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Lifetime Achievement Awards 2007
AKC Announces Recipients of 2007 Lifetime Achievement Awards

The AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level. The recipients are selected by votes cast by AKC member clubs for nominees in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events, and Performance.

The awards, engraved Tiffany and Co. sterling silver bowls, will be presented to the recipients on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at the AKC Delegates luncheon being held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, California. A larger version of the Tiffany and Co. bowl, engraved with the names of all recipients past and present, is on permanent display at the headquarters of The American Kennel Club in New York City.

The AKC is proud to announce the recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Awards, as selected by member clubs in recognition of their dedication to the Sport:


Jane Kamp Forsyth, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, grew up in the show ring. In her teens she managed and handled dogs for Elblac Kennels (Doberman Pinschers), Grafmar Kennels (German Shepherd Dogs) and Dorick Kennels (Boxers). She became a professional handler and went into partnership with George Pusey. Together, they bred and exhibited Boxers for three years.

She later joined forces with Robert S. Forsyth, and they soon became dogdom's most famous husband-and-wife team of handlers. Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth each handled Best in Show winners at Westminster, the only married couple to do so.

Mrs. Forsyth was named the Kennel Review Handler of the Year three times, earning her a place in the Hall of Fame. She has won three Gaines Awards, including Woman of the Year, and was inducted into the American Boxer Club Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 1981, after forty-three years, Mrs. Forsyth retired from handling and shortly thereafter became an AKC-approved judge. She is approved for all AKC and FCI breeds, and has judged throughout the world. Mrs. Forsyth judged four AKC/Eukanuba National Championships including Best in Show in January 2006.

Companion Events

Marian Mason Hodesson, of Tucson, Arizona, was born in England and emigrated with her family to the United States in 1928. They established Wilpshire Kennel in the early thirties. Drawn first to Obedience, she showed and finished several dogs in those early years in both Conformation and Obedience. She became an Obedience judge in the 1940s and applied for her first breed in 1963. Presently licensed to judge the Sporting, Working, Non-Sporting, and Herding Groups, Mrs. Hodesson has judged throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Mexico, New Zealand and Australia.

A charter member of the Canada del Oro Kennel Club, she has been a member of the Collie Club of America and Tucson Kennel Club for over 53 and 35 years respectively, serving as Chair in a variety of capacities.

Mrs. Hoddeson worked with her husband, Samuel, a veterinarian, for 23 years. Longtime contributors to the Veterinary School Library at the Ohio State University, She and her late husband had been working towards an endowment. Mrs. Hodesson experienced the thrill of a lifetime when she recently found out that their goal had been achieved.


Kenneth A. Marden, of Whitefield, Maine, has owned, trained, and bred German Shorthaired Pointers since 1961. Successfully competing under his Crossing Creek banner in field trials, hunting tests, as well as Conformation and Obedience, he has finished 12 Champions, all amateur handled. A Field trial judge since 1966, he has judged more than 100 pointing breed Field trials.

Mr. Marden has served as the AKC Delegate for the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America since 1974 and was a Director on the AKC Board from 1986 to 2006. He served several terms as president of the Eastern German Shorthaired Pointer Club, and as vice president of the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America.

In 1987, he was elected president of The American Kennel Club and established the Performance Events department, which expanded to include Herding Agility, Lure Coursing, Earthdog, and Coonhound trials as AKC events.

After serving as president, he continued as a Director on the AKC Board where his experience and knowledge of Performance events provided invaluable. For the last thirteen years, Mr. Marden has held the position of Chairman of the AKC Gun Dog Championships Association.

Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominees 2007