|DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD
Featured Writer: Jocelyn Jerry
Lyn Jerry receiving the 2014 Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award.
Photo © Ken Rimany
Lyn Jerry was an Adirondack hero. She died earlier this summer in her ninth decade. She lived a very full and fulfilling life. At first we knew Lyn as the wife of Harold A. Jerry, Jr., executive director of Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks, member of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century; and longest serving member of the NYS Public Service Commission. Public service indeed! After Harold’s death in 2001, we came to know Lyn the person, and came to admire so much in her that Harold and her children knew so well: an equal partner in Harold’s history as pioneering statewide and Adirondack planner and protector; loving mother and grandmother of remarkable individuals; classroom teacher of more than 30 years at Bethlehem High School, remembered by so many; perseverance in becoming fully responsible for Dug Mountain Ponds; the 4,000+ acres she and Harold managed in Speculator; an inquiring mind and keen interest and involvement wherever beauty, culture, history, science, environment and social justice intermingled – including dozens of organizations with whom she shared herself, made enduring friendships, and sent newspaper clippings and financial support. Early in her forest supervision, she met the standards to enroll as a professionally certified (FSC) forest in the Adirondack Park. Lyn displayed great knowledge, interest, compassion and loyalty to the land managers, foresters, leaseholders, hunters and fishers who shared parts of Dug Mountain Ponds; and only Lyn’s broad interests could encompass and embrace all of it, and so much that is the Adirondack Park. She earned our Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award in 2014. Her daughters Jocelyn, Danielle and son Chip and families decided to eulogize their mother by reciting her address to the 1995 graduating class of Bethlehem High School. Lyn’s parting words to those young people remain life lessons for us all and we reproduce them here with the permission of the family. Read More