[TN-Bird] Bob Hatcher

  • From: "Ron Hoff" <aves7000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-bird" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:53:57 -0400


I can’t possibly be more eloquent than Melissa Turrentine was, but I do have a 
few words about Bob Hatcher's passing.

The Tennessee Ornithological Society can’t thank Bob enough for all he did for 
avian wildlife in Tennessee. He joined TOS in 1979 and he always had a passion 
for conserving all forms of wildlife and it’s habitats. He always seemed to me 
to be a mover and a shaker, without really seeming so because he was always so 
pleasant and firm in his beliefs. Many others have listed Bob’s accomplishments 
over the years, and they were many and important. What really impressed me 
about Bob was his ability to get stuff done without having to resort to 
heavy-handedness, anger, arm-twisting (although he might have employed this 
technique, you never knew it with him!), or berating people. That just wasn’t 
Bob. He just worked with what he had and kept moving forward, persistently and 
doggedly, until the result was achieved. A lesson most of us could benefit from.

His life was a life well lived. He laughed often, lived well as a father, 
husband, and employee, and loved much. It just doesn’t get any better than 
that. Somehow, I get the feeling that he is out there, somewhere, soaring.

God speed, Bob.

Ron Hoff
Tennessee Ornithological Society

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