Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action




Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action



     About the Event

     About Dillon Ripley

     About the Book

     About the Author





















About the Event
Join LRWC and the Litchfield Historical Society for a book signing and reception with
Roger D. Stone, author of the newly-released biography of S. Dillon Ripley.
Jointly hosted by the Litchfield Historical Society and LRWC, this event will be held on September 24th at the Litchfield History Museum at 3:00pm.

What:    Book Signing and Remarks followed by a Reception
Why:     To celebrate the release of Roger Stone's biography and the life and works of Dillon Ripley! 
When:   September 24th, 2017 • 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where:  Litchfield History Museum7 South Street • Litchfield, CT

You won't want to miss this book signing and remarks by author Roger D. Stone about his new biography, The Lives of Dillon Ripley, which gives a comprehensive account of the amazing life and achievements of S. Dillon Ripley, the founder of LRWC (among MANY other accomplishments!)

Reservation information to follow!


About S. Dillon Ripley
Sidney Dillon Ripley II: American ornithologist, wildlife conservationist, and the founder of the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy.
From the Book Release: "A Yale-educated Renaissance man, S. Dillon Ripley was a “courtly, determined, hugely ambitious, energetic, funny, and colorful ornithologist, conservationist, and cultural standard-bearer” who led the Smithsonian Institution for twenty years, during its greatest period of growth. During his watch, from 1964 to 1984, the SI added eight new museums and seven new research centers and began publication of the Smithsonian magazine. It was Ripley’s vision that transformed “the nation’s attic” from a dusty archive to a vibrant educational and cultural institution, just as he had transformed Yale’s Peabody museum before it. Prior to his career at the SI, and running parallel with it for the rest of his life, was Ripley’s work as an ornithologist, begun in New Guinea in the 1930s, continued through his PhD from Harvard in 1943, and culminating in his landmark thirty-year project documenting the bird life of India. His lifelong passion for ornithology led him to positions of leadership in worldwide nature conservation. In the midst of these endeavors he was recruited in 1944 to the Office of Strategic Services, a Yalie club at the outset that became the forerunner of the modern CIA. Posted to Ceylon, he recruited and ran agents who reported from and infiltrated Japanese-held Southeast Asia." ....

For more on Dillon Ripley, visit our History Page, join us for this event, and read The Lives of Dillon Ripley!


About the Book 
The Lives of Dillon Ripley: Natural Scientist, Wartime Spy, & Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution 
The first-ever full-length biography of Dillon Ripley!

“Dillon Ripley, a star in the firmament of twentieth-century scholars and naturalists, was for twenty years an imaginatively effective secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Roger Stone, one of a host of talented friends and admirers, has written the memoir that Dillon Ripley, because of illness, could not complete. . . . Stone’s admirably relentless scholarship celebrates just how much fun it could be ‘to go for a walk with Ripley,’ as observed by one of Dillon Ripley’s contemporaries.”
George Woodwell, founder of the Woods Hole Research Center and
    former chairman for the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund

“Stone has produced a riveting biography of the man who held for two decades ‘the world’s top cultural job.’ He shows how Ripley navigated the period’s mood swings with numerous firsts, such as reaching multiracial crowds with the Folklife Festival.”
Stephen H. Grant, author of Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger

About the Author, Roger D. Stone 
Roger D. Stone is a former correspondent and bureau chief for Time magazine, former president of the Center for Inter-American Relations, director and president of the Sustainable Development Institute, and a board member of the World Wildlife Fund, where he served with Dillon Ripley. In writing this biography, Stone had access to the Ripley family’s archives and photos, as well as to the voluminous archives at the Smithsonian and the National Archives, and to over forty hours of transcribed interviews, conducted with Ripley at the Smithsonian. Stone is the author of six previous books. He lives in Washington, DC. 



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