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Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Alumni Awards have been presented since 1980, to recognize graduates of the college who have reached a level of success in their professional careers that brings credit to both the individual and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The Rising Star Award was developed in 2014, to recognize younger alumni who have made significant contributions to the profession earlier in their careers.

These alumni exemplify the ideals, character, strengths, and principles of conduct that make the veterinary medical profession one of the highest callings. It is with great confidence and pride that we present these individuals as role models to our current students and new graduates.

Graduates from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences can be named for these honors. Nominations are welcome until the end of the preceding year. For each nominee, a résumé or curriculum vitae that summarizes major career accomplishments, letters of support, and any additional information or letters are helpful for the selection committee.

To receive a nomination form and eligibility criteria, please call 979.845.9043 or email Noell Vance at nvance@cvm.tamu.edu.

2014 Outstanding Alumni

Dr. Charles N. Anderson ’81
Waco, TX

Dr. Charles “Doc” Anderson graduated from Texas A&M University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1981. He had the distinct honor of serving as class president for all three years of veterinary school. He has since served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco, Texas.

After over 20 years of advocacy for small business through service on statewide committees with the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business, as well as an appointment by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Small Business Advisory Council, Dr. Anderson was elected to represent District 56 of the Texas State Legislature in 2004, which includes Waco & McLennan County. He has been re-elected four times.

Dr. Anderson has served for five terms as Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock. He has also served on other committees during his tenure as a state representative, such as Investments & Financial Services, Elections, House Administration, and the House Select Interim Committee on Energy & Environment. Additionally, he holds appointments to the statewide Agricultural Policy Council, the multinational Energy Council, and agricultural, energy, and environmental task forces in both the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) and American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Dr. Anderson is a board member of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI) and State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (SARL), an international organization.

Dr. Anderson’s legislative highlights include securing new headquarters funding for Company F of the Texas Rangers in Waco, major legislation concerning school bus safety belts, punishment for child predators (Jessica’s Law), legislation banning the hallucinogen Salvia divinorum, and a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2011 to extend property tax exemptions to the surviving spouse of veterans who had already gained such exemption due to their 100%, service-connected disability.

In 2013, for his efforts to preserve and enhance key local and state institutions, such as the Waco Center for Youth, Texas State Technical College, and rural transportation networks throughout Texas, Dr. Anderson was honored by the Cenikor Foundation and the Association for Community Transit. He was also recognized as the Texas Auctioneers Association Legislator of the Year.

Dr. Anderson is also consistently ranked in the top tier by organizations dedicated to reviewing “pocketbook” issues for Texas taxpayers, including Texas Conservative Coalition, Americans for Prosperity, the Texas Association of Business, and Young Conservatives of Texas.

He and his wife, Sandie, have been married for 32 years, and have a son and three grandsons.

Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock ’70
Killeen, TX

Born in Bell County, Texas, Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock graduated from Moody High School in 1965 as the class valedictorian. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1969, with Phi Kappa Phi honors from Texas A&M University, where he also received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1970. He served as a captain in the US Army until 1972, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

Dr. Aycock owned and operated veterinary clinics in Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Harker Heights through 1998. During that time, he offered opportunities and encouragement to many young people with an interest in veterinary medicine. Because of his mentorship, many went on to become practicing veterinarians.

He has also been involved in ranching and real estate development. He is a past treasurer of the Central Texas College board of trustees in Killeen. He is also a former member of the Killeen Independent School District board. He is the former president of the Comanche Hills Utility District and the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 3.

Dr. Aycock has been a director of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as the director of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the Killeen Quality of Life Committee. Dr. Aycock is a member of Rotary International, and a deacon and Bible teacher at First Baptist Church of Killeen.

He was elected to the Texas Legislature in 2006. He represents House District 54, which includes the western portion of Bell County and Lampasas County. He is currently the chairman of the Public Education Committee and a member of the Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee. In addition, he served as an appointed member of the Appropriations subcommittee on Education. Throughout his tenure as a representative, he has worked on a number of issues important to veterinary medicine.

Dr. Aycock has been married to his high school sweetheart, Marie, since 1967. They are ranchers and raise Registered Belted Galloway cattle. They have two children, Jim and Michelle, and four grandchildren. Aycock enjoys fishing, elk hunting, and horseback riding.

Dr. Charles L. Hall ’64
College Station, TX

Born in Larue, Texas, Dr. Charles L. Hall received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 1964, and is a member of the Phi Zeta veterinary honor society. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M. During his undergraduate studies, he was a walk-on running back for the football team and was one of Coach Bear Bryant’s famous “Junction Boys.”

Dr. Hall served as a Lieutenant in the US Army from 1955–1957. He then worked as an assistant co-agent for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service prior to completing his DVM degree. Afterwards, he entered private veterinary practice in Palestine, Texas, before joining the CVM faculty in 1967.

As a respected veterinary neurologist and clinician, he gave over 50 professional presentations and authored or co-authored 14 scientific publications. He served as the co-principal investigator of a three-year study researching the comparison of combination anticonvulsant therapies in the treatment of refractory epilepsy. His teaching responsibilities included courses in both the departments of Large and Small Animal Clinical Sciences, and those designated as Veterinary Medicine Interdisciplinary courses.

Dr. Hall actively mentored students and consulted with practicing veterinarians on a routine basis. In 1985, he helped prepare clinical neurology questions for the National Board Examination. He was honored with numerous teaching awards, including a Faculty Achievement Award from the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 1971, a Faculty Achievement Award from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) in 1976, a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the Association of Former Students (AFS) in 1976, a College-Level Teaching Award from the AFS in 1990, and the John Milliff Endowed Veterinary Faculty Award in 1993. The graduating DVM class of 1995 selected Dr. Hall as their commencement speaker.

He is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, the American Heartworm Society, the American Veterinary Neurology Association, the Texas A&M Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience, the Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association, the TVMA, and the AVMA.

Dr. Hall and his wife, Diana, have four daughters and two sons. He enjoys a variety of diverse hobbies and activities, including gardening, photography, carpentry, mountain climbing, swimming, sailing, and racquetball.

Dr. Dale S. Lonsford ’72
La Porte, TX

Dr. Dale S. Lonsford graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in 1971, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1972. He was a member of the gymnastics team in 1968, and the captain of the polo team during the National Intercollegiate Polo Matches in 1969. He served as a Captain in the US Army Veterinary Corps from 1972–1975.

In 1978, Dr. Lonsford established the Center Animal Hospital, which he later merged with the Animal Hospital of Deer Park. The practice has been known as the Deer Park Animal Hospital since 1985. He earned accredited hospital status from the American Animal Hospital Association in 1986. In 1997, he became a charter member of Texas Group One, a group of veterinarians who scrutinize each other’s clinics, staff, and records to maximize each member’s quality of practice. He was also the charter owner and operator of the Banfield Pet Hospital in Pasadena from 2002–2012.

He has been a member of and served in several board positions for many professional organizations. Dr. Lonsford served the Greater Houston Large Animal Practitioners Association in all officer positions from 1979–1982, and was Chairman of the Board of the Animal Emergency Clinic-Southeast in 1983. He was a board member, officer, and finally president, of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association from 1979–1986, and a board member of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Foundation from 1987–1990. He is a charter member and was a board member of the Texas Chapter of the Delta Society from 1988–1990.

From 1989–1995, he was the district director for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) for Harris County and Chairman of the Board from 1995–1996. Dr. Lonsford served on the Executive Board of the TVMA from 1995-2001, was its president in 2000, and has participated as a member and/or chairman of a multitude of TVMA committees. He served as a board member of the Texas Veterinary Political Action Committee from 2003–2006. He served as a Member at Large on the Council of Veterinary Service for the AVMA from 2002-2008.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lonsford has mentored future veterinary professionals by providing externships for DVM, veterinary technician, and health occupation students. He is also a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, a past member of the CVM Development Council, and has been recognized as a Mark Francis Fellow.

He and his wife, Yolanda, have three children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Daniel E. Scott ’54
Murchison, TX

Born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Murchison, Texas, Dr. Daniel Scott graduated from Texas A&M University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1954. He attended college on an Agriculture Opportunity Award Scholarship, was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and made the distinguished student list each semester, while still finding time for deer hunting, and playing handball and varsity baseball at Texas A&M.  Upon graduation, Dr. Scott was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the US Air Force. He served in its Veterinary  Corps for two years and was promoted to captain.

In 1957, Dr. Scott began practicing veterinary medicine in Tyler, Texas with Dr. Justin Pinkerton. In the fall of that year, he entered the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. While studying human medicine, he continued to practice veterinary medicine during the summers and on holidays. He graduated in the top 5% of his class in 1961.

After completing a two-year internship in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Scott returned to Dallas, where he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Parkland Hospital. He joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School faculty as an assistant professor in 1966, and was appointed chair of the OB/GYN department and director of residents at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas in 1978. He was elected president of the Texas Perinatal Society in 1982. The trustees of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas honored Dr. Scott with a distinguished professorship in OB/GYN in 1998.

In 1973, Dr. Scott began to realize his vision and life-long dream of breeding and raising Pinzgauer cattle.  He had much success with these maroon and white cattle while raising many national champions, including Haller War Dance, DSP Medicine Man, and DSP Bando. His ranch is currently home to almost 50 Pinzgauers and 75 F1 and F2 Pinzgauer-Angus crosses, as well as some full blood Angus cows. Dr. Scott was the first Pinzgauer breeder to import fullblood polled Pinzgauer Cattle into the United States from Calgary, Canada.  

After practicing human medicine for 20 years, Dr. Scott retired in 1998 to his Red Oak Ranch—where he was born and raised—to practice veterinary medicine and devote his time to cattle ranching with his wife of 56 years, Pat. Their “greatest blessings” are their three daughters, Debbie, Pam, and Holly, and their five grandchildren.

Dr. Ed Smallwood ’69
Raleigh, NC

Dr. Ed Smallwood graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 1969. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the university. After receiving his DVM, he taught anatomy and radiology at the CVM until 1981, when he moved to North Carolina State University’s new College of Veterinary Medicine as professor of anatomy. From 2003–2013, he served as their director of CVM alumni relations. Since 2002, he has been a part-time professor at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. In 2013, he retired from NC State and was named professor emeritus.

Dr. Smallwood has served as an officer in many professional organizations, including president of the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists and president of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists. He is a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, and served as National Secretary-Treasurer of the Phi Zeta veterinary honor society for 24 years. As an active Rotarian, Dr. Smallwood has received the North Raleigh Rotary Club’s Outstanding Rotarian of the Year Award, and served as club president in 1993–1994.

Dr. Smallwood has received numerous recognitions and teaching awards, including election to the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Chairman of the NC State Faculty Senate.  His many teaching awards include the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Faculty Achievement Award, the Texas A&M University Former Students Association Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award, the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the North Carolina State University Alumni Distinguished Professor Award, and the NC State Recipient of the UNC Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2002, Dr. Smallwood was honored with the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Veterinarian Award.  He has also served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Physicians’ Health Program, and as a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Health Program. In 2013, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation established and endowed “The Dr. James Edgar Smallwood Endowed Scholarship for Student Excellence.”

Dr. Smallwood has authored five books, numerous book chapters, over 30 publications in refereed journals, and 35 other publications. He has served on many academic and veterinary committees, and has given numerous continuing education and outreach presentations.

He and his wife, Kay, have three daughters, one son, and four grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, square dancing, and wood sculpturing.