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Obituary - Miss Nancy-Carroll Draper

News of the death of Miss Nancy-Carroll Draper (Danelagh Great Danes) was received with regret.

Nancy-Carroll was dedicated to Great Danes and I first met her in 1977 when she was across in England from U.S. judging The Dane of the Year Show.

A larger-than-life character, she was excellent company and the life and soul of any party!
She expressed interest in seeing a bit of Scotland some time, and we arranged that she and her friend, Eve Whitehouse would come to stay with us the following year for a few days and "do" Scotland. This was the beginning of a long friendship over the years.

John and I, along with Jean and Jim Christie, visited the "Specialty" Show in Westchester in 1984 after which we were invited to Nancy’s beautiful home in Ridgefield, Connecticut to stay with her and see her beloved Danes.

A most generous hostess, all who visited Nancy were assured of an enjoyable experience with the "Danelaghs."

So, over the years, with visits between Scotland, England and U.S., a strong link was forged, and in 1985 Nancy became patron of the Scottish Great Dane Club. She judged our Championship Show in 1988.

Once again she proved to be most generous to our Club and we have a lovely reminder of her in "The Danelagh Trophy" which she presented for Best in Show at the Championship.
A few years ago Nancy-Carroll retired to live on her ranch in Wyoming where she chose to have Clumber Spaniels for company!! At this sad time, all at the Scottish Great Dane Club extend deepest sympathy to Nancy’s family.

Cynthia McCrindle
President, Scottish Great Dane Club

It is with sadness I have to record the passing of my great friend Nancy-Carroll Draper of the Danelagh Great Danes. Nancy was a remarkable woman, I first met in 1967, when she was over for Crufts. She was one of six people chosen by the Admiral of the Sixth Naval District to serve in the Headquarters Motor Corps during World War II. At the age of 17, she was made the youngest supervisor on the East Coast at the Warning Centre in Charleston during the war. She then later went on to serve four terms, in the Legislature of the State of Connecticut.

It was also in 1967, I visited the Westminster show when it was held at the old Madison Square Gardens. This opened up a whole new world for me, for it turned out that the 60s and 70s, were the ‘golden years’ for American Great Danes, for certainly at that time we had nothing in the UK to compare, with their standard.

Luck was on my side, that Nancy at that time had a young litter, the result of a half brother and sister mating to the top winning male Ch Dinro Taboo, of the great breeder Rosmary Roberts.
Through Nancy, who was a committee member of the American Great Dane Club, and later its President, that on one of my visits, I was invited to ‘sit in’ on the colour committee, at their meeting in New York.

Nancy came from one of the oldest distinguished American families, one of her ancestors - Charles Carroll - being a signatory to the Declaration of Independence. A staunch Republican, Nancy left active politics and broadened her interest in breeding, showing and judging Great Danes and became known internationally. I was sad when she left politics, as I use to jokingly say, I would have loved to have been able to visit my friend at the White House!

Nancy published a very good book on the breed. Also, an excellent photographer, she spent time on safaris and recorded some wonderful wild life scenes and landscapes of Africa and had a book published ‘On Safari - Dogs Are The Excuse.’ She loved England, Ireland and Scotland and was well travelled in all these countries, and many other parts of the world, where she also judged the breed. I remember, an enjoyable trip around the Kerry Ring, and the kissing of the Blarney Stone (only a half crown in those days)!

She loved her ranch in Wyoming where she used to relax and admire her herd of prize Charolais Cattle, and much of her time was devoted to setting up The Draper Museum of Natural History at the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, Cody, and this will probably be her most important legacy. I am told it is well worth going on to the Website, for more information.

She finally retired ‘out west’ to Slide Mountain Ranch in the Rocky Mountains. With the passing of Nancy-Carroll Draper, an era has come to an end. Nancy was one who was able to run her danes, and her cattle at no expense spared. Between the wars, we had similar giants in the millionaire Gordon Stewart and J.V. Rank, who were able to import the very best, regardless of the cost involved. Nancy who was well liked will be remembered by the older breeders here, as a judge at several of our important shows. Our condolence to her sister Martha Crewe, her niece Sabrina, nephew Sebastian and her many cousins and dear friends through out the world.

Jean Lanning