Naturewatch founder John Ruane, 61

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

John Ruane, 61, died of lung cancer on December 3, 2013 in
Newent, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Formerly employed in
international marketing, Ruane founded Naturewatch, based in
Cheltenham, England, in 1992, and incorporated the parallel
Naturewatch Foundation a year later. Initially campaigning mostly
against laboratory use of animals, Naturewatch has since 1992 published
13 editions of a Compassionate Shopping Guide spotlighting companies
that no longer do animal testing and those that continue to use animals
in developing new products. “John Henry Draize,” inventor of the
Draize skin irritancy test most often done on rabbits, “died in 1992
and I am certain he has been Lucifer’s guest ever since,” Ruane
famously remarked.

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Obituaries (November/December 2013)

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil men do lives after them.
The good is oft interred with their bones.”
––William Shakespeare

Alice Anne Blackmore, 93, died on November 10, 2013 in Mason
City, Iowa. Finding an abandoned litter of puppies in 1959, Blackmore
founded the Mason City Pet Assistance League, operating first from the
basement of her family’s home, then from a converted chicken coop,
and eventually from a nearby farm. The organization became the Humane
Society of North Iowa in 1972. A shelter in a former veterinarian’s
office, donated in 1986 by longtime supporters David and Phyllis
Murphy, was replaced by the present 6,400-square-foot facility in 2009.

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Contraceptive researcher Wolfgang Jochle

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

Wolfgang J. Jochle, 86, died on November 14, 2013 at his home
in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Born in Munich, Germany, Jochle was
drafted into the Nazi Wehrmacht at age 15 and assigned to attend cavalry
horses. Jochle avoided starvation by sharing the horses’ oats,
longtime Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs board member Linda
Rhodes recalled when presenting him with a lifetime achievement award in
2006.

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National SPCA patron Nelson Mandela

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

Nelson Mandela, 95, died on December 5, 2013 at his home in
Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. Active in the African National
Congress from the introduction of apartheid in 1948, Mandela was
imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, serving 18 of the 27 years at Robben
Island, near Cape Town. Elected president of the ANC in 1991, Mandela
in 1994 became the first president of post-apartheid South Africa,
retiring in 1999.
Withdrawing gradually from public life, Mandela remained
patron-in-chief of the National Council of SPCAs at his death, a post
he had held for nearly 20 years.

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Death of RSPCA critic is ruled a suicide

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Dawn Aubrey-Ward,  43,  hanged herself on May 8,  2013 in her home in Martock,  Somerset,   U.K.,  coroner Tony Williams ruled on October 14,  2013. A Royal SPCA animal welfare officer from 2008 to 2010,  Aubrey-Ward was among the three named sources for allegations published by Nick Craven and Lynne Wallis of The Daily Mail on December 29,  2012 that the RSPCA unnecessarily kills animals and inappropriately pursues prosecutions.  The RSPCA countered that,  “Dawn Aubrey-Ward is a disgruntled former employee who was subject to a disciplinary investigation for alleged theft of animals,”  who “left with matters  still pending.” Read more

Ohio activist kills herself plus 31 dogs

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2013: (Actually published on November 20, 2013.)

Sandra Lertzman,  62,  was found dead with 31 dogs on November 8,  2013 in a running car in the garage of her home in Moreland Hills,  Ohio,  six days after she was last seen.  Said to have been involved in animal rescue for 45 years,  Sandra Lertzman styled herself executive director of the Animal Rights Foundation,  but Guidestar,  contracted by the IRS to share IRS Form 990 filings,  shows no record of ARF. Read more

Obits: Angela Cope, 97, senior RSPCA volunteer

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

Angela Cope,  97,  died in London on October 28,  2013.  “She was a lifelong animal welfarist of the practical rather than the sentimental type,”  former Royal SPCA director general Peter Davies told ANIMAL PEOPLE,  recalling that one of her projects was organizing a working horse show to benefit the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.  “She was involved with the Central London Branch of the RSPCA for many years,”  Davies continued.  “When the RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital was created,  she formed the Friends of Putney Animal Hospital Committee,  which raised substantial sums for the hospital,  largely through the onsite shop that she ran with volunteers selling donated goods.  She was a long-serving member of the RSPCA Council,”  but was retired in 2001,  along with fellow RSPCA vice presidents William Jordan and Dame Janet Fookes,  who were replaced on the council by celebrities Geri Halliwell,  Elton John,  and Cliff Richard.   Read more

Carol Jodar, key figure in 1984 City of Hope case

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.) 

Carol Williams Jodar,  66,  of Bozeman,  Montana,  died on September 21,  2013 after fighting multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years while raising two children,  serving with her husband Bruce on the boards of the Williams Foundation and Jodar Family Foundation,  and supporting many animal,  environmental,  and performing arts charities.   Read more

James Harlan Steele, 1st U.S. public health vet

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

James Harlan Steele,  DVM,  100,  died on November 10,  2013.  Earning his veterinary diploma from Michigan State University in 1941,  and a masters degree in public health from Harvard a year later,  Steele served in the U.S. Public Health Service during World War II,   stationed in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.   Read more

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