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
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