James Guglielmino
1940 - 2021
Highland Park Funeral Home and Crematory Services
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Kansas City, KS 66102
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Jun, 19 2021
2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
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James Guglielmino
December 20, 1940 - April 9, 2021
Kansas City, Kansas - James Russell Guglielmino of Kansas City, Kan., and Pagosa Springs, Colo., a beloved veterinarian with a myriad of interests, died April 10, at KU Med Center, four days after surgery. He was 80.
Dr. Guglielmino founded the Dearborn Animal Clinic in Mission, Kan., in 1971, and was senior veterinarian there.
"He took the best care of our furry family," said Krystal Schwabauer, a client at the clinic. "He had a beautiful passionate heart, stood up for justice, and cared with every ounce of his being."
Randi Silver, president of Randi's Rockin' Dachshund Rescue, described Dr. Guglielmino as a mentor. "He was available at any time for anything. Being a veterinarian was who he was, not just what he did."
Dr. Guglielmino was born in Ithaca, N.Y., and grew up in Winsted, Conn., where his father was the county veterinarian. He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University.
Dr. Guglielmino and his wife, Dr. Janice McIntyre, a member of the Board of Trustees at Kansas City Kansas Community College and a retired English professor there, were avid outdoor enthusiasts who took numerous hikes across the Colorado Rockies. They were married at the Loveland., Colo., Ski Area on Valentine's Day, 2007.
The wind chill was 20 below zero, Ms. McIntyre recalled. But, she added, "You got to ski for free if you were married there. We thought that was a pretty good incentive."
"He was a complex guy," said one of Dr. Guglielmino's four daughters, Maria Guglielmino-Iskenderoglu of Kayseri, Turkey. "He loved music, cars, airplanes, his work as a veterinarian, his dogs, (especially Jack), hiking, skiing, the running club and his home in Colorado."
He was a well-informed and long- time Democrat who never hesitated to take a stand or to let others know what mattered to him. He wanted to live his values to the end by becoming an organ donor.
In addition to Ms. Guglielmino-Iskenderoglu, he is also survived by three other daughters, Emily Serrano of Topeka, Michele Tonney of Westerville, Ohio; Angela Joy Greer of Overland Park; a step-daughter, Amy C. Thornton of Fort Worth , Texas; six sisters, Jeannie Davison of Torrington, Conn.; Nancy Merbaum of New Hartford, Conn.; Maria Guglielmino of New Hartford, Conn.; Carole Guglielmino of New Hartford, Conn.; Joanna Guglielmino of Vashon, Wash.; and Diana Grazia of Winsted, Conn.; two brothers, Frank Guglielmino of Winsted, Conn., and Peter Guglielmino of Winsted, Conn. and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dr. G -- as he was known to many – was renowned for his booming laugh. "I'll carry that laugh in my heart forever," said stepdaughter Ms. Thornton.
Starting on June 19th, several gatherings are being organized for friends and family and to support causes important to Dr. Guglielmino. Event details and memories are on the Facebook page: Dr. G's WalkAbout. Event contributions will support scholarships and animal rescue.

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Published by Kansas City Star on Apr. 18, 2021.
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I was stunned to learn of Jim's passing. Seems as if he has been my friend forever, along with "Meach" Francis, who died last fall. Jim and I roomed together at UCONN and he was my best man when my wife and I were married in 1962. May Jim rest in peace, knowing that he is missed and was loved by countless people from Winsted, CT; Kansas City; and Colorado. You will forever remain in my memory and in my heart, dear friend.
Gary Foskett
April 21, 2021
Both my husband & I have very fond memories of Dr. Jim who we saw many times over the 12 years we had our Golden Retriever "Max". I know that Dr. Jim will definitely be missed by many.
Joe & Billi Ruwart
April 20, 2021
Saddened to hear of Dr. G's passing. He was a larger than life guy with a heart of gold and a laugh that was contagious. He was our vet for many years and we thought so much of him! My condolences to his family. There is a bright jewel lost to us but gained in heaven.
Carol Harper
April 18, 2021
Jim longed for a world in which all people were treated with the same care and kindness that he treated his animal patients.
Jerome Berkowitz
April 18, 2021
We were so saddened to hear of Jim´s passing. Know that we are thinking of you and the family and sending good vibes heavenward. Remembering good times spent at our campsite and dinners in town in Pagosa. Take care of yourself too.
Dottie and Larry Ruby
April 18, 2021
Jim was a unique and wonderful friend. The running community has lost one of the best. RIP Jim. Love to those you left behind.
Karen Williams
April 17, 2021
Sorry to hear of Jim´s passing. I was a classmate, and always thought Jim was a nice guy. I visited him only once just after we graduated. I am glade to hear he had a happy and successful life. May he Rest In Peace.
Dr. Fred Wisegarver
April 17, 2021
Dr. G was our vet from the `70s to the present. He laughed with us and cried with us when caring for our fur-babies over the years. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to all who loved him.
Judy and Tom Hyde
April 17, 2021
He will live in my heart & memory forever. This is one loss that will take a vey long time to get over. My deepest condolences to the familt
Gayle Shechter
April 16, 2021