Kalish Claudia Jane Kalish, DVM, nee Green, age 53, of Powell, OH, formerly of Bloomington, IN, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013, at home, from a four year struggle with brain cancer. Claudia was born in Shelbyville, IN in 1960. Claudia graduated from Bloomington South High School in 1978. She earned a bachelor's degree with a dual major in biology and chemistry in 1982, and an M.S. Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology in 1989 from Indiana University. After designing computer-based training for Allison Gas Turbine, in Indianapolis, Claudia returned to school to pursue her first ambition. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1999. While in vet school, she served as an officer in SCAVMA, and as president of the Feline Medicine Club. Claudia practiced for one year at the Elk Grove Veterinary Clinic in Elk Grove, CA, and for six years at the Powell Veterinary Clinic before striking out on her own. She built and ran the Lotus Center for Integrative Veterinary Medicine in Lewis Center, OH until late 2009. She was a member of the Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. Following her passion for alternative medical modalities, Claudia attended the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in Sedona, AZ in 2011. She is survived by her husband, Alan Kalish of Powell, OH; and three siblings, David B. Green (Gledia) of Bloomington, Cheryl Ruth Green (Bill Perry) of Bloomington, Matthew D. Green (Debra) of Indianapolis. She is also survived by her dog, Betty; and her five cats, Jerry, Sugar, Carly, Ron and Crystal. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Margaret "Maggie" Jane Green and her nephew Ben White of Bloomington, IN. Friends may call from 2-3 p.m. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013 at the RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME AT POWELL, 450 West Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065 (614)-792-1471, where a Memorial Service will be held beginning at 3 p.m. and friends will be invited to share their memories and stories of Claudia at the Memorial Service. (The funeral home is located on W. Olentangy St./Powell Rd./SR 750 1/4 mile east of Sawmill Parkway. Because of construction, please use Sawmill Parkway when coming to the funeral home and avoid the Powell Rd./SR 315 Intersection.) In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to: The Humane Society of the United States http://www.humanesociety.org/ or the Daniel J. Zwayer Brain Cancer Research Fund at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute http://cancer.osu.edu/waystogive/about/funds/dans-fund/pages/index.aspx. Please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com to send condolences to the Kalish Family.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Sept. 29, 2013