Two retiring CBFers take time to explore
the Bay they love.
By Loren Anne Barnett
With 65 years of service between them, Bill Goldsborough and Chuck Foster are deeply ingrained in CBF’s history
Bill Goldsborough started in 1978 as Manager of CBF’s
Smith Island Education Center. A couple years later, he
took a three-year break to earn a master’s degree in estuarine ecology and returned as Manager of CBF’s Baltimore
Harbor program. In his words, “CBF just sent me off for
some training.” With his new credentials, Goldsborough
was soon wearing two hats: Education Senior Manager
and Staff Scientist. Fisheries became Goldsborough’s
focus not long after, and he became an effective advocate
for science-based fisheries management of rockfish, menhaden, crabs, and oysters.
Chuck Foster joined CBF’s Education Department in
1985, working at Fox Island. He spent one year there and
one year at CBF’s Arthur Sherwood Center in Annapolis
before advancing to Education Senior Manager. After three
years managing various education centers, Foster became
the first Fleet and Facilities Manager for Education. Foster
oversaw the acquisition, design, and construction of CBF’s
Philip Merrill Environmental Center, which earned the
U.S. Green Building Council’s first LEED Platinum designation. Once completed, he became the first Chief of Staff,
helping CBF President Will Baker run the organization.
Along the way, the two have built a friendship based
on mutual admiration, love for the Bay, and fishing.
According to Goldsborough, it’s “not something we talk
about—it just is. Three decades of shared experiences on
the Bay and in our programs have pretty well put it on a
Inset at right: Tangier Sound was the last
stop on Foster and Goldsborough’s fall
retirement trips. During their three four-day
outings, their catches of the day included
rockfish, crabs, and clams.
LEFT TO RIGHT: BILL GOLDSBOROUGH/CBF STAFF,
EMMY NICKLIN/CBF STAFF, BILL GOLDSBOROUGH/CBF STAFF