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The Chapter Remembers Dan Lynch
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by Cliff Terry | 2008

Dan Lynch, who was the prime activist of the Greater Baltimore and Maryland Sierra Club population committees until moving to Massachusetts a few years ago, died January 5 at the age of 90.

Dan Lynch, who was active in the Greater Baltimore Group until moving to Massachusetts a few years ago, died January 5 at the age of 90.

Dan was the prime activist of the Greater Baltimore and Maryland Sierra Club population committees through most of the 1990’s. At every opportunity, he tabled for the Sierra Club and gave talks on population issues. He designed and built several novel devices to dramatize exponential growth visually or to ask and answer population questions in an engaging way.

Through the early 1990’s Dan worked tirelessly in successful campaigns to preserve at least three large tracts of open space in Baltimore County: to preserve 200 acres known as the Merryman property as part of the County’s Oregon Ridge Park rather than the site of 40 upscale houses, to prevent extensive development of recreation facilities at Black Marsh (on the Bay shore) when it became North Point State Park, and to preserve the Cromwell Valley (just north of Baltimore) as a County park rather than a housing development.

Dan was a warm and giving friend to many and one of the most scrupulously ethical people I’ve known.

There will be a memorial service June 14 at 2 PM at Stony Run Friends Meeting House, 5116 N. Charles St. in Baltimore, and all his friends are welcome.

Dan’s family has asked that, in lieu of cards or flowers, his friends “choose a way to make the world a better place—conserve, recycle, walk, care for one another.” That’s just what Dan would have asked.

 

 

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