Remembering the legacy of a former Stony Brook University professor whose memory lives on in a 26-acre preserve on campus grounds to this day, the Friends of Ashley Schiff Park Preserve met recently to recognize another year of preservation and celebration of a space that remains untouched as the university continues to grow.
The Stony Brook Independent covered the event, held at the Three Village Inn, where Schiff's widow, Dorothy and others about the space and what it means for students, teachers, and any naturalist looking to go for a walk at any time they choose.
“You can go into the preserve and not hear any traffic from Nicholls Road,” Arthur Shertzer, Stony Brook faculty and group member, said. “It’s incredible coming from a campus as urbanized as Stony Brook University.”
Schiff died at the age of 37 in 1969, and left behind his wife and two children. He was a popular professor on campus, and the preserve he was known to walk about – located in the southern campus between Roth Quad and the Marine Science Research Center – was dedicated in 1970 in his honor. It is not legally protected.