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Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

The American Kennel Club announced the winners of the 2001 AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards. Engraved Tiffany silver bowls were presented by President Al Cheauré at the AKC Open House on February 11 in New York.

"The Lifetime Achievement Awards given in Conformation, Obedience and Performance honor individuals whose years of effort have significant contributions on a national level to the sport of purebred dogs," Cheauré said.

In Conformation, the recipient was Dorothy D. Nickles, who was licensed to judge in 1952. In 1998, Dorothy was named by her peers as Judge of the Year. She is a beloved and respected adjudicator on the international scene. Nickles, a much sought after speaker and prolific dog writer, received the Gaines Fido Dogdom's Woman of the Year Award. Nickles judges all levels of AKC obedience, tracking and junior showmanship. She is also best in show conformation judge.

John S. (Jack) Ward was the winner in Obedience. Ward has served on four Obedience Advisory committees, was Obedience Chairman at the AKC Centennial Dog Show in 1984, and celebrated his 50th anniversary as an AKC Delegate in 2000. He is a past AKC Board Chairman and served on the Board of Directors for 20 years. A long-time obedience judge for all classes, Ward is a recipient of the prestigious Association of Obedience Clubs Award and the Richard H. D'Ambrisi Award.

A. Nelson Sills was the Performance honoree. Sills is the founder of the AKC Retriever Hunting Test program, and was founder of the Master National Retriever Stake. He currently chairs the AKC Retriever Advisory Committee and the AKC Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee. Sills spent 15 years on the AKC Board of Directors. He is a member of the Bird Dog Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Master National Retriever Club Vision Award, and a Del Bay Retriever Club Dedication Award Honoree.

A trophy sized version of the awards, which is given to each recipient, is on permanent display at The American Kennel Club Library in New York.

L to R: Jack Ward, A. Nelson Sills, Dorothy Nickles and Al Cheauré.