John was interested in conservation for his entire life, devoting his time and talents not only to Columbus Audubon, but also to organizations such as the Sierra Club. His interest in conservation education was shown by his support of the Boy Scouts and, in Columbus Audubon, by his great interest in and support of our educational programs, especially EcoWeekend.
John was an accountant by training and professionally, holding positions with national firms as well as running his own accounting practice. One of his greatest contributions to Columbus Audubon was in sharing his professional skills. John started as Columbus Audubon treasurer in 1998, remaining in that post until the spring of 2010 when illness forced him to step down. During this time, successive generations of board members and officers asked him to stay for “just one more year,” and John, gracious as always, agreed.
Within CA, John was known not only for his professional skills, but even more for his warmth and charm. He is missed by all of us not only as a colleague, but as a friend.
John’s contributions to Columbus Audubon and to the community in which he lived were many and significant. He will be missed but his legacy will live on for many years.