Remembering Rudy Manke

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On November 7, South Carolina naturalist and educator Rudy Manke left the world he cared for so much. Rudy shared his passion for nature through personal connections, radio, and television with millions of people. He believed deeply the words of naturalist John Muir: “When you try to touch one thing by itself, you find it hitched to everything in the universe.”

Rudy’s passion for the plants and animals of our state made him an advocate for our natural world and its preservation. The SCNPS is deeply saddened by his passing and extremely grateful for his dedication to nature. As Society founder Rick Huffman noted “Rudy … understood the way of natural things, that death was part of the process. We will miss him as the world will miss him but feel blessed that we had the honor of knowing him. He’s now being recycled.”

Plans are unfolding for ways to memorialize Rudy; please stay tuned for more details. 

READ MORE about Rudy’s extensive career.


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