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Dr. A. Duane Butherus is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the AKC Canine Health Foundation. He earned a PhD in chemistry, retired after working as a scientist at Bell Laboratories for 31 years, and is presently teaching undergraduate Chemistry.
Dr. Butherus served as Chair of the Foundation's Grants Committee for many years prior to assuming the role of Chairman of the Foundation.
He has been an active breeder and exhibitor of Afghan Hounds in partnership with his wife Connie for over 35 years, finishing the championships of more than 30 dogs. Duane has been a member of the Afghan Hound Club of America for over thirty years. Duane was founding President of the Central New Jersey Hound Association and presently serves as the Vice President of the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Kennel Club and is also a member of the Morris & Essex Kennel Club. Duane has been Show Chair for several clubs, including the Afghan Hound Club of Northern New Jersey Specialty Club and the Delaware Water Gap Kennel Club. He is approved to judge Afghan Hounds, and has judged that breed internationally, including specialty shows in New Zealand, Australia, and Belgium.