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Fall 2018 Newsletter

Washington State Chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity at Washington State University

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FarmHouse Almanac p . 2 W hen Gary Bryan '56 came to Washington State in the fall of 1954, he knew absolutely no one. He stud- ied hard, made excellent grades, and was generally happy his first three semesters, but living in the dorm, he had not made a single friend. en, one day, a classmate approached him about FarmHouse and invited him to dinner. Gary attended, enjoyed the atmosphere and friendliness, and ultimately pledged and moved into the chapter house in the spring of 1956. "FarmHouse was a valuable experience in my growing-up pro- cess. Although I was already fairly mature and had a good work ethic, I gained tremendously socially from having suddenly so many friends." However, Gary was not a typical undergraduate FarmHouse man. He was admitted into the College of Veterinary Medicine aer only two years of pre-vet, which meant he started vet school in the fall of 1956—his second semester in FarmHouse. "With the rigors of the pro- fessional curriculum, I was not as active socially as I might have been. However, I never missed my housekeeping duties. It was a fairly small house and members and pledges alike shared the housekeeping work- load," he recalls. Gary's last two semesters, he served the chapter as president and worked closely with Orville Vogel, UNL '29, the chapter advisor. "Ev- eryone who ever knew Dr. Vogel was impacted in a positive way," he said. "As far as the chapter itself was concerned, the impact was col- lective. Most of the men were hard workers and wanted good grades. We (and I) were very proud that in each of the five semesters I was in the house we had the highest GPA of any men's living group on campus." In 1960, Gary received his DVM degree, without ever receiving a bachelor's degree. He would later earn a master's degree aer return- ing to the WSU faculty. "Veterinary medicine has been good to me. I did not start out thinking that the majority of my professional career would be at a university, but when the opportunity came I took it," he said. "My profession was changing rapidly in the 1960s and '70s. I rode the crest and became certified in the specialty of ophthalmology. is guided (and continues to guide) my professional life." Although Gary retired as a full-time professor from WSU in 1998, he continued part time in his clinical specialty for several years. He also began the website, www.vetospec. org, in 2000 and continues to operate the site today. "My career high- lights are all the friends I have made around the world. Veterinarians as a group are fairly close, and those within a given specialty are the same way. Because I have presented numerous lectures in Japan I was made a member of the Japanese College of Veterinary and Compara- tive Ophthalmologists." Gary's wife, Nancy, also works closely in veterinary ophthalmic specialties and enjoys time with their many international friends. Along with being an RN, Nancy also has a master's degree in envi- ronmental science and has two four-year terms as mayor of Moscow, Idaho. e couple has five grown children and can be reached at Gary Bryan '56 Reflects on Career in Veterinary Medicine April 2018 WSU baseball and FarmHouse Fraternity Founders event, a fundraiser for Whitman County Humane Society. Le to right: Gary Bryan '56, Butch T. Cougar, Nancy Chaney, and Fenn (rockin' it in his Cougar kerchief ). Andrew Garcia Auburn, Wash. Nutrition Arthur Garcia Auburn, Wash. Nutrition Jacob Hnatiak Clarkston, Wash. Electrical Engineering Devin Lucas Spanaway, Wash. Biology/Pre-Medical Christopher Watt Sammamish, Wash. Civil Engineering/ Environmental Engineering FarmHouse's Newest Members

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