Last month we lost an advocate for Alaska and a friend to Trustees. Steve Bickerstaff served on our board from 2005 to 2008, and was Board Secretary in 2008. He cared deeply about natural places, wildlife, and the importance of both to people. Steve was a lovely gentleman—he was always respectful, and is remembered fondly by fellow board members for his keen insight.
Trustees was lucky to have a fellow lawyer and strong supporter of our work on board with us. Steve and his wife Charlotte took many trips to Alaska, including several stays at Camp Denali. He felt a sense of urgency about protecting Alaska’s wild places.
A legal mind through and through
After Steve retired from Bickerstaff, Heath and Smiley, the law firm he founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, he moved into a teaching position at the University of Texas School of Law, and published on election law and telecommunications regulation. He also supported progressive causes and served as a member of the National Council of the National Parks Conservation Association.
In recent years, Steve completed a self-published book about his encounters with bears, “There’s a Bear Right Behind You!” It is available online, with royalties benefiting Trustees.
We honor Steve’s commitment to the health of Alaska’s lands, waters, wildlife, and people, and our organization is better for his service.