Rest in Peace Judy, Pat and Dr. Harry

May 2012 Editor's Page

By Allan Reznik |

Our sport lost three towering figures in recent weeks. All were dedicated dog people, respected judges and much loved stalwarts of the fancy. Coming so soon after the passing of Everett Dean Jr., to whom we paid tribute in the April issue, these losses are deeply felt within the fancy.

Judith Ann Goodin of Leavenworth, Kan., was involved first in the world of Saint Bernards, then turned to Pointers, and most recently contributed to the Cavalier community. Many clubs down through the decades would benefit from her expertise and knowledge of the sport. Judy was a founding member and President of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Greater Kansas City; a three-term President of the American Pointer Club and Show Chair of the Heart of America Kennel Club, the latter club having the bittersweet honor of celebrating her life at its shows just a few weeks ago. She was also President and Director of her local chapter of the American Red Cross. Judy was a highly sought-after judge whose international assignments took her to China, Japan, Australia, Europe and South America. Here at home, she was a familiar face at all our prestigious shows, including Westminster where she had judged on several occasions. She was approved to judge the Sporting, Working and Herding Groups, as well as BIS.

For Patricia Fellman Gellerman, it was a lost Basset Hound running loose in the Lincoln Tunnel that began her decades in the sport. Pat and her husband were driving to New York to go to the theater when they spotted the Basset. Pat jumped out of the car, called to him and the dog responded. When the Basset’s owner turned up, Pat and her family were heartbroken, and immediately set out to find another. They attended Westminster, met breeders and visited kennels. Eventually they purchased a bitch that became their foundation. Pat was a former editor at Telecasting Magazine, Advertising Age, The Record, New Jersey’s largest daily newspaper, and also ran the Public Relations Department of the Walt Disney office in New York. A resident of Clearwater, Fla., for many years, Pat was approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, Working, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups, as well as BIS.

Dr. Harry Smith of Durham, N.C., began his involvement in dogs after his return from World War II. He joined his father in breeding Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, showing them exclusively in retriever trials. In the early 1950s, he acquired a Westminster Toy Group-winning Pug that became the foundation for the small kennel that he established in Southern Ohio. He owned the first black Pug to win the Pug Dog Club of America Futurity and was the co-founder of the Pug Club of Greater Cincinnati. Dr. Harry served as the parent club’s AKC Delegate for 10 years. He began judging Pugs in 1966, adding Groups until he earned AKC all-breed status in 1999. Dr. Harry became an associate director in Industrial Engineering at Procter & Gamble and chairman of the Department of Biomathematical Sciences at the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York. He authored at least three books, 140 articles in major medical, statistical and mathematical journals, and was also a Life Master Contract Bridge Player. In 2006 he received the AKC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for conformation.

Rest in peace Judy, Pat and Dr. Harry.


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