Ann Pegram Fox
1953 - 2020
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September 26, 1953 May 11, 2020
Ann Pegram Fox, who spent most of her life in Colorado Springs, died at home in Bella Vista, Arkansas on May 11, 2020 after a short illness.
Ann was born September 26, 1953, the daughter of the late William Pegram and Marjorie Rainey Pegram. She grew up in Swarthmore, PA, near Philadelphia, and graduated from Swarthmore High School. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. While there, she adopted the nickname "Obi." She married a friend from Cornell College, J. Michael Fox, but they were later divorced.
Much of Ann's life was devoted to study of dog behavior. She taught obedience, conformation, agility, drug-detection and herding, and advised with problems in tracking, field training, water rescue, barrel racing (equine) and most other performance events. Although she taught all breeds, her main focus was on two breeds: Kuvasz (a Hungarian livestock guarding breed) and border collies (a herding breed). She obtained many dog training certifications and trained a number of obedience champions of each breed. She personally obtained titles for a number of her own dogs.
Before moving to Bella Vista in 2012, Ann lived in Colorado Springs, CO where she established "The Dog House," a downtown pet supply and training business. Later, she designed, built and operated "Fox and Hounds," a large kennel and training facility in Peyton, CO. In Bella Vista, she continued her training business and research activities.
Ann wrote a multi-volume book, "The Book of Kuvasz Champions" and created a Kuvasz database, both of which traced blood lines (pedigrees), reflecting her interest in reducing genetic defects in the Kuvasz breed.
Having rejected music lessons in her youth, Ann took up the fiddle later in life and enjoyed playing folk tunes with friends.
She is survived by her brother, John Pegram of Brooklyn, NY, her niece and nephew, Catherine Pegram in France and Stephen Pegram in Ohio and their families, and her friends in the dog world across the country and in Europe. Private services with the family will be held at a later date.

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Published in The Gazette on May 15, 2020.
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