Lois Garlick was our heroPermalink +
Thu, Jul 09, 2015, 8:27 am // John Servais
Lois Garlick died peacefully in her sleep on June 28 at age 95. She and her husband George, who died several years ago, were awarded the first Environmental Heros award by Re-Sources. It was obvious and symbolic. Their environmental stewardship predated by decades the beginning of the modern enviro movement in the early 1970s. They were called conservationists in the old days - but their efforts served as a model for many of today's environmental leaders. They were steadfast and action oriented. They were also very effective. They helped save Chuckanut Island from development and they acted as the legal stewards of the island for decades, protecting in practice what had been protected legally. Their accomplishments were many - and most of their efforts are still serving our enviromental needs today.
A memorial for Lois will be held on Friday, July 10, 11 am, at the Broadway Hall on the corner of West Holly (Eldridge Ave) and Broadway - named for decades as the Aftermath Club. Lois attended many community gatherings at this fine meeting hall.
Here are a couple tributes from those who knew Lois. We invite more from readers as comments.
From Tim Paxton:
Lois Garlick passed away last week after a long and active career as a leader in Whatcom County environmentalism. Her resume of care and concern for protecting water, ecosystems, animals and birds in our corner of the country is extensive and unmatched.
Lois was active in rescuing injured raptors (hawks/eagles) and re-habilitating wild ones for release. Lois and husband George were long time stewards of Chuckanut Island, helping keep it safe for birds.
In 2007 at age 87, Lois surprised many by filing at the last minute for the office for County Executive vs Pete Kremen. She gained credible number of votes County wide and campaigned with vigor to keep the pressure on the incumbent.
A few years previous, Lois was also active in running the Clean Water Alliance and its multi year law suit to halt the creation of the incorporated City of Sudden Valley in the reservoir amongst many other actions to protect our drinking water.
Lois Garlick was born in 1920 in Seattle Washington to Myron and Hazel Buckman. She grew up in the Queen Anne neighborhood and later obtained a degree in Biology at the University of Washington.
Husband George and Lois often worked together. They shared a mutual love of science, the environment and boating and married in 1972. They were involved with the early development of Shoreline Management Act and later the Bellingham based Clean Water Alliance.
Together they also helped begin the North Cascades Audubon Society chapter in the 1970s and worked to protect birds and wildlife in the area. Long time board member and editor of the Avalanche was also an artist and provided drawings for Al Hanner’s Whatcom birding book. Lois also operated Raptor Roost, a bird rehabilitation care center, for many years and, with her husband George, volunteered as a steward of the Chuckanut Island Preserve. They were active in public education as well.
From Sherilyn Wells:
From the first moment I saw Lois Garlick in action, decades ago, so calm, intelligent, honest, deeply caring, and courageous, standing up for the environment and its inhabitants - the birds and animals that she was frequently called upon to care for - I knew that I was in the presence of quiet greatness. She was always civil, always respectful, always interested in sound information, but firmly stood her ground when she felt that her stand on an issue was correct.
In some ways, she reminded me of leaders like Gandhi, who inhabit a moral high ground that the rest of us aspire to reach, yet which she expressed so naturally, so instinctually, because it arose simply out of who she was.
It was my privilege to call her a friend, a mentor, and a partner in various endeavors. Her contributions are too enormous to attempt to set down on paper, in part because she imbued so many of those efforts with a humble beauty of spirit that inspired the rest of us, that set a high bar - which remains to this day - regarding how to be a "peaceful warrior" in defense of what matters, to put what calls to your heart first and foremost in your life as you reach crossroads and choose paths.
Thanks to Tim Paxton and Sherilyn for their words and the photos. I would welcome a few more photos of Lois from readers.
Correction: an earlier version gave a wrong attribution above.
Related Links:-> To Lois Garlick page at Westford Funeral Home
Thu, Jul 09, 2015, 8:27 am // John ServaisLois Garlick has died. For many decades, she and George served as environmental stewards and leaders in preserving wildlife and nature.
2 comments; last on Jul 10, 2015
Thu, Mar 12, 2015, 1:06 pm // John ServaisAdd your thoughts and remembrances. Robyn du Pre` was a stalwart and true environmental advocate for Bellingham and Whatcom County. She died this week.
9 comments; last on Mar 23, 2015
Fri, Jan 23, 2015, 12:13 am // John ServaisThe second annual award for Citizen Journalism will be to The Political Junkie himself who runs the Sweeney Politics blog, Riley Sweeney.
2 comments; last on Jan 24, 2015
Wed, Nov 12, 2014, 1:51 pm // John ServaisUpdated Nov 12. Howard Harris, the founder of the Bellingham silent peace vigil at the Federal Building in Bellingham, has died. He and Rosemary were leaders in our…
Fri, Jul 04, 2014, 5:00 am // Guest writerFerndale's most famous landmark is frequently commented on and is often in the news. Here is their side of the story.
4 comments; last on Jul 07, 2014
Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 9:01 pm // Guest writerIn the Weekly, Tim Johnson left out three words in quoting Craig Cole - and his story misleads readers. Guest article by Sandy Robson.
11 comments; last on Jul 01, 2014
Wed, May 28, 2014, 3:15 pm // Guest writerA perspective by guest writer Ellen Murphy reflects on the Whatcom Watch and the threatened law suit by Craig Cole.
22 comments; last on Jun 01, 2014
Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 8:20 am // John ServaisRiley posted this morning that Seth Fleetwood has decided to challenge Doug Ericksen for state senate in the 42nd District.
1 comments; last on Apr 30, 2014
Sat, Feb 22, 2014, 1:16 am // Wendy HarrisAccepting the Paul deArmond award of citizen journalism on Feb 7, Wendh Harris gave this speech. We think it deserves its own post.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 5:48 pm // John ServaisCraig Cole, the local contact for the proposed Cherry Point coal port has threatened the Whatcom Watch with a libel lawsuit.
6 comments; last on Mar 20, 2014
Wed, Jan 29, 2014, 7:18 am // Guest writerTim Johnson writes about the first recipient of the Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award, Whatcom County writer Wendy Harris.
3 comments; last on Feb 08, 2014
Mon, May 06, 2013, 2:40 am // Guest writerPaul deArmond is remembered by his sister Claire. He was a Republican-at-Large.
2 comments; last on May 08, 2013
Wed, Apr 24, 2013, 11:58 am // John ServaisThe Gristle in today's Cascadia Weekly is devoted to a tribute to Paul de Armond. Tim Johnson gets it right.
Sun, Apr 21, 2013, 1:59 pm // John ServaisWell known political writer has died.
5 comments; last on Apr 23, 2013
Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 4:01 pm // John ServaisRiley Sweeney has posted a great video clip of Sen. Doug Ericksen flouting rules and legal procedures at a Senate hearing in Olympia.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012, 9:23 am // Paul deArmondHoss Unplugged, November 30 will Honk the York Neighborhood's Tonk
Wed, Sep 05, 2012, 12:00 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley patiently explains to the Whatcom Excavator what a flowchart should look like
Fri, Jul 20, 2012, 5:44 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley gathers quotes, video footage and pictures from the recent tea party forum
1 comments; last on Jul 20, 2012
Wed, Jan 11, 2012, 10:04 am // Riley SweeneyLatest from the Political Junkie on a variety of subjects
7 comments; last on Jan 16, 2012
Tue, Aug 09, 2011, 5:44 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley interviews Clayton Petree about his view of Downtown Bellingham
6 comments; last on Aug 12, 2011
Tue, Jun 28, 2011, 6:16 pm // Riley SweeneyIt says it all in the title
3 comments; last on Jun 30, 2011
Wed, Jan 26, 2011, 10:37 pm // John ServaisBill Servais died suddenly. A short testimony by his brother.
17 comments; last on Mar 19, 2011
Mon, Dec 20, 2010, 6:21 am // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney briefly discusses faith
3 comments; last on Dec 20, 2010
Mon, Dec 06, 2010, 6:39 am // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney and his brother, Devlin, take a look at the 2012 Republican Candidates
Mon, Nov 29, 2010, 6:16 am // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney examines facts vs beliefs and comprehensive sex education
4 comments; last on Dec 01, 2010
Mon, Nov 22, 2010, 5:00 am // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney makes the case for investing and supporting local campaign managers
4 comments; last on Dec 05, 2010
Sat, Jul 31, 2010, 11:29 pm // John ServaisJohn Powers died yesterday. Ted expresses his remembrance.
Mon, May 17, 2010, 6:55 am // Riley SweeneyRiley Sweeney discusses the discomfort of religious and cultural differences among friends
1 comments; last on May 18, 2010
Wed, Mar 31, 2010, 11:30 pm // Kamalla Rose KaurThe Creation of The Whatcom Museum and the Restoration of Bellingham's 1892 City Hall
1 comments; last on Apr 02, 2010
Thu, Feb 18, 2010, 7:03 am // Kamalla Rose KaurLocal elder, Nita Clothier, talks with Kamalla Rose Kaur about growing up in a logging camp
Sun, Jan 10, 2010, 7:00 am // Kamalla Rose KaurLocal concert celebrates Pete Seeger's 90th birthday--and the efforts of one man to see him awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
2 comments; last on Jan 12, 2010
Thu, Dec 24, 2009, 10:21 pm // Kamalla Rose KaurHoliday Album 2009 - mixing conversations and prose, Charles Dickens quotes, with history provided by the National Museum of Women's History.
1. "I will honour Christmas in my heart,
2 comments; last on Dec 26, 2009
Wed, Nov 18, 2009, 8:59 am // Kamalla Rose KaurWhat a difficult time to be the (new to this region) president of Western Washington University. In his autumn address to faculty and staff, Bruce Shepard laments, "While…
Sat, Nov 14, 2009, 12:19 pm // Tip JohnsonWe don't make special offers like this very often, but if you act right now, you'll not only continue getting free access to fresh views, news and opinion…
14 comments; last on Nov 18, 2009
Sat, Oct 10, 2009, 9:00 am // Kamalla Rose KaurDr. Linda Allen takes the long way home to Bellingham once again as she tours the nooks and crannies of Washington State in 2010 with a multi-media presentation…
Sat, Aug 08, 2009, 3:04 pm // Kamalla Rose KaurThe people behind Bellingham's colorful history matter - just like it matters that Pierre Charles L'Enfant designed Washington DC and that Thomas Jefferson created the University of Virginia.…
4 comments; last on Aug 10, 2009
Sun, Jul 12, 2009, 4:37 pm // Kamalla Rose Kaur"Our friend had found two acres at the foot of Sehome Hill, one a little fir-clad knoll, the other a level acre of meadow and garden. If we…
7 comments; last on Oct 23, 2009
Mon, Jul 06, 2009, 9:21 pm // John LesowNote:
This article was originally posted on September 7, 2008, shortly after John McCain announced he had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. The negative…
4 comments; last on Jul 08, 2009
Wed, Jul 01, 2009, 7:39 pm // Kamalla Rose KaurInterim Editor's Note: Hi. John Servais, the esteemed publisher, will be back from vacation soon and I had very little to do while appointed interim editor of Northwest…
9 comments; last on Jul 11, 2009
Wed, Jun 10, 2009, 11:02 am // John ServaisA few days ago, our community lost two young people to a tragic accident. A boating accident in Bellingham Bay. Yet we know almost nothing about them and…
3 comments; last on Jun 10, 2009
Wed, May 20, 2009, 1:25 pm // Larry Horowitz“At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product.” So says renowned entrepreneur and visionary Paul Hawken at his…
1 comments; last on May 21, 2009
Tue, Feb 03, 2009, 1:05 am // Larry HorowitzI really pity Horizon Bank’s CEO Rich Jacobson. His predecessor, Laury Evans, sure left him a bad hand to play. Not only is Mr. Jacobson faced with the…
2 comments; last on Mar 02, 2009
Sat, Jan 31, 2009, 6:22 pm // Larry HorowitzWhen Mayor Pike ran for office, he convinced me and thousands of others that he was truly concerned about the issues that impact those who call Bellingham home.…
12 comments; last on Feb 04, 2009
Sat, Dec 27, 2008, 3:05 pm // Site ManagementEditor note. Barney died Thursday, Dec 25. He strongly deserves tribute for his public service. Bob Aegerter provides a brief look at his life. Bob was the architect…
1 comments; last on Dec 29, 2008
Thu, May 15, 2008, 11:02 pm // John ServaisAlan Rhodes seems to want to be like Emmett Watson, the late writer about Lesser Seattle. However, Alan seems to lack Emmett's basic charitable view of his fellow…
2 comments; last on May 17, 2008
Wed, Apr 02, 2008, 7:36 pm // John ServaisIn April, 1908, the farmers just northeast of Bellingham - along and north of the current Mt. Baker Highway - organized their own Grange. The highway was not…
Mon, Feb 11, 2008, 12:47 pm // Tip JohnsonSomething about Bellingham’s poverty brings out the worst, even in the best of us.
The Kulshan Land Trust ushered it’s presence into Happy Valley with the development
1 comments; last on Feb 12, 2011
Sat, Jan 26, 2008, 4:18 pm // John ServaisBelow is a link to an opinion piece in today's Los Angeles Times. It is written by a liberal - obviously a Democrat - and one who has…
1 comments; last on Jan 27, 2008
Tue, Jan 01, 2008, 7:37 pm // John ServaisJuan Cole continues to provide a knowledgeable look at Bhutto's killing and the Pakistan situation. His column today explains how the government is being discredited regarding their claims…
Sat, Dec 22, 2007, 4:01 pm // John ServaisNoon
A new local political website is starting up - bellinghambloggers.com. No content there yet, but the aspirations are excellent. Chris Renoud wants to run the site with integrity…
Thu, Dec 20, 2007, 3:46 pm // John ServaisSam Taylor has an article in today's Herald on the Bellingham City Council special session yesterday when they approved John Carter as the new city Finance Director. Sam…
Sat, Dec 15, 2007, 4:02 pm // John ServaisA racist headline in today's Herald - but they don't have a clue. The news is the Northwood Casino finally got their liquor permit - which they should…
Wed, Dec 12, 2007, 3:55 am // John ServaisWestern Washington University administrators - starting with President Karen Morse - have been abusing their power for years. Below is an example. This article first appeared in slightly…
Thu, Dec 06, 2007, 4:18 am // John ServaisDo we Americans believe in human rights? Do we believe that "all" are equal and have rights as our Declaration of Independence says we believe - or only…
Mon, Dec 03, 2007, 4:32 am // John ServaisIt is so nice to have several websites covering local issues. The past few days I've just not even thought of posting and have enjoyed checking other sites.…
Tue, Nov 27, 2007, 11:30 pm // John ServaisDan Pike gave a great short speech to a packed city council chamber after he was sworn in as our mayor. It is posted on the City of…
Thu, Nov 22, 2007, 4:35 pm // John ServaisThis from Lois Garlick
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
And thank you. Your support in my campaign for County Executive was tremendous. I had no comprehension
Tue, Nov 20, 2007, 11:45 pm // John ServaisSwearing-In Ceremony next Tuesday at 4:30 pm in our Bellingham City Council Chambers for Dan Pike as mayor and Stan Snapp as council member.
Sam Taylor has scooped me…
Mon, Oct 29, 2007, 7:34 pm // John ServaisWho is Royce Buckingham - and why does he think he needs to prevent democratic processes from taking place? This guy - a lawyer in the Prosecuting Attorney's…
Sat, Oct 27, 2007, 3:03 am // John ServaisMarian Beddill has posted a good technical description of what happened with our ballots. She uses this serious incident to explain why computerized voting has serious problems.
Election InfoCounty Candidate Filings
State Elections Website
Whatcom County Elections
Coal, Oil & TrainsCoal Stop
Community Wise Bham
Powder River Basin R. C.
Local Blogs & NewsBellingham Herald
Bham Business Journal
Bham Politics & Econ
Bhm Herald Politics Blog
Friends of Whatcom
Get Whatcom Planning
League of Women Voters
Western Front - WWU
Local CausesChuckanut C. Forest
City Club of Bellingham
Futurewise - Whatcom
Lummi Island Quarry
N. Cascades Audubon
NW Holocaust Center
Salish Sea Org.
Save the Granary
WA Conservation Voters
Whatcom Peace & Justice
Port of Bellingham
State Elections Website
US - The White House
WA State Access
WA State Elections
WA State Legislature
Weather & ClimateCliff Mass Weather Blog
Nat Hurricane Center
Two day forecast
Watts Up With That?
Edge of Sports
Famous Internet Skiers
Good Web SitesAl-Jazeera online
Change The Mascot
Foreign Policy in Focus
Julia Ioffe/New Republic
Middle East Times
New American Century
Personal bio info
Portland Indy Media
Project Vote Smart
Stand for the Troops
Talking Points Memo
The Crisis Papers
War and Piece
NWCitizen 1995-2007Early Northwest Citizen
Quiet, Offline or DeadBellingham Register
Citizens of Bellingham
Cordata & Meridian
Facebook Port Reform
Intrnational Herald Tribune
N. Sound Conservancy
No Leaky Buckets
Protect Bellingham Parks
The American Telegraph