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School Mourns the Loss of Dr. Tom Kendall

March 3, 2015

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One of Dr. Tom Kendall's greatest joys was working with veterinary students.

One of our school’s most ardent and beloved supporters, Dr. Tom Kendall, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, March 2 after a several-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be greatly missed.  

Tom grew up on an Indiana farm and earned his veterinary degree at Purdue in 1969. Upon graduating, he relocated to California where he raised a family with his wife Dianne. Tom’s Sacramento practice Arden Animal Hospital served as a training ground for innumerable Davis externs. Tom and his partner also assisted a number of young veterinarians in making the transition into practice ownership. In addition to caring for his many clients and animal patients, Tom gave back to the profession in a great many ways. He served on a number of prestigious boards and was President of the CVMA, President of the California Veterinary Medical Board, AVMA Vice-President, and a member of AAHA’s Board of Directors.  

One of Tom’s greatest passions and aptitudes was working with veterinary students.  He volunteered in countless ways at our school, including leading numerous VBMA talks and workshops, assisting in leadership of the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless, participating in Orientation week, and coaching students in the Doctoring course.  Tom greatly enjoyed getting to know students as fellow colleagues and helping them develop their professional skills, particularly in the areas of communication, business, and leadership.  

Tom inspired everyone around him by “walking the walk.” In his every-day life he demonstrated the professional qualities of caring, curiosity, humility, hard work, humor, and service to others. He will be remembered for these qualities, as well as for his genuine warmth and enthusiasm for life and our great profession. Tom’s legacy lives on among the many veterinary students and colleagues whom he supported and inspired.  

Tom’s family plans to hold a service to celebrate his life. Details will follow.