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Old 07-13-2011, 11:34 PM   #60
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Anne LaBastille's Final Obit

From Doris Herwig


PLATTSBURGH, NY * Mariette Anne LaBastille, PhD, a/k/a Anne LaBastille “The Woodswoman”, ecological consultant, free-lance writer, lecturer and photographer, peacefully passed on to her new life on July 1, 2011 at Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh, NY.

Born Nov. 20, 1933 in Manhattan, NY, she was the daughter of the late Irma Goebel of California, musician and stage personality, and the late Ferdinand Meyer LaBastille of French West Indies, Professor at Columbia College. Ex-husband, Major Bowes, lives in the Adirondacks.

Anne's maternal survivors are Anne Barkman whose father and LaBastille's mother were sister and brother, and Barkman's children Stephen, Fred, Alfred and Marg, all of Montreal; Cornelia Bromson, sister of Anne Barkman, and children Tam Bronson and Jean Madden of Connecticut; and Sister Anne Brook, MD, of Mississippi whose mother and LaBastille's mother were sisters.

Anne's paternal survivors are Otto Ernest Meyer LaBastille who was brother to Anne’s father) and his daughter Mariette Margarite Meyer DaSilva and 9 children, all of Brazil, and Angela DaSilva Haensel of Ohio.

Anne graduated from Cornell University 1969 with a doctorate degree in Wildlife Ecology. She also had an M.D. in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University 1961, and a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources from Cornell 1955.

Her writings emcompassed early-on children's books for Ranger Rick, and later on over 10 more serious books, including "Woodswoman", "Beyond Black Bear Lake", "Woodswoman III", and "Woodswoman IIII", a charming yet serious sequel depicting a sensitive true chronicle of building a cabin in the wilderness and living there alone in the solitude of a region far from civilization; "Assignment: Wildlife"; "Women and Wilderness"; "Wilderness World of Anne LaBatille"; "Mama Poc"; "Jaguar Totem"; and "Birds of the Mayas". She has authored over 150 popular articles and over 25 scientific papers.

She was a contributing writer to Sierra Club, National Geographic, Outdoor Life, Adirondack Life, Biological Conservation, International Wildlife, and Audubon Magazine, as well as a myriad of other magazines and conservation organs, and included field studies of endangered wildlife and surveys of proposed national parks and wildlife reserves for the Smithsonian Institution and several foreign governments, including her beloved Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. She labored tirelessly on the fight against acid rain around the world. Giving wilderness workshops and lectures over 40 years provided successful avenues to get her message of planet care across.

Anne was a charter member of the New York State Outdoor Guides Association, and a 17-year member of the Adirondack Park Agency as a Commissioner, mandated to manage and care for Adirondack Park, the largest state park in the United States (6,200,000 acres of which 1/3 is sheer wilderness). She served as one of ten international jurors for the prestigious J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Award, Director-at-Large of the National Wildlife Federation, and an honorary consultant to the World Wildlife Fund. She began her outdoor career as a scuba-diver guide out of Miami, where she met and married Major Bowes and moved to Adirondack Park to open an inn. Seven years later this relationship dissolved, with Mr. Bowes still residing in the the Park.

Anne’s contributions to this planet have been recognized throughout the world. A few such awards are: 1974 Gold Medal from World Wildlife Fund as Conservationist of the Year; 1984 Citation of Merit from The Explorers Club; 1986 Outstanding Alumni Award from Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; 1987 Honor Alumnus/Alumna Award from Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University; 1988 Jade of Chiefs Award from Outdoor Writers Association of America; 1990 Honorary Doctor of Letters from Ripon College, Wisconsin; 1990 Honorary Doctor of Science from State University of New York at Albany; 1993 Gold Medal from Society of Woman Geographers; 1994 Roger Tory Peterson Award for National Nature Educator; 2001 Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for Integration of Arts, Rhetoric and Science at East Tennessee State University; 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from Adirondack Literary Awards; 2008 Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award from Association for Protection of the Adirondacks; 2009 Honoree of National Women's History Month; 2009 Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet Award.

Anne’s greatest love was the great outdoors and in particular the preservation and protection of wildlife and wildlands, having devoted every moment of her life trying to save endangered species and wildlands throughout the world, and teaching people to be educated on the subject and to behave accordingly. She was a groundbreaker for women in wilderness and women writers whose desires to make this planet a better place in which to live matched hers. In the Adirondacks, she has been dubbed as being one of the most influential persons since Noah Rondeau, and around the world as a conservation icon.

Her second love, not far behind the outdoors, was her five German Shepherds who were at her side throughout her life and became an intrical part of her own persona. Anne also loved gardening, building structures out of wood, kitties, coyotes and wolves, not necessarily in that order.

Anne also had a very soft heart and gave generously to many libraries, upcoming students of nature, aspiring women writers, schools, and related outdoor philanthropic ventures. Anne also never said “no” to any friend in need, no matter where they lived around the world.

Special thanks go to Marcie Wyant and Raeanne McLaughlin of Pine Harbor Assisted Living in Plattsburgh for their devoted care for 2 years as Anne began her descent; Dr. Brenda Phillips and the staff of Meadowbrook Healthcare in Plattsburgh for their loving care of Anne during the past 2 years of struggle with alzheimers.

Thanks also to Leslie Surprenant and Tammy Siewers who provided a safe new home for Krispie Kreme, Anne's last German Shepherd, and to Susan Satloff who provided a loving home for Churchill and Chunita, two adopted stray kitties, actually they adopted Anne!.

A heart-felt thanks to Adirondack Veterinary in Westport for their untiring devotion and care to all of Anne’s animals throughout the years, no matter the time of day or night.

Thanks to John Miller who watched over Anne’s cabin at the lake all these years, to Dr. Dan O’Dell, Professor Emeritus of English at SUNY Albany who provided unwavering friendship and professional guidance over the years, to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, former Director of Scientific Research of World Wildlife Fund USA for his friendship, for appointing her as World Wildlife Fund honorary consultant, and for being awarded the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal for Conservation 1974. Thanks also to Dr. James Lassoie, Chair Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University for his assistance in environmental projects in Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, India and particularly in Guatamala.

A very special thanks go to Merry and Ed Gwynn of Peru who spent hours at the hospital every week reading works by Robert Frost and Henry David Thoreau, two of Anne’s favorites. A special thanks also goes to the Committee of 20 who were close friends and played an important role in keeping Anne’s life in order, particularly to Marsha Wright of Elizabethtown, Sharon Blanford of Fort Ann, Lisa Churchill of Queensbury, and Doris Herwig of Queensbury who cared for Anne’s special needs during the last four years of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cornell University Scholarship Fund, Ithaca, NY, 14853, in the name of Dr. Anne LaBastille.

For those who wish to make online condolences that will be recorded in the estate, e-mail to Doris Herwig at under whose direction memorial arrangements are being made with guidance and care from Brown Funeral Home and Crematorium in Plattsburgh.

A special lakeside public tribute will be conducted on Sat., Aug. 20 and Sun., Aug. 21, 2011 between 10 am and 3 pm each day at Anne’s beloved Twitchell Lake in the Adirondacks, for those who wish to relay their personal farewell to Anne. Travel directions and details may be requested from Doris Herwig at Upon conclusion of the memorial on Sunday, Anne and her beloved Krispie Kreme, the German Shepherd who accompanied her everywhere throughout the last 8 years, will together be taken in a canoe to sail into the sunset, arriving at her cabin in the woods for her private farewell to Pitzi, Condor, Chikika and Zandor, her previous devoted four-footed companions. A private internment will be conducted at a later time.

Doris Herwig
PO Box 4042
Queensbury NY 12804
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