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In Memory of

Jay S. Kumaran

March 8, 1940 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


Dr Jay S Kumaran, retired local veterinarian passed away late Saturday evening, March 28th. Dr Jay - as almost everyone called him - was born in the Mysore Palace, Mysore City, Karnataka, India, March 8, 1940. In 1972, Dr Jay proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen. A third generation veterinarian, he received his DVM (BVSc) from Vikram University, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India in 1964 and his MS in Microbiology from the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal, Punjab, India in 1966. In 1966 he was invited to become an exchange research scientist at Tulane...

Dr Jay S Kumaran, retired local veterinarian passed away late Saturday evening, March 28th. Dr Jay - as almost everyone called him - was born in the Mysore Palace, Mysore City, Karnataka, India, March 8, 1940. In 1972, Dr Jay proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen. A third generation veterinarian, he received his DVM (BVSc) from Vikram University, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India in 1964 and his MS in Microbiology from the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal, Punjab, India in 1966. In 1966 he was invited to become an exchange research scientist at Tulane University and the Delta Primate Research Center, working on various projects involving cellular genetics, as well as being staff veterinarian. In 1968, Dr Jay began what would become his life-long and much-loved career as a private practice veterinarian at Broadmoor Veterinary Clinic in New Orleans, LA. In 1971, he moved to Indiana, where he first worked as an associate veterinarian at practices in Hammond and Valparaiso. In 1972 he decided it was time to strike out on his own and bought a "lifeless" Five Points Animal Clinic on Goshen Avenue in Ft Wayne, IN. Over the next 40 years Dr Jay touched the lives of countless humans and their beloved pets. In February 2006 his love and compassion for animals of all sizes and "stripes" led him to begin an association with Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (BPAS) in Albion, IN. He provided pro bono veterinary care for the more than 80 rescued exotic animals living at BPAS. From October through December 2006 he oversaw the health of the animals while they were moved to the new BPAS location. The animals at BPAS became very close to his heart, and the mission of BPAS was one he supported wholeheartedly. He enjoyed his relationship with the staff and the animals at BPAS, especially a chimpanzee named Tarzan, and the new challenges it gave him as a veterinarian. After retiring from full-time private practice in May of 2009, Dr Jay continued to volunteer his services to BPAS, helped to recruit additional veterinarians to work with BPAS, and continued to work minimally at Dupont Veterinary Clinic, Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, to where his patients' files had been transferred. In August 2010 Dr. Jay, his wife Patrice, and daughters Aruna and Usha dedicated an on-site veterinary clinic at BPAS, named in honor of his father, Dr. J.D. Sampath Kumaran. In August 2013 Dr. Jay and Patrice retired permanently to El Espino de San Carlos, Panama, SA, where he enjoyed his life long hobby of photography, gardening, and continued his veterinary work by volunteering with various spay/neuter orginzations. Dr Jay was a dedicated and active member of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Wayne (the Downtown Club) for more than 40 years, of which he was a past-President and also served as a distinguished past-lieutenant governor for the Indiana District of Kiwanis. He is a past president of the Sangam Cultural Society of Ft Wayne. He is a past president and past secretary of Northeast Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (NEIVMA). Dr Jay is a charter member of the Indian Veterinarians of America. He is a charter Fellow of Veterinary Surgical Laser Society (FVSLS). In February 2011 he was presented with the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association's Guardian Award for his work with Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. Dr Jay is survived by his wife C. Patrice Kumaran, daughters Aruna Sara Kumaran of Fort Wayne, IN, Usha Rani (Jonathan) Quint of Lake Ozark, MO and grand daughter Reagan Parker Quint, and Kiran Margaret Anna Kumaran of NYC, stepdaughter Jennifer Rene' Pournelle of Columbia, SC, his sisters (all of India) - Madhu (Susiah) Dorairaj, Aruna (Jimmy - deceased) Framji, and Rani (Raji) Doss, sister-in-law Urmila (Bharath) Kumaran and many nieces and nephews spread over 4 continents. He is preceded in death by his parents, J.D. Sampath Kumaran and Anna Reddy Kumaran, and his brother Bharath Kumaran. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (www.blackpine.org), designating the SkyLight (Light Up A Life) Project.