Remembering Lee Rosenson
Lee shared his time and expertise with many nonprofit organizations and will be missed.
By Becky FreeJanuary 24, 2023
We were saddened to learn that our longtime friend and trustee, Leon Rosenson, passed away on December 13, 2022.
Lee was a true activist dedicated to human rights and the environment. He served on the boards of local and statewide environmental organizations, including The Watershed Institute, the Nature Conservancy of New Jersey, the New Jersey Audubon Society, the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, and closest to our hearts, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
Lee served on our board from 1995 to 2017 and during that time helped the Pinelands Preservation Alliance expand our programs and increase our impact.
Board member Charlie Chapin said, “Lee was, of course, a major part of the leadership of PPA during his long service on the Board. I found the same to be true at NJ Audubon where he likewise cast a large shadow. Not only was he bright, knowledgeable and engaged in the activities of PPA, but he was also a delightful human being, full of warmth and humor. It was a privilege to have known him.”
“Lee was a dedicated and passionate supporter of conservation in New Jersey and long-term leader of the Board of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance,” said board member Anne Heasly. “He used his scientific knowledge and keen mind to guide the organization as it developed positions on a number of technical issues as well as his warmth and wit to help resolve tough issues. He will be remembered for his fearlessness in pursuit of the good fight to protect the Pinelands for future generations to enjoy and wonder.”
Lee cared deeply for the Pinelands and frequently testified at public hearings. He was a calm and positive presence at board meetings and events, and he will be sorely missed by our staff, board members and especially his loving family.
Lee helped secure this unique and wonderful place for the people. We will continue his work to make sure the Pinelands and all its wildlife, plants, and waters survive for those who follow us.
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