Dr. Art Jay Quinn, died August 29, 2020 at Cleveland, OK in the Comfort Care of Cleveland Hospital, OK. His Graveside service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stillwater. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of arrangements.
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Born August 2, 1936, in Bennington, Kansas, to Arthur Jess Quinn and Edith Mae Reigle, Dr. Quinn was raised on a farm and was inspired to pursue a career in veterinary medicine by the local veterinarian. Pursuing an education at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1961. He is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Incredibly proud of achieving this specialty, Dr. Quinn considered it a highlight of his career. An incredibly difficult specialty in which to be certified, the board evaluations are quite rigorous, requiring those wanting to be certified to be educated on everything from mice to elephants. Dr. Quinn demonstrated the importance of showing persistence and determination to overcome difficult challenges to reach a valuable goal.
With over 30 years of professional excellence to his name, Art J. Quinn, DVM, is a retired veterinarian and educator who has held the role of professor emeritus of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater since 1995. Joining OSU in 1975, he spent two decades as a professor with the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences before he retired in 1995. Earlier in his career, he worked as a private practice veterinarian in Albuquerque, NM, from 1961 to 1975. During this time, Dr. Quinn also spent time as a field representative for the American Animal Hospital Association in Denver from 1968 to 1969, and he spent much time traveling throughout the United States. He was active as a Captain with the United States Army from 1962 to 1964, inspecting food in the New York City area.
Besides his clinical work in the field, Dr. Quinn has contributed his expertise through a number of other professional endeavors as well. He was a regular contributor of articles to professional journals, and he has also been a guest lecturer at local, state and national meetings. In addition to his teaching at OSU, he was invited to lecture at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada several times, at Mississippi State University for 15 years, and at St. George’s University in Granada twice. Always desiring to remain up to date with developments in his field, until 2019, he maintained affiliation with several professional associations.
For his many achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field, he has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades. Most notably, he was presented with Meritorious Service Award by the Western Veterinary Conference in 2002, the Western Region Practitioner Award by the American Academy of health Practitioners in 1991 and the Small Animal Proficiency Award by the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association in 1961. He also received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology, plus several other grants and awards for research. Dr. Quinn has been featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World. In 2018 and 2019, he was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publication of biographical profiles.
After retirement from OSU, Dr. Quinn remained active as a veterinarian. He traveled to many dog shows in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas, as their guest veterinarian, to conduct eye clinics. Many dog owners traveled great distances for his valuable expertise. He enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge. He contributed information pertaining to his specialty, regarding animal’s eyes, to other veterinarians who were writing books and articles about the care of animals for publication.
Art and Rosalee continued to enjoy traveling in their retirement. Highlights of their travels were to Hawaii and to Lake Powell, Utah, where they spent a week on a houseboat with Don and Shirley. The four of them also enjoyed a cruise to the Inside Passage of Alaska to celebrate his 80th birthday. To be able to culminate his desire to go to all 50 states, Rosalee, Andrea (daughter), and he went to the New England states and to Prince Edward Island in 2017.
He thoroughly enjoyed living at his home on the cliff at Diamond Head, where there was a fantastic view of Keystone Lake at the convergence of the Arkansas and Cimarron Rivers.
He had a wide range of knowledge and a photographic mind. It was always very enjoyable to have a conversation with him on a multitude of topics.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother-in-law Bill Neaderhiser; and a nephew Steve Neaderhiser.
He was a very important part in the lives of all of his family. First and foremost is Rosalee Stafford, his partner and love of his life for 35 years. He looked at her children as his own—her daughter, Andrea Stafford, Perkins, OK and son, Terry (Tina) Stafford, Wellston, OK and Terry’s three children Marlea, Ethan, and Liz. He also leaves behind a sister Jean Neaderhiser, Minneapolis, KS; niece Shirley (Don) Rytych, Geneva, NE; 5 great-nephews and nieces—Jonathan Rytych, Tim Rytych, Stephen Neaderhiser, Laura (Nathan) Kendrick, and Jenna (Sam) Weaver; and 11 great-great nieces and nephews.
Thank you to Dr. Woody Jenkins, his staff, the Stillwater Medical Center, the Genesis Health Care in Cleveland, and the Cleveland hospital for their compassionate care.
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