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Edward Lanciani

Whether cradled in their owner’s arms, nestled into a sturdy crate, or led by leash, thousands of pets have come and gone through the doors of the Cummings School for treatment that has been hand-selected for them by a loving owner. But what of the more than 1,700 other animals brought into the Wildlife Clinic every year? Who’s watching their backs—or wings?

In 2010 Edward Lanciani’s lifelong love of animals and the outdoors took up the cause, when a $1.5 million bequest from his estate helped to establish the Anne and Edward Lanciani Endowed Fund for Wildlife Medicine. When the remainder of his estate was sold late last year, another gift of $800,000 was presented to the school, ensuring that the clinic continues to thrive.

A former Marine, journalist, and newspaper executive, Lanciani was also an expert fly fisherman who “traveled way out into the boonies to fish,” says his friend Leon Lennick, “but always returned his fish to the water after they were caught.” Of the man he calls his mentor, Lennick adds, “He was a gentleman who was very close to animals—so close he almost talked to them. That was the way he was all his life.”