In Memoriam

by Kris Kirkwood on December 17, 2017

We lost three beloved Mid-Coast Chapter Texas Master Naturalists in 2017: Mary Meredith, Robert Angerstein, and Gay Hejtmancik.

Mary Meredith

Mary joined our Mid-Coast Chapter in 2005. She was a member of the Matagorda Island Turtle Patrol team, and she and husband Paul found the first nest of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle on Matagorda Island. Mary was very proud of her work for the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network—she and her husband collected the first specimens of neurotoxin-carrying Pseudo-nitzschia pungens ever found in the Gulf of Mexico. Mary and Paul wrote articles about the natural world for the Victoria Advocate from the summer of 2006 to the spring of 2017. Mary’s wide variety of service encompassed more than 4,000 hours and earned her the ruby-on-gold dragonfly milestone pin and the Presidential Call to Service Award from President Barack Obama. Mary Meredith Obituary

Robert Angerstein

Robert was a charter member of our chapter, in the first class in 2000. He was a member of the Matagorda Island Turtle Patrol team and was one of the few patrollers who found one of the elusive Kemp’s Ridley turtles. As an employee of Formosa Plastics, he was one of the people responsible for the creation of Formosa Tejano Wetlands as environmental mitigation for Formosa Plastics plant operations. Robert served as president of the Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalist chapter in 2008 and 2009 and  performed almost 1500 hours of volunteer service. Robert Angerstein Obituary

Gay Hejtmancik

Gay joined our chapter in 2006. Her favorite volunteer effort was serving as a docent at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor. Over the years, she shared seashells and her knowledge and love of them with hundreds of children at the aquarium. Gay gave over 1,000 hours of volunteer service to our Texas Master Naturalist mission and earned her gold dragonfly milestone pin, in spite of her years-long battle with cancer. Gay Hejtmancik Obituary

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