Sculpture in Honor of Beloved Thousand Oaks Veterinarian at Civic Arts Plaza


Many of you may have seen the large bronze sculpture adjacent to the parking lot at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza featuring a man, a boy and a dog.

The man is Dr. Robert E. Kind and the sculpture is a memorial to the doctor, who passed away in 1998 after practicing veterinary medicine in Thousand Oaks for over 40 years. 

"A Kind Touch" is the name of the sculpture. Dr. Kind, a native of Herington, Kansas, dedicated his life to the care and love of his patients. These patients included the zoo animals at Jungleland, which resided at the land now occupied by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, until it closed in October 1969.

The sculpture, the work of artist David L. Spellerberg, was presented by colleagues, family and friends of Dr. Kind to the City of Thousand Oaks in his memory on May 21, 2000. Inscribed on a plaque accompanying the sculpture is "His manner was modest, His touch was gentle, And his laugh was legendary."

Dr. Kind's son, Dr. Steven Kind, MD, is a practicing gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks.