Patrick Goldsworthy, Mountaineer & Conservation Legend, 1919-2013
Patrick Goldsworthy, a long-time Mountaineers member and conservation advocate, passed away on Sunday at the age of 94. He made many notable contributions to protecting public lands in Washington State and has been called a "true gentleman of outdoor conservation."
Among his many conservation accomplishments, Patrick helped establish the first Northwest chapter of the Sierra Club and was a founding member of the North Cascades Conservation Council. He also served on the Cascades Park Master Plan team and helped plan for the Pasayten and Glacier Peak Wilderness areas. The landmark legislation designated nearly one million acres of Washington Wilderness Areas and preserved the "American Alps". He stood at the White House with President Lyndon Johnson as the North Cascades Act was signed into law. Even into his 90's, Patrick continued to fight for the expansion of the North Cascades National Park.
Professionally, Patrick was a UW professor who spent his career researching protein biochemistry. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Christine, and his children and step children.
A Memorial service for Patrick is being held on November 24th at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center from 2pm-4pm.