In Memoriam

’43 Willis “Hugh” Irvin, DVM, 99, of Rogers, Ark., died Nov. 6, 2019. A U.S. Navy veteran, Irvin served as a lieutenant aboard vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres in WW2 and took part in both the D-Day landings at Normandy and the invasion of Okinawa, two of the most pivotal battles of the war. Following his military service, Irvin began his profes-sional career in Omaha, Neb., as a USDA Veterinarian Meat Inspector, retiring after 35 years as director of the Agency’s Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection Division in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons; a daughter; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchilden.

’45 Philip Bookman, DVM, 95, of Voorhees, N.J., died May 26, 2019. After his graduation from Auburn, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s former Bureau of Animal Industry, serving as a meat inspector in New Jersey and Connecticut before later operating Burlington Animal Hospital in Burlington, N.J., and Country Club Plaza Animal Hospital in Willingboro, N.J. Bookman was also a past president of the Southern New Jersey VMA. He is survived by a son and one grandchild.

’47 Henry B. Kinard, Jr., DVM, 93, of Greenwood, S.C., died May 27, 2019. He owned and practiced mixed animal medicine at Kinard Animal Hospital in Greenwood for 67 years. He is survived by his wife, Bettye; a son; a daughter; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

’53 Peter J. Muller, Jr., DVM, 90, of New Orleans, La., died July 8, 2019. He earned his B.S. degree in biology from Louisiana State University before attending Auburn, then served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and as the Louisiana state pathologist before moving to Atlanta to begin a career in small animal medicine. He opened the Briarcliff Animal Clinic in 1958 and practiced there for nearly 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; a son; a daughter; and five granddaughters.

’63 William H. Jernigan, DVM, 87, of Sebring, Fla., died Sept. 7, 2019. Following graduation from the University of Florida and service as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, he opened Sebring Animal Hospital after attending Auburn. He practiced in Sebring until his retirement, and over the years, he mentored a number of high school students there who later became veterinarians themselves. He is survived by his wife, Marge; a daughter; a son; a sister; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

’66 Richard J. Feldmann, DVM, 77, of Crescent Springs, Ky., died March 26, 2019. Following his graduation from Auburn, he began his career in small animal medicine at Covington Animal Clinic in Covington, Ky. In 1978 he established a second clinic in Crescent Springs. He is survived by his wife, Pat; two sons; a daughter; two grandchildren; three brothers; and a sister.

’67 John Harmon Cisco, DVM, 78, of Summerville, Ore., died June 26, 2019. Following his graduation from Auburn, he worked in veterinary hospitals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Las Vegas, Nev., before opening Rancho Animal Hospital in Las Vegas. Cisco later launched veterinary practices in Reno and Fernley, Nev., with his second wife, Mary Aiwohi, DVM. In 2004, they moved to Summerville, where they opened the Grand Ronde Mobile Veterinary Clinic. Cisco practiced veterinary medicine for more than 40 years and was a lifetime member of the AVMA. He is survived by his wife, Mary; four sons; a brother; two sisters; and one grandchild.

’72 George F. Seier, Jr., 71, of Prattville, Ala., died August 17, 2019. Following graduation, he opened Cobbs Ford Pet Health Center in Prattville, where he practiced for more than 50 years. Cobbs Ford was the first private clinic in Alabama to offer laser surgery for animals. Seier is survived by his wife, Mary Susan; a daughter; a sister; and three grandchildren.

’73 Hal Robert Gumbiner, DVM, 71, of Louisville, Ky., died July 7, 2019. A Florida native, he attended the University of Florida before receiving his DVM from Auburn, where he was a member of Omega Tau Sigma veterinary fraternity. He practiced at Pasco Animal Hospital in New Port Richey, Fla., for 33 years. He was a member of Generations Christian Church and enjoyed a passion for Auburn football. He is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters; two sons-in-law; and six grandchildren.

’77 Willie L. Chapman, Jr., DVM, 89, of Athens, Ga., died Oct. 7, 2018. Following graduation from Auburn, Chapman established a small animal practice in Chattanooga, Tenn. An Army veteran, he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia CVM after earning his master’s in radiology from Colorado State University and eventually served as a professor in the Department of Pathology and Parasitology as well as head of the Department of Medicine and Surgery. During his career, Chapman also earned his Ph.D. in pathology and radiology from the University of Wisconsin and was appointed a special fellow of the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. He was a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and the Georgia VMA. Chapman is survived by his wife, Betty Ann; two daughters; a brother; and one grandchild.

’77 David J. Stricker, Sr., DVM, 67, of Amelia, Ohio, died Dec. 25, 2018. Following graduation, Stricker practiced at two clinics in Kentucky before opening Clermont Animal Hospital in Batavia, Ohio, in 1980., where he practiced for 36 years before retiring in 2016. He is survived by five daughters, a son, and 11 grandchildren.

’78 Charles “Mike” Farrar, DVM, 74, of Fayetteville, Tenn., died Aug. 31, 2019. Following graduation, he opened Farrar Animal Clinic in Fayetteville, a comprehensive mixed animal practice. He is survived by two daughters, two brothers, and a grandson.


Robert S. Hudson, DVM, 88, of Montgomery died March 7, 2019. An Air Force veteran and graduate of Oklahoma State University, he joined the Auburn veterinary faculty in 1967 and retired in 1988 as professor emeritus of large animal surgery and medicine. A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, Hudson was a past president of the ACT and the Society for Theriogenology. While on the Auburn faculty, he was honored with the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award in 1970 and the Veterinary Service Award in 1977. In 1993, he also received the SFT Bartlett Lecture Award. Hudson is survived by his wife, Tomi; two daughters; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.