Sunday, February 28, 2010


The dog world has lost one of its great patrons, AKC Judge Gilbert S Kahn died at his home in Palm Beach FL on Monday.

A member of one of the great philanthropic families in America, he was the son of the late Janet Annenberg Hooker, whose collection of jewelry and gems form the foundation of the Smithsonian Museum's Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems & Minerals. His uncle, the late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg, an early supporter of President Ronald Reagan, extensive impressionist art collection is featured at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gilbert had extensive charitable interests in Miami, Palm Beach, New York City and Newport, RI. He was Chairman of The AKC Museum of the Dog, former director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and a member of the board of overseers for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, to name a few. He is remembered in the dog world as an avid breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzu and a charming, considerate judge. He was in attendance at the Progressive Dog Club’s recent show in New York.

Our condolences to son John Noffo Kahn, his brother Donald Paul Kahn, and all the Kahn family.


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