Laurence R. Jahn, 74, Vienna, Va., a natural resources conservationist and leader and the father of a town of Sharon woman, died of cancer Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Moravian Church in Lake Mills, Wis. Another memorial service will be held in the Washington, D.C., area in November.
The Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna, Va., is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Jahn was born June 24, 1926, in Jefferson, Wis., a son of the late Roy J. and Mabel (Kothlow) Jahn.
He was married to Helen Faville.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He received a bachelor’s degree and then his master’s degree and doctorate in wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was a wildlife biologist, writer and administrator, focusing on the ecosystem as a whole.
He was vice president of the Wildlife Management Institute from 1971 to 1987 and then president, retiring in 1991 as chairman of the board of directors.
He was a past chairman of the Natural Resources Council of America, a past president of the Wildlife Society, a past chairman of the Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board and a past secretary-treasurer of the North American Wildlife Foundation.
He received the Aldo Leopold Medal of the Wildlife Society in 1989 for his contributions to conservation.
Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Katharine (Ronald) Cook, Custer; one son, Richard (Sheila), Crestview, Fla.; one sister, Audrey Schlender, Lake Mills; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.