As a young girl, Capt. Kimberly Toone would spend hours outside playing on the family farm in Plant City, Florida. She learned early from her six uncles that if you weren’t just a little bit tough, you’d miss out on the fun.
“When I was very little, my uncles would stand in a circle and toss me to each other,” Toone said. “If I didn’t hit the ground, they would spread out a little further and toss me again. I loved it.”
Toone, a U.S. Navy captain stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia, was back in Gainesville in September for her medical school class reunion and to be honored as one of the 2017 inductees on the UF College of Medicine’s Wall of Fame. She said her loving but rough-and-tumble upbringing helped her navigate medical school and then rise through the ranks in the military.
“My family gave me the perspective that there really are no limits to what you can do,” said Toone, following the unveiling ceremony of her plaque on the Wall of Fame Sept. 15.
Toone, from the class of 1997, shared the honor of 2017 Wall of Fame inductee with Wake Forest School of Medicine professor Dr. Pat Ober from the class of 1974. Since 1991, the UF College of Medicine Wall of Fame award has honored alumni who have made contributions to medicine, education, government and the community.