Hugh and Marilyn Spacht
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010
For contribution to the Organization
Hugh and Marilyn Spacht bred cocker spaniels under the “Hu-Mar” prefix for many years. They joined the American Spaniel Club in 1974 and, since that time, they have actively participated in Club functions on an ongoing basis with one or the other serving on the Board for almost half the time they have been members.
Hugh served as ASC’s First Vice President for three years and Second Vice President for two additional years during the 1980’s. During his tenure he was an active participant in developing the Club’s Code of Ethics to which all members subscribe. His service on the Board was concurrent with that of Betty Durland and he was a staunch supporter of the ASC Health Registry. In addition, for many years prior to the formation of the ASC-Foundation, Hugh traveled to various all-breed kennel club meetings in Alabama and spoke about protecting the health and welfare of our canine companions by supporting the Morris Animal Foundation.
Before and during Hugh’s time as a Board member, Marilyn served on a number of Club and show committees. She has been futurity chair, seating chair, ring steward, and hospitality chair. She is an active member of the standard committee and, to this day, an unfailing mentor ringside during judges’ education programs at the shows. Her opinion is sought inside the ring as well and she has judged both the National Cocker Spaniel Specialty and the Flushing Spaniel Show including Best of Breed at the former and Best In Show at the latter.
After Hugh left the Board, Marilyn served as a Director for Zone II and later as President of both the American Spaniel Club and the ASC-Foundation for three terms. Currently, she is again serving on the Board as a Director at Large and as a member of the finance committee.
The Cocker Spaniel has no truer friends and the Club no stauncher supporters than Hugh and Marilyn Spacht. Their commitment to the breed they love and the Club that protects it merits their induction into the ASC Hall of Fame for Service to the Organization.
Kathleen L. Patterson