Her memory lives in the wilderness | AspenTimes.com

Her memory lives in the wilderness

Dear Editor:Dottie Fox’s passing saddens all of us in the Aspen community, but it touches many more people than just those who were fortunate enough to have been her neighbors. And that is a measure of the extraordinary reach of her life.I served with Dottie on the board of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance where she contributed greatly to the protection of the wonderful Red Rock wilderness in Utah, among her favorite places. The Wilderness Society honored her with one of its highest awards just a few years ago. Her book on the Grand Canyon expressed her abiding love for that place and earned her the affection of the Grand Canyon Trust, an organization whose mission is to protect the Canyon and the ecosystem that it anchors. She was a founder of the Aspen Wilderness Workshop and an early, enthusiastic member of Great Old Broads for Wilderness.Dottie didn’t just write of the natural places she loved: she rendered their essence in watercolors and taught others that delicate art. She was ardent in her love for wild places, fearless in her advocacy for them. What a life she lived, and how generously!We will remember Dottie’s quiet passion, her friendship, her courage, her joy. And to know even more clearly what we have lost and to bring her often to our minds, we need only lift our eyes to the wilderness areas that grace our lives here. Each one – Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, the Ragged – testifies to Dottle’s dedication and selflessness.Dottie celebrated life and we celebrate her. She has given us much that will endure.Bert FingerhutAspen