Anne Reynolds (1944-2017), celebrated and storied citizen of Highlands County and staunch friend and supporter of Archbold Biological Station, passed away on August 12, 2017. Anne went far, far beyond everything that Archbold could ever have wished for in a neighbor, citizen-colleague, and generous supporter.
Anne Reynolds, celebrated and storied citizen of Highlands County and staunch friend and supporter of Archbold Biological Station, passed away on Saturday August 12, 2017. The entire Archbold community—board, scientists, educators, staff, students, volunteers—extends our sincerest condolences to the Reynolds family. We are thankful to have been blessed and touched by Anne, in so many ways.
Anne was endlessly vibrant and insatiably curious. She was an instinctive lover of nature, insightful scholar of history, and talented artist and writer. Yet, despite her dazzling multitude of talents, Anne was always serene, supremely thoughtful, and she exuded kindness and care. Together with loving husband Charles, she was a benevolent and generous supporter of many worthy causes. Everyone at Archbold who met Anne knew instantly they were in the presence of a unique and exceptional person. She learned eagerly from us and in turn taught us so much that we didn't know. Especially helpful to us, she opened our eyes to the history of native peoples and early settlers of this area. We celebrate that she epitomized the unending search for knowledge, the desire to share what she learned, and that her spirit of generosity helped others do likewise. Anne Reynolds went far, far beyond everything that Archbold could ever have wished for in a neighbor, citizen-colleague, and generous supporter.
We will hold onto our many happy memories of Anne, who turned up regularly and usually completely unannounced, wandering along the Station walkway seeking a scientist to ask about one of her interesting new observations, or to track down an important fact in the Library. We were always pleased to see Anne, and her company, conversations, and questions were invariably enjoyable and valuable.
Anne and Charles welcomed Archbold birdwatchers every year to their home at Bear Point during the Christmas Bird count to check for Painted Buntings at the bird feeders. Anne attended our seminars with interest and enthusiasm, even when they were about obscure scientific subjects. Since Archbold opened the new Learning Center, she took great pride in our desire to combine the arts and the sciences, two of her deep passions. Anne was always a faithful participant when we held a celebratory event. And whenever we needed help and support, Anne and Charles Reynolds invariably responded kindly and generously.
Anne Reynolds— you left an indelible mark at Archbold, just as you did elsewhere throughout Highlands County, and we will miss you dearly. We are so grateful to have been one of the many places you touched and changed. Our thoughts are with Charles and your loving and beautiful family.