Memorial Resolution for Bernard R. Carman

Director, Bushkill Stream Conservancy

Recipient, 2012 Bennett-Merwarth Leadership Award 

1930 -- April 3, 2015 


Renowned for his robust memory of historical and cultural events in the Easton area as well as a detailed familiarity with the landscape and trails, Bob Carman was a living guidebook to the Bushkill Stream corridor. A director of the Conservancy since its founding in 1991, Bob participated in all of the organization's activities, was an enthusiastic recruiter of new directors, and edited the newsletter until it ceased publication in 2005. 


His dedication was recognized with the Bennett-Merwarth Award, presented by the BSC to individuals exhibiting conservation leadership within the Bushkill Creek watershed. 


A longtime birder and environmental activist, Bob served at various times as a member of the board of Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club, High Peaks Audubon, New York-Vermont Lake Champlain Committee, and Adirondack Conservancy. A native of Mooreland, Okla., he was editor of Adirondack Life (Keene, N.Y.) before moving to Easton where he was Lafayette College's director of public information from 1983 to 1994. 


The author of Hoot Toot & Whistle: The Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad (1963), Bob also wrote articles for a wide range of magazines. He received the CASE District II Distinguished Service Award in 1996 for exemplary service to the advancement profession and to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


Bob was legendary for his storytelling and for being an encyclopedic source of information about birds. With just minimal description, he could tell you what species you had seen and all about its nesting habits and preferred food. 


Bob had a penchant for using big words to describe small events, always with a twinkle in his eye. During a discussion about sending out "begging letters" for donations, Bob referred to them as "mendicant letters." To this day, the treasurer maintains the file on his computer with that name. When the Merwarths hosted holiday clambakes in the past, Bob was astounded by how they "festooned" their home, just for BSC. Bob, we know you held BSC in your heart, and we will miss your invaluable knowledge and humorous tales. Today's BSC is stronger and will remain forever "festooned" by your legacy. 


Photo from The Express (Sept. 24, 1985).


Prepared by Stevie Daniels for Bushkill Stream Conservancy

April 12, 2015