From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2003:
Guy Mountfort, 97, died on April 22 in Bournemouth,
England. Honorary secretary of the British Ornithologists Union,
1952-1962, and president 1970-1975, Mountfort co-authored A Field
Guide To The Birds of Britain and Europe, a 1954 best-seller, still
in print, and wrote other books on nature themes including Portrait
of A Wilderness (1958), which led eventually to the creation of
Donana National Park in Spain; The Vanishing Jungle (1969) and
Saving The Tiger (1981), which dealt with his role in founding
Project Tiger in India, 1968-1972; and Rare Birds Of The World
(1988). Mountfort in 1961 joined with Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
founder Peter Scott, zoologist Julian Huxley, and British Nature
Conserv-ancy director general Max Nicholson to found the World
Wildlife Fund. Mountfort served as WWF treasurer, 1961-1978, and
thereafter as a vice president.
Dorothy Galton, 75, died in May 2003. Born in England,
Galton emigrated to Canada in 1952. Relocating eventually to Costa
Rica, she divided her life between stage acting and volunteering as
“a patron saint of homeless animals,” recalled McKee Project founder
Virginia Bishop, 76, died in an April 22 car crash near her
longtime home in Lewes, Delaware, after reportedly running a red
light while not wearing a seat belt. Claiming direct descent from
Pocahontas, Bishop founded an organization called Lewes Town Cats,
from which grew the now active Historic Lewes Cat Society.
Richard Collins, longtime treasurer for the SPCA of
Josephine County in Grants Pass, Oregon, founded by his wife
Eleanor Edmondson-Collins, died in May 2003.
Herman Dieterich, DVM, 73, died on April 28 from a heart
attack while repairing a lynx holding pen at the Colorado Division of
Wildlife animal rehabilitation center near Del Norte. Retiring to
Colorado in 1988 after a career as a large-animal veterinarian and
surgeon, Dieterich founded the Frisco Creek Wildlife Hospital and
Rehabilitation Center. He had volunteered with the CDoW lynx
reintroduction program since 1998.
Nigel Hammond, 41, died on May 4 at Elgin, England.
Hammond and his wife, 34, were both swept down the River Spey at
Craigellachie, Banffshire, after their dog fell in and they
attempted a rescue. Mrs. Hammond and the dog both survived.