FREY FAMILY TO BE HONORED BY COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
The Frey family will be
awarded a 2006 Alumni Recognition Award by the Kansas State
University College of Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Medical
Alumni Association. The award is an acknowledgement of the family’s
devotion to advancing veterinary medicine and for being exemplary
role models for future alumni.
The award will be presented during the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association’s gala brunch on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kan.
The family tradition of veterinary medicine began with Jesse Frey, who graduated from the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1914.
In 1916, Jesse became a federal meat inspector in Chicago. He moved
to California in 1917 and established the state’s first animal
pathology lab in Sacramento. He was also instrumental in research
eradicating anthrax, bovine tuberculosis and foot-and-mouth disease
outbreaks in California in the 1920s. In 1927, Jesse accepted a
position with Golden State Milk Company as a dairy manager. He held
successive positions in the company over the next 30 years in San
Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis, and abroad in Thailand,
Japan and Taiwan. One of his many notable accomplishments was
turning the company’s unprofitable office in Sacramento into a
successful high-quality milk supplier.
In 1987, after a lifetime of professional achievement, Jesse Frey passed away at the age of 93.
A second generation of the Frey family followed in Jesse’s footsteps. Jesse’s nephew, Russ Frey, received his veterinary degree from K-State and completed his final year of veterinary training in 1952 while serving in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps. He returned to K-State in 1963 as a faculty member, where he taught for 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. in 1970 from K-State and served as head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology for 15 years.
Toward the end of his teaching career, Russ served two terms as Riley County Commissioner, where he worked tirelessly for many public service efforts. Russ retired from teaching in 2001 and passed away in 2003.
Russ’s brothers, Merwin and Martin, who are twins, received their veterinary degrees from K-State in 1956.
Merwin Frey worked as a livestock inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture before serving two years in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps. After leaving the Air Force, he worked for a private large animal practice before going to the University of Wisconsin to work as a graduate research assistant.
After graduating from K-State, Martin Frey began work at Kindness
Animal Hospital in Namper, Idaho. He completed his master’s degree
in 1961 and served as an instructor and assistant professor at
Oklahoma State until 1963.
After working for two years as a professor at Alemaya University in Ethiopia, Martin and his wife, Demarious, also a veterinarian, opened their first practice. In 1972, they moved their practice to Padre Island, Texas, which they have since sold to a former student employee. Martin and Demarious Frey now make their home in Corpus Christi, Texas.
William Griffing, another of
Jesse Frey’s nephews, graduated with his veterinary degree from
K-State in 1944, before moving to Bremen, Ind., to establish a
private practice. Griffing then returned to K-State to complete his
master’s and doctorate degrees in pathology, in 1960 and 1963,
Griffing worked as a veterinary pathologist for Eli Lilly and Company Pharmaceuticals in Indiana, where he pioneered study in electron microscopy. He retired in 1984, and now resides in Greenfield, Ind, with his wife, Anna Belle.
Robert Hentzler, cousin of the three Frey brothers, graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1943. He served as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and as manager and co-owner of Hentzler Packing Company in Topeka. Robert retired in 1987 and passed away in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of Topeka.
Martin Frey said he views the
award as a testament to a profession that extends beyond the
veterinarians in his family. “My pride over the family award is
tempered by my wish that every practitioner who has worked for the
advancement of veterinary medicine could share the mention.”