Reflection by Ray Mendez (Hon. Board Member) on behalf of the Board of Management
We have lost a friend and a great mentor to the organization. I am sad to report that our fellow Board Member and supporter Bill Conway passed on October 21, 2021. Bill told me he credited a great deal of his conservation thinking to time spent with William Beebe at Simla in the Arima Valley, Trinidad. He later was instrumental in having the research station donated by the New York Zoological Society to the Asa Wright Nature Centre, along with a maintenance endowment. His sage advice and leading-edge thinking will be missed by all who knew him. He was one of the premier voices in getting zoos to step into the fray for preserving species and landscapes in order to promote a saner world. He was always a friend to those who fight and have fought to protect our natural world. His work went far afield with a seminal exhibit philosophy that included his design essay How To Exhibit A Bullfrog (A Bed-time Story for Zoo Men). He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
For a full review of his extraordinary life, please
go to: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/05/nyregion/william-conway-dead.html