Friday, April 15, 2005

OBT: Sumner Dana

This just in from Sheridan Coffey:

This past Wednesday morning Sumner Dana, well known bird bander from San Antonio, passed away after a short battle with liver cancer. There will be a memorial service for him on Wednesday April 20th at the Hill Country Church, 8800 Broadway, Suite 225, San Antonio, TX, 78217 at 7:00PM.

Sheridan Coffey
San Antonio

Followed later by this from Jeannette Scott

This email is from a great soul and kind person who replied to my email. I thank this person for sharing their thoughts: "Sumner Dana was a person who, among many other things, worked tirelessly banding birds at Mitchell Lake. Anyone who worked with him knew the extent of his dedication and could feel his excitement when banding birds. He was an excellent teacher. I had the privilege of banding with him and learned a great deal from him. He will be sorely missed."

So, from me:

Sumner was one of those wise old hands when Kelly Bryan and i started banding in the early 70s, and soon thereafter we, plus another half-dozen interested folks formed the Texas Bird Banders Association. Sumner was always the "Mr. Helpful" of our group, seemingly wanting to make sure that everyone learned and got hands-on experience rather than worry about his own objectives. I know he's done the same in the San Antonio area the past few years, showing a lot of folks hand-held birds they might not ever see so close otherwise. He also made it possible for a lot of folks to enter the grossly-restricted and thus underbirded Mitchell Lakes. He was just into birding altruism and we're all richer for it.

So, i hope his spirit passes a few lifers on its way to wherever it might end up. Thanks for the knowledge Sumner.



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