The Trust deeply regrets the death of one of its early pioneers - Jeffrey Raum, of the Vale of Glamorgan whose life-long interest in natural history helped to put wildlife conservation on a firm footing for its future success across south and west Wales.
Jeffrey - as vice- chairman of the former Glamorgan Naturalists' Trust, followed by his chairmanship of the renamed Glamorgan Trust for Nature Conservation - helped steer staff and volunteers at the newly-opened Tondu Nature Centre through difficult financial times nearly thirty years ago when cash was needed to support administrative affairs and opportunites to acquire and manage new nature reserves.Jeffrey, aged 84, of The Paddock, Walterston, is fondly remembered for his gentle nature and solid determination to put the Trust firmly on the conservation map at a time when public perception of nature protection was in need of much improvement.
Jeffrey was eager to forge Trust relations with his words of praise for the efforts of both HQ staff and volunteers throughout Glamorgan.
In his annual report in 1984, Jeffrey sounded his concern for the increasing reduction in biodiversity and added: "This has resulted in a deterioration of an important aspect of our quality of life - but this would have been considerably worse if it had not been for the efforts of voluntary conservation organisations such as ours."
"These changes have been an inevitable result of industrial development - including farming and forestry - in a free enterprise society which attempts to balance benefits with economic considerations.
"These trends can only be reversed if adequate value is apportioned by society to nature conservation."
Jeffrey, whose professional career brought him to South Wales from Surrey where he supported the
county Trust, was the scientific development officer specialising in plastics at Dow Corning Ltd, in Barry.
The Trust's heartfelt sympathy is extended to Jeffrey's wife Joan whose long-term membership of the Trust is remembered for her sterling work as education officer and general secretary thirty years ago.
And a message from Trust Volunteer Doug Fraser and old friend of Jeffrey
"Many years ago, after travelling home from the Gulf on the Friday before Christmas (on what we called the "freedom-flight"), I eventually joined the Paddington-to-Swansea train at Reading.I spotted Jeffrey busily working away at some papers, in the first-class section. Luckily for me--perhaps not so luckily for Jeffrey-- the seat facing his, was empty. Bursting with bonhomie (and other spirits), I joined him. Jeffrey bore my boisterous interruption of his work, with his usual unfailing good humour and we spent a convivial journey back to Wales, during which time, several G&T's were enjoyed. (I clearly remember that there was a group of rather unruly Welsh MP's, sat together at the back of the coach !).
I remember being present at several Trust committee-meetings at which Jeffrey (ahead of his time as usual) would propose the use of computers to facilitate the carrying-out of various Trust activities.Such were the times, that he was invariably outvoted on this matter. When this happened, I remember his facial expression of dignified, patient resignation. He did of course eventually succeed in dragging the Trust screaming and kicking into the computer-age.
Jeffrey was a generous-hearted individual and a gentleman in every sense of the word. Those of us who were privileged to know him, now mourn his passing."