Nancy K. Heitzman
It is with a heavy heart that the DPCA Board of Directors inform you of the passing of Nancy K. Heitzman, who left this world on December 23, 2017.
Nancy was born in 1937 in Champaign, Illinois and she literally grew up with the Dobermans in her house. Her mother, Helen Kamerer, was a good friend of Peggy Adamson and Helen owned many of Peggy’s dogs. These two friends also did some breedings together and Helen was entrusted with whelping Peggy’s Ch. Damasyn The Sultry Sister, who was bred back to her grandfather, Dictator. This resulted in a singleton puppy delivered by C-section at the University of Illinois Vet School in 1951, the year of Dictator’s death. He grew up to become Ch. Damasyn the Solitaire, Dictator’s 50th champion.
Nancy bred under the “Kamric” prefix and became a highly respected breeder judge with the AKC. After she relocated to Carmel Valley, California, where she met and married Frank Heitzman, she became involved in area chapter clubs. She served as Treasurer of the Aztec Doberman Pinscher Club and was also a founding member of the Cabrillo Doberman Pinscher Club which was established in 1972. She wore many hats within the Cabrillo club until its closure in 2011.
Nancy served as President of the DPCA, served numerous terms as a DPCA board member, and was parent club Delegate to the AKC. In the 1950’s, at the request of Dr. Wilfred Shute, Nancy revived the DPCA Archives and she served continuously in the position of Archivist and Historian until 2007. For her numerous accomplishments, Nancy was a recipient of DPCA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nancy was also a committed co-founder of the American Doberman Pinscher Educational Foundation which was established by Frank Grover and her lifelong friend, Peggy Adamson. She deeply believed in the importance of carrying forward with their valuable work on behalf of the Doberman breed.
Nancy was an inspiration and good friend to many of us and we will miss her dearly.
Our sincere condolences to her family.