WDA In Memoriam

In Loving Memory

J.H. "Jack" Arundel

Jack H. Arundel was an inaugural and active member of the Australasian Section of WDA.  Recognized as an outstanding teacher of parasitology from 1964 -1988 at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne, he was instrumental in establishing the first Wildlife Disease Research Unit at the university. In 1989 he received the WDA Emeritus Award.  Jack passed away in August 2020, at the age of 96.  Please go HERE learn more about the impact Jack had on his many students and the health and welfare of Australian wildlife.

Dr. Danny B. Pence

Dr. Danny B. Pence, a former Editor for the Journal of Wildlife Diseases (JWD), passed away on 14 February 2019 in Cookeville, Tennessee, following a long-term illness.  Few members of the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) have made the number of contributions to and have had an impact on the society that Danny Pence did.  In 1982, Dan began his service for WDA, serving on the Editorial Board of JWD through 1986.  In that year, he was elected to his first term as Editor of JWD.  He guided the journal through many changes until he stepped down in 1991.  Not to let his service sit on the back burner, the following year Dan co-chaired the WDA annual meeting in El Paso, Texas, and then in 1993 served as the WDA Awards Committee Chairperson.  From 1993 through 1996 he served as a WDA council member at large.  Then in 1996, Dan unselfishly accepted a second 5-year term as Editor of JWD, serving until 2001. Read more about Danny Pence.

Dr. Charles J. Sedgwick

Dr. Sedgwick (Washington State ’57), 86, a pioneer of zoological medicine, died May 26, 2018, in Monterey, California. After several years in private practice, he became Charter Zoo Veterinarian for the new Greater Los Angeles Zoo in 1964, at a time when there were fewer than 10 zoo veterinarians in the US. Using two experimental drugs and older techniques he moved all animals from the old Los Angeles Zoo to the new facility. In the process, anesthesiology became his main interest. In 1969, he became Research Veterinarian for the UCLA/NASA Biosatellite II program (monkeys in space). 

Charles (Chuck) Sedgwick was friend and mentor to many people who have studied zoo animal,  lab animal or wildlife medicine. He was exceptional in his ability to relate to students, on the job and in the classroom.  His respect for students as individuals, his warmth, and good humor set him apart from many busy professionals.

Dr. Vic Simpson

With great sadness we note the passing of Vic Simpson, a fine pathologist and mentor to many, and winner of the 2016 WDA Emeritus Award.

Dr. Rudolf Ippen

Memories of Professor Rudolf Ippen

Dr. William Adrian

William J. ‘Bill’ Adrian was born May 27, 1940, in Yankton, South Dakota, and passed away September 10, 2016 at the age of 76. After earning bachelor degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology from Yankton College, he and his wife Elsa (they were married 52 years) relocated to Ft. Collins, Colorado in order to continue his studies at Colorado State University. Bill then earned an MS in Fish Biology, and later completed his studies at CSU with a Ph.D. in Avian Sciences. He worked at the Colorado Division of Wildlife as a Wildlife Researcher and published numerous books and manuals on wildlife diseases and wildlife forensics. He served on WDA Council, was WDA Treasurer from 1993-96, was a big (both physical and emotional) supporter of WDA auctions, and received the WDA Emeritus Award in 1999. For more see: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/coloradoan/obituary.aspx?pid=181469648

Dr. John G. Debbie

Dr John G "Jack" Debbie, 80, of New York, died peacefully on Sun 4 Dec 2016 at Mercy Healthcare in Tupper Lake, NY. Born in New York City on 21 May 1936, Jack grew up in Plainfield, NJ and White Plains NY where he attended Archbishop Stepinac High School and graduated in 1954. He was a member of WDA Council from 1973-76 and President of WDA from 1977-79.  

Throughout his years as a research scientist and public speaker he published many scholarly articles and several textbook chapters. In 1996 after 31 years of public service he reluctantly settled into retirement where he lived out the remainder of his life with Janet close by his side at their home on the shores of Lake Flower [NY]. Please click here to read more about Jack.

Dr. Richard Speare

Emeritus Professor Rick Speare AM died in a motor vehicle accident on the night of Sunday June 5th while travelling from his property on the Atherton Tablelands down to James Cook University to present a Master’s of Public Health Course.

Rick’s was a life of learning, friendships, humour and above all, generous concern and care for other beings.  He was awarded his Bachelor of Veterinary Science (1st class honours) in November 1970 and his Medical Bachelor, Bachelor of Surgery (1st class honours) in November 1975, both degrees from the University of Queensland. During the period of his Medical Course he also ran a part-time veterinary practice in Brisbane, Western Australia and Papua New Guinea. Another major interest of his was the health of aboriginal communities. With his combined veterinary and medical background, he actively pursued the control of Sarcoptes infections in camp dogs as an ancillary means of the control in humans. Both Rick and Kerry had had a long medical association with the aboriginal community in Townsville and his involvement in the health of other aboriginal communities followed as a logical consequence of this earlier association. All in the cause of using hookworms in the treatment of allergic and autoimmune diseases.

Rick will be sorely missed by all of us whose lives he touched and those who have never forgotten his outstanding presentations at WDA meetings. His career was the epitome of the One Health concept, his life a great example of how to live. To read more about Rick, please click here.

Dr. Charles “Chuck” P. Hibler

Dr. Charles “Chuck” P. Hibler, 85, passed away April 14, 2016. He was born in Austin, TX to Mason and Gladys Hibler and grew up in New Mexico. He received his Master’s Degree from Utah State University and his Doctorate Degree from Colorado State University. He worked at CSU for 21 years where he was a Professor of Parasitology, associate dean and Director of the Wild Animal Disease Center. Dr. Hibler’s parasitological research was varied, including many studies uncovering and elucidating elegant ecological relationships among vertebrates, invertebrate intermediate hosts and parasites. Much of the research of Hibler, his students and colleagues addressed practical wildlife management and human health problems relating to wildlife parasites and disease, including discoveries such as lungworm transplacentally transmitted in bighorn sheep, Johnes disease in bighorn sheep, chronic wasting disease in deer, waterborne giardiasis affecting domestic water supplies, and a protocol developed to protect water supplies. His research on Elaeophora schneideri in tabanids and mule deer and the impact of this system on sympatric wapiti was seminal. Editor of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases for seven years and former vice president of the Wildlife Disease Association, he also received the group’s distinguished service award in 1981 and Emeritus Award in 2011.  

A scholarship has been created in Dr. Hibler’s name: https://advancing.colostate.edu/HIBLERSCHOLARSHIP. Or send checks payable to CSU Foundation and reference The Charles P. Hibler Memorial Scholarship in Wildlife Studies in the memo space.  Send contributions to: CSU Foundation, P. O. Box 1870. Fort Collins, CO 80522.

 Dr. William J. “Bill” Hadlow

William (Bill) John Hadlow, 94, long time resident of Hamilton, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Bill made his living as a general veterinary pathologist, first at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton where he spent most of his career, and later at two animal disease laboratories in England. Bill fully retired in Hamilton in 2005, completing 50 years of professional work. In 1961 he started what has become a world-renowned prion disease research program at Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana. “Bill was a wonderful colleague over many years at the lab,” said Dr. Bruce Chesebro, who now oversees prion disease research at RML. “I will always remember his engaging smile and excellent, dry sense of humor.” Please click here to read more about Bill Hadlow.

Dr. Joan Budd

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a very special colleague and friend – Dr. Joan Budd.  Our sympathy and thoughts are with her family, colleagues and friends. Joan Budd, probably our oldest WDA member, and the 1977 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and the Emeritus Award, died February 14, 2015 at the age of 103.

Dr. Budd was a member of the Class of 1950 and the first woman veterinarian to hold a faculty position at Ontario Veterinary College. 
“At the time, they told me veterinary medicine wasn’t a suitable career for a woman, so I went into teaching,” Budd recalled. But after teaching in rural Manitoba and serving in the Second World War, she again applied to OVC. At the time, veterans were being supported to go to university and she was accepted into OVC. She became the secretary of her class her first year at OVC and remained so for the next 60 plus years. After graduation, she completed graduate work in virology at the University of Wisconsin, then joined the OVC faculty the following year. During her career, she made a number of important contributions to the study of diseases in fur-bearing mammals, such as mink, as well as fish. She will be deeply missed.

Dr. Louis N. Locke

Dr. Louis Locke died October 29, 2014. Dr. Locke earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from UC-Davis. He began his professional career in 1956, working on bat rabies for the U.S. Public Health Service. Two years later, Lou transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland and in 1975 became one of the original staff members of the USFWS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin where he spent the rest of his career. Over the years, Dr. Locke served as a research and diagnostic pathologist, authored and co-authored numerous scientific papers on diseases, parasites, and environmental contaminants in wildlife, and trained countless field biologists from throughout the United States in necropsy and disease investigation techniques. 

Dr. Locke was highly respected for his concern for the people he worked with, his enthusiasm for the field, his encouragement and mentoring of students and aspiring wildlife disease scientists, and his encyclopedic knowledge of a wide variety of topics. His opinion on wildlife disease issues and problems was sought after by co-workers and colleagues throughout the country. Lou was active in the Wildlife Disease Association, serving as secretary and president, and his many professional contributions were recognized with the Association’s Distinguished Service Award and Emeritus Award. He was an avid birder and following retirement he and his wife, Frankie, traveled the world on birding trips. Dr. Locke had a far reaching impact on the field of wildlife diseases and those who knew him, both professionally and personally. He will be deeply missed.

Dr. Denny Constantine

Dr. Denny Constantine was one of the nation’s foremost experts on bat biology, ecology, and wildlife rabies. Trained as a veterinarian, he subsequently got a Master’s degree in Public Health and worked for the U.S. Health Service. His work in Texas bat caves proved that rabies could be transmitted by inhalation of aerosolized bat urine and feces. For almost 20 years following retirement, Denny continued to work on bat rabies on his own. Knowing that he was very ill, he entrusted WDA with his capstone work on use of artificial sound to selectively attract rabid bats. His work is
published online on the new WDA website feature ‘Reports from the Field’.

Dr. Murray Fowler

Dr. Murray Fowler was one of the fathers of zoological medicine. His pioneering work at University of California Davis allowed the first formal training in zoo and wildlife veterinary medicine at a veterinary school in the USA. He published widely and was for many years Editor of what became Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and a series of texts on this same subject. He trained and nurtured the careers of a number of prominent wildlife veterinarians and wildlife health researchers, including the current and immediate past Presidents of WDA. He was an enthusiastic and unflappable man who cared about wild critters and the people who work on them.

Dr. Linda Munson

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty member, Linda Munson, D.V.M, PhD., DACVP, died May 13, 2010, after a long and determined battle with cancer. She was 61. Dr. Munson's research interests included reproductive pathology and diseases of free-ranging terrestrial wildlife. Please visit this link for the complete memorial.

Robert Rausch

Robert Rausch, a pioneer with broad expertise in arctic biology, epidemiology, and wildlife parasites and disease, died on October 6, 2012. Dr Rausch epitomized the summation of a great parasitologist in a career that spanned over 60 yrs and left a mark locally, nationally, and internationally in over 300 scientific publications and in every conversation anyone ever had with him. He also left a significant mark on WDA as a charter member, member of Council, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and Emeritus Award. Dr Rausch is a hero to many in the veterinary, medical, and wildlife fields. 

In 1978 the Rauschs returned to the US but this time at the University of Washington in Seattle and Bob continued his ongoing contributions that expanded our cumulative knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of parasite communities and our interactions with them. He led by example, an example that truly inspires so many of us across a broad range of scientific interests.

His work and his unassuming personality established Dr Rausch as a premier parasitologist, ecologist, naturalist, scholar, and a gentleman. Further tribute to Dr. Rausch can be found at the websites of the University of Saskatchewan [http://words.usask.ca/wcvm/2012/10/in-memoriam-dr-robert-l-rausch/] and the American Society of Parasitologists http://www.journalofparasitology.org/doi/abs/10.1645/14-561.1?journalCode=para

Tom Thorne and Beth Williams

Tom Thorne and Beth Williams were highly influential and revered members of the WDA. Their dedication to wildlife health and conservation, many contributions to WDA, mentorship, scientific acumen, and friendship and love of life were an inspiration to all. Their tragic death in 2004 left a huge void in the WDA. To help commemorate their lives and contributions to WDA and AAWV, an award was created in their name.

Dr. Roy Clayton Anderson

Dr. Roy Clayton Anderson died August 27, 2001 in Guelph, Ontario. Roy was born in the small prairie community of Camrose, Alberta. He spent his formative years as a naturalist in Alberta, graduating from the University of Alberta before moving to Ontario. At University of Toronto Roy completed M.Sc. (1952) and Ph.D. degrees (1956) under the direction of Dr. A. Murray Fallis. 

Many working with parasites and diseases best know Roy for his great discoveries of the meningeal worm of white-tailed deer, Parelaphostrongylus tenuis, as the cause of “moose sickness” which continues to impact the management of moose and other North American cervids. However, in the greater scientific community, Roy also was known as, and received awards as, one of the exemplary nematologists of his time.

Roy was active within the WDA having served as a member-at-large of council (1978-1981) and as president (1981-1983).  He introduced his students to the WDA with many becoming active members.  For several years, Roy joined students in driving and camping their way to North American WDA conferences. Roy received the WDA Distinguished Service Award (1978) and Emeritus Member Award (1993) in acknowledgement of his commitment and contributions to wildlife health and to the Association.

Roy Anderson (left) with then summer student Murray Lankester and the first moose experimentally infected with Parelaphostrongylus tenuis.