Sydney Anne (Hollingsworth) Reisbick
July 10, 1943 - Oct. 17, 2017
Sydney Anne Reisbick is fondly remembered. She died under sunny skies Oct. 17, 2017 at the Ray Hickey House in Vancouver. Born July 10, 1943 in Anchorage, Alaska to Howard Chesnut Hollingsworth and Oma Claire Hollingsworth. She liked to say that she grew up in a house at the edge of Pullman, Wash., between wheat fields and a college town.
She pursued a life of intellectual curiosity, stalwart integrity and devotion to wildlife, nature and people. Upon completion of her Bachelor's Degree from Washington State University, Dr. Reisbick went on to serve in the Peace Corps, stationed in Uruguay and later completed her Doctoral Degree at the University of California at Berkeley in Physiological Psychology. Dr. Reisbick served as Associate Professor of research at OHSU and other academic institutions and was involved in research activities at the Oregon Primate Center. As a true bibliophile, she owned and operated a used bookstore and internet café in Vancouver.
Dr. Reisbick was known for her vocal and philanthropic support of a myriad of community organizations, including Vancouver Audubon, Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and served as President for Friends of Clark County, a conservation advocacy and watch group. She also was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church since 2001, and served fully and quietly in areas such as Alter Guild, The Bishop's Committee and ministries involving the Clark County Food Bank and the homeless community.
Dr. Reisbick was an avid explorer of the world around her, both in her smaller community and the world at large. As a birder, ecologist, conservationist, neighbor and friend, she fully immersed herself toward community building and outreach.
Dr. Reisbick was married to Douglas Odell Reisbick who died in 1992. She is survived by her brother, Wiley; sister, Claudia Elaine Trigve; nieces, Anjanette Michelle Steinman (grandchild Zachary) and Amanda Rae Readd (Robert Readd; grandchildren, Victoria, Leah, Alice, and Riley). When Sydney married Douglas, she also married his family -- brother, Kim (Heidi, children Jason, Emily, and Rebecca); and sister, Samantha (children Kristen, Cameron, and Grant).
Please join the City of Ridgefield and community at 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Overlook Park to honor Sydney and other community members with an art installation and celebration.
Along with these pursuits, Dr. Reisbick established a fund in support of a dream for a Community Nature Center. In lieu of flowers and cards, contributions can be made to Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, c/o Dr. Sydney Reisbick, P.O. Box 1022, Ridgefield, WA 98642.
There will be a service for Sydney to celebrate her Life at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2206 N.W. 99th Street, Vancouver, WA 98665.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Source: The Oregonian
Date: Nov. 2 to Nov. 5, 2017
(daughter of Howard of Claude of Hezekiah)