Pamela Westrom loved a good adventure.
A graduate of Jamestown High School, Northeastern University and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She built her own dentistry practice and worked for many years, retiring to pursue her passions for birdwatching and sailing aboard her beloved boat, Chautauqua.
She valued her time in open waters and moored in Central America, spending her days sailing, and studying the local environment and bird-life. In addition to being an adventurer and conservationist, Westrom was as accomplished pilot, skydiver, scuba diver and hang-glider.
In November 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, Westrom passed away.
To honor her love for the environment and concern for environmental issues, her brother, Curt Westrom, provided the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy with a gift to create The Pamela A. Westrom Sanctuary Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
This fund will provide financial support to maintain and care for the Bentley Nature Preserve, located off Fluvanna Avenue, between Jamestown and Greenhurst, as well as, the Wright Property located nearby. A favorite site for naturalists, Roger Tory Peterson and Gustaus Bentley, these wetlands are home to an incredible variety of bird and plant life.
Fittingly, the preserve is also home to the recently named Pamela A. Westrom Wildflower Trail, for future environmentalists and ornithologists to learn from nature, just as Westrom did.