WSU Alumni Give Back to a School that Gave Them Everything
Kathy and Kyle Frandle
Kyle Frandle gave this gentleman,
a Maasai from northern Tanzania,
a WSU hat after he helped them
get their Land Rover unstuck.
The team was traveling in Tanzania
as part of a rabies vaccination
campaign in May 2013.
Driving around the Santa Cruz hills in his old truck with a California
license plate that reads "WSU DVM," Kyle Frandle is reminded how it all started.
Kyle ('74 BS, '76 MS, '80 DVM) met his wife Kathy ('74 BA, '75 MA) when they
were both juniors at WSU. He was working on a biology degree, she was studying
"We couldn't have asked for a better experience at WSU," says Kyle who has now
been married to Kathy for 38 years.
After earning his DVM in 1980, Kyle bought the Los Gatos practice in Santa Cruz,
California. Over the years it has grown into a thriving practice. Owing much of
his success to his time at WSU, Kyle wanted to give back to the school and
community that meant so much to his family. So becoming a facilitator for the
Diagnostic Challenges seemed like a
"When Steve Hines asked me to be a facilitator for the Diagnostic Challenges, I
was thrilled to do it," says Kyle, who has come back since 2000. "Working with
students recharges my batteries."
The Diagnostic Challenges are case-based exercises that give students the
opportunity to take what they've learned in the classroom and apply it to
real-world challenges. Students diagnose patients and work with volunteer
clients in a simulated setting, similar to what they will experience one day in
their own practice.
"It is an amazing program," says Kyle. "Young people get presented with
different situations and challenges." They also practice their communication
skills, which Kyle believes are as important as strong medical skills. "Students
get insight about what tools they need to truly be successful," he says.
Besides working with students every year, Kyle also serves on the WSU
Board of Trustees. Board of Trustee members volunteer their time to assist
on Foundation committees and to build relationships with prospective donors. One
project dear to Kyle is to find supporters for the
WSU Rabies Program in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.
Each year more than 55,000 people die from rabies and many are children.
"I'm spreading the word in the veterinary community and with industry groups
because it cannot be supported by academic funding alone," he says.
On a recent trip to east Africa with Allen School researchers, Kyle learned
firsthand the impact that is being made. Community interviewers travel by
bicycle visiting homes in Asembo, Kenya to learn how animal and human disease
impacts a family's health, access to education, and economic wellbeing as part
survey launched in February 2013.
"I was really struck by the community volunteers and how really devoted they
were to families," he says.
Because of their strong commitment to WSU, Kyle and Kathy also wanted to help
students in ways that would touch their lives directly. Remembering the
challenges of being non-traditional students, they started a scholarship to help
young couples like them. The Frandle Family Scholarship is awarded to veterinary
students at WSU who are married or in a committed relationship and have a
"We look back at our married time in school fondly," says Kyle. "But we know how
hard it can be as well." Both worked extra jobs on weekends and at harvest time
to help make ends meet.
"We hope the scholarship will help ease the hardship for a married or committed
couple during their time together as veterinary students at WSU," says Kyle. "We
have a strong commitment to the University. It gave us everything we needed to