Kimberly (Kye) Epps (1969 - 2011)
Kimberly (Kye) Epps, an accomplished soil scientist and a post-doc in the lab of biology professor Peter Vitousek, passed away in December, 2011. Kye was part of the Rising Environmental Leaders Network, the five member team, that authored the report, Mountain Lions at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve: An Exercise in Management and Policy Options (see news.stanford.edu/news/2011/october/videos/985.html for a video report of that project with Kye speaking on the issue). Her ability to communicate with colleagues made her the "glue" of that group, facilitating discussions so as to acknowledge everyone's contributions. Kye also brought her positive energy and diverse experiences to the Ecological Society of America's, Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) program. She served as a Stanford SEEDS mentor during both the 2009 and 2010 ESA annual meetings, and mentored students during the 2010 Bay Area SEEDS leadership meeting. Kye was an outstanding communicator who could convey complex scientific issues to an audience in a way that provided the essence of the issue making it memorable. But it may have been her ability to ask questions that get to the heart of any matter that made her such a valued contributor, both in scholarly work and in daily conversation. She had an extraordinary sense of wonder about life and the natural world in particular and she will be sorely missed by all her family, friends, and colleagues.
Bill Clark (1918 - 2011)
Bill Clark, one of our longest-tenured docents, died July 30, 2011. Bill became a Jasper Ridge docent in 1981, three years after his wife, Jean became a docent.
Bill and Jean started the JR bird monitoring program in 1982 and it has been going on ever since. Bill loved the preserve and the community and he, in turn,
was one of its most beloved members. His kindness and enthusiasm were always on display when he gave tours. He loved sharing his knowledge of the preserve,
including the stories of his early years basking in the sun on the beaches of Searsville Lake, when it was still a recreational concession.
Bill often noted that his affiliation with the preserve added 20 years to his life. But as far as the preserve is concerned, he will always be remembered for his warmth,
willingness to share his knowledge, and the many years of life and joy he brought to the preserve.
Christine Andrews (1919 - 2011)
Chris became a Jasper Ridge docent in 1984. She was a native Californian, a lifelong careful observer of its wildlife even as she pursued her abundant artistic talent and raised five children. At the preserve, she expressed this talent through technically accurate, informative, and very beautiful drawings of its plants and animals; these will be an important archival resource for a long time to come. She left a significant collection of photographs she used as references as she drew. She also spent many days on the trail with docent Carol Zabel as they sought to locate, identify and document plants known from the past, but not seen for many years. Chris was a valued companion on and off the trail, a dedicated contributor, and a friend who will be missed.
Ted Chandik (1937 - 2011)
Ted joined two monthly birding groups at Jasper Ridge in 1997 after his retirement as a naturalist for the City of Palo Alto in 1996. He worked with the point counts and the transect counts. Occasionally he was asked to lead a public tour at Jasper Ridge for a group particularly interested in birds. Before that he was an enthusiastic interpreter of nature to visitors in Palo Alto's Baylands and Foothills Park and also to students in the Junior Museum's classes. Birds were his specialty. Formerly he had gathered, edited and written up field observations of birds for the American Ornithologists Union Field Notes with Alan Baldridge of Stanford's Hopkin's Marine Station in Pacific Grove. His love of nature and especially birds started in the Chicago area in his teen years as a Boy Scout. In college at Indiana University he assisted in leading bird walks for an Ornithology class. As you can see his specialty was birds, birds, and more birds. (He also had another intense interest in Jazz.) He traveled all over the world to see birds, and in 2007 had seen all the families of birds of the world. In 2011 he had seen over 5000 species of birds of the world. No matter how many times he saw a bird, its behavior and appearance were always of interest to Ted. For the last thirty years or so he also led monthly bird trips for his own group "Fly by Dawn" throughout California and more recently a smaller group birding just the Bay area twice a month called "Cheep! Cheep!". Many will miss his 55+ years of leadership in birdwatching.
Eugene John Bulf (1919 - 2010)
Gene Bulf died on November 30, 2010. Gene came to Jasper Ridge as an Environmental Volunteer in the early '80s after his retirement. When it was suggested that he become a docent, his heart skipped a beat and he immediately enrolled in the class. He always met visitors and members of the community with an infectious smile and made one feel as if they were the only person in a room and loved taking people to his favorite corner of the preserve, the redwood grove. In his later years he was noted for his collection of colorful and varied styled hats. He spoke several languages, taught himself to play the accordion, clarinet and the harmonica and loved to dance. Gene met his wife Mary while folk dancing in the 1960's. Gene is present in the hearts of all those he touched and will be missed, but not forgotten.
Jennefer Lloyd Wineman
Jennefer Lloyd Wineman died on November 26, 2010. Jennefer became involved with the Jasper Ridge community through her spouse, Jasper Ridge docent Paul Wineman.
Shortly after the Leslie Shao-min Sun Field Station was completed, Jennefer became interested in the sustainable/green features of this award winning building.
At that time she was board president of Chartwell, a leading school for dyslexic children located on the Monterey Peninsula. She arranged for the board to visit Jasper Ridge
and learn about our new building and the benefits of green design. These visits lead directly to Chartwell's decision to build new buildings which became the first
LEED certified platinum school campus in the U.S. (www.chartwell.org/).
From that first meeting, Jennefer made her presence felt at the Preserve with her enthusiasm for children, all things Chartwell, as well as the Preserve. Her presence is surely missed.
Carol Graham (1927 - 2010)
Carol became a Jasper Ridge docent in 1981, and from the very beginning took an active role in leading tours and engaging her skills as a committed teacher. As neighbor to the Preserve, she took a deep interest in the natural history of the region, with a particular passion for flowers and the history of human settlement in the preserve and the surrounding area. Carol treasured her docent name badge and revered the Preserve and shared her passion with her family as well. She also became a docent in the Environmental Volunteers and took great pleasure teaching natural history to children that came out to the preserve as part of the EVs. Carol proved to be one of the most passionate and dedicate docents in the program's illustrious history and her presence at the preserve will be greatly missed.
Elisabeth Hansot, a Jasper Ridge
docent since 2007 and Stanford
University senior lecturer in Political
Science, passed away peacefully at
home September 9, 2010 following
a recurrence of cancer. Elisabeth
cared deeply about animals, the environment,
and essential social opportunities.
She worked with great
dedication to create positive change
in her community.
Leo Holub (1916 - 2010)
From the moment Leo arrived at Stanford in 1960, he helped produce
photographs of Jasper Ridge, including providing graphics support for
the earliest campaigns to establish the preserve. His early photos of Paul
Ehrlich's research in the serpentine were used to formally establish the
preserve as a biological field station. After providing graphic support for
several Stanford fundraising campaigns, he became an art lecturer at the
university, but his connection and visits to the preserve never waned. While
Leo's photograhic talents received broad recognition (including photos in
the Smithsonian Archives), several of his photos were used in the initial
and early Jasper Ridge annual reports. His unassuming, kind, and gentle
demeanor left an indelible mark within the JR community.
Bill Lane (1919 - 2010)
Bill Lane will best be remembered for his remarkable generosity
of spirit, for having the vision to help protect our most precious
lands, and his capacity to find ways to make life richer
for all those around him. As neighbor, equestrian, and donor,
he left an indelible mark on the preserve. While the preserve
represented only a small part of his generosity and active life,
Bill and his wife Jean (a Jasper Ridge docent for over 35 years)
made the lead gift that gave life to the campaign for the award
winning Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station. Like so many others,
the preserve is a better place thanks to Bill's enthusiastic
support and generosity. His familiar, boyish grin will be missed.
Judy Robertson, JRBP docent class instructor, former
president of the California Lichen Society, and an expert
on local lichens passed away peacefully at home,
on July 10, 2010, following a two-year battle with cancer.
This past spring, unable to teach a formal lichen
class for JRBP, Judy still contributed significantly to
student work by identifying specimens from the redwood
canopy that had been collected by Stanford undergraduate
Samantha Larson. Judy's enthusiasm for
teaching and sharing her encyclopedic knowledge of
lichens inspired many JRBP students.
Stephen Schneider (1945 - 2010)
The world of climate science has lost one of its greatest minds and strongest voices.
Steve was a leading member of the climate science community for over 40 years, working
from a base at Stanford from 1992-2010. An expert in both the physics and impacts
of climate change, Steve published more than 450 scientific papers and advised the
administrations of 8 presidents. Although prodigiously productive as a scientist, Steve
probably realized his greatest impacts as an educator and spokesperson. A gripping
and eloquent speaker, he had a remarkable ability to help people understand why they
should care about an issue. With torrents of words, clear analysis, and memorable
jokes, Steve could turn a phrase that not only crystallized an important idea but also
lodged it in your memory. Steve's message was one of single-minded focus on scientific
integrity, clear communication, and passing a sustainable world to future generations.