OBITUARY

Paul Wesley Husted

February 18, 1928January 3, 2020

Survived by his nephew, Wesley V. Wyatt (Kelly) of Apex, North Carolina and niece, Elaine W. Johnson (Richie) of Garner, North Carolina as well as grandnephew, Paul and grandnieces, Casey, Erin, Charlotte and Allison.

Born 1928, Cedarville, New Jersey to Warren and Lillian Husted and sister, Charlotte.

Education: Davidson College, North Carolina 1945 - 1949, BS in Biology; University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, 1949 - 1953 VMD degree; Angell Memorial Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 1953- 1954, Small Animal Internship.

Career: United States Air Force (USAF) Veterinary Service; Commissioned First Lieutenant 1954, retired with rank of Colonel 1975.

Assignments: Veterinary Service, USAF Hospital, Wiesbaden, Germany (1955 - 1959); Chief of Veterinary Services, USAF Hospital, Loring Air Force Base (AFB), Maine (1959 - 1960); Chief of Veterinary Services, Military Working Dog Procurement & Training Center, Lackland AFB, Texas (1960 - 1967) & (1971 - 1975); College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University - obtaining a Master of Science (MS) Degree (1967 - 1969); Chief of Veterinary Services, USAF Hospital, Clark AFB, Philippine Islands (1967 - 1971). During his military service, Dr. Husted received three Air Force commendation medals and the Legion of Merit.

Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences. Residency in Small Animal Medicine, 1976 - 1978; Assistant Professor, Administrative Head of Small Animal Medicine Service, 1979 - 1989.

During retirement years traveled extensively in pursuit of his interest in wildlife and the environment; performed volunteer work with the Earthwatch Institute and the Oceanic Society.

Memorial contributions may be made to One Cure, Colorado State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522-9800, or to the Food Bank for Larimer County, 5706 Wright Drive, Loveland, CO 80538-8840

For more details or to notify the family of your attendance, please contact Wesley Wyatt at wvwyatt@gmail.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, September 25, 2020

Memories

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David Twedt

January 16, 2020

Paul was my supervisor, mentor and office mate when I first arrived at CSU. His kind nature, understanding and leadership helped me those early years trying to figure out what a new assistant professor should do. We became friends not only because of veterinary medicine but our mutual love of animals, nature, travel and the environment. After his retirement we had regular dates for dinner - often involving the charco broiler and peanut pie. He was like a grandfather to my son Ryan and they enjoyed talking history and the environment. The one thing I will always remember about Paul is his "military neatness." I remember him having stacks of papers neatly piled on the floor around his desk in our office. The edges of each page were precisely stacked on top of each other with nothing out of order. He taught me a lot but the neatness thing never rubbed off on me. Sorry Paul. He will be greatly missed by my family.

Paige Garnett

January 15, 2020

I had the pleasure of having Dr. Husted as my own dog's veterinarian long before I had him as a teacher at CSU. He was so very kind to my dog, and very helpful to me since my dog had such significant skin disease and there were little options for him at this time. I then had the pleasure of having Dr. Husted as a teacher. Here were two lessons I learned from him. One was to set up files early in our careers to save important articles we could use later. He stressed how important that was to do. I took that to heart and thanked him multiple times because I had a "system" for filing and later locating important articles (long before computers). The second lesson was during a lecture when he made the comment, "We sucked the cat's urine sample off of the floor". One of my classmates raised his hand and said, "Dr. Husted, don't you think you should have gotten that sample in a sterile fashion?" - to which he replied, "Gary, sometimes we have to take what we can get." Those were words I lived by for decades to come. Dr. Husted was a truly kind, great man and he made a lasting impression on me.

Wesley Wyatt

January 12, 2020

Uncle Paul visited North Carolina every Christmas since my earliest memories as a child. I looked forward to his visits and to hear of his travels and his work. Our children loved seeing him for the same reasons, and his influence is with all of us today. We love to travel, we have an appreciation for environmental issues, we enjoy family board and card games, and family meals. He is the uncle anyone would want to have, but more importantly, he is the father and grandfather anyone would want to have as well, because that is what he was to us.

Gary Whipple

January 11, 2020

My first Air Force duty assignment was in Germany as a Sentry Dog Handler. In 1961 I was re-assigned to the Sentry Dog School, Kennel Support Section, at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Husted was the head veterinarian for the school. My job was helping handle and process the numerous dogs being selected to become Sentry Dogs. This put me and other handlers in numerous daily contact with Dr. Husted and his staff.

I recognized quickly that Dr. Husted was a very knowledgeable and caring veterinarian, but he was also willing to take the time to teach us a tremendous amount of knowledge about health and caring for the dogs. What he taught me is still with me today.

Years later in 1970 during the Vietnam War while assigned to Korat AFB as a Patrol Dog Shift Supervisor, I was surprised when contacted by Col. Husted and learned he would be at Korat AFB and would like to meet. I could not believe he still remembered me as it had been 6 years since I had left Lackland AFB.

He was on an inspection tour of several Thai air bases that had patrol dogs. I was immensely honored when he asked if I would be interested in accompanying him and his staff. Naturally, I said "yes!" The tour lasted several days and his visit was the highlight of my tour in Thailand.

Dr. Husted was an exceptional Air Force officer, veterinarian, and gentleman. To all who knew him, he will be missed. My condolences to family, friends, acquaintances, and military personnel who had the honor of spending time with this wonderful man.

THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE, COL. PAUL W. HUSTED

Mary Carlson

January 11, 2020

Paul was a professor of excellence. He would say of rabies and canine distemper virus, "You must know everything about this disease". When on overnight duty as a student, you might get a glimpse of Paul in the wards giving nightly biscuits to the dogs who could have them.

Lastly, who could forget him talking about plague in the southwest and calling NM Land of the Flea and Home of the Plague"?

What a wonderful, caring man in so many different ways.

Christine Hardy

January 10, 2020

To all of Dr. Husted's friends and family members,
I met the wonderful Dr. Husted through my friend and colleague, Lynda Reed. Any friend of Lynda's is a friend of mine and Dr. Husted was someone I liked right away. He had such a kind heart and always wanted to speak about international veterinary work I was involved in. I loved hearing about his travels and life experiences, which he was happy to share. He had such a wealth of knowledge about so many things, including wildlife and climate issues globally. He is a legend here at CSU and, having read so many other comments, in many other circles too. A life well lived!

I'm so grateful that my life path to intersected with his (special thanks to Lynda for this). May your many wonderful memories bring you all peace and comfort.

In celebration of a remarkable life, Christine Hardy

Dr. Marge Chandler

January 10, 2020

Dr. Husted was a true gentleman, and a wonderful, dedicated veterinarian and teacher. When I was a student, I recall him quietly checking on patients in the evening when he wasn't on duty and being so impressed with his care. My sympathy to his family.

Liz Whitney

January 8, 2020

Our sympathy to Paul's family and large circle of friends.
Paul was a wonderful person in every way. He was a true friend who highly valued and nurtured his friendships. He loved our earth and it's creatures and strived to do all he could to save our planet. He was an accomplished and respected veteran, veterinarian and champion for all things good.
We shared common interests and opinions regarding travel, nature and politics and will miss our conversations! Thank you, Paul for being a mentor and role model to all three of us- for Dave as a longtime colleague and office mate at CSU, for me as a vet student and colleague and for our son Ryan as an elder presence and influence who really cared about young people and encouraged them to explore, imagine and follow their dreams. Most of all, thank you for including us in you circle of friends for over 30 years.
With love, Liz Whitney, Dave and Ryan Twedt.

Norman Hooben

January 8, 2020

Correction to previous post:
I'm extremely sorry to hear of Doctor Husted's passing. He was my first OIC in the United States Air Force. We worked well together and I often referred to him as the most dedicated person I've ever met...and he will always be remembered as such! We crossed paths in Vietnam and I was fortunate to have a second tour of duty with him at the Military Working Dog Center in Texas. In my opinion he was the best Veterinarian the Military Working Dog Center was fortunate to have under his command. I'm sure that Major 5F80 (1960's), Duke, Nemo (1970's), and all the rest of his heroic patients will greet him at heaven's gate.... Miss you Doc, Norm Hooben

Norman Hooben

January 8, 2020

I'm extremely sorry to hear of Doctor Husted's passing. He was my first OIC in the United States Air Force. We worked well together and I often referred to him as the most dedicated person I've ever met...and he will always be remembered as such! We crossed paths in Vietnam and I was fortunate to have a second tour of duty with him at the Military Working Dog Center in Texas. In my opinion he was the best Veterinarian the Military Working Dog Center was fortunate to have under his command. I'm sure that Duke 5F80 (1960's), Nemo (1970's), and all the rest of his heroic patients will greet him at heaven's gate.... Miss you Doc, Norm Hooben

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