Carl E. Kimbrough, D.D.S., M.D.S., Class of 1941

May 26, 2000
Santa Paula High School
By B. J. Harding, President, SPUHS Alumni Association Carl, the only child of Earnest L. and Iva Cantrel Kimbrough, went to grade school in Ventura through the fifth grade, then his family moved to Ojai. He attended Nordhoff until his junior year, and then came to SPUHS. His best pal in Santa Paula was Jack Vogt, now living in Gold Seal, Nevada.While in high school Carl became interested in dramatics, and found himself playing the character of George in the Senior play “Young April,” and also in the operetta “An Old Spanish Custom,” directed by Elizabeth Mullen, the drama teacher.Following graduation Carl became interested in dentistry, and took his pre-dental requirements at Los Angeles City College on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. He then transferred to the University of Southern California, where he graduated in June of 1954 with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.). While at USC he became interested in orthodontics, and at USC graduate school he completed his masters of Dental Surgery in 1956 and holds the degree (M.D.S.) as well.Upon graduation with his masters, Carl opened a dental practice in Upland and limited his practice to orthodontics. He practiced in Upland for 34 years, in which time he has watched the community of Upland grow from a small town to a thriving city. Carl is always pleased when his former patients come up to him on the street with wide smiles, showing what a change he has made in their lives by practicing his craft.
Carl married Nellie Bray, who was raised in Glendale, and they have four children, Janice, Edward, Barry and Chad.Carl retired in 1990 and, as we all have learned, has never been busier. He plays tennis and golf with friends, and Carl and Nellie are enjoying traveling the world.One of their highlight trips was flying to Frankfort, Germany and picking up a cruise ship where they cruised the Danube River for two weeks. Among the interesting places on this trip was visiting the city of Prague, Czechoslovakia, with all of its baroque architecture, a style which flourished from 1550 to 1750. Another city visited was Budapest, which is actually two cities - Buda and Pest - divided by the Danube River. Of course, the highlight city is Vienna, Austria, where they enjoyed going around the beautiful boulevard “The Ring” and visiting the famous coffeehouses where they serve the well known Sacher torte, seeing Schloss Schönbrunn, the 144 room palace, the museum of fine arts, Hofburg Palace, the home of Emperor Franz Joseph, and watching a performance of the Spanish Riding School, the home of the famous Lipizzaner horses.

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