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In Memory of Ronald Ashby - a wonderful friend
In Tribute and Memory of Harold Kopit
In Memory of Dr. Matthew Jenkins
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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In Tribute and Memory of Harold Kopit

Harold was the living definition of a “Mentch”. For anyone not knowing what a mentch is, in Yiddish, mentsh roughly means "a truly good person." In American English, a "mensch" is a particularly good person, similar to a "stand-up guy", a person with the qualities anyone would hope for in a friend or colleague.

When I came to California in 1970, not knowing anyone, Harold called and informed me that the veterinarians in Orange County had a weekly lunch and learn meeting in Anaheim. I was working in an equine practice and had no idea how Harold even knew I was in town. He told me that Dr. Aspinall would pick me up at noon on Friday for the lunch and didn’t really give me a choice about going.  I met 15 local practitioners at that lunch and was welcomed into the group. It wasn’t just me!  I remember when Barry Baum came to practice here in 1973; he did the same for Barry.

Harold was my mentor when it came to small animal practice.  I called him many times about cases and always got good advice.  The first year I was here, Harold called me a few weeks before Christmas and told me I would be taking emergency calls for the north half of the county over the Christmas holidays and he would do the south half.  He told me he was the only Jewish veterinarian in the county and he’d done the whole county every Christmas for 15 years and now I would be sharing the burden. I was right out of school and my practice was 90% horses.  I told Harold I didn’t feel competent to take some of the emergency cases I was likely to see.  I asked, “what if I get a gastric torsion?” Harold’s reply was “just call me and I’ll come do the surgery with you”.  Sure enough, I had a gastric torsion case and Harold came and walked me through the surgery.  When I got another one about 8 hours later and called Harold he said, “I already watched you do that surgery, you can do it” and I did it and the poor dog survived.

Harold was like a father to me even though he wasn’t old enough to be my father.  I cherish the memories of Harold and Phyllis and always will.

--- Richard Glassberg, DVM

The Animal Health Foundation thanks Board of Trustee member, Richard Glassberg, for his generous donation in memory of Dr. Kopit

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