In Memory – July 21, 2022

AVMA Honor Roll Member

Not a member

John L. Agle

Dr. Agle (Ohio State ’60), 85, South Vienna, Ohio, died May 6, 2022. A large animal and equine practitioner, he began his career at Springfield Animal Hospital in Springfield, Ohio. Dr. Agle then established his own practice in Plattsburg, Ohio, later moving it to the family farm near south Vienna. He partially retired in 2001, after which he worked part-time at the Buckeye Veterinary Service, a practice owned by his son, Dr. J. Larry Agle (Ohio State ’92) in Geauga County, Ohio. During his career, Dr. John Agle also served as an outpatient veterinarian in Clark, Champaign, and Madison counties of Ohio; has been a Clark County Fair veterinarian for over 30 years; and bred and raced Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds.

He was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Quarter Horse Association, United States Trotting Association and Ohio VMA. Active in his community, Dr. Agle served on the Clark County Educational Service Center School Board for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his son and two daughters; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made at Plattsburg United Church of Christ, PO Box 699, South Charleston, OH 45368.

Dale L. Drum

Dr. Drum (Iowa State ’59), 88, Remsen, Iowa, died May 30, 2022. He practiced co-ed animal medicine in Remsen, retiring in 1996. Dr. Drum was a member of the VMAs of the ‘Iowa and the Interstate. He was Past President of the Remsen Lions Club and the Remsen Union School Board. Dr. Drum’s wife, Marilyn; two sons and a daughter; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson survive him.

Clark Kelly

Dr. Kelly (Colorado State ’59), 88, San Diego, died June 15, 2022. After graduation, he served as a captain in the Air Force for four years. Dr. Kelly then purchased the Boulevard Animal Clinic in San Diego, where he worked for 57 years. In 1999, he wrote to the AVMA, suggesting that the wording of the veterinarian’s oath be updated to reflect current times and be more inclusive. Per his suggestion, the AVMA reworded the oath, changing the wording from “conservation of animal resources” to “conservation of all animal resources”.

Dr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Kelly; two girls; three grandchildren; and a brother. A daughter, Dr. Karen M. Kelly (Iowa State ’95) and her brother, Dr. Monte Kelly (Colorado State ’71), are also veterinarians.

Richard F. Kilburn

Dr. Kilburn (Iowa State ’68), 77, Scottsdale, Arizona, died April 23, 2022. He was the founder of County Line Animal Hospital, a small animal practice in Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Kilburn also helped establish an emergency veterinary hospital in Lisle, Illinois, serving on its board for several years. He was a member of the Chicago VMA.

A former president of the Naperville Evening Kiwanis. Dr. Kilburn helped found the Kiwanis Club of Warrenville. He attained the title of lieutenant governor with Kiwanis, received the Legion of Honor award for 37 years of membership, and was named a Hixson Fellow. Dr. Kilburn’s wife, Mary; a son; five grandchildren; and two sisters survive him.

Cleon V. Kimberling

Dr. Kimberling (Colorado State ’59), 91, Fort Collins, Colorado, died June 21, 2022. After graduation, he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in Minnesota, also earning his master’s degree in public health in 1963 from the University of Minnesota. From 1965 to 2005, Dr. Kimberling was a member of the veterinary faculty at Colorado State University. During his tenure, he was a professor and CSU extension veterinarian, focusing on herd health management for dairy cattle, beef cattle, and rangeland sheep.

Dr. Kimberling has developed a brucellosis ring test, allowing the tracking and monitoring of infection in large dairy herds using bulk sampling of milk tanks. He also contributed to the development and standardization of the antigen used for the brucellosis card test. Working with sheep, Dr. Kimberling advocated for feed and nutrition standards for flocks and developed a liver biopsy instrument and techniques for collecting samples to measure micronutrient concentrations. He has traveled to several developing countries, including Kenya, to help livestock farmers increase their feed and fiber production. Dr. Kimberling retired as professor emeritus.

In the early 1980s he began working for Optimal Livestock Services, a Fort Collins company that focused on sheep health, breeding and management. He also volunteered with the Christian Veterinary Mission in Mongolia. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Kimberling served on the AVMA’s Legislative Advisory Committee, representing the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. He is the author of the third edition of “Jensen and Swift’s Diseases of Sheep” and co-author of “Raising Healthy Sheep”.

In 1989, the American Sheep Industry Association presented Dr. Kimberling with a Silver Ram Award. In 2000, he received the AASRP George McConnell Award. In 2011, the Department of Animal Science at Colorado State University appointed Dr. Kimberling as Head of Animal Husbandry for his contributions to the animal husbandry industry. He received in 2012 what was known as the AVMA XII International Veterinary Congress Award for outstanding service and contributions to the international understanding of veterinary medicine. In 2014, Dr. Kimberling was inducted into the Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame.

An Army veteran, he served in the Korean War. Dr. Kimberling is survived by his daughter, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Submissions can be made to McBackpack Inc., a non-profit organization that provides food to children on weekends and during school holidays, and sent to PO Box 2082, Fort Collins, CO 80522; First Presbyterian Church531 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524; Colorado State University Office of Engagement and Outreach, 202 Administration Building, 1050 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523; Where Larimer County Food Bank5706 Wright Drive, Loveland, CO 80538.

William H. Leonard

Dr. Leonard (Colorado State ’62), 84, Lexington, Ky., died March 6, 2022. He owned the Leonard Pet Clinic in Lexington, Ky., prior to his retirement. Earlier in his career, Dr. Leonard worked in Colorado and Pocatello, Idaho before moving to Lexington to become resident veterinarian at Hamburg Farm. He is survived by three daughters, six grandchildren and two sisters. A daughter, Dr. Margie L. Garrett (Purdue ’92) is also a veterinarian. Briefs can be made at the United Way of Bluegrass100 Midland Ave. Suite 300, Lexington, KY 40508; Second Presbyterian Church, 460 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507; or the American Cancer SocietyPO Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Steven A. Levy

Dr. Levy (Pennsylvania ’77), 73, Evans, Georgia, died May 27, 2022. After graduation, he worked at Guilford Veterinary Hospital in Guilford, Connecticut. Dr. Levy then purchased Durham Veterinary Hospital, a small animal practice in Durham, Connecticut, which focuses on tick-borne diseases in dogs. In 1986, he diagnosed the first case of canine Lyme carditis, which was published two years later in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Levy also served as a veterinarian for the Connecticut State Police Canine Unit. He retired from active practice in 2008.

Dr. Levy then worked for the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City and the Connecticut Humane Society. From 2013 to 2016 he was Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Veterinary Technology Program at Middlesex Community College. Dr. Levy was a past Connecticut VMA president. In 1993, he received the American Animal Hospital Association’s Outstanding Practitioner Award for the Northeast Region. In 1994, the AVMA awarded him the Practitioner Research Award.

He was a founding member of the Durham Animal Response Team and served as Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Durham. Dr Levy was also a member of the Durham Fire Department for 28 years, serving as Chief for 10 years. His wife, Diana; a girl; two grandchildren; and a brother survive him. Memorials to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research may be sent to Donation Processing, Michael J. Fox FoundationPO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

Allan G. Manus

Dr. Manus (Ohio State ’62), 85, Kalamazoo, Michigan, died June 14, 2022. He retired from MPI Research in Mattawan, Michigan, where he served as Director of Clinical Medicine and Attending Veterinarian. Dr. Manus was a graduate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. His wife, Helen; a son and a daughter; a grandchild; and a sister survive him. Briefs may be addressed to the American Legion, Donation Processing, PO Box 1954, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

George D. Vernimb

Dr. Vernimb (Pennsylvania ’56), 91, Dagsboro, Delaware, died April 19, 2022. After graduation, he worked at a practice primarily specializing in large animals in Randolph, Vermont, before becoming a partner for six years. In 1964, Dr. Vernimb joined the animal health division of what was known as the Norwich Pharmaceutical Co. in Norwich, New York. While there, he conducted research, participated in the development and launch of new preventive treatments and medications, and led the restructuring of the NPC’s animal care unit. From 1972 until his retirement in 1996, Dr. Vernimb worked in the animal health division of Schering-Plough in Kenilworth, New Jersey, moving from clinical research and technical services to global business development.

His wife, Ruth; two sons and a daughter; and two grandchildren survive him. Dissertations may be made to the Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, or the Vermont Scholarship Fund, University of Vermont Foundation411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Andrew B. Reiter