Long struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease
Paul E. Jolly, 57, died in his sleep on March 8, 2014 after a long struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
A 35-year employee of the Petco pet supply chain, Jolly in 1999 became founding executive director of the Petco Foundation. Under Jolly the Petco Foundation raised and donated more than $110 million to U.S. animal charities.
Jolly retired in May 2013, succeeded by Suzanne Kogut, formerly executive director of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA in Virginia.
Recalled Cat Adoption Team executive director Karen Green, who knew Jolly during previous long tenures with the Best Friends Animal Society and the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs, “Paul was a compassionate, intelligent, and generous man who touched countless lives, human and animal. He was partially responsible for the success of every animal welfare organization I’ve worked for.”
Jolly is survived by Richard E. Feldman, his partner and spouse of 25 years, known for efforts to save the lives of feral animals inhabiting the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara, California.