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In-depth look at Packy's life Man of many traits: leader, conservation- ist, businessman BY DYLAN R N CRABB Paxson "Packy" Offield, the great-grandson of William Wrigley Jr., died this week from leukemia that he'd been fighting since diag- nosis in December of 2011. Offield was the former president and CEO and current board mem- ber for the Santa Catalina Island Company, which was formed in 1894 and acquired by the chewing gum tycoon, William Wrigley Jr, in 1919 for $3.5 million. The company's initial goal was to develop Santa Catalina Island to attract a tourism industry, but Wrigley Jr.'s acquisition shifted the company's focus to a more conservationist agenda, preserv- ing the Island in its natural state. Although the "Island compa- ny" no longer operates the Island's utilities or ferries to the mainland, it still owns much of the roads, parks, and drainage ditches. The company also subsidizes much of the administrative opera- tions of the town of Avalon (popu- lation: 3,728). One could call Packy Offield a devoted conservationist, having achieved leadership positions in several non-profit organizations. Aside from sitting on the board of directors of the Santa Catalina Paxton Offield with J. Peter Jenny, who is the president and CEO of the Peregrine Fund. Courtesy photo Island Company, he was also the chairman of the International Game Fish Association and the managing director of Blue Maple Real Estate. In the past, Offield worked as the first chairman of the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy and was a Benefactor Member; on the board of directors of the Billfish Foundation, receiving a lifetime achievement award at their 25th anniversary dinner in 2011; the chairman of the Offield Center for Billfish Studies.; the direc- tor of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California; a board member for the Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species of the San Diego Zoological Society, receiving their 2006 Conservation medal; and was the chairman and direc- tor of the Pacific Region branch of the National Coalition for Marine Conservation. Packy Offield was dedicated to conservation and the preserva- tion of marine ecosystems in the California-Pacific region. The Billfish Foundation writes on Facebook: "The world has test a wonder- ful human being, whose stew- ardship for its natural resources, thus the quality of our lives, was unmatched. He was a TBF board member, a staunch conservation- ist, and an avid angler. We will continue his legacy as he would have wanted us to do." Yacht Dogs From page 1 imagination unless you attend. Bring your furry friends and head over to Two Harbors for this truly unique event. Look at The Catalina Islander next week for photos of the win- ners. Could your dog be top Yacht Dog? You'll never know if you don't enter. More information is available by calling 310 510-4249 or e- mailing lboutillier@ scico.com The winnerfrom last year's Yacht Dog contestin the Look-alike catego. Courtesy photo Dr. Ann Muscot, president and CEO of the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy, says, "We lost a great friend to conservation and a tremendous supporter of the Catalina Island Conservancy. "Packy was the founding chair- man of the board of directors for the Catalina Island Conservancy and provided years of thoughtful counsel that will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his family and all who loved him. Packy also had a tremendous impact on Catalina Island itself as a busi- nessman, philanthropist, and com- munity leader." Nature Hikes From page 10 can learn all about Catalina - from its geology to how species arrived on the Island and adapted to it. The world-famous Airport in the Sky sits atop a 1,602-foot mountain, providing a popular destination for pilots and their passengers, as well as visitors and hikers from Avalon. Many enjoy lunch or dinner at the airport grill. The Conservancy's Wildlands Express offers a convenient and inexpensive way to travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned van from Avalon to the airport, Little Harbor and Shark Harbor on the Island s remote windward beaches with extraordinary views of the wildlands along the way. To book a Jeep Eco Tour or the Wildlands Express, get a hiking or biking permit, learn about membership or learn more about the Conservancy, please call 310-510-2595 ext. 108, visit the Conservancy House located at 125 Clarissa Avenue, just a short block west of Front Street in Avalon, or visit the website, CatalinaConservancy.org About the Conservancy :::: Formed in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy is one of California's oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsi- ble steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Through its ongoing efforts, the Conservancy protects the magnifi- cent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, steward- ing approximately 42,000 acres of land and more than 60 miles of rugged shoreline. It provides an airport and 50 miles of biking and nearly 150 miles of hiking opportunities within its road and trail system. The Conservancy conducts educational outreach through two nature centers, its Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and guided experiences in the Island's rugged interior. Twenty miles from the main- land, the Island is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological sites. It also contains numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. The Island is home to 60 spe- cies-and counting--that are found only on Catalina. For more information, please visit www.catalinaconservancy. org. Catalina Idand Golf Cart [rllelfnfltlial00lsl (310) 510-;00500 301 and 0:)5 CreJcent nvenue Suzanne Elaine Wisniewski 1950-2015 Suzanne Elaine Wisnlewski, age 64, passed away on Wednesday, dune 3, at Ronald Reagan Hospital in hos Angeles. Born dune 16, 1950, Suzanne grew up in Massachusetts and attended Tufts Univer- sity in Medford,/HA where she obtained a MA in Early Childhood Education. She taught in the Santa Monlca-Malibu Unified School District from 1979-198(]; The First School in Santa Monlca from 1987 to 1990 and at Catalina Kid Ventures in Avalon irom 1997 until retiring in 2014. Suzanne was very passionate about teaching. She atfended, organized and participated in many workshops and con- leronces with the National Association of Education for the Young Child and was one of ihe leaders that pioneered the way we now teach Early Childhood Education. The Reggio Emllla Approach was the focus of her program development which is the hellef that children use many differ- ent ways to show their understanding, ex- press their thoughts and creativity and has an" emphasis on hands on discovery learning. Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Piotr Wlsnlewsld; mother, Elaine Resnick, age 89 of bynnUeld, MA; broth- ors, Gerald Resnick o1 hinolo, RI and Herbert Resnick of Euclid, OH. Suzanne was preceded in death by her father, Theodore H. Resnick. Graveslde services were held at the Avalon Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, dune IOth at l:OOpm. Family and friends shared wonderful memories. THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, June 19, 2015  11 .