NAFA President 1970-1972
North American Falconers Association, Alan and Venice Beske, Bob Collins
tan was fun, conservative,
a great administrator, and
loved NAFA and falconry.
Stan was with NAFA from the
start and quickly stepped up to
do his part. He was appointed
secretary in 1967 and became
president in 1970. His two year
term was eventful. During his
tenure, the Migratory Bird Treaty
was amended resulting in raptors
gaining federal protection. The
USFWS acquired jurisdiction.
Falconry legislation was moving
across the country. Even before
that, Stan played a significant role
in gaining federal recognition of falconry as a legal means of
take for migratory birds, principally ducks.
Stan was a doer”. In addition to his extraordinary
organizational skills, he knew how to delegate. After his term
as president, he continued to assist his good falconry friends
Ed Freienmuth and Roger Thacker, who was his successor
as president. Together the three of them formed the North
American Peregrine Foundation. This group was dedicated
to getting captive bred falcons to falconers – something that
was not happening at the time. The Endangered Species
Act was in full swing and wild take
of peregrines was non-existent. Over
time as captive propagation became
commonplace, the NAPF was no longer
necessary. The three men then donated
the remaining funds to the Peregrine
Fund. These funds were used by the
Peregrine Fund to purchase the land on
which the World Center for Birds of Prey
and the Archives of Falconry are located.
Stan loved to trap and band raptors
during the spring and fall migrations.
He was a welcome addition to the
trapping blinds – always good for comic
relief during the slow periods. A little
known fact is that Stan is indirectly
responsible for the naming of the
Great Lakes Falconers Association.
When his good friend, and fellow
former NAFA president, George
Kotsiopoulos founded GLFA in 1961,
Stan attended the meetings in Illinois.
They decided that the associations
name should reflect a regional
membership so that Stan, from
Michigan, would be included.
On a local level, Stan played a major
role in securing wild take of raptors
for falconers in Michigan – something
that had been a long, difficult
struggle due to intense opposition by politically connected
protectionists. Stan persevered!
Stan was born December 13. 1931 in Chicago, Illinois.
His parents were Joseph and Ruth Marcus. He earned his
Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University and his MBA
from Central Michigan University. He retired as a chemical
engineer with Dow Chemical. He is survived by his two
children Jeffrey (Peggy) Marcus of Santee, California and
daughter Dr. Jennifer Jo (Dr. Rajnik Raab) Marcus of
Franklin Lakes, N.J., and grandsons Galen W. Raab and
Benjamin Marcus.
Stan continued to be a resource for falconers long after
his term as NAFA president. He would assist with drafting
model state regulations across the country as well as help
out individuals who had problems with zoning ordinances
and the like. He did so quietly, effectively and without
compensation for decades. When he was “introduced” at
a NAFA meet banquet in Vernal,Utah in 2011, the crowd
erupted into a sustained, spontaneous standing ovation.
He is remembered with great affection. His name always brings
a smile to the faces of his friends.
by his falconry friends
Stan with good friends and fellow former
NAFA presidents George Kotsiopoulos (left)
and Roger Thacker (right)
Stan contributed
quietly and
effectively for decades
within the falconry
community and he
is remembered with
great affection.
NAFAs brain trust at Ed Freienmuths funeral in Sept., 1993
DFO President Eckart Schormair,
Stan and Roger Thacker.