Lyn Gilman-Garrick

Happening People

Lyn Gilman-Garrick by Paul Neevel

“I was a professional girl scout,” says Lyn Gilman-Garrick, describing a childhood in Salisbury, N.C., devoted to hiking and camping. She studied biology at Guilford College in Greensboro, a Quaker school and hub of anti-war and environmental activism. “We celebrated the first Earth Day in 1970,” she recalls. After two years researching fish populations off Montauk Point on Long Island, she came west to continue at OSU. “I decided I wasn’t really a biologist,” says Gilman-Garrick, who instead entered law school at Lewis and Clark, where she met her husband, Paul Garrick. She practiced juvenile law in Portland for 10 years, representing kids in court and advocating for children’s issues. Her husband, a bankruptcy lawyer, found work in Eugene. After years of commuting, she left the law and took a job as office manager at Pacifica Veterinary Services. In 1998, she and vet Doreen Hock started Pro-Bone-O, a nonprofit free vet clinic for pets of the homeless. She also got into cycling, and, after a cross-country ride in 2008, left Pro-Bone-O to volunteer for Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah. “I’ve organized the tour program for three years now,” she says. “The goal is to bring people out, to get them hiking and to see the work of the Friends, the large-scale restoration projects.” Learn about upcoming tours at