Dr. Donald Rankin

Dr. Don Rankin of Madison storied career as an Air Force surgeon and later chief of emergency medicine in Bridgeport, but most people in Madison just think of him as a friend—in particular, as the tireless guiding force behind the Friends of Hammonasset. He launched the annual Hammonasset Festival, which celebrates the state park’s Native American and natural history, and was a key player in the recent complete renovation of the Meigs Point Nature Center, which helps teach lessons about the natural world to thousands of visitors yearly.