Kristine McComis embodied the many attributes and
values for which we at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center aspire as
individuals and as an organization. She was honest and humble; respected and trusted;
kind and compassionate; collegial and professional; and gracious and gentle. Kristine always searched for the good in everyone, found the good
in everyone, embraced the good in everyone, and focused on the good in
Kristine contributed so much to the VMC
and College through her commitment, hard work, and creativity. She was
integrally involved with quality of life initiatives to optimize our learning
and working environments. She was a superb role model for others with respect
to collegiality, professionalism, teamwork and integrity. She was the
consummate ambassador for the VMC and College. She was so proud of the place
she worked and wanted everyone to know about the Veterinary Medical Center and
the great work done here.
She enriched the lives of everyone she contacted…
whether it was a colleague, co-worker, faculty, student, client, child, pet or
animal, visitor or even a complete stranger….she accomplished this through her
reassuring smile, sense of humor, polite greeting, professionalism, daily acts
of kindness, and her inspirational and humorous prose.
Kristine was a proud and well-deserving recipient
of the 2009 College Distinguished Staff Award. Here are excerpts from her
There is no more loyal employee within the College.
She has seen her job description modified and had her office moved and changed
numerous times … all the while serving with dignity, class, loyalty and
ever-efficient effectiveness. She is the type of employee that every employer
hopes to hire…..Kristine is truly a gem – quietly efficient, always
accommodating and helpful, and known for getting the job done and done on time
… all beyond anyone's expectations and without any fanfare. She goes out of her
way to make the work environment better for us all.
As many of you know, Kristine wrote and prepared
the monthly Hospital Newsletter for over 16 years. Reading through past issues reminds
us of how much of her heart, life and soul she poured into the newsletters and
the VMC. The newsletter became a must-read staple for everyone. People eagerly
anticipated each issue so they could read the useful information, inspirational
quotes, poetry, history, "Animal Anecdotes," birthdays and all of the other
wonderful things she packed in each issue.
In "Anecdote for
a Friend" in the October 2001 issue of the Hospital Newsletter, Kristine
memorialized her friend and co-worker Alice Ray who died September 8, 2001 from
a relentless battle with cancer the day before the tragedy of 9-11. She wrote "Our loss was no less diminished by what happened the next day in New York and
Washington. Our attention has been diverted, but a loss is a loss, the enemy of
cancer still being a malicious, albeit natural foe that stole an incredibly
lovely woman from this life. She worked until the last possible moment,
slipping out the front doors one day, never to return except to check in once
for benefits purposes. Many of her co-workers didn’t get to say goodbye, but
Alice, I know, would want you to remember her healthy and attractive." The very
same can be said of Kristine.
Kristine's physical presence will be greatly missed
and yet her spirit will live on as an indelible rich legacy at the VMC. She
will be fondly remembered for her pride, commitment, passion and love of the
place she worked, contributed to so immensely, and where she positively and
meaningfully touched the lives of so many people and animals for 17 years.
Kristine was many things to many people – a co-worker, colleague, friend,
coffee mate, fellow book club member, role model … and most of all she was our
family – the family away from home that she spoke and wrote about and cared for
so deeply. We were all blessed by knowing Kristine and privileged to be part
Kristine enjoyed poetry and often included a poem in the VMC Newsletter. Hopefully the simple yet poignant words of a poem written for and given to Kristine a few weeks before her passing will spark wonderful memories of her for you.