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Philip C. Garrett II

1927-2013Pioneering Veterinarian

NAPLES, FLORIDA Philip Cresson Garrett II, who advanced the practice of veterinary medicine in a distinguished career that spanned five decades, died peacefully on Thursday, June 6 in Naples, Florida. He was 85.

Focusing primarily on herd health and reproductive medicine in dairy cattle, Dr. Garrett, who received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951, helped to pioneer and to refine a number of important veterinary practices and techniques that helped dairy farmers produce healthier and more productive cattle. Combining an abiding love of nature, a sharp scientific mind, and the gifts of a natural storyteller, Dr. Garrett developed a broadly influential practice that helped to spread his advances to many of the important dairy regions of the Middle Atlantic States, the Delmarva Peninsula, and the Midwest. Having lived for many years in Ringoes, New Jersey, he retired to Mt. Washington, Massachusetts amid his beloved Berkshire Hills and divided his time between his home there and a winter residence in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Born on September 12, 1927 in West Grove, Pennsylvania to Philip C. and Mary T. Garrett, Dr. Garrett graduated from Wilmington Friends School and attended Haverford College before entering Veterinary School. He began his veterinary career in the Hopewell, New Jersey practice of Dr. Amos Stults, but soon brought his skills to the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, where he served as a First Lieutenant during the Korean War, overseeing the inspection of food destined for American troops, a role that permitted him to utilize his professional experience in the service of his country while staying true to the conscientious moral tenets of his Quaker faith. Having returned to Dr. Stults's practice after the war, Dr. Garrett subsequently established his own veterinary practice in 1972, specializing in herd health and reproductive medicine in dairy cattle. Dr. Garrett was an influential member of the Central New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, and ultimately President. Active throughout his life in his local community, he served the Township of East Amwell, New Jersey in many capacities, including having served as President of the Board of Education, as Chairman of the Board of Adjustment, and as a member of the Board of Health. After retiring to Mt. Washington, he continued his lifelong tradition of community service, giving generously of his time and talents as Chairman of the Conservation Commission, as a member of the Board of Health, and as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Building on his work with dairy cattle over many years, Dr. Garrett also became a breeder of Holstein, Brown Swiss, and Angus cattle and was a member of the New Jersey Holstein Association.

He leaves four children: Philip W. Garrett-Engele (Carrie M.) of Needham, MA; Ashley A. Garrett (Alan K. Jones) of New York, NY; Alison G. Muse (John J.) of Saratoga Springs, NY; Andrew J. D. Garrett (Bonnie K.) of Flemington, NJ; their mother, Barbara D. Garrett of Ringoes, NJ; nine grandchildren; and his companion of the last 22 years, Judith A. Whitbeck. His brother, Donald P. Garrett and his sister, Shirley T. Garrett predeceased him.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at the Church of Christ in Mt. Washington, MA at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 4, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dr. Garrett's memory to the Church of Christ, Mt. Washington, MA, c/o James Crowell, Treasurer, 301 West 108th Street, #10C, New York, NY 10025. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home (239) 992-4982.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 13, 2013
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