Passing of our Dear Friend and AOC President - Leah Pummill

Dear AOC Members,

Sadly, I am sharing the news that our long time president and dear friend, Leah Pummill, passed away the morning of December 21, 2016. She had her close friends, Vicki Rochelle and Judy Loverde by her side.  Leah has been in medical facilities since June 14, so it has been a long and difficult time for her.


Our colleague Judy Kestner wrote a fond farewell.

Leah Pummill was a most stalwart defender of the natural world and of the birds in it. President of the AOC for nearly two decades, Leah worked tirelessly to preserve habitat in the Texas Coastal Bend and she led the way in the creation and development of many essential birding areas here.

Under her leadership, the AOC worked with the city of Corpus Christi to improve access to and safety within Blucher Park in downtown Corpus Christi. She was instrumental in development of the Packery Channel Oak Motte - in fact the pond there is named in her honor - and she hounded the city’s water department for the continued maintenance of Polliwog Ponds.

Leah was a past recipient of the Conservation & Stewardship Award from the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Foundation in Corpus Christi, though I dare say that the amount of love and respect of her fellow club members and the birding community shines just as brightly.

We will sorely miss this funny, warm, intelligent human being.
— Judy Kestner

I will publish the date for the Celebration of Life memorial when plans are finalized, most likely to be held sometime in January at Hazel Bazemore County Park.


Judith Reader, Treasurer