35 CALF News • February | March 2022 • www.calfnews.net Trail’s End CALF COMMUNITY On the Human Side TOPPER THORPE, 79, passed away Dec. 1, 2021, in Gila, N.M. Thorpe went to work for CattleFax in 1968 as one of its first two employees. For more than 30 years he was the company’s general manager and CEO. Thorpe helped pioneer a database of information designed to help CattleFax members make market-based decisions for their operations by providing more accurate and timely industry-wide forecasting tools than were available anywhere else. He was known for giving detailed speeches about the market without using any notes and in a way that was straightforward and easy to understand. He is survived by his wife, Leann, and three children. LLOYD (UGG) OLSON, 95, passed away Dec. 14, 2021, in Prosper, Texas. Olson had a 33-year career in the cattle business, working for Hereford Feedlot – ultimately as manager – before managing Cattle Town Feed Yard for 22 years. He was instrumental in the initial membership drive for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in 1967. He is survived by his six children. DOYLE EUGENE KAUK, 78, lost his life helping others in a tragic accident Dec. 15, 2021, in rural Grant County, Kan. Doyle held a number of jobs in agriculture, including manager of the Hoxie Feedlot, manager and part owner of the Halford Feedlot, nutritionist for ADM and as a private beef nutritionist. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends and as a consultant to people within the cattle industry. Doyle is survived by his wife, Veronica, and three children. THOMAS WADE PETERSON, 55, lost his life helping others in a tragic accident Dec. 15, 2021, in rural Grant County, Kan. Peterson was a territory manager for MWI Animal Health and was an avid team roper and member of KPRA, USTRC and World Series of Team Roping. He is survived by his wife, Tammy, and a daughter. ROY G. DINSDALE, 95, passed away Dec. 39, 2021, in Omaha, Neb. He and his brother, Jack, were long-time partners in Dinsdale Bros. Inc., a farming and agricultural firm headquartered in Palmer, Neb. They were also partners in the State Bank of Palmer, which grew into Pinnacle Bank and Bank of Colorado. In 2014, he was inducted into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, and three children. KEITH MULL, 98, passed away Jan. 2, 2022, in Larned, Kan. Mull was a farmer/stockman and built two commercial feedlots, Mull Farms and Feeding at Pawnee Rock and Haviland. He was a 50-year member of the Kansas Livestock Association and served on the National Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors. He is survived by a daughter. Topper Thorpe Roy Dinsadale Doyle Kauk National The National Cattlemen’s Foundation has awarded Kiera Leddy, Drake University Law School, and Maci Mueller, University of California, Davis, each a $15,000 W.D. Farr Scholarship. The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship program recognizes outstanding graduate students who plan to pursue careers furthering the beef industry. Kansas Cargill has donated $100,000 to the Kansas Livestock Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), to help with relief efforts underway for producers impacted by the weather events of Dec. 15, 2021. These and other funds will be used to purchase fencing supplies, feed and other priority needs identified by local KLA leadership in counties affected by severe weather and wildfires that burned nearly 400,000 acres. Missouri The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association elected the following officers during their annual convention: President Bruce Mershon, President-Elect David Dick and Vice President Chuck Miller. Texas Texas A&M University has established the Gary ’68 and Kay Smith Endowed Chair in Meat Science Excellence and the Gary ’68 and Kay Smith Meat Judging Team Excellence Endowment to honor the legendary meat scientist. The new endowed chair will be modeled after the career of Smith, who, through his work at Washington State University, Texas A&M University and Colorado State University, became the preeminent meat scientist and meat science educator in the world. Company Valley Vet Supply has hired Tony Hawkins, DVM, as technical service veterinarian. Before joining Valley Vet Supply, Dr. Hawkins practiced veterinary medicine in Marysville, Kan. Kiera Leddy Maci Mueller Gary Smith, Ph.D.