Date: 7/15/17 3:22 pm From: Bob Ramer <rjramer...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] In Remembrance of Wally Goldfrank
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Wally Goldfrank lost his battle with myelofibrosis and leukemia, passing quietly in his sleep on Tuesday, July 11th. This is another big loss within the Santa Cruz birding community and beyond, as Wally's work in academia and social issues has greatly impacted the lives of many people.
First for work and then for fun, Wally and his wife Lois were lucky enough to travel the world and achieve their goal of observing at least one member of every bird family. During their travels, they saw about 7,300 of the nearly 10,000 species of birds that exist today and in so doing met some wonderful people, both locals and fellow travelers from many countries.
Wally and Lois were also avid birders in Santa Cruz County, and they were some of the original members of the SCBC's "300 Club" (a club for people who have seen at least 300 bird species in Santa Cruz County). A born teacher, Wally loved introducing others to birding, and for many years they led beginners' trips at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
Given Wally's passion for social issues and his concern for the preservation of the natural world, people can make a donation in Wally's name if they wish to the American Civil Liberties Union (www.aclu.org) or to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (www.landtrustsantacruz.org).