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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ned Cabot 1943-2012

Ned Cabot
Dr. Edmund B. ‘Ned’ Cabot served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) from 2004 to 2010.  On September 2, 2012, while on his yacht “Cialita”, Ned was tragically swept overboard by a rogue wave off the coast of Newfoundland. Ned was on the final leg of a journey he and friends had pursued over the past seven summers that had taken them from Nova Scotia through Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland to the coast of Norway.

In addition to a myriad of other interests, Ned loved to hunt and ride his horses on the family’s Bar N I Ranch in the Upper Purgatoire Valley in Southern Colorado.  Ned always spoke fondly of the Bar N I, and remarked on how important his time on the ranch as a young man was to him.  No one knew the ranch better than Ned.  Ned would consistently take his horse and head off for a long day of riding and maintaining trails.  

Ned was a true patriot, great conservationist and steward of the land.  The Bar N I Ranch was protected by a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservatory (TNC).  Ned was tireless in efforts to protect other important lands in the Upper Purgatoire.  Annually he hosted a dinner for area landowners, and land stewardship and conservation opportunities.  Ned would find time to discuss the important work that RMEF, TNC and the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now Colorado Parks and Wildlife) were doing in southern Colorado. 

The Bar N I landowner dinners would generally coincide with an annual elk hunt that Ned and his brother Louis have hosted for many years.  Ned would invite friends to hunt elk and enjoy their hospitality.  Ned loved being part of nature and hunting was one aspect of that.  Whether hunting ducks in Montana or elk at the Bar N I, Ned always loved participating in the great outdoors.

Bar N I

Ned would go out of his way to contact RMEF and other landowners, to discuss opportunities to permanently protect lands throughout the country.  Ned was constantly thinking of ways to help permanently protect important private lands by means of conservation easements and spent a lot of his time working with RMEF, TNC and the Land Trust Alliance.

After Ned’s family, sailing and the Bar N I seemed to be cornerstones in his amazing life.  Ned was a surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital for more than 25 years and taught at Harvard Medical School. He retired from medicine a decade ago and dedicated himself to philanthropy and sailing. He served on the Board of the Main Coast Heritage Trust as well as RMEF. He was the founder of Cabot-Wellington LLC and a trustee of the Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the Godfrey L. Cabot Family Association.

The RMEF family will miss Ned dearly and will forever appreciate his passion for adventure, his many contributions to elk country as well as his admirable conservation ethic.

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