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In Memory of Phyllis Kopit
The SCVMA Honors Dr. Bill Grant, Sr.
In Memory of Matthew Paulo
In Memory of Gail Anne Rominger, 1963 - 2017
In Memory of Joel Thomas
In Memory of Sylvia Esposito
In Memory of Cindy McKenna
In Memory of Joe Falvey
In Memory of Dr. Chas. Hendricks
In Memory of Sharon Torrico Osorio
In Memory of Leonard P. Kramer
In loving memory of Sunny Glassberg - A donation from Richard, Mary and Adam Glassberg and Bob, Sally, David and Emily Sands
In Memory of Barbara Brown - A donation from the AHF Board of Trustees
Thank You Janice Laureen - January 17, 1956 - March 8, 2012
In Memory of Renee Garner, a pet lover and a wonderful person
In Tribute to June Toland
In Memory of Carol Straus - Donation from Richard, Mary and Adam Glassberg
In Memory of Marc Russell Higgins
Hugh Graham
In Memory of Virginia G. Benoit
In Memory of Kel Bratton
In loving memory of A. Robert (Bob) Jack - A donation from the Dr. Mark Malo and Dr. Richard Glassberg Families. October 2010
Robert K. Washburn Memorial Donation from Lou Gatto July 2010
Natalie Kennedy Memorial Donation from Mary, Richard and Adam Glassberg June 2010
Antonio Vicente Glassberg -- Memorial Donation From Adam, Mary and Richard Glassberg April 2001
Dr. Joe Cortese Memorial Donation Made by the AHF Board of Trustees January 2009
Jonny Copp Memorial Donation From Richard, Mary and Adam Glassberg June 2009
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Dr. Joe Cortese Memorial Donation Made by the AHF Board of Trustees January 2009

Dr. Joe Cortese Memorial Donation Made by the AHF Board of Trustees January 2009

Remembering Joe Cortese - “Dr. Fleas”

When the sender on the e-mail is “DrFleas@aol.com”, it can mean only one thing – Dr. Joe has something poignant to say.  On Thursday, November 6, 2008, Dr Fleas signed off for the final time.  While doing what he loved to do, spend time with his family, Dr. Joe Cortese finally faced an opponent he could not beat.  Joe dodged many bullets over the years, among them, surviving a battle with cancer in 1997, but not this one.  Joe succumbed to an overwhelming infection in Lubbock, Texas on November 6, 2008.  A native New Mexican from Fort Sumner, he earned his veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1968 and moved to California.  In 1973, Joe established Capistrano Veterinary Clinic where, cherished by his many clients, he practiced for 35 years.  Known among his colleagues, for his quiet demeanor, wisdom, great sense of humor, ability to keep a balance in life, and great leadership, he set an example for all of us.  In 1991, he was President of the Southern California Medical Association (SCVMA) and throughout the years has served veterinary medicine on various committees for SCVMA and California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).  Joe was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Animal Health Foundation for many years and was a past-president of the AHF.  Joe drove the furthest for board meetings and never missed a meeting.  He was also the Chairman of the National Chapter of the Animal Welfare Foundation.  In 2000, he won the prestigious Don Mahan Award from the SCVMA.

Joe was a pillar of community involvement.  He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce; President of his Rotary Club for two terms and member for 30 years; past-president and founder of CARES (Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort); board member of the San Juan Capistrano Boys and Girl’s Club andthe list goes on.  In 2001, he received the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce Award for Citizen of the Year.  His wife, Goldee, 3 children and numerous grandchildren lost a truly caring husband, father and grandfather.  Veterinary medicine and the animal welfare community lost a caring, compassionate, leader, colleague and friend with the loss of Joe. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of his friends, his clients, his colleagues and his community, who all loved him dearly. Joe will always inspire us.

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