John Duktig

February 21, 1957 – June 13, 2016

John Dutkig was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 21, 1957, and died June 13, 2016, in greater Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Redding University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology.  John’s career started in law enforcement at New York State Animal Control that benefitted both public health and safety and the welfare of animals, domestic and wild. His entire career followed that theme.

John’s first job in laboratory animal science was at Smith Kline (now Glaxo). He went on to work at Lederle Labs-Wyeth in New York, before moving to Atlanta and a job at Yerkes Primate Center, then to Specialty Operations where he managed the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine research satellite facility in Norcross, GA through Specialty Operations Solutions.

John was past president of the SEAALAS Executive Committee and had been a member of both the branch and national AALAS for 32 years. He served on IACUCs as an advocate for the animals and the techs. He passionately supported efforts for technician training. He was working on a contest entry in the AALAS Foundation’s “All-Star” Race contest at the time of his death.

John was passionate about his work and maintained memberships in multiple organizations, including CALAS and LAMA.

John touched so many lives over his career in laboratory animal science and will forever be missed. He was a smart, funny, and genuinely kind man. In fitting with such a life well-lived, John was an organ donor. He will live on through all the lives saved and changed by his generosity.

Give in memory of John Duktig and help keep his passion alive through the AALAS Foundation.   

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