David Evian Harling
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David Evian Harling
  • May 16, 1932 - June 11, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Dr. David Evian Harling, 85, passed away June 11, 2017 from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born May 16, 1932 in St John's Newfoundland to Irene and Reginald Harling. His family moved to the U.S.A in 1943. They lived briefly in Massachusetts, Maine, and Michigan before settling in Canton, NY. He became a U.S. citizen May 15, 1950.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at 1 PM, Friday, June 16, in the chapel of First Presbyterian Church, officiated by Reverend Neil Dunnavant. The family will receive friends during a reception in the church solarium following the service.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen; his three children, Calvin of Greensboro, Katherine and husband Wade of Norwood, NC and Douglas of Kalispell, MT; his brother, Mallory and wife Karen of Glenwood Springs, CO; grandchildren, David, Caitlin, and Matthew; great-grandchild, Cathryn; as well as extended family and dear friends.

Dr. Harling had a great love of animals and knew from an early age he wanted to be a veterinarian. He studied Pre-veterinary medicine at Saint Lawrence University and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1955. After proudly serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Veterinary Unit and practicing veterinary medicine in New York State, he and Helen moved to Greensboro in 1965 where he owned and operated Battleground Veterinary Hospital until 1998. After selling the practice, David continued working as a clinician for Reidsville Veterinary Hospital. He officially retired in 2015 after a remarkable 60 years devoted to caring for animals.

Dr. Harling was very active in the veterinary profession. He served in many state and national organizations as an officer, board member, and committee member. He was frequently involved with the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine where he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor. His professional affiliations include: Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline), the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Among his many community activities, David was an active member of the Summit Rotary Club since 1966. He served on the Board of Directors of Fire District #13, was a past President of the Guilford County Humane Society, and a former Board of Directors member for the Greensboro Natural Science Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to: North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, 1060 William Moore Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the Harling family.