[Tweeters] Bob Sundstrom, Gone Birding
paul.bannick at gmail.com
Tue May 18 03:59:11 PDT 2021
I meant to say “kind and unassuming”
Please forgive the typo
On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 8:46 PM Paul Bannick <paul.bannick at gmail.com> wrote:
> What a huge loss! Bob was a kind, assuming but brilliant man. Bob also
> showed me my first wild Pygmy-Owl. Several years later he impressed me
> when I showed him a photo of a Washington Pygmy-Owl and he was able to tell
> me from what region of Washington it hailed based upon the color.
> There is so much more to remember and share but I am sure others will
> chime in. I for one am glad I met him.
> On Mon, May 17, 2021 at 11:04 AM Ellen Blackstone <
> ellenblackstone at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello, Tweeters,
>> Sad news here about Bob Sundstrom from his wife, Sally Alhadeff.
>> Take care, Everyone,
>> Ellen Blackstone
>> Bob Sundstrom passed away on May 16, 2021, after a recurrence of
>> leukemia. He died comfortably and in good spirits at his home in the
>> country along Scatter Creek in south Thurston County, in the company of his
>> wife, Sally Alhadeff and their three cats. He was 69.
>> Birds were a great love for Bob, as well as his career. He earned a
>> living as a full-time professional birder: leading tours to many parts of
>> the world for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, conducting van trips from Mercer
>> Island, teaching, and writing for radio. For thirty years Bob taught Birding
>> by Ear for Seattle Audubon Society, helping many to know and appreciate
>> the voices of birds.
>> His writer’s voice will continue to be heard through nearly 900 BirdNote radio
>> stories he authored as Lead Writer. He continued writing into his final
>> days, including a final story on May 14. He thanks founder Chris Peterson
>> and Executive Director Sallie Bodie for the opportunity to be part of the
>> BirdNote team. He was overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed for his career
>> work in his last months.
>> Bob liked to say that birds were his day job, but not his obsession. When
>> not birding or writing, Bob loved books, music, bicycling, and single malt
>> Scotch. He and Sally took great pleasure in gardening and tending the
>> natural habitats on their rural acres. He became a great admirer of
>> classic literature and poetry. He earned his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology
>> at the University of Washington.
>> Bob is survived by his wife, Sally Alhadeff, brother Bill Sundstrom, and
>> nephews Ethan and Erin Sundstrom. His loving parents, Mary and Bill, are
>> deceased. He thanks many friends and colleagues, the Olympia Unitarian
>> Universalist congregation, and Sally’s family for their loving support.
>> Sally and Bob had 28 wonderful years together. They loved watching the
>> swallows glide and the ravens soar above their camas-covered meadow along
>> Scatter Creek.
>> If you’d like to leave a remembrance in Bob’s name, please consider a
>> donation to BirdNote (birdnote.org).
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