The Peregrine Fund Mourns the Death of Former Board Member--Roy E. Disney
16 December 2009The Peregrine Fund mourns the death of Roy E. Disney, who served on the board of directors for 22 years. Disney died Wednesday morning at age 79.
"He was one of the most beloved members," said J. Peter Jenny, President and CEO of The Peregrine Fund, a conservation organization for birds of prey. "He and his family have been among our most ardent supporters."
Disney is a well-known conservationist and had a particular interest in birds of prey. He met the late Morley Nelson of Boise--an international raptor expert, falconer, and former Peregrine Fund board member--during the filming of "Perri the Pine Squirrel," a 1957 film that follows the life of a pine squirrel through the seasons of her life. Disney was a cameraman and Nelson flew a Goshawk for the film. Later, Disney met Peregrine Fund Founder Tom Cade during the production of "Varda, the Peregrine Falcon."
Disney's associations with Cade and Nelson led to his becoming a member of The Peregrine Fund board.
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