Memorial Donation

Robert F. Schumann Memorial Gift

The Madison Land Conservation Trust received a generous donation of $25,000 from Ford Schumann in memory of his brother Robert F. Schumann, who passed away on December 8th. Robert was an active supporter of open space and environmental organizations. He spent every summer of his life in Madison and retired here ten years ago.

Robert Schumann’s avid interest in birds began in childhood. His involvement expanded over his lifetime, leading to service on the boards of the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He combined his media expertise and love of birds in designing and setting up the Audubon Society’s film and television programs. The Schumann Foundation, begun by Robert and Ford’s parents in 1962 and now called the Schumann Media Center headed by Bill Moyers, established a Chair in his honor at Wesleyan University named the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies.

One of his most notable local accomplishments will be preserved at the former Griswold Airport. Mr. Schumann was an early supporter and member of the citizens group formed in 2001 to protect that environmentally sensitive component of the migratory flyway. The outcome of those efforts was the establishment of a new 42-acre town park, most of which will be kept as open space.

The donation will be used for future open space acquisitions. The MLCT is grateful to Ford Schumann and his family for their generosity, and to Robert Schumann for the legacy of environmental action and passion for nature that he has left us.

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