Reeff, Mark J. (Deceased)
Mark was a native of Washington State, born October 21, 1956. He attended Central Washington University where he received his bachelor's degree in geology and environmental science, and his master's degree in natural resource management. He married Dorothy in 1980 and a son, Joey, was born in 1991. He began his career with the Washington State Energy Office, determining the economic and environmental feasibility of using geothermal resources in that state. Mark spent about two years with the Sport Fishing Institute in Washington, D.C., as an economics specialist where he edited The Bulletin and worked on a variety of issues including artificial fishing reefs. He had publications on artificial reefs, aquatic education, and fish and wildlife management. Since January 1987, he worked with the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, being promoted to resource director in 1990. He was involved in a number of national issues, including the 1990 Farm Bill and the Wallop-Breaux controversy. He was the project leader of the Association's proactive strategy for dealing with the animal rights movement. He also served as chairman of the Aquatic Resources Education Council. He had responsibility for several successful national conferences. Mark was active in professional circles including the American Fisheries Society and was president of the Potomac Chapter in 1990. He presented a number of papers at professional conferences. Mark got along well with and was respected by academia, the heads of the state, provincial and federal agencies, with "hill" personnel, fellow workers, and cooperators. Mark was an ardent outdoorsman and completely dedicated to sound, scientific resource management. He was a hard, serious worker and, at the same time, fun loving and gregarious. Mark was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1991. Mark died on March 30, 1997, in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was buried at Washington Memorial Cemetery near Seattle on April 4. A memorial service was held on May 13 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., for this respected and well-liked biologist whose life was regrettably short.