“A blustery circumnavigation of Waldron Island didn’t faze Walter and Ruth at all. They sat happily on the stern deck in the drizzle and wind, smiling, holding hands and content because they were together, taking in the beauty of these islands.” –Barbara Courtney, former SJPT Director of Philanthropy | Photo by Gene Helfman
A beach on the MacGinities’ conservation easement
The Preservation Trust lost a member of its extended family shortly before Christmas, 2020: Walter MacGinitie. He and Ruth, his wife of 70 years, donated conservation easements in 1998 and 2009, forever protecting 13 acres of their property—including 2,347 feet of shoreline—on the west side of San Juan Island. The property, which Ruth’s parents purchased in the 1950s, has been the MacGinities’ home for many years. There’s even a road in the neighborhood with their name on it.
In Walter’s memory, we have gathered a small “bouquet” of remembrances from SJPT board members and staff (past and present) who knew him. Ruth perfectly summed up the couples’ conservation legacy more than 20 years ago, after she and Walter donated their first conservation easement: “We hope this easement will make it possible for our grandson’s kids to come to know and love this place in the same way that we do.”