Dr. Robert "Bob" Kind was born on December 5, 1933
in Herington, Kansas. A member of Acacia Fraternity, Dr. Kind received his Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in
1957. He served his country as a military veterinarian in the Air Force from 1958 to
In 1961, Bob joined Dr. Robert Miller in the
Conejo Valley Veterinary Clinic in Thousand Oaks, California where he enjoyed 37 years of
veterinary practice. Throughout his career, Dr. Kind distinguished himself in caring
for dogs, cats, horses, and a broad range of exotic animals and wildlife.
Bob enjoyed golf, tennis, bridge and camping; he
was an enthusiastic but terrible joke teller. He loved yard work, which is probably
due to his earlier farm background. He enjoyed his work and considered himself the
luckiest fellow in the world to have been in a practice with such an interesting variety
of wonderful animals and their very special owners. Bob considered every animal and
every person a Child of God and tried to do the best he could for each.
Dr. Kind was a member of the American Veterinary
Medical Association, California VMA, and Santa Barbara and Ventura VMA. He was also
a member of and served as president of the American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology
from 1988 to 1989.
In 1994, Dr. Kind was recognized by the Conejo
Community Chamber of Commerce as Businessman of the Year. He helped establish pet
emergency facilities in Thousand Oaks and Ventura, California.
Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary
Lee, KSU '58, daughter of M.A. Durland, Dean of the College of Engineering from 1949 to
He is also survived by three children, Steven
Kind, M.D., Marilyn Reiter, and Nancy Kind, and a granddaughter Taylor Ann Reiter.
Dr. Bob Kind was described as humorous, humble,
compassionate, devoted, kind, conscientious, Christian, dedicated, and loyal. His
manner was modest, his touch was gentle, and his laugh was legendary.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Robert Kind dedicated
his life to the care and love of animals, extending to all - his "kind touch".
The Dr. Robert E.
"Bob" Kind Memorial Scholarship has been established by his nephew, Dr. Frank S.
Hurtig (DVM KSU '82). Donations may be made by sending a check payable to the KSU
Foundation designating it to the Kind Memorial Scholarship, at:
Kansas State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Alumni and Development
Trotter Hall, 1700 Denison Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66506-5604