AAHA mourns loss of '03-'04 president elect

AAHA mourns loss of '03-'04 president elect

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Mar 01, 2003
By dvm360.com staff
Denver-Friends say commitment to work, family and life best defined George A. Grieve, DVM, M.Sc.

Grieve, 59, president-elect of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for the 2003-2004 term, died Jan. 26 of complications from cancer.

He was inducted to the position two days prior to his death.

"Dr. Grieve will be dearly missed by AAHA and the veterinary community," says Dr. John Albers, AAHA executive director. "He was a true leader who was forever committed to the further enhancement of our profession."

Grieve may not have discovered AAHA had it not been for a friend from college, Dr. Clayton MacKay, who put the bug in his ear in 1989. Shortly thereafter, MacKay, director of veterinary affairs for Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada in Toronto, says Grieve was fulfilling his desire to continually improve the standards of AAHA. His early roles with AAHA were almost entirely involved with enhancing the standards, which is not always received well by membership, notes MacKay.

"He believed so firmly that the standards would drive the AAHA associates to new and better heights," MacKay adds. "He is an insistent kind of a guy that when he starts a project he's going to see it through to the finish to make sure it gets done."

MacKay says he remained close friends with Grieve for nearly four decades. In fact, the ties run even deeper - MacKay's wife went to high school with Grieve and his wife.

"This has been a tremendous loss to all of us, especially for me being so close to George," MacKay says. "It's going to take a long time for us to get over this."

Dr. Dennis Feinberg, colleague of Grieve's and vice president elect of AAHA for 2003-2004, says he's never met such a "shining exemplar of a successful man."

Feinberg, who will assume the duties of Grieve's position but not the title, says he wanted people to remember Grieve by the time-honored words of Robert Louis Stevenson: "That man is a success who lives well, laughs often and loves much, who gives the best that he has, expects the best from others and leaves the world better than he found it."

Seasoned in service

In addition to his elected posts, Grieve's service to AAHA includes stints as area director and chairman of the standards committee. He was an active participant on committees for editorial and publications, planning, annual meetings, management associates, public relations and the practice team task force.

Grieve received his DVM from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College in 1968. He earned his master's of science degree in pharmacology from the University of Guelph in 1973.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter Lori (Mike) Baker; son Andrew Grieve and one grandson.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society by calling (888) 939-3333.