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Ohio vet Dr. William Paul dies at 77

January 02, 2018

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Well-known Ohio veterinarian William Glessner Paull, DVM, 77, died Dec. 30 at his home.

"Doc" was known to many as a hard-working veterinarian who positively impacted numerous people.

He was born April 4, 1940 and raised in Wheeling, W.Va., as the son of William and Kathryn (Foulk) Paull. He graduated from The Linsly School in Wheeling and then majored in agriculture at West Virginia University. Upon graduation he ran a family farm in Wheeling until moving to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, from which he graduated in 1971 and served on staff as an ambulatory veterinarian.

Dr. Paull went on to be the veterinarian at Hill Farms in Hilliard, Ohio, and was a preeminent practitioner in the Standardbred horse industry. In addition to serving as the track veterinarian at Scioto Downs for many years, he managed a private equine practice.

In 1986 Dr. Paull, and his wife of 41 years, Barbara, bought 65 acres in southern Delaware County and established Timber Rock Farm, which served as one of the leading equine reproductive and boarding centers in Ohio. He loved being outside and on a tractor and worked tirelessly to maintain his beautiful property and care for the countless horses that he treated over the years.

Dr. Paull and Barbara were also the proud owners of many outstanding racehorses.

He loved to go on wonderful vacations with his family, including a trip to Alaska and many memorable ski vacations out west. One of the fondest memories of him was his love of walks, particularly with his golden retriever, Ollie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Kathryn; stepfather, Henry Mazer; and sister, Kathe Hitt. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Beach); daughter, Mary (Jeff) Hardgrove; sons, William (Leslie), Steven (Melissa), and John (Rebecca); grandsons, Quintin, Mackenzie, Devin, William, and Ben; granddaughters, Sarah, Madeline, and Katherine; and brothers, Lee (June) and Thomas (Penny).

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rutherford Funeral Home, 450 West Olentangy Street in Powell, on Monday (Jan. 8). A celebration of life service will follow at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/about-us/enhancement-and-expansion). Condolences to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.

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