Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Daryl J. Kelly is a native of Newark, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University in 1969. He received his Master of Science degree in Microbiology in 1971, graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and was commissioned through the OSU Army ROTC into the Medical Service Corps.
As a career Army officer LTC Kelly served in multiple assignments both within and outside the United States including the 1301th General Hospital, Federal Republic of Germany, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, D.C., and was Chief of Medical Research Operations at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Upon completion of a PhD in 1983, LTC Kelly was assigned as the Chief, Department of Microbiology, U.S. Army Medical Research Unit, Malaysia. He is the recipient of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award (1987) and served in a joint appointment at the Naval Medical Research Institute.
LTC Kelly is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association and served as board member and president of the OSU Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. Since Retirement from the Army in 1999, he has served as a board member and president of the OSU Army ROTC Alumni Society and in 2005 received the Association’s Outstanding Alumni Society Leader Award. He is currently a Research Associate in the OSU College of Biological Sciences and continues his work with the Army and Navy as a consultant through the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Throughout his military and civilian career, he has had the enthusiastic support of his wife Carolyn and daughters Erin and Colleen, all Buckeyes.