Dr. Adrienne Elizabeth Barnard-Whitford, of Saranac Lake and more recently of Clay, died March 10, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.
Born in Saranac Lake on May 18, 1983, she was the daughter of Bruce and Jill (Galbraith) Barnard. Adrienne married Jack Whitford of Clay on Feb. 2, 2013.
Adrienne graduated from Saranac Lake High School in 2001 and the BOCES cosmetology program in 2002. She graduated from SUNY Canton in May 2004 with a veterinary technology degree. She graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Potsdam in 2007, receiving multiple academic achievement awards including the Chancellor's award. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She participated as a research assistant, professor's research assistant and training instructor and embryo transfer technician during her college years as well. She also volunteered many hours for Shelter Outreach services of Northern New York, as well as multiple spay and neuter clinics in New York state.
She was a member of the Omega Tau Sigma Veterinary Fraternity, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Adrienne worked at Quarryside Animal Hospital in Dewitt, The Mexico Veterinary Hospital and High Peaks Animal Hospital in Ray Brook.
Adrienne was enrolled in a research protocol for Jobs Syndrome at NIH since the age of 7 and the NIH staff was part of her family. Adrienne, despite her life long health issues, lived life to the fullest, and cherished her family and friends. Adrienne was gifted with wonderful humor and brought joy to everyone who knew her.
Besides her parents, Adrienne is survived by her husband Jack Whitford of Clay; her sister Hillary Barnard of Rochester; paternal grandparents: James and Virginia Barnard; maternal grandmother Mildred Galbraith; parents-in-law: John and Melanie Whitford; brother-in-law Matthew Whitford; maternal aunts: Jane Palmer, Betsy O'Mara, Nancy Richardson and Merrie Welch; paternal aunts: Cyndi Langworthy and Jill Halligan; several cousins; her beloved pets: greyhounds Brisco and Lacey and cats Agatha and BIVS; and too many friends to count.
Calling hours will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake.
Friends wishing to remember Adrienne may make memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guest book at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.