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In Memoriam

I. Peter Rosow (1937-2018)

With deep sadness, the Board of Directors reports the death on March 5, 2018 of fellow director I. Peter Rosow of New York City, Woodbury, CT and Palm Beach, FL. Peter died peacefully at home in New York. He was a retired advertising executive and accomplished equestrian.

Serving on the Development and Executive Committees of the land trust for a number of years, Peter was a generous and thoughtful supporter. His loving family characterized him as "smart, funny, warm, generous, optimistic and full of grace. And handsome. A joy to be with and to love. Miraculous six-year survivor of pancreatic cancer; resilient and brave to the end."

David F. Beglan (1936-2017)

With deep sadness, Roxbury Land Trust reports the death of David F. Beglan.

David was born in Flushing, NY on July 26, 1936 and died unexpectedly at age 81 on October 30, 2017.

David was a lifelong electrician, running a successful business in Roxbury for well over 50 years. There is scarcely a house in the Roxbury area that did not have a Roxbury Electric sticker on their electrical panel at one time or another.

David was also instrumental to the formation of the Roxbury Land Trust, serving on the board of directors as well as president of that organization. He worked tirelessly to obtain the funding needed for RLT to obtain the Mine Hill Preserve and many other now-conserved Roxbury properties. After his "retirement", he remained active as the RLT Historian and gave his time educating new directors and the public about the history of Mine Hill.

Roxbury First Selectman Barbara Henry reported to the Beglan family that, "David did more for the Town of Roxbury than most people would know. He loved to travel and could tell enough historical stories to fill a book or three. He served on many Roxbury boards and commissions, including Board of Finance, Zoning Commission, Planning Commission and Civilian Defense."

David leaves behind his loving companion of many years, Mary Conseur. He also leaves three children: David J. Beglan of Jacksonville, FL, Susan (Fenner) Brownell of Happy Valley, OR, and Janet (Daniel) Sassin of Sarasota, FL. David had nine grandchildren as well as three great-grandchildren in Oregon and was predeceased by his wife Elaine (Gancoss) Beglan.

In David's honor, Roxbury Land Trust created the Dave Beglan Memorial Walk at Mine Hill, a walk at the Mine Hill Preserve which David was instrumental in acquiring for preservation.

-- Excerpted from the Newstimes.com obituary

Martha Denniston Baldwin (1935-2017)

With profound sadness, the board and staff of Roxbury Land Trust reported the death on September 17, 2017 of cherished colleague, director, and dear friend, Martha Baldwin.

Graduating from Vassar in 1957, Martha lived in New York City and Roxbury, CT. She worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Christie's and later volunteered at the Frick Museum. In 1962, she married Henry deForest (Harry) Baldwin and their marriage lasted until he passed away in 1997.

In 1969 the couple purchased a home in Roxbury so that their young family could enjoy weekends in the country. Ever concerned for the preservation of the rural character of the area, Harry, with Martha at his side, was one of the founders of the Roxbury Land Trust. The young couple, their sons, and later the sons' wives and children gathered here in the Litchfield Hills for vacations and holidays, as they have continued to do for decades.

In 2001, as a tribute to this dedicated and generous family, the Roxbury Land Trust acquired a 60-acre expanse of unspoiled woodlands and wetlands along Good Hill Road/Route 317 which would become The Baldwin Preserve.

Martha is survived by her two sons and their wives, Sherman and Alice of Darien, CT, and Alexander and Molly of Bethesda, MD, her two brothers and her five grandchildren. Martha was a warm and generous person and a dedicated environmental advocate at Roxbury Land Trust. She will be sorely missed.

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