The following people have been honored with memorial gifts made in their names to Alaska Wilderness League:
Jack was first introduced to Alaska’s wild beauty in the 1950s when he tagged salmon for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the rough seas off the Aleutian Islands. In 1989 when the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, Jack twice volunteered to help with the clean-up operations. Jack said the experience changed his life and he spent the rest of his days generating citizen support to protect Alaska’s wild places, such as the Arctic Refuge. His persistent, yet gentle efforts had a big impact and won the respect and friendship of many, including those in Maine’s congressional delegation. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) honored Jack’s memory in the Congressional Record.
Robert Trulaske, Jr.
Rob was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was a colleague, friend, and conservationist who unselfishly taught his family and friends about the need for conservation and protecting our environment. He was deeply devoted to his family and instilled in them the importance of creating a legacy for conservation which they are actively fulfilling today.
Rob passed away on April 23, 2008. In a fitting tribute to his passion for conservation, attendees of his memorial were each given a tree to continue his legacy of conservation.
Mrs. Shogan lived in the Washington, D.C. area since the mid-1960s and as a parent took an active role in activities with Montgomery County (Maryland) schools. Her interest in civil rights led her to become a volunteer tester in the 1980s with the Greater Washington Fair Housing Council, finally becoming director of the council in 1988.
In 1988, one of the area’s largest property management companies agreed to pay an out-of-court settlement of $55,000 to a black woman who was denied the chance to view units at a Falls Church building just 15 minutes after Mrs. Shogan was shown two units there. Victories like this, in dedication to fairness in the community, are an inspiration to all who seek to make the world a better, more just place.
The Ellen Shogan Wilderness Week Fellowship will fund two intern positions each year at Alaska Wilderness League for the purpose of organizing our Wilderness Week activities in Washington. Twice each year, activists from around the country are invited to take part in Wilderness Week, an organized week of lobbying and activism for Alaska’s special places. The Ellen Shogan Fellows will be instrumental in the planning and implementation of these critical events.
Jack enjoyed taking pictures of nature by himself, he shared his many photos with family and friends. After he retired, Jack took a month long trip to Alaska. He was thrilled to have been able to experience the beauty of its pristine wilderness. Jack was quoted by a colleague that he ‘fell in love with the place’.