An Amazing Legacy of Environmental Stewardship
Bob Breen, who served as Fitzgerald Marine Reserve’s first Supervising Ranger from the Reserve’s founding in 1969 to his retirement in 2004, died of a massive heart attack on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at the age of 73.
Bob was a soft-spoken man with a ready smile, warm manner, and gentle sense of humor. He was a patient teacher and an extraordinarily good listener.
During his years of employment at FMR, Bob touched the lives of thousands of schoolchildren and other visitors, leading tours of the tidepools and teaching people how to observe nature and care for the environment. He was instrumental in creating the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and served on FFMR’s Board of Directors until his death.
Over the decades he taught hundreds of volunteers to become naturalists. He launched many young people into ocean science careers by running summer Junior Ranger camps at the reserve. Bob also started the marine science program at Half Moon Bay High School and taught there from 1995-2008. In 2001, the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve began awarding the Bob Breen Science Scholarship to a HMBHS graduate in Bob’s honor, expanded in 2008 to give a $1000 scholarship to each of two graduating students.Read More»
Former FMR Supervising Ranger Bob Breen was one of the experts interviewed in a short news segment about climate change impacts in the Bay Area. In this video Bob is seen walking the beach at FMR with Doug McConnell as he talked about the changes he saw as the water warmed, and the sweeping changes he expected to witness as the trend continued.
The segment first aired on December 9, 2011.