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Dr. H. E. Warsinske

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Dr. H.E. WARSINSKE May 18, 1918 ~ Dec. 25, 2009 Longtime Stanwood veterinarian, Harold Warsinske, died Christmas Day after a short illness. Dr. Warsinske was a large and small animal practitioner who-with his colleague, Dr. Gene Elefson - pioneered the practice of bovine embryo transfer in the United States. Dr. Warsinske was the son of Arthur and Martha (Neumann) Warsinske of Spokane and a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State College. After completing his studies at WSC, Dr. Warsinske moved to Stanwood where he married his childhood sweetheart, Ethel James (Warsinske). During WWII he worked for the state testing cattle in Western Washington. He joined the practice of Dr. Carl Hjort and founded The Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Stanwood and Arlington. Born of an entrepreneurial family, Dr. Warsinske's career was not just limited to the practice of veterinary medicine. During the 1960's he established Northwest Poultry Supply in Whatcom County and the Boumatic Milking Machine Company serving farmers in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. He was also a partner in land development projects including Livingston Bay on Camano Island and Fox Hill in Stanwood. He was the founding partner of BOVA International, an embryo transfer enterprise. BOVA took him around the world promoting the embryo transfer procedure. Dr. Warsinske served a term as the President of the Washington State Veterinary Medicine Association and was named Washington State Veterinarian of the Year in 1970. He is survived by his daughter, Dianne White (Kirby) and sons, Charles Warsinske (Adele) and Richard Warsinske (Sharon). He leaves behind seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A celebration of Dr. Warsinske's life will be held 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 16, at the Floyd Norgaard Center in Stanwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stanwood Community and Senior Center or to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2010
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