Thursday, December 20, 2007

Admiral of the Chesapeake: Dr. Jim Gilford

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced that the state's Governor has proclaimed Dr. Jim Gilford what must be one of the coolest titles ever afforded anyone since the advent of the Kentucky Colonel, Admiral of the Chesapeake.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John R. Griffin presented the award to Gilford on Monday, December 17 at the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission, on which Gilford has served for 28 years, including more than a decade as Chairman. Gilford has served on at least 14 other local, state, and federal natural resource commissions, most notably as chair of the Middle Potomac River Basin Public Advisory Council, the Monocacy Scenic River Advisory Board, and the Maryland Wild Turkey Advisory Committee and as a member of the C&O Canal National Historical Park Commission and several striped bass advisory committees.

“Whether in his role as scientist, angler, educator, administrator, newsman, or concerned citizen Jim has inspired countless individuals with his passion for environmental conservation,” said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin.

For many years, Gilford shared his passion for fishing to others through his courses at the Fenwick Fly Fishing School and outdoor columns in the Frederick News Post and the Maryland Fishing and Hunting Magazine. He also gave lectures at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, and Gettysburg College and served as Hood College’s Biology Department Chair. Gilford earned his doctorate degree from John Hopkins University. He currently resides in Frederick.

This beats the time we were proclaimed Gozer the Traveler, Gozer the Destructor, and Gozer the Gozarian by a long shot. Many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day I can tell you!

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