Swift, Lloyd W. (Deceased)
Lloyd was born September 4, 1904, on the Swift Ranch near Ione, California, and was the youngest of five children. He was reared on the family cattle ranch in Gold Rush Country, which included summers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Lloyd’s grandparents went to California during 1850-60s. Lloyd enrolled at the University California, Davis, in 1922 in its first four-year class. After three years Lloyd transferred to the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Forestry, where he received a BS degree in 1927, and an MS degree in 1930. His career was 35 years with Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He retired in 1963 as director, Division of Wildlife Management in the chief's office, Washington, D.C. As director he had leadership role in the coordination of game, fish, non-game, and endangered species habitat needs within multiple-use management programs on the 200-million acres of National Forest lands. Lloyd cooperated closely with state fish and game, conservation, and other organizations. Lloyd was first executive officer, U.S. Appeal, World Wildlife Fund from 1963 to 1966, and then served a term as secretary and board member. After 1966, he was a consulting biologist concerned with wild land and wildlife management in the United States, the Middle East, central and eastern Africa. Foreign assignments were mostly with United Nations agencies. Lloyd was a member of the Cosmos Club and served as president in 1978 during the Club's Centennial Year. He was a member of the Natural Resources Council of America and the Boone and Crockett Club. Lloyd served as leader of the Palaver Club from 1985 to 1996. Lloyd belonged to numerous scientific and professional organizations including Sigma XI, The Wildlife Society (trustee), and the Society of American Foresters. He was proud to have been a member of the Society of American Foresters for 71 years, and had personally known all the chiefs of the Forest Service from Gifford Pinchot through Michael Dombeck. Lloyd’s writings include technical and popular articles on wildlife management in U.S. Department of Agriculture Yearbook, journals, and magazines. He was coauthor of Range Plant Handbook, published by the US Forest Service, 1937. Lloyd was married on December 9, 1929, to Clara J. Bishop, also a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, in San Francisco. They had two children: Dr. Lloyd W. Swift, Jr., research forester, Franklin, North Carolina, and daughter Clara Ailes, Springfield, Virginia, wife of Admiral Robert H. Ailes. They had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Clara Bishop died in 1964. Lloyd married Rose Ward Dieter in December 1969. Lloyd was a very active member of the Washington Biologists’ Field Club since 1947, serving as president, 1956-59, and then as an honorary member. Lloyd died on February 17, 2001, and a celebration of his life was held on March 4, 2001, for his many friends and relatives. A memorial plaque for Lloyd was installed on Plummers Island.