Lawrence M. Kalstone, age 90, of New York, New York, formerly of McKeesport, Pa., died Wednesday, October 4, 2017. He was born June 28, 1927 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, son of the late Bernard and Sophie Kalstone. Bernard Kalstone was the owner of the Eagle Drug Store in Duquesne. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Larry served in the AAF Base Unit of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in December of 1946.
Larry was a true entrepreneur…he developed many products for the pet care industry under the brand names “Ring 5” (high end pet grooming products) and “Allerpet” innovative solutions for allergy-suffering owners of dogs, cats and small animals, all of which were distributed around the world. He had a deep passion for photography, opera, classical music, theater and art. He and his wife were seriously interested in purebred dog memorabilia, collecting rare books and art works illustrating the history of various breeds. Their unique collection of more than 100 antique dog- headed walking sticks now is part of The American Kennel Club in New York
Larry was highly respected in the dog world as an authority on canine conformation and gait, writing about and presenting seminars to dog breed and kennel clubs around the world. One of his illustrated articles “Soundness in the Dog and How to Recognize It” a serious study of canine gait came about through his interest in photography with the use of slow-motion pictures, won a Dog Writers Association of America special award. He also hosted a TV show about dogs in the 1960s on WQED in Pittsburgh which led to the production of the disc“Training Your Dog in Record Time.”
Larry is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Comoroda Kalstone, niece Sally (Donald) Garson, two nephews Bernard (Cheryl) and Paul Feinman and multiple grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne, and brother-in-law, Dr. Theodore Feinman.
Graveside services will be held Monday, October 9, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Temple Cemetery with Rabbi Paul Tuchman officiating. Arrangements by Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services (412-678-6177). Condolences may be made at www.strifflerfuneralhomes.com
Originally published October 05, 2017.