Richard Weinstein (JD 49)
Richard Weinstein (JD 49) passed away on May 12, 2012. He was 86.
Weinstein was a renowned conservationist, serving an unprecedented 20 years on the national board of governors for the Nature Conservancy, according to a Palm Beach Post obituary. His service with the Nature Conservancy led to his receipt of the Oak Leaf Award, the organization’s highest honor, as well as being named Florida’s National Conservation Hero by the state chapter.
Weinstein grew up in Connecticut and moved to Florida to attend UF Law after serving in World War II and receiving a Purple Heart medal. After graduation, he began a legal career that included a lifetime of serving on the national legal committee of the Anti-Defamation League.
During his 28-year post on the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy, Weinstein helped create Florida’s Preservation 2000 Program, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and helped establish protected sites across the United States.
In 2002, the State Department of Environmental Protection Division of Recreation and Parks dedicated the Richard S. Weinstein Satinleaf Nature Trail in MacArthur Beach State Park in recognition of Weinstein’s land conservation efforts.
Weinstein was preceded in death in 2009 by his wife of 53 years, Pearl. He is survived by his children Abigail Weinstein, Pamela Glasser, Melissa Smith and Matthew Weinstein.