1/5/1934-6/15/2022 Dr. Clark Kelly was a loving husband, father, grandfather and veterinarian. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Mildred and Bernard Kelly. He grew up in Fruita, Colorado and in 1954 earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.
After graduation, he entered the Air Force and served four years as a Captain. He loved serving in the military as a veterinarian and enjoyed sharing funny stories about his adventures.
In 1965 he purchased Boulevard Animal Clinic with his wife, Elsie and practiced there for 57 years, right up until his passing. He helped 4 generations of clients and their pets and loved being a veterinarian.
His dedication and love for veterinary medicine was defined when in 1999, he wrote to the AVMA and suggested the veterinary oath be changed to reflect the current times. He made the observation that the oath said, “conservation of livestock resources” and he suggested it be changed to “conservation of all animal resources” to be more inclusive. The AVMA adopted the change and presented the rewritten oath on the cover of the journal in January of 2000.
Dr. Kelly was a kind and generous man who never had a bad thing to say about anyone. His clients adored him and his legacy of service to the city of San Diego will live on forever.
Dr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Elsie Kelly, two daughters, Karen and Kathryn, son in law, Frank, three grandchildren and brother Monte Kelly.