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The Robert E. Kind Dedication Ceremony

     The bronze sculpture has been made possible by the generosity of the Conejo Valley Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Kind's colleagues, family and friends.  It resides at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine as a memorial to honor his life and devotion to the practice of veterinary medicine.  An identical one will be given to the City of Thousand Oaks, California.   

Dedication Program  October 9, 1999

8:00 a.m.
Breakfast in Veterinary Practice Management Center for invited guests
MC: Dr. Howard Erickson

Comments by:
Mrs. Mary Lee Kind
Dr. John Markley
Dr. Ralph Richardson, Dean

9:00 a.m. 
Tours of the Veterinary Complex 
If you plan to tour the veterinary complex, we would appreciate knowing in advance.   You may call (785) 532-5660 to make reservations.

10:00 a.m. 
Dr. Robert Kind Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Plaza between Trotter and Mosier Halls 

Dr. Charles Reagan, Assistant to the President, KSU
Dr. Robert Miller, Partner
Dr. Larry Dresher, Partner
Dr. Frank Hurtig, Nephew
Dr. Ralph Richardson, Dean

You are all welcome to join us in the celebration of "A Kind Touch" in memory of Dr. Robert Kind at 10:00 a.m.


Dr. Robert "Bob" Kind

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 1960.

     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 1961.

     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
email: Ubel@vet.ksu.edu
Phone:  785-532-4043


A Kind Touch Sculpture

A Kind Touch

A Sculpture
by David L. Spellerberg

     The idea for the sculpture grew from a casual conversation in October 1998, between Mary Lee and Dean Ralph Richardson.  Mary Lee was looking for something to commemorate her husband's life long devotion to veterinary medicine.  Mary Lee said the enthusiasm which K-State had for the project made this an exciting adventure for all involved.
     She expressed her feelings when she said, "I think we have a real winner in the composition and the message portrayed by the sculpture.  I hope that the students and others passing by will pause and smile and reflect on its message."
     David Spellerberg is the renowned artist who took Mary Lee's vision and made it a reality in "A Kind Touch".  He was commissioned by Mary Lee to design and create the bronze sculpture.  The casting for "A Kind Touch" was done by the National Heritage Collectors Society, thousand Oaks, California.
     Mr. Spellerberg wanted to create a work of art that expressed the things that Dr. Kind was known for:  life, compassion and feeling.

Clay model of "A Kind Touch" with artist David Spellerberg and Mary Lee Kind
"Work in Progress"

Pictured in April beside the clay model of "A Kind Touch" is artist David L. Spellerberg and Mary Lee Kind.

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