Dr. H. A. Trippeer
Dr. Trippeer, Former County Health Official, Dies at 84
Dr. Herman A. Trippeer, 84, longtime Walla Wallan and one of the most prominent
veterinarians of the Pacific Northwest during his active years, died Thursday
morning, July 15, 1965 in a La Grande hospital.
He had been in good health until recent days.
Friends in Walla Walla visited him a couple of weeks ago in Cove where he
lived as a youth and where he had returned to live in recent years. He observed his 84th
birthday on July 6, 1965.
Mrs. Trippeer died in San Francisco on September 27, 1964. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Louis
F. (Denise) Vollendorff, San Francisco, and a nephew, Stuart French, Baker.
Dr. Trippeer came to Walla Walla in 1907 and became active in veterinary
circles. He was engaged in private
practice until 1933 when he became supervisor of all foods of animal origin for
the City-County Health Department.
In 1945 he was appointed dairy and livestock supervisor in the State Department
of Agriculture by Governor Mon C. Wallgren.
He was chiefly responsible for the city's adoption of the standard milk
ordinance in the '30s when Walla Walla and Portland were the first to have the
then stringent regulation concerning the Bang's disease testing of all dairy
herds that provided milk to city sources.
It was his duty to persuade dairymen it was to their interest to make the
necessary expensive changes in operations.
Dr. Trippeer was born July 6, 1881, in Peru, Indiana. The family came to Eastern Oregon in
his early life. He took pre-med work
at Washington State University completing it then taking a 2-year veterinary
medical course at McKillip Veterinary College in Chicago from which he graduated
in 1906. He married Pearl Alexander
in Seattle February 25, 1908.
He came to Walla Walla to take the cavalry veterinarian examination at old Fort
Walla Walla. The examination lasted
a week and during his spare time he met the late Dr. J. W. Woods who prevailed
on him to stay here. He became a
partner in the veterinary firm of Woods & Trippeer.
In 1933 Dr. Trippeer entered public health work.
He served as secretary of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association in
1912 and as its president in 1923.
He was assistant state veterinarian in 1908-12 and up to 1945 when he took the
state position he had been a member of the State Board of Veterinary Examiners
22 years. At the time of his state
appointment in 1945 he was given a 3-month leave of absence by the city and
Intensely interested in horses from his earliest days, he was president of the
association which re-organized the
Southeastern Washington Fair under that name
in 1925. He served as presiding
judge for the Southeastern Washington Fair spring race meet here in 1953 and as
marshal of the downtown parade for that event.
Dr. Trippeer worked with Howard C. Burgess, then county extension agent, in the
problem of tar weed seed in grain and straw that proved fatal for several kinds
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Cove and of El Katif Shrine in Spokane. He was in Walla Walla May 22, 1965 for the
Arnold Carle Shrine ceremonial. He
was a life member of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge.