Rudy Haase, ONS.
Nova Scotia lost a great citizen on the evening of August 22, 2017.
Martin Rudy Haase was both humble and mighty. As Founder of the Friends of Nature Conservation Society in 1954, Rudy was an environmentalist before the word was coined. Through his leadership environmental successes occurred worldwide. Rudy's dedication, enthusiasm and quiet determination knew no bounds: the last dry tropical forest in Costa Rica was preserved, an historic row of plane trees along the Charles River in Boston was saved from destruction, McGlathery Island in Maine was rescued from clearcutting and became a nature preserve. Rudy was active on site during the Clayoquot Sound campaign.
Here in Nova Scotia Rudy became a leader in land conservation, purchasing and donating large parcels of wilderness. In 2010 Rudy became the third recipient of the MICA Award. This award is given to an individual who has been outstanding in furthering the spirit and intent of MICA's mission - To protect and conserve the natural environment of the islands and shoreline of Mahone Bay, and the traditional, social and recreational opportunities valued by its various communities.
Rudy and his wife Mickie Haase (predeceased) were educators, operating the Country Day School and Library for the benefit of residents of the Chester area. Together they wrote and published books. One of their early publications "Gardening Without Poisons", written by Beatrice Trim Hunter, sold almost 50,000 copies and influenced Rachael Carson in the writing of Silent Spring. Rudy and Mickie were exceptional supporters of the arts, especially Symphony Nova Scotia, Scotia Music Festival, young musicians and music in general.
Rudy was a letter writer: thousands upon thousands of letters to the editor and politicians from President Kennedy on down. Rudy lead by example and was a mentor to hundreds including Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada.
When Rudy received the Order of Nova Scotia the citation stated: Rudy lives modestly so he can give generously. Nova Scotia has lost a gem. His like may never be seen again.
A Celebration of Rudy's Life will be held on Friday, November 24 at Saint Andrews United Church, 1390 Robie Street (Corner of Coburg & Robie), Halifax, N.S., commencing from 1:45 to 3:00 pm. Reception to follow. All are welcome to attend.