The Conservancy lost a devoted friend when Brian Davies passed away in June after a yearlong contest with cancer. Brian joined the Alaska Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy 13 years ago and we soon learned to appreciate his penchant for critical thinking and his keen intellect as we charted our course as an organization. About a decade ago, Brian was voted chair of the trustees. Brian took the helm with a steady hand, serving as sage counsel and mentor to staff.
He also participated in the Conservancy’s International Trustee Council, a role he continued through this past year. He quickly gained a reputation among his fellow trustees as a widely knowledgeable and passionate conservation leader, again an outspoken and sharp observer who delivered a message with precision and power.
Brian’s consistent message through his years of leadership with The Nature Conservancy has been that people are inseparable from nature and a key part of the solution – not the problem. In this regard, Brian was a decade ahead of his time and articulated a central tenet of a new conservation approach to which The Nature Conservancy is just now giving greater voice.
Adventures took Brian and his wife, Sharon, to incredible destinations near and far. He was a life-long cycling enthusiast who did many multi-day bicycle tours and participated for several years as one of the top fund-raisers in American Lung Association rides. He trekked four times in the Himalayas, and also did hiking trips in the Sierras and Alps. He mushed the Yukon Quest and Iditarod trails. With his wife, Sharon, he enjoyed walking tours through the countryside of his native England and together they visited New York for theater and museums.
Brian had a long and engaging career with BP and devoted himself to many community organizations in Alaska. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the organizations that Brian was involved with, which include the Anchorage Symphony, The Nature Conservancy, UAA Honors College, Anchorage Museum, Cook Inlet Historical Society, and the Alaska World Affairs Council.
The Nature Conservancy has established the Brian Davies Fund in his honor. In establishing the Brian Davies Fund, The Alaska Chapter Board of Trustees honors the extraordinary commitment Brian has shown to The Nature Conservancy in Alaska and beyond. Brian has made the Conservancy a better and stronger force for conservation of Alaska's most biologically critical areas by always being willing to ask the hard questions and to learn as we gathered the answers. During his thirteen years as a Trustee, through two terms as Chairman of the Board, and through several years of service on The Nature Conservancy's international Trustee Council, Brian has been a tireless advocate, a creative strategist, and an effective leader.
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