Kenton Miller Condolences Book

10 May 2011 | News story
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"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value."  Albert Einstein

This condolence book is dedicated to Kenton R. Miller, former IUCN Director General and Chair of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas.

For all who knew Kenton, his loss, whilst very sad to the conservation world, also offers opportunities to reflect.

Kenton’s life was devoted to make this planet a better place whilst conserving nature and its associated values. As early as 1978, Kenton pioneered the link between protected areas and compatible development, showing the link with people and their needs. He also pioneered the theory and practice of bioregional planning, stressing the need to plan and manage protected areas beyond their boundaries, and embedded in the landscape seascape.

As IUCN’s Director General from 1983 to 1988, Kenton provided clear guidance and leadership to the global community. He also served three terms as IUCN WCPA Chair: 1976-1979,1980-83,2000-2004, during the last term leading the process towards the 5th IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban, South Africa, 2003.

In addition to being a thought leader, Kenton was an outstanding practitioner and his advice to develop national systems of protected areas, particularly in Latin America, was both innovative and practical. His commitment to innovation led him to establish the “Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management”, to inspire and recognise practitionners who have overcome major challenges to protected areas.

Kenton has set a remarkable example for all of us to follow. Kenton was indeed a man of value and our lives were enriched by his values and commitment to conservation.

Following are the condolence messages by colleagues and friends.

Please post your messages as comments to this text.

If you would like to add a photo of Kenton to our Gallery, please email it to Delwyn Dupuis ded@iucn.org


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182 Comments
1 Rita Guidi Retired
I was Dr. Miller's assistant at the University of Michigan
I will always be thankful to Dr. Kenton Miller for hiring me as an office assistant at the University of Michigan. He gave me a chance to do my part for International Conservation and IUCN.
He was the kindest boss that I have ever had and I will always respect and praise him for all the work that he did for the environment worldwide.
Thank you again Dr. Kenton Miller. This is a great loss for the world.
July 24, 2012 - 04:26
2 Bernardo Zentilli CODEFF
Se fue un gran Profesor y amigo
Kenton nos mostró el camino para iniciar los primeros planes de manejo de áreas protegidas en CHILE y nos acompañó por años en esta tarea. El último plan de manejo que realizamos juntos fue el del P. N. Torres del Paine en 1974. Trabajamos juntos en la UICN durante parte de su Direccion.
Sentimos profundamente su partida
June 30, 2011 - 20:46
3 Vera Violeta Montero Castro SINAC--MINAET-COSTA RICA
AL GRAN AMIGO Y DEFENSOR DE LAS AREAS SILVESTRES PROTEGIDAS
KENTON..TUVE LA ALEGRIA DE INVITARTE A COSTA RICA Y EL GRAN HONOR DE CONOCERTE ...AGRADEZCO TUS INVALUABLES CONSEJOS - RECOMENDACIONES Y LOS DOCUMENTOS FACILITADOS - DONADOS QUE NO DUDO ESTAN EN UN LUGAR MUY ESPECIAL DE VARIOS COSTARRICENSES.
TE RECORDARE SIEMPRE CON MUCHO CARIÑO
June 27, 2011 - 15:43
4 A.C. Alcala Siliman University
www.su.edu.ph/suakcrem/index.htm
It is with sadness to hear of the passing away of Kenton Miller, who was our inspiration in our program of marine protected areas. May his tribe increase! Our work at SUAKCREM was partly due to him and the IUCN-WCPA.
June 17, 2011 - 11:44
5 Satya Priya Gautam Bhalla
An inspiration
I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences on the bereavement caused by the departed soul.

His efforts for the conservation would always be an inspiration for the new generation.

I pray for him to rest in peace & for the family to regain strength.
June 9, 2011 - 08:16
6 Patricia Rudikoff The Oasis Sanctuary
A cousin and a friend
While we met only briefly, I always knew that my cousins, Sue and Ken, were special, and that they were doing special things. They have always been an inspiration and Ken's passing came much too soon. His impact will live on well beyond the boundaries of a lifetime. WEll done Kenton. We'll miss you!
June 3, 2011 - 01:08
7 Bruce Amos WCPA and Parks Canada
This tremendous outpouring of heartfelt messages from friends and colleagues demonstrates very clearly Kenton's unique influence on parks and people around the world. He had a calm manner, a ready smile and spoke with a measured pace. He cared deeply about our planet. He was one of our wise elders and we will miss him. Condolences to Sue and the family.
June 2, 2011 - 22:18
8 Liliana Wiesner R. ingenira forestal
Sin duda alguna sus maravillosas enseñanzas y su ejemplo de vida vivirán por siempre
June 2, 2011 - 15:01
9 Ray D. Rodriguez Colon The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico
Mi más sentido pésame
Mis más sentido pésame a la familia Miller por la partida de Kenton. Su labor y pasión por la conservación quedaran plasmados para siempre en sus trabajos y en los corazón de los que tuvimos la oportunidad de conocerlo. Que Dios fortalezca y ayuda a la familia durante este proceso.
June 2, 2011 - 13:58
10 Carlos Roberto Chavarria Tirimbina Rainforest Center
Gracias por una vida dedicada a la Conservación.
Tuve oportunidad de conocer al Sr. Miller en Costa Rica, y su pasión por la planificación, inspiró a muchos, incluyéndome, a mejorar nuestras Areas Protegidas.
Condolencias a su familia.
June 1, 2011 - 17:17
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