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Dr. J. Charles Garvin serves on the Board of Directors of the AKC Canine Health Foundation and serves on the Foundation's Grants Committee. He is an ophthalmic surgeon and president of a 72-physician medical practice.
Dr. Garvin has been closely associated with Dalmatians since the 1960s. Since then, he has had 86 champions in the breed, most of them owner-handled. Dr. Garvin has judged at the Dalmatian Club of America (DCA) national specialty show five times, including the AKC Centennial Show in 1984, and has judged nationals in Canada and Australia. He has served multiple terms as DCA president and has sat on the club's board of directors for 28 years. A life member of the Central Ohio Kennel Club and the Marion Ohio Kennel Club, he has been Marion's AKC Delegate since 1990 and a club officer for 27 years. He is also a member of the American Kennel Club Board of Directors.
He and his wife of 33 years, Lynn, have two sons and a daughter. They reside in Marion, Ohio.