Dr. Jerry J. Callis ’47 | Jerry J. Callis, 94, passed away on December 4, 2020. After earning his undergraduate degree at Purdue University and his DVM at Auburn, he became the first employee of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a U.S. federal research center first located in Greenport, New York. The center studies foreign animal diseases of livestock and is operated by a partnership of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization and the World Veterinary Congress, he eventually became director of the Plum Island facility and served in that capacity for 25 years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Loisanne, and is survived by one son.
Dr. Robert Edward (Bob) Barnhart ’54 | Robert Edward Barnhart, 91, passed away on December 14, 2020. He earned both his undergraduate and DVM degrees at Auburn before serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. He later moved to Braselton, Georgia, where he operated a small animal practice and eventually retired from the Georgia Poultry Laboratory in Oakwood, Georgia. Survivors include his wife, Sara, four children, three stepchildren and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dr. Paul E. Fenwick ’56 | Paul E. Fenwick, 93, passed away on January 17, 2021. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky and his DVM at Auburn, where he served as class president of the School of Veterinary Medicine AVMA. Following graduation, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he owned and practiced at Fenwick Animal Clinic for many years before retiring and moving into real estate development. During his veterinary career, he was the official veterinarian with Churchill Downs, the Rock Creek Saddlebred Horse Show and several other equine venues. In 1964, he received the Kentucky Veterinary Association Veterinarian of the Year Award; in 1965, he served as president of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and was named a member of the advisory committee to the dean of the Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine; in 1966, he was chairman for the National Veterinary Association; in 1967, he received the Kentucky Veterinary Association Distinguished Service Award; in 1985, he was the recipient of the University of Kentucky National Alumni Association Service Award; and, in 1994, he received the UK College of Agriculture Distinguished Alumni Award. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue, two brothers and two sisters. Survivors include three children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Arnold L. Fleisher ’59 | Arnold L. Fleisher, 85, passed away on November 14, 2020. After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, he earned the DVM at Auburn before moving to Hempstead, New York, where he practiced at Nassau Animal Hospital for more than 30 years. Following his retirement, he spent many years as a docent and part-time researcher at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joel. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, three children, one grandchild and one brother.
Dr. James F. Aycock ’60 | James F. Aycock, 92, passed away June 23, 2020. He attended Tulane University and Auburn, also serving in the U.S. Marines before operating Aycock Veterinary Clinic in Hollywood, Florida, for more than 50 years. He was preceded in death by his brother, John. Survivors include two sons, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Dr. Richard Paul “Dick” Crawford, Jr. ’61 | Richard Paul “Dick” Crawford, Jr., 86, passed away on November 6, 2020. Following graduation with his DVM from Texas A&M University, he joined the Auburn CVM faculty, earning a master’s in public health in 1961. He later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and taught at the University of Iowa School of Medicine for five years before joining the faculty at Washington State University in 1970. In 1972, Crawford returned to the public health faculty at Texas A&M, where he taught 23 years before retiring in 1995 as professor emeritus. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Trigg. Survivors include his second wife, Eleanor Maddox, three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Dr. Robert “Bob” Ivan Jackson ’62 | Robert “Bob” Ivan Jackson, 85, passed away on November 3, 2020. After graduating from the University of Florida, he earned his DVM at Auburn, where he graduated first in his class. He then relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, where he owned and operated Parkway Animal Hospital for 45 years. In 1978, he served as president of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and was honored to preside over the dedication of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2000, he was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the FVMA. Survivors include four children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Othel Wayne Adams ’64 | Othel Wayne Adams, 82, passed away on December 24, 2020. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky before earning the DVM at Auburn. Following graduation, he moved to Meridian, Mississippi, where he opened his own practice after serving in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He retired 42 years later. He was preceded in death by one son, Othel, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Darnell, five children, 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two sisters.
Dr. Raymond Ray Webster ’84 | Raymond Ray Webster, 63, passed away on February 5, 2021. After earning both his under- graduate and DVM degrees at Auburn, he owned and operated a practice in Canton, Georgia, for many years. Survivors include his wife, Kerry, two children and one sister.
Dr. Zeb Austin King
Dr. Zeb King ’05 – Zeb Austin King, 41, passed away on March 3, 2021.
After earning both his undergraduate degree in 2001 and DVM in 2005 from Auburn University, he joined the staff of Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, where he practiced for 15 years.
“During his time here,” wrote his colleagues, “he contributed endlessly to ensure our clients received the very best in veterinary care and established himself as a highly respected leader among our team. We will miss him tremendously, but we will foreverbbe grateful for his friendship and the expert care he provided to our hospital, our pet parents and their beloved pets.”
A member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the Alabama and American Veterinary Medical Associations, King was a resident of Pike Road, Alabama. He was also an avid real estate developer, owned several businesses including Froggy Bottom in Montgomery, Alabama, and enjoyed goat and cattle farming in his spare time. King also appeared regularly on the Montgomery NBC affiliate, WSFA, Alabama Live! Pet Vet weekly segments that featured area veterinarians providing timely pet-related information and answering viewer questions.
Survivors include his wife, Michela, and two children.Return to home