To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Berkshire County has lost one of its great benefactors, Sarah H. Bell of Lenox, affectionately known to her friends as "Sally."
In the parlance of the legal community, Sally was what we call a "small-town lawyer," and she fit the perceived archetype beautifully. She lived and practiced law in her communities, helped her friends in dire need, and assisted people from all walks of life, with little regard as to their status. Sally devoted a goodly portion of her life to Berkshire preservation, knowing full well that the animals of the forest oftentimes cannot afford to pay a lawyer to preserve their habitats.
Sally was instrumental in the conveyance of vast tracts of forest and developable land for conservation throughout the Berkshires and the commonwealth of Massachusetts. One of her many loves was to behold the wild things of the Berkshires, and a visit from a furry or feathered friend always brought a smile to her. Indeed, Sally was a familiar face to some of the county’s foremost protectors of this beautiful land that we all share. Hunters, anglers, hikers, bikers, kayakers, historians, visitors, and wildlife abounding -- all enjoy the fruits of the conservationists’ efforts, and Sally’s efforts were exceptional. When she retired, Sally humbly declined requests to participate in any ceremony to recognize her substantial accomplishments.
In truth, there was no need, because the wild forests’ beauty is intrinsic and an animal’s ceremony is its life. Sally lived a beautiful life and she did great things as a small-town lawyer from Lenox.
JEREMIA A. POLLARD