Lynn Weyerhaeuser Day (1932-1999)
On 18 August 1999 the
Forest History Society (FHS) lost a special friend, Lynn Weyerhaeuser
Day. She died at her Grosse Pointe, Michigan, home surrounded by
family after a six-month battle with cancer. The daughter of Frederick
King and Vivian O'Gara Weyerhaeuser, Mrs. Day was deeply committed
to forest conservation, environmental issues, human welfare, and
international development throughout her life.
To honor Lynn's many contributions to the Forest History Society, the Lynn W. Day Endowment for Publications in Forest History was established in 2001.
Raised in St. Paul, Minnesota,
Lynn Day was a graduate of Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut,
and of Vassar College. She moved to the Detroit area in 1956 after marrying
Stanley R. Day, a longtime Michigan resident. Together they raised a family
of four children.
Following in the footsteps
of Carl Weyerhaeuser and
especially her father F.
K. Weyerhaeuser, who led family efforts to establish the Forest History
Society in 1946, Lynn first served the Society as an FHS Board member
from 1977 to 1983. She was active in the Society's first long-range planning
efforts, served on the Development Committee, and was instrumental in
ensuring the success of the Society's first endowment efforts. For over
two decades Lynn provided important counsel to the Society leadership.
Her efforts did not wane over the years as she served another two terms
as Board member from 1990-1996. She was elected Fellow, the Society's
highest honor, in 1984. Lynn was also appointed as Senior Fellow and Director,
an honor that was previously held only by her friend and colleague Alvin
J. Huss; this honor was conferred posthumously at the October 1999
FHS Board meeting.
Locally, Mrs. Day was an active
Board member of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Community Foundation
for Southeastern Michigan, and the Henry Ford Health System. She was a
founding Commissioner of the Greening of Detroit and a member of the Garden
Club of Michigan. She was also involved with the Michigan Forest Association
and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Day took on several leadership
positions in her extended family, including serving on the Boards of Rock
Island Company and the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. For many years
she and her husband Stan enjoyed operating a Tree Farm utilizing environmental
and conservation techniques in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Lynn Weyerhaeuser Day is survived
by a daughter, Vivian W. Day; sons, Stanley Jr., F. K, and Lincoln; and
two grandchildren, Christopher and Elizabeth Day Stroh.
Day's Significant Contributions and Legacy to the Forest History Society
Lynn Day contributed to the
Forest History Society not only financial support, but more importantly
her boundless energy, fierce devotion, and wise counsel. She worked closely
with FHS president Pete Steen
for almost three decades, often personally traveling with Steen across
the United States to help with fund raising efforts and with the recruitment
of Board members whose business experience would prove invaluable to the
fiscal security of FHS. Her influence on the continuing development of
innovative strategies for accomplishing our research,
publication, and educational
outreach goals was tremendous and can never be matched.
To honor Lynn's many contributions
to FHS for more than three decades, the Forest History Society established
in 2001 the Lynn W. Day Endowment
for Publications in Forest History. Weyerhaeuser family members, FHS
members, and the public have all contributed to the endowment. Funds from
the endowment support: (1) the Society's Visiting Scholars program, which
provides sabbatical leave for a research historian to conduct forest history
research at FHS leading to publications; (2) the FHS Distinguished
Lectureship in Forest and Conservation History; and (3) the production
of monographs to help distribute information about forest, conservation,
and environmental history to a wide audience. The Lynn Day Endowment will
ensure her continuing legacy.
For the Forest History Society,
there are few words to describe how important Lynn Day was to our success.
FHS simply would not be where it is today without her intense dedication
to our mission. She was one of a kind, always thoughtful, and always turned
to for wise counsel. She will be missed as mentor, colleague, sage, and