DC Kiplinger Floriculture Legacy Spans Generations

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					DC Kiplinger Floriculture Legacy Spans Generations
                                                      By earning the DC Kiplinger/OFA Scholarship landscape horticulture senior Lyndsay
                                                      Biehl joins a growing list of students who have benefited from the long -time legacy
                                                      of Ohio State University Horticulture Professor D.C. Kiplinger .

                                                      This year's scholarship continued Kip's legacy with its support of Biehl, a senior from
                                                      Marietta, Ohio who shows great promise and will graduate this fall quarter. "I have
                                                      learned so much by coming here to Ohio State," exclaims Biehl. "The faculty, staff
                                                      and all my fellow students have made this experience so rewarding. OSU has so
                                                      much opportunity for each person to take advantage of and I feel lucky to be
                                                      graduating from such an dignified university. The scholarship helped pay my tuition
                                                      for the entire 2004/2005 year!"

                                                                                                    "Since being at Ohio State I
                                                                                                    have had several
                                                                                                    accomplishments," says Biehl.
                                                                                                    "In June 2004, I was awarded
                                                                                                    first place by The Muirfield
                                                                                                    Association, Inc., for a design
                                                                                                    of an entranceway planting.
                                                                                                    The design was installed in
                                                                                                    April 2005. In December 2003,
                                                                                                    I was nominated for the
                                                                                                    CFAES Outstanding Transfer
                                                                                                    Student Award and in June
                                                                                                    2004, awarded the Dorothy
                                                                                                    Kuder Smith Scholarship and
                                                                                                    also the OFA/D.C. Kiplinger
                                                                                                    Scholarship. I am the Treasurer
for LAFF (Landscape & Floriculture Forum) and a member of ALCA (Associated Landscape Contractors of America)."

Kip, as he was known to everyone, liked nothing better than to launch outstanding Ohio State graduates into the floriculture industry says
his daughter Janet Kiplinger Ciccone . "My dad loved teaching, conducting research with graduate students for the industry, and placing
his students in the industry or helping them start their own businesses. Over the years, Kip became greatly appreciated as an extension
expert, a professor, and a friend. Many of his students are still in business today, teaching their sons and daughters to love the industry
and encouraging them to go to Ohio State. This can be seen nowhere better than in the experience of Peg McMahon, who today carries
on Kip's teaching legacy in the Horticulture & Crop Science Department."

                                                      Dr. Peg McMahon, associate professor of floriculture at Ohio State and Biehl's
                                                      advisor, studied with Kip and says she likes to support the professional launch of
                                                      students just as Kip did for her. "I was a student of Kip's from 1966 until 1970. He
                                                      taught me floriculture skills and knowledge along with the value of integrity and
                                                      forthrightness," explains McMahon. "After graduation he helped me get my first job,
                                                      with Yoder Brothers in Barberton, Ohio. Now I get to pass on to my students the
                                                      skills and knowledge I learned from Kip. I also like to think I am using the teaching
                                                      and advising skills he used along with the same integrity and forthrightness."

                                                      Kip's contributions to the Ohio Florists' Association (known now as OFA - An
                                                      Association of Floriculture Professionals) served many floriculture businesses in Ohio,
                                                      around the U.S., and abroad. As secretary/treasurer, Kip gave the organization
                                                      impetus and contributed to its now world famous summer short course. Not
                                                      surprisingly, Kip contributed to McMahon's floriculture training long before her time in
                                                      his classroom through his work with OFA and OSU Extension.

                                                      "My family's association with Kip pre -dates me by 3 generations," recalls McMahon.
                                                      "My great-grandfather Harry along with my grandfather, Harold, started a
                                                      retail/wholesale greenhouse in the Cleveland area, H. Deeks and Son. Later my
                                                      mother, father, and uncle joined the business. They were members of OFA and
                                                      attended the short courses back in the 50's. As the floriculture extension specialist
                                                      Kip visited the business regularly, so I knew him from the time I was born. Kip's
                                                      visits were always eagerly anticipated and his insight and wisdom were appreciated.
                                                      We always knew we could count on him to not throw any punches when he came to
                                                      visit the family greenhouse."

                                                                                                             Although the family greenhouse
                                                                                                             is now gone, McMahon notes
                                                                                                             that she is not the last of the
                                                                                                             horticulturists in the
                                                                                                             family. Seth Hartman, a cousin
                                                                                                             of McMahon, earned a
                                                                                                             bachelor's degree from OSU in
                                                                                                             2004 with a major in landscape
                                                                                                             horticulture and is carrying on
                                                                                                             both the family tradition and the
                                                                                                             Kiplinger legacy.

                                                                                                             Kip's career path began outside
                                                                                                             of Ohio. He earned a
                                                                                                             bachelor's degree in biology at
                                                                                                             Iowa State University and then
                                                                                                             came to Ohio State and in
                                                                                                             1938 earned a master's
                                                                                                        degree. Professor Alex
                                                                                                        Laurie , his advisor, talked him
                                                                                                        into staying on for a PhD after
                                                                                                        the master's. Along the way,
                                                                                                        Kip met Thelma Davis , the
                                                                                                        department secretary, and they
                                                                                                        married. Kip earned his PhD
                                                                                                        when daughter Janet was one
                                                                                                        year old. Janet says she
                                                                                                        trained for her future career by
                                                                                                        helping mom and day get the
                                                                                                        OFA Bulletin into the mail
                                                                                                        countless times. "When I grew
                                                                                                        up, it was natural that I
should become a newsletter editor. Today, I am director of communications for the College of Human Ecology, having spent 25 years at
Ohio State, carrying on the tradition of having a Kiplinger on board."

Ohio's floriculture industry has Kip to thank for educating so many professionals and for creating a legacy that continues to benefit
students like Lyndsay Biehl.

Story by Victor van Buchem . Photo by Jodi Miller. Archive photos courtesy Janet Kiplinger Ciccone.
Published October 28 2005 - http://HCS.OSU.EDU

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