Other notable deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

December 22, 2006

Anne Rogers Clark, 77 Dog handler

Anne Rogers Clark, 77, the first woman professional handler to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club contest, died Wednesday in Wilmington, Del., according to the dog show organization. She had been battling cancer.

Mrs. Clark had attended every Westminster show since 1941 and three times handled the best-in-show winner at America's top event. She judged 22 times at Westminster and was scheduled to review the terrier group at Madison Square Garden in February.

She became the first woman professional handler to win best in show at Westminster in 1956, with a toy poodle champion named Wilbur White Swan. She also handled the winners in 1959 and 1961.

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