In Memory of Sydney

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Sydney Reisbick, due to cancer. Sydney was a quiet, unassuming person with an impish look to her. She was very active in many activities here in Ridgefield as well as around the world.

Here are some things you may not know about Sydney. She was in Uruguay with the Peace Corps from 1963-65. She had a PhD in behavioral neuro science, she was a past president of the Friends of Clark County and very active in the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  She cared about birds. She worked diligently with the Ilani Casino to make sure their buildings would not be harmful to our bird population, and that our night skies were dark.

Over the past several weeks Elizabeth Scoval has been asking Sydney’s diverse groups of friends to respond to this question:  “What is evoked in you when you think of Sydney?”


She would like to share some of these SENTIMENTS OF SYDNEY with all of you:

Sydney embodies a quiet courage towards her efforts of advocacy for people, community, animals, the preservation of history and the environment.

Sydney has a spirit of kindness and intelligence.

Sydney is willing to be sassy, devious, naughty, trivial, honest, impish, silly, delicate and fearless.

Sydney is a conservationist that has led us forward and embraces humanity broadly.

Sydney is “loved up real good.”

Sydney holds a spirit of opposition to the world’s wrongs.

Similar to the perspective of the 10th century mystic, Hildegaard von Bingen, Sydney understands much of what is around her because she uses what is within her.

Sydney’s mischievous grin and sparkling eyes make one want to know what wonderful secrets she has to share.

Sydney has a wealth of knowledge of diverse genres, but speaks so humbly that few may be aware of her breadth and range of knowledge.

Sydney is an inspiration with her engagement now with Hospice in living out a forward way.

Sydney’s excitement is barely contained, like a small child with its eyes dancing.

Sydney led The Friends of Clark County and Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge through difficult times with elegance, respectful testimonies and eventual successes.  Her representation helped our groups become well known and influential in helping to shape our community for the benefit of all, not just the few.

Sydney is a true friend.

And lastly, light of spirit but with earthly perspective, Sydney is endowed with The Wings of the World.

I think that summarizes Sydney. We will miss her.

There will be a celebration of Sydney at a time to be announced.

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