Carl Fittkau Memorial
A dedication ceremony was held in the new garden space outside the Children’s Room at the Library to kick off the Library’s annual tour of some of Mt. Lebanon’s most beautiful gardens. And the Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy was privileged to be part of that ceremony.
Nestled “just around the corner” from that beautiful new garden area is a unique walkway. This path, dedicated to the memory of the late Carl Fittkau, consists of a dozen stepping stones within which are stained glass representations of birds, bugs and flowers found here in western Pennsylvania. The stones were donated by the Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy in tribute to Mr. Fittkau whose vigorous defense of the integrity of Bird Park back in the mid-eighties helped to create the Conservancy.
Carl was a man of courage and conviction. He was a tall man with a deep, resonant voice. When he stood up to defend the value of green space in our highly urbanized community, people listened. He helped lead the fight for something he believed in very passionately. And yet, there was another side to Carl, a gentler side that cared avidly about birds and libraries. It is very fitting to build a memorial to him that epitomizes both facets of his personality.
The Conservancy was delighted that Carl’s widow, Margaret, was able to attend the dedication ceremony. Her role in defense of Bird Park is also greatly appreciated. Margaret was an active participant in the Friends of Bird Park meetings that led to the formation of the Conservancy. The Conservancy owes much to both Fittkaus, and we hope that people using the Fittkau path to that secluded section of the Library garden will appreciate their role in the on-going effort to preserve Mt. Lebanon’s green space.
Our thanks also to Knox Brown, manager of Wild Birds Unlimited, who generously provided an additional stone for the Fittkau pathway when we placed our order.
The picture shows Katie Anderson, a past president of the Conservancy and author of this article; Margaret Fittkau; and Bob Moll, President of the Conservancy in 2000.