Contributed by Rob Alcott

Charles D. Murphy III, 70, died peacefully in his home at The Sea Ranch, CA. on February 28, 2014, after a long courageous battle with leukemia. While we mourn Charlie’s passing, we also celebrate his life — the life of a bright, energetic and visionary RCLC Director. Charlie brought his considerable knowledge and intellect to bear on RCLC’s conservation agenda.

As RCLC’s President (2011-2013) Charlie exhibited a strong but tender approach to organizing and guiding the Conservancy through challenging times. Charlie was RCLC’s sounding board on how to fulfill the Conservancy’s conservation goals in a business-like way while connecting with people about their land and their dreams. He will be remembered as a great man whose intelligence, wry wit and generosity of spirit were readily felt by those around him.

As Nancy Trissel, former RCLC Executive Director says, “There has never been a better ambassador for RCLC than Charlie. He was the thoughtful well-spoken leader who made it tick and we owe him a great debt of gratitude. We’ll miss you Charlie.”