• Robert Smith, Stillwater, will be honored with the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Medical Alumni Association on Monday as part of the 68th annual Conference for Veterinarians at the university.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to a veterinarian who has had an outstanding career and who has contributed to the success of the veterinary profession through service and professional groups.

Smith received his bachelor’s degree in 1968 and his master’s degree in 1970, both from KSU. As an Army ROTC graduate, he became a commissioned officer and spent two years on active duty. After leaving the Army, he received his veterinary medicine degree from KSU in 1976.

To help him decide what area of veterinary medicine to pursue, Smith completed a large animal rotating internship at Oklahoma State University.

He stayed at OSU as a field services clinician until 1990, then left to work at Palo Duro Veterinary Services in Canyon, Texas, for almost two years until he was asked to return to OSU to become the McCasland Chair in Beef Health and Production. He spent 11 years in the position and was involved in beef extension, research and industry services.

He is now a veterinarian with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services, a beef cattle practice with offices in Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa and Oklahoma.

He also has been involved with many professional organizations. He is currently on the board of directors for the Western Veterinary Conference and the United States Animal Identification Organization. He has served as president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

Smith has received many awards throughout his career, including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ Bovine Practitioner of the Year, Academy of Veterinary Consultants’ Consultant of the Year, the Oklahoma Food Animal Practitioner of the Year and the Norden Distinguished Teaching awards.

• Army Reserve Pvt. Walton T. Simkins participated in the 17th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The annual march commemorates the World War II Death March on the Bataan Peninsula, the Philippines, in April 1942 after the invasion of the Philippine Islands by Japanese armed forces. Tens of thousands died during the forced march on their way to Japanese prison camps.

This year, 30 survivors of the infamous death march attended the memorial event. They greeted participants at the start and finish lines.

Simkins is a motor transport operator assigned to the 238th Transportation Company, Stillwater. He has served in the military for one year.

He is the son of Russell E. and Betty J. Simkins, Stillwater, and a 2005 graduate of Stillwater High School.

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