TUNKHANNOCK — Dr. Carl C. Reynolds, 81, of Tunkhannock, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Reynolds; son, Charles; son, Peter and his wife, Renee.
He was born at home, in Dalton, the youngest of four children. Dr. Reynolds was the valedictorian of the last graduating class of Waverly High School. He graduated from Keystone Junior College with an Associate's Degree in pre-veterinary science in 1955, Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science, and finished with a veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation from veterinary school in 1960, Dr. Reynolds established his practice in Chinchilla, which served both large and small animals. In 1970, he opened Abington Animal Hospital. At that time it was the only Northeastern Pennsylvania facility accepted as a member of the American Animal Hospital Association.
A long standing member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn, he served the church for many years both as educator and advocate. His tireless dedication to church youth is an example to many today. A founding member of the Saint Matthew Society, he established Epiphany's endowment fund.
As an active member of his community, his strong dedication to area youth brought him to volunteer many years as Akela, Leader of the Pack! His leadership of the Waverly chapter of the Cub Scouts of America was truly visionary. Bobcat blood from tomato juice, brave and bold bear grease from black finger paint and match car derby races officiated by Akela, himself, always in favor of good sportsmanship.
In this same spirit, Dr. Reynolds found his professional career in need of philanthropic expansion. Johnson College, formerly Johnson Technical Institute (JTI), approached him to offer a solution. Abington Animal Hospital thus hosted JTI and fostered three years of veterinary technology students to enjoy hands-on experience in a thriving practice of professional integrity. This cooperation offered not only great personal fulfillment as creator of this curriculum, but also full state accreditation for its graduates.
Dr. Reynolds found his pending retirement to be unappealing. He continued his educational work as a substitute teacher at Abington Heights High School for nearly three years. The AP teaching staff quickly found his qualifications to surpass their expectations. They relied heavily on his substitute teaching for course work including all AP Sciences as well as math, history and advanced English literature.
Dr. Reynolds lived his life as he ended it. A brilliant man who lived quietly steadfast in humility, generosity and grace. His example is one that few comprehend today. Those fortunate to know will carry his example forever and be inspired by the stories, laughter and lessons of his life.
A Celebration of Dr. Reynolds life was held at Church of the Epiphany.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Church of the Epiphany, P. O. Box 189, Clarks Summit, PA 18411; or University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School Student Loan Fund Room, c/o Mary Berger, 172E 3800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.