Pete Simonds' Legacy
Marshall "Pete" Simonds was a Labrador Retriever enthusiast who judged and competed in field trials for over forty years. In 2001 he was elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame, he served as an AKC Delegate and was active in countless dog clubs including the National Retriever Club.
Mr. Simonds was an integral supporter of the AKC Canine Heath Foundation both during his lifetime and with a generous bequest at his passing in 2008. His wife Katharine remains an active member of the dog fancy and supporter of CHF. She recounts that Pete thought the AKC Canine Health Foundation "was probably the most important function that has ever come about for the dog fancy."
"Pete felt that the AKC Canine Health Foundation would be the means to facilitate the research needed to produce the knowledge concerning many different health conditions that affect our dogs," recalls Mrs. Simonds.
Mr. Simonds’ bequest was restricted to the CHF endowment and Labrador Retriever health, securing the long term future of both the Foundation and his beloved breed.
Pete thought the AKC Canine Health Foundation "was probably the most important function that has ever come about for the dog fancy."
- Mrs. Katharine Simonds
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