The following people have been honored with memorial gifts made in their names to Alaska Wilderness League:
Ward was a Seattle Boeing aeronautical engineer. Together with his wife Lois, they pursued their outdoor passions in Alaska, as climbers, kayakers, skiers, and early environmental activists leading the effort to preserve Alaska’s wildlands for generations to come.
Earl was 95 and married to Grace Lynch for 72 years. They had three children, Fran, Ed and Linda. Six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
He served in the army during World War II, was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge and held a prisoner of war near Luxemberg, Germany. He was a prisoner for about 6 months.
He and Grace moved from Wisconsin to Albuquerque, NM. He was a house painter for 30 years, then he and mom retired to Bluewater Lake for about 20 years. My dad loved nature, walking in the woods and fishing on the lake. They moved to Rio Rancho to be closer to family because of health concerns.
Richard Whittington Vose, Jr.
‘Dick,’ 79, of Nobleboro, Maine returned to his heavenly home on January 10, 2015 after a sudden illness.
He was blessed with a wonderful family. He helped raise his four children with patience, humor, love and gentleness. He taught them to canoe, hike, identify birds, and often took them on camping trips to see the natural beauty of New England. His children remember him as a kind, gentle, patient, loving father who always encouraged them in life.
In 1952, Dick spent the summer in Fairbanks with family friends. They traveled from Massachusetts to Alaska on the then recently opened Al-Can Highway. It was his dream to return to Alaska. In August of 2013, he returned to Alaska with his wife Jean on a 10-day land/cruise tour. Dick was thrilled by the majesty of the state especially in Denali Park. One of his passions was keeping bees and he was especially proud to be named the 2014 Maine State Beekeeper of the Year. While in Alaska visiting the University of Alaska Fairbanks Georgeson Botanical Garden, he found a hive.
John “Jack” Biscoe was Maine’s most well-known friend and champion for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska’s wildlands. Jack, who passed away this past November after a long illness, worked closely with Alaska Wilderness League over many years and helped create the Alaska Coalition of Maine.
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.
C. Michael “Mike” Piacentino was a resident of Marion, Ohio who passed away suddenly on January 14, 2010. Mike’s love and respect for the Alaskan wilderness was unsurpassed. He was a sport fisherman, and in July you would usually find him aboard his 41′ commercial fishing boat named “June Bug” off the Alaskan coast. Mike co-owned a salmon fishing company, Always Wild Seafood, based in Homer, Alaska, where he relished fishing and the beauty of the state. When you reflect over Mike’s life, which he always enjoyed to the fullest, you might recall his favorite motto, “I’m a part time lawyer – a full time commercial salmon fisherman.”
Robert Trulaske, Jr.
Our Board member, Richard Spener, has made a donation in memory of Robert J. Trulaske Jr. Richard said that Rob was passionate about the outdoors and conservation. He was pleased with Richard’s efforts toward preserving special places in Alaska thru the Alaska Wilderness League.
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.
Ellen Shogan was near and dear to our hearts at the League. A fair-housing advocate who worked tirelessly to fight discriminatory practices and the mother of our very own Cindy Shogan, Ellen passed away nearly two years ago. She left a lasting legacy of fairness and we honor her dedication to community with the creation of the Ellen Shogan Wilderness Week Fellowship.
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.
Roger Cooley of Columbia, MO recently contacted the League to donate on behalf of his brother Jack Cooley. Jack was a photographer who traveled to Alaska soon before his departure. Since his mid-20s, he has been traveling solo to Utah, Nevada and other Western states to capture photos of mountain goats, grizzly bears and other wildlife.
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’.