Ocean Legacies


Why Leave a Legacy?

The members of our Ocean Legacy Society have expressed their commitment to Ocean Conservancy’s future by naming Ocean Conservancy to receive a bequest in their will or trust, by beneficiary designation or other estate gift. Learn more about the people who have chosen to protect our ocean for future generations.


Ruth Baker

Ruth likes things simple! That’s why she chose charitable gift annuities as the best way to protect marine wildlife from the impacts of plastic floating in our ocean.

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Eleanor Brew

The ocean is the soul of our planet. Since I was a child, it has brought me peace.

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Gay Cheney

I’m 81, still swim and sit by the hour with my friends listening and watching the endless variety of waves that break on the shore.

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Julie and Don Dickinson

They spent their honeymoon on a trans-Atlantic cruise and have since traveled the world on ocean-going ships. Each trip has deepened their commitment to protecting and preserving the ocean.

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Sylvia Earle

“I want my grandchildren to experience the oceans in an even richer way than I have.”

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Jan Kern and Tom Grahame

“We believe in the ‘existence value’ of the ocean and ocean species. Existence value is a school of economic thought that says that we receive a benefit simply from knowing that a particular environmental resource, exists. That’s how we feel about the ocean.”

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Peggy and Bill Goldberg

After more than 30 years of scuba diving, Peggy and Bill Goldberg still relish the thrill of encountering sharks underwater.

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Henry Gorecki

“My Dad and I used to take long walks along the lake and the beauty of the cliffs on the shoreline is vivid for me to this day.”

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Sue and Craig Grube

“We believe that if we don’t stand up now and support organizations like Ocean Conservancy that have clear and effective strategies, the oceans will soon be barren wastelands.”

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Ann Henderson

Although Ann Henderson didn’t see the sea until she was a teenager, she’s felt a kinship with it for as long as she can remember.

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Pat Minnick

“Every day I walk a short distance to a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I’m so grateful to Ocean Conservancy for their dedication and work to keep the ocean I love sparkling.”

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Diane Scott & Florence Oliverio

“If we can protect the ocean and its ecosystems, our children and our children’s children will have healthier, happier lives. A vibrant ocean is a more important inheritance for our loved ones than anything else we could give them.”
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Feodor Pitcairn

“All life depends on the ocean. When you look at Mars, all dusty and dry and desolate that once had water, you appreciate what Earth would be like without our ocean.”

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Rosemary & Jim Walsh

The Walshes are Depression-era babies whose parents instilled in them a great appreciation for the natural world — values they have passed down to their children and grandchildren.

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Charlotte Meyer

I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. My favorite memories are the late afternoon fishing adventures with my father.

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Thomas Perkins

Growing up the ocean was never far away. I quickly became entranced by the beauty and bounty of the ocean.

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