the finest veterinary schools in the country. This scholarship was created to honor his life and work.
Arizona Horse Lovers Foundation Scholarship (1996)
The Arizona Horse Lovers Foundation strives to advance and improve the welfare of all animals in general and all horses in particular. The Foundation works to benefit the welfare of horses and those who enjoy horse ownership. The Foundation established this scholarship to assist students (Arizona residents) who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career in equine medicine.
James C. Beckley, D.V.M., Scholarship in Memory of Bruce (Bud) Elwood Brownson (2001)
Dr. Beckley is a 1950 graduate of the Professional Veterinary Medical Program. He created this scholarship to honor his friend, Bud Brownson. Mr. Brownson was an avid outdoors man and loved sports, football being his favorite. A graduate of Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, he believed in giving back to the community. From 1984 to 2000, Mr. Brownson funded scholarships for 78 students. In 1999, several months before his death, Mesa State named its gymnasium the Brownson Arena in his honor. Mr. Brownson was named posthumously to the Mesa State Hall of Honor in 2000.
Blackstock Scholarship (1968)
Dr. Moore R. Blackstock was a 1910 graduate of the Division of Veterinary Services at Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University). It was during his time as a student that the State Board of Agriculture established a Division of Veterinary Science over which Dr. George H. Glover was Dean. The students then created the Veterinary Medical Association, and the school was awarded a charter to Alpha Psi, the national veterinary honorary fraternity. Upon his graduation, Dr. Blackstock opened one of Colorado’s first veterinary clinics in Center, Colorado. This scholarship is in honor of Dr. Blackstock, long and honorable career, his life-long contributions to the veterinary profession, and his love of Colorado State University.
Beulah and Doyle Blair Memorial Scholarship (1999)
The Beulah and Doyle Blair Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Carol Blair, former head of the Department of Microbiology, as a tribute to her parents and the values they held dear. Both Mr. and Mrs. Blair were born in Utah and grew up on farms during the Depression. They were both very intelligent and knowledgeable about everything from current events to local flora and fauna. They valued education, although neither had the opportunity to go beyond high school. They also valued close family ties and family activities, hard work, honesty, integrity, and frugality. Dr. Blair attended the University of Utah as an undergraduate, and had a small scholarship of which her parents were very proud. Their financial support and, more importantly, their encouragement and belief in their daughter were essential to her success. Dr. Blair was the first of about 40 first cousins to graduate from college, and she couldn't or wouldn't have done it without the support of her parents. From her experience as a microbiology faculty member/adviser and department head, Dr. Blair knows there are many bright microbiology students and far too few scholarships. Endowing a scholarship in her parents' name is an excellent way to honor her parents’ memory.
Brandy and Zombie Memorial Scholarship (2001)
This scholarship was established in 2001 by Ms. Shirley Norton to honor two special animals in her life. Ms. Norton suffered from a debilitating illness and Brandy and Zombie, poodles rescued from a local shelter, gave her love, companionship and comfort. This scholarship pays tribute to their special relationship and to the power of the human-animal bond.
George S. Calderwood Memorial Scholarship (1988)
Dr. George S. Calderwood was a 1947 graduate of the Professional Veterinary Medical Program at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). After starting his career with a large animal practice in Enderlin, North Dakota, the cold climate and the needs of a young family sent him in search of the warm weather in Chandler, Arizona. He joined his former college roommate and fraternity brother, Dr. John Carney, in a small animal practice. In 1955, Dr. Calderwood opened his own clinic in Tempe Arizona, where he continued to practice veterinary medicine until his retirement in 1986. Throughout his nearly 40 years of providing quality, caring veterinary medicine, Dr. Calderwood also served his community, church, and profession. He was a member of many civic policy commissions and service organizations and was elected to serve as President of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association. In 1985, Dr. Calderwood was named by that association as Arizona Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Calderwood always was very proud of his alma mater, Colorado State University. Upon his death, family, friends and colleagues established the George S. Calderwood Memorial Scholarship to pay tribute to this remarkable man.
E. J. Carroll Memorial Scholarship (1980)
Dr. E.J. (Ed) Carroll was a 1957 graduate of the Professional Veterinary Medical Program. He served as acting director of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory from 1959 to 1963. In 1966, he received his Master’s of Science from Cornell University, and then returned to CSU where he worked with the dairy reproductive herd health program. In 1975, Dr. Carroll was killed in an automobile accident, a tragic loss for his family, students, livestock producers, the veterinary medical profession and the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. In 1980, the E.J. Carroll Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Carroll’s family and friends to honor this beloved family man, dedicated teacher and research investigator, proud alumnus, and friend to the veterinary medical profession.
Cole Endowment Scholarship (1996)
The Cole Endowment is named for Dr. Elvin G. “Doc” Cole, a 1936 graduate of Colorado A&M’s (now Colorado State University) Division of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cole was a dedicated veterinarian and proud alumnus. Upon graduation, he moved to Utah where he worked for the state and also ran a small animal veterinary service. After serving with the U.S. Army during WWII, he moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where he owned and operated a small animal practice for nearly 30 years. For 12 years, Dr. Cole partnered with Dr. Kenneth Smith, another CSU alumnus who later returned to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as Head of Small Animal Medicine. Throughout his life, Dr. Cole maintained ties with his alma mater. He was an active supporter of the CSU Alumni Association, a lifelong member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the state associations of Iowa and Colorado. His family, including son William Cole, DVM Class of 1966, created this scholarship so his name would live on and his work for the veterinary profession would never be forgotten.
Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA) Scholarship (1986)
The mission of the Colorado Environmental Health Association is to promote environmental health as a profession, which strives for continual improvement in environmental quality and the growth of individual professionalism. In 1985, the Colorado Environmental Health Association passed a resolution to create an endowed scholarship at Colorado State University to help support this mission.
Colorado Kennel Club/Agnes Miner Memorial Scholarship (1986)
The Colorado Kennel Club was established in 1901 and is the oldest all-breed club in Colorado. The Club promotes responsible pet ownership, conducts educational programs, and sponsors two dog shows in Colorado annually. This scholarship was established in 1986 to honor Agnes Miner who was a very active member of the Colorado Kennel Club and who truly loved dogs. The scholarship also recognizes the importance of the work at Colorado State University to promote and advance animal health.
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Scholarship (1982)
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association has a long and valued relationship with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. CVMA had its genesis in 1888 at the then Colorado Agricultural College, and formally emerged in 1907 under the leadership of Dr. George Glover, the first dean of the CSU veterinary school. Today, more than 1,600 members aid CVMA in its mission to enhance animal health and welfare, promote the human/animal bond, protect public health, and foster excellence in veterinary medicine through education, advocacy and outreach. To honor the long-time partnership between CVMA and CSU-CVMBS, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association created an endowed scholarship to assist veterinary students in achieving their professional dreams. The scholarship is awarded to a third-year PVM student graduated from a Colorado high school, based on academic standing, clinical proficiency and leadership ability.
Leo F. and Doris M. Conti Scholarship (1987)
Dr. Leo F. Conti was a 1917 graduate of the former San Francisco Veterinary College. Dr. Conti’s life was filled with many pursuits, including: one of the first veterinarians to pilot an airplane, serve as technical director for the movie “Outbreak,” operate a private veterinary practice, and work as director of zoological research at the San Diego Zoo. During their lives, he and his wife Doris supported many worthwhile organizations that enhanced veterinary medicine and promoted the welfare of animals. Following their deaths, their good works continued through a variety of funds established in their memory. The scholarship was established as a result of a recommendation by Dr. Conti’s good friend and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Norman Rothenberg, a CSU, DVM Class of 1949 graduate.
Lisa Marie Craft Memorial Graduate Scholarship (1995)
Lisa Marie Craft was an undergraduate student in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. She was a dedicated student who worked in the laboratory of Dr. John Walrond, enjoying the camaraderie of the laboratory and the work that allowed her to apply her education in a very concrete way. Ms. Craft’s life ended tragically in a drowning accident in Costa Rica in 1995. This scholarship was established by her family and friends to celebrate her life, and help other students pursue their ambitions.
Floyd Cross Memorial Scholarship (1970)
Dr. Floyd Cross was a 1914 graduate of the then Division of Veterinary Medicine at the Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University). As dean from 1948 to 1956 he served during a pivotal era in the history of veterinary education. He oversaw the veterinary medical program when it was the only program of its kind west of Cornell University. He was the last Dean of veterinary medicine directly associated with the program’s pioneering years and oversaw the development of graduate and research programs, as well as enhancements to the degree program in veterinary medicine. Dr. Cross served as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and was active in numerous other organizations. Upon his death in 1970, his wife, Edith Culver Cross, established this scholarship in his memory.
CVMBS Endowment Fund Board Scholarship (1983)
The members of the CVMBS Endowment Board created this scholarship to increase awareness of the work that is done to enhance development efforts for the College. Board members personally funded this scholarship to show their support for one of the College’s highest priorities – scholarships -- and to encourage others to do the same.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Davis Veterinary Anatomy Scholarship (1983)
For almost four decades, Dr. Robert W. Davis served Colorado State University and the veterinary profession as a professor in the Department of Anatomy. A 1935 graduate of the Colorado A&M’s (now Colorado State University) Division of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Davis had a distinguished career and his contributions to the College, University and veterinary profession were truly remarkable. He was recognized as an outstanding teacher whose enthusiasm and integrity positively affected the lives of many graduates. During its early history, Dr. Davis helped to place the College at the forefront of veterinary medical education. Dr. Davis was inducted into the Glover Gallery of distinguished faculty and alumni in 1990. The Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Davis Veterinary Anatomy Scholarship was established by faculty and alumni in their honor.
James D. DeField Memorial Scholarship (1986)
James (Jim) DeField was a man who loved to take young future professionals and mold their careers as industrial hygienists. Dr. DeField first became acquainted with Colorado State University when Dr. Roy Buchan, a Professor with the Department of Radiology and Environmental Health Sciences, attended the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Annual Fall Technical Conference in 1973. Dr. Buchan made a presentation on starting an industrial hygiene academic program at the University and Dr. DeField immediately offered internships at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was the Director of Industrial Hygiene. This provided an incredible experience for many CSU students, and gave instant credibility to the Colorado State program. Dr. DeField continued the internship program throughout his career and helped students get their professional lives started in industrial hygiene. He was a true friend and partner to the CSU program. After his death in 1984, his friends and colleagues started a fund drive to establish the James D. DeField Scholarship at Colorado State. The Rocky Mountain and Rio Grande sections of AIHA were instrumental in the creation of this scholarship. The Rocky Mountain Section of AIHA continues its support of the scholarship today, to honor the work of Dr. DeField.
James N. Dupree Scholarship (1992)
James N. Dupree started Dupree, Inc., in 1958, as a quality manufacturer of products for the aerospace and defense industries. His company began manufacturing equipment for the field of equine reproduction after Mr. Dupree and his wife got involved with cutting horses. New to the craft, they attended a workshop presented by College faculty members, Drs. Jim Voss, Bill Pickett and Ed Squires. After watching the painfully slow sperm-counting process, Mr. Dupree commented that he could build something better and thus began a partnership with the Equine Sciences Program at CSU. Today, Dupree, Inc., has expanded its equine product line and continues to work with researchers at the College. In 1992, Mr. Dupree provided permanent support for the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology by creating the James N. Dupree Scholarship to assist graduate students studying equine reproduction. The scholarship honors Mr. Dupree, who died in 1998, for his accomplishments as a self-made man who worked hard, loved his family, and came to be a good horseman in his own right.
DVM Class of 1944 Scholarship (1993)
The DVM Class of 1944 gathered in 1994 at CSU to celebrate their 50th reunion. Twenty-five class members came from across the country to renew friendships, celebrate homecoming, tour campus and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and enjoy the traditional Thursday night dinner hosted by the Dean of the College. It was at this dinner that the class presented a gift to establish the DVM Class of 1944 Scholarship. Drs. Robert K. Anderson, Sidney Hanks and David Phillipson were key to the success of the class’s scholarship fundraising campaign.
DVM Class of 1950 Scholarship (1996)
DVM Class of 1950 classmates, Drs. Dale Boice, Ben Konishi, and their families established this scholarship in 1996. Dr. John Emerson led the class effort to fully fund the endowed scholarship in 2000. There were 60 graduates of the Class of 1950. At the time of the 50th reunion, one-third of the class members were able to attend the reunion to celebrate their 50 years in the veterinary profession and the full funding of the DVM Class of 1950 Scholarship. Dr. Emerson said the gathering was wonderful and helped class members realize how fortunate they had been. Most had enjoyed interesting and rewarding careers, and wanted to help the students of today have the same opportunities. Many members of the Class of 1950 contributed generously to the scholarship fund. A substantial portion of the fund was contributed in memory of two members of the class, Dr. James Manning, who died in 2001, and Dr. Donald V. Zander, who died in 1999.
DVM Class of 1957 Scholarship (2007)
This scholarship was established by a very successful class fund raising campaign. It was presented to the College during the 50 year reunion celebration in 2007. Drs. Gene Carter and Vern Smith kept the class together over the years and communicating with each other. Dr. Jack Ipson hand carved a beautiful rams head with an additional plaque listing the names of the class members. The inscription reads, “In appreciation of our education and continued support through the college’s research, development and continuing education which have allowed us to pursue our individual careers and collective contributions to the profession.”
DVM Class of 1961 Scholarship (1990)
When the Class of 1961 gathered in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for its 30th reunion, one of its main objectives was to establish an endowed scholarship. With this scholarship, the Class of 1961 created a perpetual memory, honored their 30 years of service in veterinary medicine, and established a meaningful contribution to express the gratitude of their class to CSU. Class members who formed the scholarship steering committee included Drs. Lloyd Tabor, Jack Swearingen, Al Eads, John Weinmann, Maynard Clark and William Krause.
DVM Class of 1962 Scholarship (1993)
Graduates of the DVM Class of 1962 remember well the financial (very few scholarships were available 40 years ago) and academic struggles of veterinary school. When they established their class scholarship in 1993, it was to help today’s students and do something for the institution that had done so much for them. Dr. C. George Dewell noted that the class wanted to help because it could relate to the hardships students face today and because they wanted to leave a class legacy. Many of the gifts came from the clients, friends, and the family of Dr. E. Douglas Tignor, DVM Class of 1962, who died in 1998.
DVM Class of 1963 Scholarship (1994)
When a letter went out from the Colorado State University Foundation requesting support for scholarship programs, the DVM Class of 1963 responded with generosity. Drs. Bill Quist, Paul Hildebrand, Skip Pritchard, and John Mulnix led their class in raising money to establish an endowed fund. For Dr. Mulnix, the class gift was a meaningful way for the class members to make a difference in the lives of students. Few members of the Class of 1963 graduated with debt, but for today’s students that is virtually impossible. The class gift is an effort to help students defray some of the costs of veterinary school.
DVM Class of 1964 Scholarship (1995)
The DVM Class of 1964 gathered together during the 1994 Colorado Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for its 30th reunion. The group held a dinner where the highlight of the evening was the presentation of a check to Dr. James Voss, former Dean of the College, to establish the Class of 1964 Scholarship fund. Dr. Wayne Crowell was the organizer of the class’s fundraising efforts. With additional fundraising work, the fund became fully endowed.
DVM Class of 1967 Scholarship (2007)
The entire class contributed to the scholarship and successfully endowed it in 2007. The reunion committee consisting of Drs. Brent Rollins, Maynard Pullen and Ross Babcock led the charge for endowment. It will be awarded to a PVM student with financial need.
DVM Class of 1968 Scholarship (1990)
This endowed scholarship was established as a 25th anniversary gift from alumni of the DVM Class of 1968. Drs. Dan Farrington, Bob Essex, and Jim Fox lead the fundraising efforts. The scholarship was established to honor and recognize service to the veterinary profession, assist the College in maintaining and promoting student excellence and educational quality, act as a perpetual memorial to the Class of 1968, and reflect the gratitude of the class for their professional education at CSU.
DVM Class of 1976 Scholarship (2005)
This endowed scholarship was established as a gift from alumni of the DVM Class of 1976. Dr. James Furman led the fundraising efforts to establish this scholarship to help relieve the financial burden for veterinary students, and assist the College in maintaining and promoting student excellence and educational quality. The class scholarship is a way to give back to the profession and reflects the gratitude of the class for their professional education.
DVM Classes of 2003 and 2004 Scholarship (2003)
Fundraising for the Classes of 2003 and 2004 Scholarship began long before graduation was even a glimmer in the students’ eyes. Their goal was to raise enough money to establish a class scholarship before graduation. Students worked with the Office of the Dean to take part of the money raised for the Junior/Senior Banquet and put it toward a combined class scholarship. The College helped out by putting money toward the banquet and providing a $5,000 match. Students raised additional funds for the scholarship through a variety of creative fundraising activities: selling class t-shirts, cookbooks, conducting a silent auction, and by sponsoring the March of Ales beer festival.
DVM Classes of 2005 Scholarship (2004)
The DVM Class of 2005 took note of the exemplary efforts of the preceding DVM classes and, as first year students, set a class goal to raise the money necessary to endow a DVM Class of 2005 Scholarship before they graduated. A group of energetic members of the class led a variety of fund raising efforts including working with the College to solicit Tribute Bricks within the Path of Honor at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Their dedication and commitment to help students who will face ever increasing educational debt resulted in the scholarship being fully funded a year prior to graduation. They hope that their commitment to establish the scholarship will challenge future veterinary classes to create an endowed scholarship during their four years in the Professional Veterinary Medical program.
DVM Classes of 2007 Scholarship (2007)
This scholarship was the result of a lot of hard work by the PVM Class of 2007 and is unique in that it was established while the class was still in session. The class initiated the very successful “The Fast and the Furriest Fun Run”. Now an annual event held in the Spring at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, many of the class members participated in the fund raising effort lead by classmates Suzanne Tousley and Justin Williams.
John and Mildred Emerson Scholarship (2005)
Dr. John Emerson entered Veterinary School at CSU in 1946 after serving in combat during World War II. After graduation in 1950, he moved his wife, Mildred, and infant son to Las Animas, CO to start a general practice. In 1960 they moved to the family farm near Windsor, CO and continued a large animal practice. In 1965, Dr. Emerson, became a Health Physicist with the Colorado Department of Health. Several years later he completed his Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota and worked for the Department as a Public Health Veterinarian. He became a Diplomate of the College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, with a specialty in Epidemiology. Dr. Emerson was an officer in several national public health organizations and served six years on the Scientific Program Committee of the AVMA. After retiring in 1987 as the Director of Environmental Epidemiology, he became a part-time consultant for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta where he monitored primate facilities for evidence of Ebola virus contamination. Dr. Emerson passed away in 2006. Mrs. Emerson is the past president of the CVMA Auxiliary. This scholarship honors the contributions of both Dr. and Mrs. Emerson to the veterinary profession and provides a legacy for their strong beliefs that new veterinary graduates have many opportunities for careers in the expanding field of preventive medicine and public health.
Barbara (Bobi) Fleischaker and Bill Sallada Memorial Scholarship (1998)
This scholarship honors the memory of Mrs. Barbara Fleischaker and Mr. Bill Sallada. Mrs. Fleischaker was a medical researcher born and educated in Wisconsin. She belonged to many breed clubs, and lectured nationally on practical canine genetics. Mr. Sallada was a structural engineer born and educated in California. He was particularly involved with basset hound clubs, as well as the High Country Basset Hound Rescue and Adoption Service. Barbara Fleischaker and Bill Sallada were both past presidents of the Colorado Dog Fancier Association, and had a vital interest in purebred dogs and canine genetic defects.
Kathleen Foster Memorial Scholarship (1984)
Kathleen Foster was a first-year veterinary student at Colorado State who was particularly committed to the care of wildlife. Her ambition was to become a veterinarian specializing in the care of exotics and wildlife, as well as involvement in wildlife conservation. Because of medical problems, Ms. Foster had to leave the Professional Veterinary Medical Program in her first semester, hoping to return the next year to pursue her dreams. Ms. Foster died that spring, but her legacy continues through the Kathleen Foster Memorial Scholarship established by her parents to help other students reach the goal their daughter was unable to attain.
Gallatin Dog Club Scholarship (1984)
The Gallatin Dog Club Scholarship was created in 1984 when Montana students interested in veterinary medicine had limited choices as to where to attend veterinary school. Colorado State accepted applicants from Montana, so the club voted to establish this scholarship to assist students, enrolled in the CSU Professional Veterinary Medical Program, who are Montana residents, achieve their goals of becoming veterinarians, and perhaps return to their home state to practice.
Dr. Mark Gearhart Memorial Scholarship (1990)
Dr. Mark A. Gearhart was a graduate student in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences when his life ended in tragedy. Dr. Gearhart was killed in the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 that went down in Sioux City, Iowa, in July 1989. Dr. Gearhart was looking forward to completing his doctorate degree in analytic epidemiology and dairy production medicine, and was excited about his future as he prepared to embark on his professional career. His dedication to his studies and his research, and his gentle determination to make a difference in the world impressed all who knew him. This scholarship was created through contributions by family and friends to honor Dr. Gearhart’s memory.
Dr. Downing Glover Scholarship (1996)
Dr. Albert “Doc” Downing Glover was a 1936 graduate of the Colorado State College (now Colorado State University) School of Veterinary Medicine. He began his veterinary career working with his father, also a veterinarian. In 1939 he established his large animal practice in Canton, Ohio. He left the practice during World War II to serve his country as a Captain in the South Pacific. Dr. Glover was dedicated to working and serving his profession. He served as president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association in 1951 and was honored as Missouri Veterinarian of the Year in 1962. Dr. Glover passed away in February 2004 at the age of 96. This scholarship was established to honor his memory and his love for the veterinary profession.
Richard and Dawn Goates Scholarship (2000)
Richard and Dawn Goates were so devoted to their companion animals that they delayed their marriage so as not to upset the balance of their respective households. Her dog, an elderly Llaso Apso named Chuckles, was not a good match with his two cats, so their marriage was put on hold. Several years later, after Chuckles had died (enjoying the rest of his quiet, cat less life), the Goates were married. With a now combined desire to help animals and people, the Goates became interested in establishing a scholarship for a veterinary student. When they found out that there was not a veterinary school in their home state of Utah, a call to Utah State University led them to Colorado State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Both lifelong animal lovers and philanthropists, the Goates appreciated the opportunity to create the Richard and Dawn Goates Scholarship that helps both animals and people by providing assistance to a student from Utah interested in pursuing an education in veterinary medicine. Richard Goates passed away in 2007.
Dr. Reginald L. Gotchy Memorial Scholarship (2001)
This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Reginald L. Gotchy by his family and friends following his death in 2001. Dr. Gotchy earned his master’s degree in radiation health in 1966 from Colorado State University and his doctorate’s degree in radiation biology in 1968. During his 40-year career, Dr. Gotchy became recognized as an expert in health physics. He made numerous contributions throughout his career as researcher, instructor, and government/industry expert. He was respected by his colleagues for his uncompromising professional integrity, intellectual logic, intensity, and dedication to resolve scientific issues. He brought the same intensity to the outdoors; where he participated in long-distance bike rides, ski adventures, mountaineering and more. He was a lifelong member of the Health Physics Society as well as many other professional and scientific organizations, and a devoted family man. Dr. Gotchy also had a special place in his heart for championing the welfare of animals. Dr. Gotchy was a great supporter of the graduate degree program at CSU. As befits his memory, this scholarship is available to graduate students in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.
Pamela Hill Griffith Memorial Scholarship (1994)
Pamela Hill Griffith was an outstanding member of the faculty in the Department of Microbiology. Although her life was cut tragically short, her influence on the Department continues through the people she inspired. Because of her love of microbiology, her dedication to her students, and her knowledge of the University’s courses and procedures, Mrs. Griffith was a valued advisor to undergraduate students majoring in microbiology. Mrs. Griffith, who was originally from Texas, came to work at Colorado State in 1979. She was a member of the American Society for Microbiology and active in many community organizations including the Poudre R-1 School District, Junior League, Cub Scouts, and her church. The scholarship was created in Mrs. Griffith’s memory by her beloved family, friends and colleagues.
Dr. Joseph W. and Arlene R. Harrison Scholarship (1994)
Joseph Harrison was a 1935 graduate of the Professional Veterinary Medicine program at Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University). This scholarship honors Dr. and Mrs. Harrison and their devotion to the veterinary medical profession.
Roberta Ann Hartman Memorial Scholarship (1981)
Dr. Roberta (Berta) Ann Hartman was a pioneer in the true sense of the word. Born and raised in a 4-H and farm environment in La Junta, Colorado, Dr. Hartman received her Master of Science degree in animal pathology and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1961. Most of her professional career was spent in private practice in North Vancouver, Canada, where she took a gentle hand in caring for her patients and their owners. Dr. Hartman also was on call to care for the marine animals at the Stanley Park Aquarium, including killer and Beluga whales, and alligators. Each day offered something exciting and new for Dr. Hartman and her sudden death in 1979 was a loss to her family, friends, clients and the entire veterinary profession. After her death, the Roberta Ann Hartman Memorial Scholarship was established to honor her memory and create a legacy for her work.
Philip J. Hiegert Memorial Scholarship (1978)
The Philip J. Hiegert Memorial Scholarship was established by Mr. Hiegert’s family, friends, and classmates. Mr. Hiegert was born in Evansville, Indiana, and served in the U.S. Navy. He came to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1974 and was admitted into the Professional Veterinary Medicine program in 1977. He was a freshman in the program when he was killed in a terrible car accident. Because Mr. Hiegert was unable to achieve his dreams, this scholarship was created to help other students reach theirs.
Dr. Joseph J. Hird Memorial Scholarship (1998)
The Dr. Joseph J. Hird Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of Dr. Hird, with additional contributions from friends, clients and colleagues who came to know Dr. Hird during his long and illustrious career. Dr. Hird graduated from the Colorado A&M, (now Colorado State University), in 1941 with a degree in veterinary medicine. He was a practitioner in Southern California who specialized in horses, and he was the staff veterinarian at several racetracks. His career was highlighted by a number of scientific successes including performing the first abdominal surgery on a horse in California, finding the cause and treatment for alkali poisoning in cattle, helping to prove heredity as a factor in hip dysphasia in dogs, developing a flea antigen, and perfecting an anesthesia procedure for horses. This scholarship honors the work of Dr. Hird.
Joy J. Hogan Memorial Scholarship (2007)
This scholarship for veterinary students with financial need was established with a gift from the estate of Joy J. Hogan. Planned gifts, such as hers, provide integral resources for the scholarship needs of prospective veterinary medical professionals.
George Holzer Memorial Scholarship (2002)
When Dr. George Holzer’s life was cut short in an airplane accident, his family and colleagues honored his memory by creating this scholarship in his name. Dr. Holzer, a member of the Colorado State University DVM Class of 1971, was passionate about his work in embryo transfer technology, and a leader in the practice of embryo transfer and bovine reproduction. He worked at several specialty practices in Canada before opening 1his own reproductive center in 1979 in Idaho. Just prior to his death, he had formed XY Genetics L.L.C. He was a past president of the American Embryo Transfer Association and was very active in that organization as well as community organizations including the Kiwanis Club.
Ed H. Honnen Scholarship (1982)
Ed H. Honnen was a driving force behind the creation of the Equine Sciences Program at CSU and the construction of the Equine Sciences Center. Mr. Honnen, who died in 1996 at the age of 96, divided his life into two distinct eras: before quarter horses and after. He was a successful contractor in Colorado Springs, a rodeo cowboy, horse breeder and philanthropist. He became involved in quarter horse breeding at the age of 50 to relieve the stress of work. Before long, his stress-relieving hobby had grown into a second career. In 1981, Mr. Honnen received the prestigious Citizen of the West award, given to those whose spirit and determination reflect that of the Western pioneers. Mr. Honnen also believed strongly in higher education and created this scholarship program to support graduate students in equine reproduction. Mr. Honnen lived by the creed that reflected his approach to life: “Count the day lost whose low descending sun ends with hardly a damn thing done.”
Dr. William A. Howarth Scholarship (1995)
Dr. Howarth received his DVM in 1942 from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). He was on the faculty of the College until 1946. After serving in World War II, he began his veterinary practice in Littleton, Colorado, focusing on large animals but later changed to a small animal practice. In 1967, he was named Colorado Veterinarian of the Year. This scholarship honors the dedication and work of Dr. Howarth.
Joseph P. and Mable C. Howe Memorial Scholarship (1997)
Mable C. Howe was very fond of animals. It was her wish to create a scholarship for students in the Professional Veterinary Medical Program. Mr. Howe shared his wife’s desire to support students who chose to work in a caring profession. This scholarship was established to honor their wishes.
Tuffy Huber Scholarship (1997)
In 1986, when Tuffy Huber came to the Animal Cancer Center at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, his prognosis was not good. Diagnosed with a brain tumor, the cat had only a small chance for a full recovery. His owner, Bette Huber, decided to take that chance, as long as Tuffy did not suffer. Tuffy beat the odds and did recover from his first battle with cancer, living nearly three more years after his surgery and treatment. Then, in 1989 at the age of 14, Tuffy had a recurrence that sent him back to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Despite the best efforts of his doctors, Drs. Richard A. LeCouteur, James Ingram, and Steve Withrow, Tuffy did not win his battle against cancer this time. This fund was created by Bette Huber in honor of Tuffy’s memory, and in gratitude to the veterinarians who tried to save Tuffy’s life.
Dr. Robert G. Hutchinson Memorial Scholarship (1993)
Dr. Robert G. Hutchinson, DVM Class of 1960, had a lifelong love of all animals and veterinary medicine seemed like a natural choice for his professional career. Growing up on a ranch in North Dakota, he was always surrounded by animals and was overjoyed when he was accepted into the Professional Veterinary Medical Program at Colorado State University. He and his wife Joanne moved to Fort Collins and after graduation, the couple (now with two children) moved to Walla Walla, Washington, where Dr. Hutchinson set up a large animal practice. Health problems were compromising his ability to care for large animals so within a year Dr. Hutchinson switched to a small animal practice and was able to provide loving veterinary care for almost 30 more years. Upon his death in 1993, Mrs. Hutchinson to honor her husband’s memory and pay tribute to his passion for veterinary medicine established a scholarship in his name at his beloved alma mater.
Harold Ingersoll Scholarship (1980)
Harold Ingersoll has lived a life filled with the bountiful love of animals. Growing up in Colorado Springs, he had goats, chickens, cats, dogs, birds, and a variety of other animals. When he and his wife Barbara purchased land outside of Colorado Springs, it was only a matter of time before forlorn animals in need of rescue found their new home. Those animals today include a retired milk cow, two wild rescue horses, and a wild rescue burro (and various cats and dogs). Over the years, Mr. Ingersoll made the acquaintance of a number of veterinarians as well as fellow Colorado State supporter Ed Honnen, and decided to set up a scholarship to help students in veterinary medicine so that they could help animals.
C. Heyward Jenkins Memorial Scholarship (1988)
The family and friends of Dr. C. Heyward Jenkins, Jr., established this scholarship to recognize the many contributions Dr. Jenkins made to the veterinary profession. Dr. Jenkins was a 1958 alumnus of the Colorado State Professional Veterinary Medical Program. He practiced veterinary medicine in Palm Springs, California, where he was actively involved in and an integral part of the various programs of the California Veterinary Medical Association. He died on Oct. 9, 1987, while attending the California Veterinary Medical Association’s annual meeting.
Lois and Harry Johnson Scholarship (1988)
Dr. Harry Johnson was among the earlier faculty members of the veterinary teaching program at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). In 1936, his first year on the faculty, he was charged with teaching clinical veterinary medicine. His career included a stint in China in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II, and working in private practice in Littleton, Colorado, for a number of years. After moving to California he worked as a track veterinarian, until he retired and returned to Fort Collins. In 1988, Dr. Johnson created a veterinary scholarship to honor his wife Lois, who had died in 1986. The fund continues today, honoring both Dr. Johnson, who died in 1994, and his wife.
C. Trueman and Elizabeth J. (Liz) Jones Memorial Scholarship (1985)
Dr. and Mrs. Jones were the owners and operators of Jones Veterinary Supply Co., based in Denver, CO. The company serviced veterinary clients in several western states, offering the newest in equipment and sound advice backed up by a veterinarian – Dr. Jones. They were ardent supports of Colorado State University, with Mrs. Jones serving on the Endowment Board for the College. The Jones also supported numerous other charitable organizations that worked to improve the lives of people and animals. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Jones took over and operated the company they had built together. In 1985, Mrs. Jones established the Jones Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, and to help the veterinarians of tomorrow. After her death, the scholarship was renamed to memorialize both Dr. and Mrs. Jones and to create a legacy of their hard work.
Jorgensen Laboratories Scholarship (1989)
Since 1965, Jorgensen Laboratories, Inc., based in Loveland, Colorado, has provided veterinary specialty instruments and products to veterinary practitioners. The family-owned business, begun by Irvin Jorgensen, has long had close ties to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. His son, Dr. Norman Jorgensen, is a 1980 graduate of the College. The Jorgensen family established this scholarship as an on-going tribute to veterinary education and the pursuit of excellence by the College and its students.
Lisa Akemi Kawai Memorial Scholarship (1993)
Lisa Akemi Kawai was a member of the first Vet Start group of students entering the Professional Veterinary Medical Program in the fall of 1993. In June of that year, Ms. Kawai’s promising life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident. Her family and members of the Vet Start class created the Lisa Akemi Kawai Memorial Scholarship to honor her and create a lasting legacy in her name. Because Ms. Kawai was from Hawaii, the scholarship is given only to students from that state, with preference to students who are a part of the Vet Start program. Vet Start provides early entrance, support and guidance to minority students interested in entering the field of veterinary medicine.
Hilan and Evelyn Keagy Scholarship (1989)
Hilan and Evelyn Keagy met while both were enrolled in the Professional Veterinary Medicine program at Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University). Dr. Hilan Keagy was a member of the DVM Class of 1930. Dr. Evelyn Keagy graduated in 1932 as the first woman to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. After graduation they moved to California where Dr. Evelyn Keagy became the first woman to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in California. They established the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital where they practiced for almost 60 years, before retiring in 1981. Dr. August Herman, Evelyn's father, a graduate of the first veterinary class of Colorado A&M College in 1910, began a century long family tradition with ten members of the Keagy Family becoming veterinarians.
Kingman ILM Fund (1998)
The Integrated Livestock Management (ILM) Program is fairly new to Colorado State University, but has its roots in a veterinary ethic that took shape more than 70 years ago. As homage to those roots, Dr. Harry Kingman Jr., created the Kingman ILM Fund in memory of his father, Dr. Harry Kingman Sr. perhaps one of the earliest veterinarians to practice integrated livestock management. The ILM program trains animal agriculture specialists to develop focused expertise and an understanding of the complex nature of modern agriculture. Areas of teaching, research and service include food safety, economics, animal well-being, land use, and environmental health. Dr. Kingman provides general support for the ILM program, especially with regards to dairy science and bovine medicine.
Nick Klaich Memorial Scholarship (1988)
Dr. Nick Klaich saw a glimpse of his future when, as a child, a veterinarian came to his family’s ranch in McGill, Nevada. He pursued that future, becoming the first member of his family to attend college, graduating in 1943 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Because this was during the war years, Dr. Klaich joined the U.S. Army, completing his medical studies before being stationed at Presidio in San Francisco. He eventually was transferred back to his home state of Nevada and, in 1950 established the Klaich Animal Hospital. The practice has since expanded to six veterinarians, including Dr. Klaich’s son, Nick, a graduate of the DVM Class of 1969. Dr. Klaich was a proud man whose word was his bond and handshake was his contract. He was enormously respected, devoted to his profession, and committed to education. The most important things to him, besides family and friends, were veterinary medicine, the state of Nevada, Colorado State University, and education. Upon his death in 1988, the Nick Klaich Memorial Scholarship was created in his honor.
Dr. Merrill and Elizabeth Koster Scholarship (1996)
Dr. Merrill Koster’s veterinary career was almost derailed by a clerical error. He had applied to the Professional Veterinary Medical Program at Colorado State University in 1957 and received a letter telling him he had not been accepted. Determined to get into the school, Dr. Koster did not take no for an answer. He came to Fort Collins to plead his case. He cornered Dr. Robert Davis, then head of the Department of Anatomy, who seemed surprised at the rejection letter. Dr. Davis told Dr. Koster that he had been accepted and had been sent the wrong letter. Dr. Koster, a graduate of the DVM Class of 1961, recalls that his years at Colorado State were the best of his life. He made dear friends with faculty and classmates, and received an education that enabled him to pursue a rewarding career, including a small animal and horse practice in Washington. The scholarship gift to the College from Dr. Koster and his wife Elizabeth is their way of saying thank you and of helping students in need.
Ken Lawson Veterinary Scholarship (1978)
Jerry Lawson had grown up on a ranch and was a rancher by trade. Her husband, Ken, married into ranching and stepped into a world he knew very little but came to love. When Mr. Lawson died in 1968, Mrs. Lawson set up a scholarship that would honor his memory and his love of the family ranch. The Ken Lawson Veterinary Scholarship was established to give the opportunity to young people who grew up around ranching to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. Mrs. Lawson chose Colorado State University because of her personal experience with the quality of education offered at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Her daughter, Dr. Gayle Curran, is a graduate of the DVM Class of 1980.
Dr. Lynn Leadbetter and Family Scholarship (2003)
Dr. Lynn F. Leadbetter was born on the family ranch northeast of Greeley, Colorado. After graduating from the local high school, he stayed out of school for five years trying to make a living during the Depression. The going was tough and he decided he would be better off trying to improve his lot by going to school. In 1943, Dr. Leadbetter graduated from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) with his degree in veterinary medicine. He then immediately began a two-year stint in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his military service, Dr. Leadbetter returned to Colorado and started a practice in Denver with his brother Wayne. They practiced for 20 years, during which they served as the veterinarians for the Denver Stockyard and the National Western Stock Show. Dr. Leadbetter had planned to retire, but when his daughter Linda started veterinary school (DVM Class of 1973) he decided to build a small animal practice that would be ready for her when she graduated. That practice, located in Henderson, Colorado, is still in business today. Dr. Leadbetter, now retired, established this scholarship to provide assistance to students going through tough times, something he personally understands.
Joanne B. and Chester R. Lewis Scholarship (2006)
Joanne Lewis has a farming heritage, working with beef and dairy cattle growing up in Delaware and then moving to Colorado. She has a special place in her heart for CSU and would like to provide a means for students to succeed in their veterinary medical education.
Josephine C. Linger Memorial Scholarship (1984)
The Josephine C. Linger Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Mrs. Linger and her love of animals.
Dr. William J. Long Memorial Scholarship (2000)
Before Dr. William J. Long died in September 2000, he had arranged that all his earthly belongings would go to help others. This is reflective of how Dr. Long lived his life. Raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, his path to veterinary school in Fort Collins, Colorado, took several turns, including service in the military during World War II, and a stint as a welder in the shipyards of California. Upon graduation in 1952, Dr. Long practiced veterinary medicine and later worked as a meat inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture. He retired in Grand Junction, Colorado, farming property that had been in his family for many years. His neighbors and friends knew him as an excellent farmer who took great pride in his work, and who had a big smile for just about everyone. Upon his death, he arranged that his property would be given to the county to create a park, that his savings and investments should go to create scholarships at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado (to honor his sister who was a nurse and attended CU), and that all his personal property be auctioned off to benefit Hospice.
Dr. Donald R. Mackey Memorial Scholarship (2006)
Dr. Mackey began his 60 year veterinary career as a graduate of Colorado State University in 1942. After graduation he established a mixed animal practice in Greeley Colorado and over the years concentrated on large animal medicine. He served as veterinarian for the Monfort Feedlots and became an expert in diseases of feedlot cattle. Dr. Mackey also founded and co-owned the Animal Pharmacy and Supply in Greeley. Dr. Mackey was dedicated to large animal care and co-authored a textbook and monthly articles on feedlot management. This scholarship was established by his family to honor the hard work, dedication and extensive contribution he made to large animal feedlot management.
Kirke L. Martin Memorial Scholarship (1992)
Mr. Martin was an alumnus of Colorado State University who, after graduation, was employed by the University for over 28 years. He worked as a research associate and biosafety officer. This scholarship was established to honor his memory.
Mathews Foundation/CVMBS Honors Program Scholarship (1991)
The Mathews Foundation/CVMBS Honors Program Scholarship was established by the foundation’s trustee, Leonard “Yank” Banowetz. It was created to recognize what Mr. Banowetz called one of Colorado State University’s “crown jewels.” Mr. Banowetz, who died in January 2003, was a firm believer in the University’s honors program and wanted to assist students who maintained a very high level of academic achievement.
Dr. J. Cecil Matlock Veterinary Medicine Scholarship (1966)
In 1966, Dr. Cecil J. Matlock, DVM Class of 1941, didn't think he had much time left on this planet. He had been badly injured while working in his large animal practice that resulted in major health complications. He arranged with Dr. Rue Jensen, then dean of the College, to set up a scholarship to help others and do “some good” after his death. But Dr. Matlock, did pull through and has lived to see many students benefit from a gift that he gave while on what he thought was his death bed almost 40 years ago. Despite his injury, Dr. Matlock had a full and rewarding career. He practiced in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Oklahoma before moving to Coral Gables, Florida, to establish a small animal practice that he owned and operated for 20 years prior to his retirement in 1971. This scholarship is dedicated to Dr. Matlock’s professional career.
Eugene A. and Alice J. McHale Scholarship (1995)
This scholarship was established in the names of Eugene A. and Alice J. McHale to provide support for students enrolled in the Vet Start program. Vet Start provides early entrance, support and guidance to minority students interested in entering the field of veterinary medicine.
Wayne and Nancy McIlwraith Orthopaedic Scholarship (2003)
Dr. McIlwraith holds the Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics at Colorado State University and is a Professor and Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center. Dr. Nancy Goodman McIlwraith was a race track practitioner for 20 years and now breeds and shows Hunters and Jumpers. Both have a major interest in finding new solutions for musculoskeletal injury and osteoarthritis in the horse. This endowed scholarship provides funding to a graduate student working in the field of equine orthopaedics.
Dr. Mark U. McKie Memorial Scholarship (1993)
Dr. Mark U. McKie, graduate of the DVM Class of 1953, loved veterinary medicine, football and baseball. He played both sports for the “Aggie” teams during his years as a veterinary medical student at CSU. He played quarterback in 1949 and 1950, and second baseman from 1950 to 1952. During his time on the baseball team, the Aggie’s went to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Following graduation, Dr. McKie left the sports fields to practice veterinary medicine. He lived with his family in Manhattan Beach, California, where he worked in private practice for 25 years. After his death in 1993, friends, family, and classmates funded a scholarship to honor his memory.
Hermann Meyer Veterinary Anatomy Scholarship (1993)
Dr. Hermann Meyer came to his adopted country from Switzerland as a veterinarian. Here he found his life’s work – teaching. Dr. Meyer, on the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1957 to 1972, thoroughly enjoyed teaching and cared deeply for his students. A professor in the Department of Anatomy, he derived great pleasure in seeing his students progress and build their skills and knowledge. Dr. Meyer himself, and his wife, were beneficiaries of scholarships while working on their post-doctorate studies at Ohio State University. This scholarship is in recognition and gratitude for those scholarships, and is meant to provide a helping hand to today’s students.
Dr. Donna S. Minion Memorial Scholarship (1992)
Dr. Donna S. Minion, DVM Class of 1988, had a life-long interest in veterinary medicine. Born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, she had a special bond with nature and the outdoors. She competed in basketball, soccer, marathons, and bicycle races, and enjoyed camping and skiing. She was actively involved in organizations concerned with wildlife, ecology, and the environment. Dr. Minion attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, prior to coming to Colorado State. Upon graduation from the Professional Veterinary Medical Program, she joined the Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic in Arlington, Virginia, moving to live near her sister. She worked there until her death in 1991, when she died in an automobile accident. This scholarship was established in her memory by her family, friends, colleagues and clients who remember her as a kind, loving and gentle doctor.
Sumner M. Morrison Memorial Scholarship (1984)
Professor Sumner M. Morrison was a member of the Colorado State University faculty from 1950 until his death in 1983. He held joint appointments in the departments of Microbiology and Civil Engineering and was Director of Environmental Health Services. This scholarship was established by his family, friends, and former students to honor the memory of an educator who saw and nurtured hidden promise and potential in students. He was a man who was concerned about the environment and was willing to work toward preserving it for future generations. Dr. Morrison was a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and the Rocky Mountain Branch of the ASM, the Water Pollution Control Federation, American Public Health Association, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and other professional societies. He dedicated his life to science and education.
Mortimer/Beef Today/Elanco Scholarship (1998)
This scholarship recognizes the work of Dr. Robert Mortimer, an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. The scholarship was funded by Elanco Animal Health (a Division of Eli Lilly) and Beef Today magazine. It was created to show these organizations commitment and dedication to animal health, and their investment in students as the backbone of production agriculture’s future.
Dr. Timothy Dwayne Muhr Memorial Scholarship (1997)
Dr. Timothy Muhr practiced veterinary medicine for only two years before he died in 1997 at the age of 37. They were two of the happiest years of his life. Dr. Muhr had finally fulfilled his ambition – despite many setbacks and detours – to become a veterinarian. He began his professional career in high technology and was working as a computer operator when the economy took a downturn and he was laid off. After much soul-searching, he decided that this was not a setback, but an opportunity to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Muhr returned to school to finish his bachelor’s degree and was then accepted into veterinary school. Life during veterinary school was a struggle, but through hard work and the support of others he was able to make his way. Scholarships were an important part of that support and, before his death; Dr. Muhr endowed a veterinary scholarship.
New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association Memorial Scholarship (1983)
This scholarship was originally established through a gift from the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association in memory of Dr. Charles Webster. Over the years, the purpose of the fund has changed to honor all New Mexico veterinarians who have died, including most recently Drs. Jack Kirk, Stanley Dowds, and Ted Eliot. Members of the New Mexico VMA choose to set up this scholarship at CSU because this is where the majority of its members are alumni. The scholarship provides assistance to decrease the debt load of graduating practitioners from New Mexico. New Mexico VMA members note that this is one small positive step the organization can take to help those individuals who will follow in their footsteps.
Isaac E. Newsom Memorial Scholarship (1983)
Dr. Isaac E. Newsom was an integral part of the College’s past, as well as a catalyst to its dynamic future. Dr. Newsom was a highly educated man, respected across the Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) campus and throughout the veterinary profession. When a pathology department was established in 1918, Dr. Newsom was its first department head. His department quickly became well known for its excellent work on sheep diseases, forage poisoning in horses, and contagious abortion in cattle. He served as dean of the College from 1934-1947. In the two years prior to his retirement, he served as acting president of the University between the terms of Roy Green and William Morgan. Dr. Newsom’s daughter, Fern Newsom Martin, established this scholarship to honor the work of her father.
Rowena Odell Scholarship (1992)
Rowena Odell loved animals; they were a very important part of her life. When Mrs. Odell passed away, her husband, Ralph Odell, established a scholarship to honor her memory and her devotion to animals.
Don B. Olsen DVM-PhD Fellowship (1991)
Dr. Don B. Olsen is a 1956 graduate of the Professional Veterinary Medical Program at Colorado State University. Early in his career, he was in general veterinary practice in Smithfield, Utah. In 1964, he returned to academia, receiving his doctorate’s degree from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. In 1972, Dr. Olsen joined the Division of Artificial Organs, Department of Surgery and Institute for Biomedical Engineering, at the University of Utah. He currently is the Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Artificial Heart Research Laboratory at the University of Utah. He is a leading authority on artificial hearts and holds several patents for components used in these hearts. His research has resulted in many practical applications in treating cardiac patients and surgical teams have applied his findings to prolong the lives of many individuals. Dr. Olsen created this scholarship to encourage students to think creatively about their professional lives, especially with regards to what they can achieve using their DVM degree as a career base, and to support those students in their endeavors.
Afton Silver Osguthorpe Memorial Scholarship (1989)
This scholarship was created by Dr. Delbert Osguthorpe, a 1943 DVM graduate of Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) in memory of his first wife, Afton Silver Osguthorpe. Dr. Osguthorpe remembers as a young student having odd jobs to help pay his tuition that included sweeping the music building, raising and lowering the flag on campus, and working in chemistry laboratories. Mrs. Osguthorpe was given a job with the cooperative extension service and, through their combined efforts, Dr. Osguthorpe was able to graduate from veterinary school debt-free, something very few students are able to do today. Dr. Osguthorpe created this scholarship to honor his wife’s memory and to lend a hand to today’s students. His wish was to help the school that enabled him to have a rewarding professional career with more than 50 years in practice at the same address in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Paul G. and Ruth R. Palmer Scholarship (1983)
Dr. Paul G. Palmer was a graduate of the DVM Class of 1933. His father was a cattleman and it was during those early years of working with animals that Dr. Palmer decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He was a fraternity brother of Dr. Harry Kingman and spent most of his professional career as a government meat inspector. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and took many trips -- almost always with one of their beloved dogs by their side. Dr. Palmer was active in his class and enjoyed his class reunions. He particularly liked to keep up with what was happening at Colorado State University. It was Dr. Palmer’s desire to establish a scholarship fund for veterinary students.
Pattridge Family Scholarship (1983)
Paul V. Pattridge is a name well known in Colorado. He was a prominent Jefferson County rancher, banker, politician and civic leader. Mr. Pattridge raised sheep and cattle, was chairman of the Jefferson County 4-H Foundation, director of the Colorado 4-H Foundation, a trustee of the Mercy Hospital, member of the Roundup Riders of the Rockies for more than 25 years, and president of several realty and insurance firms in Lakewood and Golden. This fund was established in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul V. Pattridge as a tribute to their family’s belief in the value of education. It is a memorial to Mr. Pattridge’s first wife, Nellie, who died in 1965, and his son, Dr. Paul Pattridge, who was killed in a plane crash in 1964. Mr. Pattridge, who died at the age of 89 in 1988, was a strong supporter of higher education and a generous philanthropist who made numerous gifts to many charitable organizations.
Dr. Dean Pavillard Scholarship (1990)
Dr. Dean Pavillard had two abiding passions in his life, horses and veterinary medicine. Dr. Pavillard was a member of the DVM Class of 1968. After graduating from Colorado State, he practiced in Santa Fe, New Mexico, before returning to Colorado where he established a practice in Akron. He then moved on to a two-year stint at a breeding farm in Texas. Dr. Pavillard served as track veterinarian at the Santa Fe Downs. He also was the veterinarian at the Albuquerque Downs, the New Mexico State Fair, and supervised the quarter horse breeding program at Enchanted Farms in New Mexico. His contributions to equine medicine in the state of New Mexico were significant. Dr. Pavillard died in 1990 at the age of 58. This scholarship was established by his family to honor his memory and celebrate his life’s work.
Dr. Virgil L. Pennell Memorial Scholarship (1996)
Dr. Virgil L. Pennell lived life with gusto. Born and raised on a farm in Marshall, Illinois, he decided at an early age that he would go to veterinary school. He graduated from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), a member of the DVM Class of 1952, then moved to Nampa, Idaho, where he established a private mixed animal practice. After being severely injured by a horse, and told he would never practice veterinary medicine again, Dr. Pennell rehabilitated himself, and went on to establish three small animal practices. For 40 years, he did what he truly loved while pursuing other interests in his “spare” time. These interests included an antique car business – Virgil’s Vintage Vehicles – traveling, golf, skiing, and philanthropic work for the Idaho Youth Ranch, a ranch for troubled teens. Dr. Pennell was a devoted to his family, and was proud that his son Jon followed in his footsteps to become a veterinarian. Dr. Pennell wished to establish the scholarship in his name, as helping young people was an important part of his life. He particularly wanted to help students with families as he could relate personally to the challenges they faced.
Niki Pierce Memorial Scholarship (2006)
Niki was a dog of uncertain breeding and undeniable charm. He came to the house of David and Maxine Pierce as a foundling with a long list of medical problems, one of which was a dislocated hip which prompted his first visit to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The outcome was nine great year of Niki’s company and a wealth of wonderful memories. When Niki’s final illness was diagnosed, the Pierces returned to the Animal Cancer Center secure in the knowledge that if there was hope it could be found there. This was not to be but the Pierces found comfort knowing they had done their best for him. This scholarship was established in Niki’s memory as our way of thanking the staff and students of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for the kindness and skill we were shown and to help in some small way ensure that the work will continue.
Dr. R. Barry Prynn Memorial Scholarship (1989)
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dr. R. Barry Prynn, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1988. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and moved to Ohio in 1951 to attend Ohio State University. He graduated with his B.A.sc in 1954, D.V.M. in 1965, M.S.sc in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1969. Dr. Prynn was awarded the Mark Morris scholarships, Ohio State Veterinary scholarships and the N.I.H. Fellowship for neurology. He taught at Ohio State University from 1972-1976. He then moved to Arizona in 1976 and practiced at northern Animal Hospital until he began Prynn Veterinary Clinic. In 1984 he joined Apollo Veterinary Hospital in Glendale, AZ. He was Ohio and Arizona’s first veterinary neurologist. He was a past board member and president of the Ohio, Arizona and Central Arizona Veterinary Medical Associations. He published numerous articles relating to veterinary neurology. His sense of humor and quick wit were definitely appreciated and his incredible recollection of knowledge was often amazing to others. He loved animals even as a small child and his remarkable sense of what animals were experiencing brought many clients to his door. Because many Arizona veterinary students attend Colorado State University, the scholarship was established at CSU where it will serve the greatest number of students from Arizona. This scholarship was created through contributions from the Arizona Veterinary Association, family and friends to honor Dr. R. Barry Prynn’s memory and his love for veterinary medicine.
J. R. Puckett Memorial Scholarship (1987)
Dr. John Ralph Puckett, was a graduate of the DVM Class of 1957. Dr. Puckett had a loving and compassionate nature, a quick smile, and a great sense of humor that endeared him to colleagues and clients alike. He practiced for 30 years in southern California and was an active member of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Puckett was an excellent surgeon and received many difficult surgical referrals. He loved his family and friends, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and his practice of surgery. Family, friends, clients, colleagues and members of his graduating class, established this scholarship after his death in 1987 to honor the man and his work.
Donald G. Reid and Barbara Reid French, DVM Scholarship (2007)
This scholarship was established by 1943 CVMBS DVM graduate Dr. Donald Reid and his daughter, Dr. Barbara Reid French who graduated with her DVM from CSU in 1977. The Drs. Reid are truly a veterinary medical family with a passion for CVMBS. They understand the tremendous costs associated with a veterinary education. They personally understand the financial burden a veterinary medical education places on the student and want to support a student interested in practicing in a rural mixed animal practice after graduation.
Dr. William K. Riddell Graduate Scholarship (1990)
Dr. William K. Riddell Memorial Scholarship (1990)
Dr. Riddell graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1935. His senior year he was Student Body president and also president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. On graduation night he married Katherine Harris and they moved to the Los Angeles area of California. He succeed in his practice and was named president of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and in 1959 was named president of the American Animal Hospital Association. He also played a large part in training the chimps for the first space flights. He was appointed to the California State Board of Examiners by the Gov. Earl Warren and served in that role for 10 years holding several positions and eventually becoming president of the board. During his career he made many contributions to many phases of veterinary medicine, especially in orthopedic surgery and had written and had published many papers on the subject. He sold his practice in the mid 1960s and retired from active practice, however kept active in the political arena of the profession for several years. He passed away on February 10, 1986.
Russell F. Rose III Memorial Scholarship (1991)
In 1979, Russell Rose was just starting out in life. He was 19 years old, a graduate of Broomfield High School, and excited to be attending school to become a jet aircraft mechanic. All of his dreams, ended tragically when he was killed in an automobile accident. Russell Rose’s family lived by their philosophy, to first do no harm, and then do some good. Because their son was so young at the time of his death, the Rose family decided that a scholarship in their son’s name would allow him to do good even after his death. They selected the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences because of Russell’s love of animals and because their two daughters are in the health profession. The Rose family enjoys attending the College’s awards banquet each year to tell the recipient of the Russell F. Rose III Memorial Scholarship about their son.
N. A. and Jone Rothenberg Scholarship (1987)
Dr. Norm Rothenberg, DVM Class of 1949, has spent his life caring for animals. After his graduation from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University), he moved to Southern California where he had numerous practices over the years and worked with all species of animals, everything from dogs and cats to snakes and elephants. Dr. Rothenberg also found it hard to leave veterinary medicine, retiring and returning to practice seven times. In 1987, Dr. Rothenberg and his wife Jone decided to create a scholarship to give something back to the school that gave them so much, and to help today’s students as they work toward their degrees and embark on their professional careers.
Robert Rubin and Maurice S. Shahan Memorial Scholarship (1981 and 1963 respectively, combined in 1992)
Dr. Robert Rubin graduated from the Division of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado A&M (Colorado State University) in 1949. His education was delayed by service in the U.S. Army during which he served as an infantryman. After receiving his master’s degree in parasitology from Oklahoma State University, he joined their faculty. He then worked as a veterinary research scientist with the USDA, before returning to Colorado State as a Professor of Parasitology. Dr. Rubin was a gifted and versatile parasitologist, and a quiet and gentle man with a dry sense of humor. As a teacher, he demanded excellence of all who entered his class. His research interests were primarily immunology, chemotherapy for parasitic diseases, and diagnosis of parasites in domestic animals. He was known and feared for his pop quizzes, but all who took his courses knew their material. Dr. Rubin died in 1979 at the age of 57. Dr. Maurice S. Shahan was born in Kearney, Nebraska, and graduated from the Division of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University) in 1924. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Colorado State University in 1960. Dr. Shahan developed an interest in animal disease research soon after graduation from veterinary college. He was particularly interested in studying animal diseases non-existent in the United States and was instrumental in the founding of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, located off the coast of New York. During his career, he worked on more than a dozen animal diseases. One of his most important findings led to the development of a vaccine for the control of equine encephalomyelitis. Because of Dr. Shahan’s international reputation and interest in the eradication and control of animal diseases on a continental basis, he was called to be an advisor and speaker in many countries. He died in 1977 at the age of 78. This scholarship honors the memories of Drs. Rubin and Shahan and is a tribute to the illustrious careers of both men. Their scholarships were combined in 1992 to make a more meaningful award.
Salsbury Scholarship (1985)
How Dr. John Edward Salsbury came to be a legendary poultry man is the stuff of American legend. Born in 1887 in Long Eaton, England, at the age of 21 he left Britain to make his mark in America. Dr. Salsbury made the acquaintance of a veterinarian who explained the advantages of the profession. When Kansas City Veterinary College opened for the 1911 school year, John Salsbury enrolled. After graduation, Dr. Salsbury took a keen interest in poultry flock management and in developing products for diseases that often decimated the flocks of small farming families. After a long, hard struggle, he was able to establish Salsbury Laboratories in Iowa; an enterprise that started slowly then grew rapidly as the Salsbury reputation spread. He took great pleasure in using his success to help others through volunteer work and philanthropic activities. Dr. Salsbury died in 1967, but his good works continued with the establishment of the Salsbury Foundation. In 1985, the foundation gave each of the 27 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States an endowment to support scholarships. That gift was the greatest single undertaking of the foundation, which was then dissolved in 1986.
SCAVMA Scholarship Endowment (1997)
Members of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) work as a community to facilitate public service and educational experiences. Intended to promote professional and personal growth, each student chapter is granted an official charter by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This provides an avenue for students to begin learning about organized veterinary medicine. The Student AVMA (SAVMA) is the national organization of veterinary students that unites the 28 SCAVMA chapters. The Colorado State SCAVMA helps finance special-interest clubs in the Professional Veterinary Medicine program, sponsors guest lecturers, provides opportunities for all-school social events, and participates in public service projects. The student chapter at Colorado State University has established an endowed scholarship to provide assistance to veterinary students.
A. William Schramm Memorial Scholarship (1982)
Dr. A. William (Bill) Schramm was a Californian who left home and was on his own at the age of 12. He lived and worked long evening hours at several small animal hospitals while he was going through school. He, and his wife Wanda, moved to Fort Collins where he received his bachelor degree and then graduated as a DVM in 1954. His practical experience and dedication to his studies enabled him to be an extremely successful practitioner in California. He served as president of the Southern California Veterinary Association, and chaired numerous committees on ethics, one of his favorite subjects. He was very active in community service and helping young people. Dr. Schramm retired at the age of 58 and spent the last two years of his life as a full time college student pursuing his passion of lifelong learning. This scholarship honors Dr. Schramm and his love of Colorado State University, an especially meaningful place to him because his brother died while in his senior year of the veterinary school. The family, friends and clients of Dr. Schramm who remember him as a devoted veterinarian, loving family man, and giving friend endowed the scholarship.
Phyllis and Lyle Schwieder Scholarship (2001)
Phyllis and Lyle Schwieder had always been strong believers in education and wanted to put their money to good use by investing in education. Mrs. Schwieder also always loved cats, and wanted to do something to help the plight of the domestic feline. The answer was a veterinary scholarship. The Schwieders established this scholarship to help veterinary students from their home state of Arizona with an interest in feline medicine.
SDH Endowed Scholarship (1990)
Silver Ute was a young Kuvasz (a guard dog breed) who came to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital with what the owners thought was an advanced case of arthritis. Clinician, Dr. Wendell Nelson (later director of the hospital), was not convinced the problem was arthritis. Clinical work verified his diagnosis that Silver Ute had suffered a traumatic injury to the spine. Surgery enabled Silver Ute to live many more years – until the age of 14 -- and to sire many lovely puppies. As a thank you for his treatment and tribute to the quality of care at the hospital, the owners of Silver Ute, through the S&D Hoffman Foundation, established the SDH Endowed Scholarship.
Lloyd C. and Ruth H. Shenk Memorial Scholarship (2006)
David K. Shenk and his wife, Loretta, established this scholarship in memory of David’s parents, Lloyd C. and Ruth H. Shenk. And in doing so, providing assistance to further the education of veterinary students at Colorado State University. The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to benefit students enrolled in the Professional Veterinary Medical Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Gerald J. Shiner, D.V.M. Memorial Scholarship (2000)
Dr. Gerald Shiner was a member of the DVM Class of 1951. Following graduation, he returned to Canon City, Colorado, his childhood home, where he established a practice with fellow graduate, Dr. Robert Harber. The Freemont Veterinary Hospital was dedicated to the veterinary care of cattle and horses. Dr. Shiner also had his own ranch where he ran registered Hereford and Limousine cattle. In the early years, Dr. Shiner taught classes in livestock management to local ranchers, and set up the first health officers and meat inspectors for the city. He taught animal science in his work with the 4-H clubs, and worked with the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado State Department of Corrections in the Wild Horse Rescue Program. He served as a role model to his son, Kirk A. Shiner, who also became a veterinarian (DVM Class of 1981). This memorial fund, established by family, friends, and clients, honors Dr. Shiner’s legacy and his commitment to education and the veterinary school at Colorado State University.
Dr. Philip E. Sims Memorial Scholarship (1997)
Philip E. Sims had always kept a menagerie of animals in his home, partially supplied by his father Frank, who taught an entry-level biology class to junior high students. His love of animals led him to a career that drew upon not only that love, but his talent as an artist as well. Dr. Sims began on his professional path at Colorado State University where he received his bachelor degrees in zoology and entomology (1978). He then enrolled in veterinary school and was a member of the DVM Class of 1984. Dr. Sims later returned to Colorado State and graduated in 1991 with a master’s degree in anatomy and neurobiology, specializing in biomedical illustration. He was an instructor of anatomy and physiology at Colorado State University and Front Range Community College, a relief veterinarian, and a specialist in exotic animal medicine and surgery. He worked as the veterinarian at the St. Maarten Zoo located on the island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean, and also as an epidemiologist for the USDA-Veterinary Services. Dr. Sims was an exceptionally talented artist. He received many awards for his expert work in biomedical illustration. He also had numerous art exhibits of his non-biomedical work, including a series entitled Eye of the Reptile. At the time of his death in 1996, Dr. Sims was writing and illustrating a book on reptilian comparative anatomy. His sudden death at the age of 40 cut short his brilliant career, but as his father said, he had lived life to the fullest. This scholarship honors Dr. Sims by providing support to veterinary students who have an interest in exotic animals, particularly reptiles.
Clarence and Trulie Snyder Memorial Scholarship (1995)
Clarence and Trulie Snyder were both lifelong educators, though Mr. Snyder’s first dream was to be a veterinarian. A lack of money and the need to begin earning a living caused him to change his career to education. Mr. Snyder graduated from the Colorado Agricultural College in 1925. In 1935, he received his master’s degree in school administration from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University). During his career he was a teacher, principal, superintendent, and served as Chairman of the Colorado Finance Committee in Education. Mr. Snyder felt his true dream to become a veterinarian came true when his granddaughter, Donna Minion, became a veterinarian, graduating with the DVM Class of 1988. Mrs. Snyder received her teaching degree in 1925 from the University of Northern Colorado and taught at many different schools during her career. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder were married for 66 years, only parting when Trulie died in 1992. Mr. Snyder died three years later. Since the Snyders were educators and both interested in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this scholarship has been established to assist those who will become educators of veterinarians.
Drs. Tom Spurgeon and Patricia Brooks Memorial Scholarship (1997)
Drs. Tom Spurgeon and Pat Brooks were both faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Spurgeon, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, was responsible for the College’s anatomy instruction and was a leader in the development of computer teaching resources and programs. He was devoted to his students and acted as a mentor to many promising young individuals during his years at Colorado State University. Dr. Brooks, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, was pursuing new avenues of research in retroviruses and was very excited about her research work. They loved life, loved to travel, enjoyed fine wine and good food, and tended to friends and family with care and compassion. Both were beloved members of the Colorado State community when they died suddenly and tragically in 1997.
France Stone Scholarship (1988)
Clair Martig, was the president and founder of the France Stone Company, a mining firm located in Ohio. Mr. Martig was a civic leader and philanthropist who founded the France Stone Foundation. The Foundation provided funds to many non-profit organizations including universities, counties, park systems, and more. The France Stone Foundation established the France Stone Scholarship in 1988 to support the education of veterinary students.
Carlton Sundberg Memorial Scholarship (1989)
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dr. Carlton Sundberg, a member of the DVM Class of 1935. Dr. Sundberg had a long and rewarding career in veterinary medicine. The Carlton Sundberg Memorial Scholarship reflects the value that he placed on veterinary education, as well as the importance of research to advance human and animal medicine.
Raymond Swift Memorial Scholarship (1993)
Raymond Swift was born in 1931, in Estes Park, Colorado, where he grew up around livestock. He attended Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) in pre-veterinary medicine, but left school to join the Air Force during the Korean War. In 1952, he was stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base in California when he was fatally injured during a bull riding competition in the local rodeo. At the time of his death, he was in the process of transferring from electronics to a career in veterinary medicine. His commanding officer wrote to his parents, “Good veterinarians are rare, but your son’s ability and his love of animals would have made him an outstanding veterinarian.” This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Raymond Swift and his love for large animals. His family and friends created this fund so that Mr. Swift would not be forgotten.
Alice Bracey Taylor Memorial Scholarship (1998)
Alice Bracey Taylor was a woman who loved the arts and helping people. She became connected to Colorado State University through her veterinarian, Dr. Norman Rothenberg, a member of the DVM Class of 1949. Some years ago, Ms. Taylor brought her cat to Dr. Rothenberg for treatment. When she brought the cat back at a later date and he would not allow her to pay for a re-check, she invited him and his wife Jone to come to a performance of her “small” orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra of which she was the general manager. A friendship blossomed and when Dr. Rothenberg mentioned the possibility of leaving an endowment to his alma mater, Ms. Taylor established this scholarship. The Alice Bracey Taylor Family Trust, in addition to the scholarship at Colorado State, has given generously to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Humane Society, Child Welfare League, and many other animal protection, welfare, and children’s groups.
Thimmig Family Scholarship (1995)
Dr. John Thimmig graduated from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) in 1937 with a degree in veterinary medicine and a desire to succeed. He practiced veterinary medicine in Brighton, Colorado, for 44 years, retiring from his practice in 1981. Dr. Thimmig served as president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association in 1948 and was named Colorado Veterinarian of the Year in 1969. He was Colorado’s representative to the House of Delegates of the American Veterinary Medical Association and served on the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for several years. Dr. Thimmig was an influential member of the State Board of Agriculture for eight years, helping to shape the University during his tenure. An avid supporter of Colorado State University, Dr. Thimmig served as a board member for the Colorado State Foundation and was elected president of that organization during his term. Dr. Thimmig was also a community leader and activist. He received numerous awards for his civic contributions and efforts to advance veterinary medicine, including being inducted in 1994 to the George H. Glover Gallery of Distinguished Faculty and Alumni. Dr. Thimmig died in 2003 at the age of 87. He will be remembered for his ability to think through decisions, for his quick sense of humor, and for his public service. He was a family man and a community man who gave more to others than to himself. The Thimmig Family Scholarship, established by Dr. Thimmig in 1995, was in recognition of the role the University played in the Thimmig family’s life. It also is now a memorial to Dr. Thimmig and to the values to which he held firm.
Dr. Bob Toombs Memorial Scholarship (1999)
Dr. Robert E. Toombs practiced veterinary medicine in the ranching areas of western Nebraska and southeastern Wyoming. He pursued graduate studies as Texas A&M, doing postdoctoral work in beef production and management. After graduation, Dr. Toombs joined the faculty at Texas A&M as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Toombs later joined the faculty at Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Sciences. Here, he shared his talents and expertise with students interested in beef cattle production. Dr. Toombs was a well-respected teacher, researcher, speaker, and beef cattle consultant. He provided guidance in all facets of the beef cattle industry. He was involved in many veterinary professional organizations, and remained active in ranching and his community throughout his career. At the time of his death in 1993, Dr, Toombs owned and operated Agmit Consulting Firm and his family ranching operation near Wheatland, Wyoming, which he ran with his wife Wanda.
Dr. Alan Tucker Memorial Scholarship (2005)
Dr. Alan Tucker, played a vital role in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for nearly 25 years. Born in England, Dr. Tucker immigrated with his parents to the United States at the age of 12. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and received undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Tucker came to Colorado in the mid-1970’s for a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. In 1979 he became an Associate Professor of Physiology at Colorado State. His teaching and research focused on cardiopulmonary physiology and high-altitude medicine. During his tenure Dr. Tucker served as Assistant Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1989-2000), as head of the Department of Physiology from 1995-2001, and was appointed Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs in July 2002 after serving as an interim in that position for over a year. He was very active in the Fort Collins community and was involved with various community service organizations. Dr. Tucker died tragically in January, 2004 while vacationing with his wife Melissa in Mexico. This scholarship was established by the College through memorial gifts from faculty and friends to honor the memory of Dr. Tucker and pay tribute to the life and work of this very special educator.
Dr. Earl Turner, Class of 1966, Memorial Scholarship (1968)
Dr. Earl Turner was a member of the DVM Class of 1966 who died in a car accident two years after his graduation. Upon his death, family, friends, and members of his class established a scholarship to honor his memory.
Thomas Edmund and Grace M. Utley Scholarship (1993)
The Thomas Edmund and Grace M. Utley Scholarship is given to students in the Professional Veterinary Medical Program.
John H. Venable Memorial Scholarship (1988)
Dr. John H. Venable was a beloved member of the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who cared about students and cared about learning. Dr. Venable came to Colorado State in 1976 to chair the Department of Anatomy and help develop the research program at the College. Under his guidance, the College joined the cutting edge of research technology; purchasing an electron microscope and developing advanced research programs. Dr. Venable also served the College as associate dean and was acting dean for two years, before returning to the lab and classroom to conduct research and teach. His research interests included the study of muscle tissue and nerves in conjunction with the electron microscope. He was a strong believer in basic research of healthy systems as being essential to the advancement of biomedical sciences. Dr. Venable was active in many national scientific organizations and especially proud of his work with an international committee to establish anatomical nomenclature. Dr. Venable died suddenly at the age of 58. This scholarship, established by his wife, Patricia, and his friends and colleagues, honors Dr. Venable personally, his work, and his help to students about whom he cared so deeply.
James L. Voss and Angus O. McKinnon Equine Reproduction Research and Scholarship (1997)
Dr. James L. Voss began his career at Colorado State in 1958 as an instructor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, after graduating from the University as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure, Dr. Voss advanced through faculty positions, eventually serving as head of the Department of Clinical Sciences. In 1986, he was appointed dean of the College. To honor his career at the College, and all his accomplishments the State Board of Agriculture granted approval that the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital name be changed to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Hospital was officially dedicated on Sept. 14, several weeks prior to the dean’s announced retirement effective Oct. 8, 2001. Throughout his career, Dr. Voss has stayed involved with his first love, equine medicine. When he and Dr. Angus O. McKinnon, who was on the faculty at the Animal Reproduction Biotechnology Laboratory, collaborated on an equine reproduction book, they chose to donate all of the royalties from the book to Colorado State University to establish this scholarship.
Dr. Ben and Lila J. Wacker Scholarship (2007)
Dr. Wacker, a 1960 CVMBS DVM graduate and his wife Lila, who now own a dairy operation in Pierce, CO began a career at Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin. Dr. Wacker was a researcher at the National Animal Disease Laboratory in Ames, Iowa after graduation. He returned to private practice in Windsor, CO in 1963. Ben and Lila built the practice as well as a dairy and ranching business. They established this scholarship with a generous donation of part of a water share to support a student who intends to practice food animal medicine.
Wembley USA/Mile High Greyhound Park Scholarship Honoring Benjamin T. Poxson (1983)
This scholarship was created to celebrate the 90th birthday of Benjamin T. Poxson. Mr. Poxson was a prominent figure in Colorado greyhound and horse racing who served as a Colorado Racing Commissioner. Mr. Poxson also served as president for the National Association of State Racing Commissioners. The directors of the Mile High Kennel Club honor Mr. Poxson’s many years of dedication and service with this scholarship.
Christopher Nels Westerberg Memorial Scholarship (1991)
Chris Westerberg’s love of animals was known to all. He had worked on a ranch, spent summers at his grandfather’s farm in Grand Junction, Colorado, and hosted a collection of animals at his home. A career in veterinary medicine seemed a natural and, in 1986, Mr. Westerberg began his education at Colorado State University. He worked hard at a variety of jobs to pay for his education and worked hard in his classes. In 1989, that work paid off and he was accepted into the Professional Veterinary Medical Program. In the summer of that year he married his best friend, Elizabeth Avery. The couple lived on a ranch outside of Fort Collins where they exchanged work for room and board, though the work was a joy to Mr. Westerberg – helping foals, caring for horses, general chores. It was while cleaning an irrigation ditch that investigators believe Mr. Westerberg may have somehow hit an overhead line with a pipe and was killed. His family and friends created the Christopher Nels Westerberg Memorial Scholarship as one small way to hold on to him and his dreams by helping other students achieve their goals.
Gary Brett Williams Memorial Scholarship (1993)
Gary Brett Williams was a member of the Professional Veterinary Medical Class of 1993. Tragically, Mr. Williams passed away after a lengthy illness and was not able to realize his dream of becoming a veterinarian. His classmates established this scholarship in his name to honor his memory and his family and friends fully endowed the scholarship as a lasting tribute to his life and to support veterinary students who share his interest in avian medicine.
Luanne G. Williams Memorial Scholarship (2001)
Luanne Williams raised llamas in Jefferson County, Colorado. Her concern for the care and well-being of these animals lead to a bequest upon her death that established a scholarship for veterinary students to study the care and treatment of llamas.
Wilson Family Endowed Scholarship (2007)
This scholarship was established by a gift from the Wilson Family Charitable Trust to provide support for veterinary students interested in establishing a rural veterinary practice in the United States west of the Mississippi. The scholarship acknowledges a growing need for veterinarians in rural areas.
Dr. Sandra M. Wing Veterinary Medicine Scholarship (2006)
Dr. Sandra M. Wing is a 1982 graduate of Colorado State University. Born in New York and educated in Westchester County, Dr. Wing then moved west to attend undergraduate school at Colorado University in Boulder before attending veterinary school at CSU from 1978-1982. After graduation Dr. Wing worked and practiced in several veterinary hospitals in New Hampshire and Vermont before designing and constructing her own Winter Harbor Veterinary Hospital in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire in 1986. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Hampshire veterinary Medical Association, the National Wildlife Federation, and a Board Member at the Libby Museum in Wolfeboro. Dr. Wing’s father and mother, Wayman and Eugenia Wing established this scholarship to assist students who wish to pursue a practice of high-quality veterinary medical care and who are eager and anxious to provide the “TLC” and compassion that goes along with it.
Dr. Virgil and Mitzy H. Yount Memorial Scholarship (1997)
The Yount family journey brought them from Switzerland to Colorado in the late 1800s. Six generations later, the family still farms its original homestead. Virgil Yount graduated from the Colorado A&M’s (now Colorado State University) Division of Veterinary Medicine in 1936. Following graduation, he and his wife Mitzy lived in Oklahoma where Dr. Yount had entered a Bang’s disease testing program. Following military service, Dr. Yount moved his family to California and private practice before eventually returning to Colorado to raise wheat and cattle on the family farm. Community and education were very important to both the Younts, as evidenced in their estate. Through planned giving, the fruits of their life’s labors went to local schools and churches, with a portion set aside for scholarships at Colorado State University.