Don Goldsberry, born June 6, 1935, died recently of natural causes. Don will be most remembered for being a pioneer in the marine mammal field. He started his career at the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and later went on to lead in the care and training of Namu the Killer Whale, one of the first killer whales to be introduced into captivity. Don later joined Ted Griffin at the Seattle Marine Aquarium. Both Don and Ted are credited for changing public perception of the "feared and deadly" killer whale. Don later worked as Director of Collection for SeaWorld during their expansion years, traveling all over the world humanely acquiring new species of animals never before seen by the general public. It is through Don's early work that we have a better understanding of the marine environment and the animals that live within it. Don was an exceptional man and will be especially missed by his daughter and grandson, Debra and Trevor Foster. To read more about Don Goldsberry please go to the Edward Memorial website after 3/1/14.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 23, 2014.