It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to yet another dear friend on our Science and Advisory board. "Wally" or "The Colonel" to his friends, was always the life of the party bringing a smile to your face when you walked through the door he made you feel that his gathering was just for you! Click for more Information.
If you ever went to Westminster Dog Show, Wally's party was the one you didn't want to miss. He was a true fighter and believer in fairness to how AKC Judges were educated and treated by the registry.
We thank Lt. Col. Wallace H. Pedé for his service in defending our nation and for being a leader in the sport of purebred dogs for over 65 years. We are especially proud to have had "dog man extraordinaire" Wally Pedé sit on our Science and Advisory Board.
Wally passed away January 31st, in his sleep, in Springfield VA, at age of 97. He will be missed most by his family and friends and is a great loss to the dog world.
Wallace H. Pedé
Lt. Col. U.S.A.F. (Ret)
Wally Pedé started his judging career in England while stationed there with the Twentieth Tactical Fighter Wing in the 1950's and it was there that he and his wife Kay established their Scheherezade Afghan Hound Kennel.
Col. Pedé, handling his own dogs, had the top winning BIS Hound in England in 1960 and is the only American to win a Group at Crufts (England's Westminster). Wally and Kay also became breeders of the top-winning Afghan Hound in Europe in 1961 and 1962.
Wally, as he is affectionately known by his peers, has since judged dogs around the globe, from England's premier dog event, the Crufts Dog Show, to its counterpart in the U.S., the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He has also judged the leading International shows in Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Orient.
In 1983, Col. Pedé co-founded the Senior Conformation Judges Association, Inc. (SCJA) and subsequently, he also founded the American Canine Education Foundation, Inc. (ACEF). The ACEF is the only organization in the country recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt educational organization for the sole purpose of educating Breeders, aspiring Judges and Approved Judges.
In 1990 Col. Pedé was awarded the prestigious KENNEL REVIEW and IAMS achievement award for "OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS BY AN INDIVIDUAL" and was nominated for this award in both 1991 and 1992.
Col. Pedé was also nominated for the FIDO award as “MAN OF THE YEAR” in 1990, 1991, and 1993. That astounding record of honors puts Wally Pedé in a rare category of judging popularity and intellectual acuity.
He and his son Wally Jr., attended the V-Day (WWII Victory) celebration in May. There, in Washington D.C., following the National Anthem fly-over, he was honored by an impromptu network interview. Visit VIDEO THEATER for Col. Pedé's NBC Interview on VE Day May 8th, 2015.
The Colonel turned 96 in July 2019. He is sharp as a tack and still active as CEO of both SCJA and ACEF.
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