In Memoriam: Ted Radke

The East Bay lost a dedicated conservationist and friend when Ted Radke died on August 29, 2016. Ted was the longest serving member of the East Bay Regional Park District’s board, serving from 1978 through 2014, a period that saw Park District lands double in size. He was especially committed to and effective in preserving lands in Contra Costa County, including the John Muir National Historic Site, Alhambra Creek, Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, Martinez Regional Shoreline, and expansion of Briones Regional Park.

Born in Richmond, California, Ted always considered Martinez his home. At the young age of 24, Ted was elected to the Martinez City Council, and later co-founded Contra Costa Ecology Action. He taught history, sociology and political science at Contra Costa Community College for 30 years.

Ted was a member of the California Native Plant Society and a true ally within the Park District. He listened carefully to CNPS’s science-based arguments for land protection and management, and acted with wisdom and thoughtfulness. EBRPD General Manager Bob Doyle called him “a conservation lion.” He will certainly be missed, and he is remembered with gratitude and appreciation.

Charli Danielsen and Barbara Leitner