Letter: Randy Ihara, South Riding

Editor:   On Nov. 12, Loudoun lost one of its remarkable, long-term residents, Malcolm Forbes Baldwin, of Weatherlea Farm in Lovettsville. Malcolm passed away peacefully at his home in the presence of his beloved wife, Pamela, and son Peter. Malcolm cherished Pamela and his children, Rebecca, Peter, and Alice as the center and ultimate purpose of his life.

He was a well-known local environmental activist, farmer and exemplary human being. He lived a long and distinguished life that included public service as Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, one of the first federal executive agencies devoted to the protection of the nation’s environment. Public service was his avocation in keeping with his conscientious willingness to contribute his many talents, vibrant intellect and solid moral center to the enhancement of our democratic institutions and values. He brought to tis task a reverence for the land and our natural environment.

Malcolm was a regular presence and participant in meetings of the Board of Supervisors, the Farm Bureau. He was engaged in the work of countless local citizen forums, and committees, councils, and boards devoted to the preservation and enhancement of the rural way of life and economy cherished by those who shared his devotion to western Loudoun. He brought many together in common cause as a co-founder of Save Rural Loudoun.

He was a dear friend and is already greatly missed. His equanimity in these challenging times, reminded us that the world was still a place in need of such exemplars of outstanding character, a pedagogy of unswerving commitment and dedication to the preservation of the natural world as the patrimony of all living beings. Malcolm’s life was marked by his deep concern for the well-being of others and the joy in his association with his many friends and emblematic of his generosity and care.

Yet his presence has only changed form. He now lives in the fond remembrances of his wife, son, and daughters, and the special spiritual community of his many friends and neighbors whose memories of his gentle manner, some act of gratuitous generosity, or special kindness will be the locus of his life. Malcolm lives on in the fond memories of his family and those of us who will have stories we may someday tell our children and others about the remarkable man who was our friend. Our cherished memories are now locus of his life, and we honor him by our remembering.

Randy Ihara, South Riding

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