Dr. David Sweet

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014

David Sweet was born March 24, 1948 to Bob and Sally Sweet in Polo, Illinois.  He graduated from Bradley University and then obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1974. Following college he lived and worked in Colorado for thirteen years, and in Phoenix for five years holding various position in the pharmaceutical industry from which he retired in 1987.
After retirement, he and his wife Cathy, moved to Cody, Wyoming where they owned and managed Absaroka Mountain Lodge 10 years.  He is a lifetime active member of Trout Unlimited for nearly 40 years, has served in virtually every leadership position in the TU East Yellowstone Chapter, and has served as chairman of the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited and currently serves as treasurer of that organization.  He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited. 
Dave’s extraordinary collaborative effort with the Save the Yellowstone Cutthroat Project, an initiative he conceived in 2007, implemented, championed and now serves as the Yellowstone Lake Special Project Manager.  This on-going project has earned national attention and is now listed as a number two priority national project by Trout Unlimited.  His mission in leading fundraising and public relation endeavors is to preserve the largest genetically pure population of Yellowstone cutthroat trout, not only for anglers but for the preservation of the Yellowstone ecosystem.
Save the Yellowstone Cutthroat Project, working in tandem with Yellowstone park officials, has enlisted the support of Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust Committee, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association, Yellowstone Lake Working Group, Trout Unlimited chapters and countless volunteers.  In 2011, Trout Unlimited honored Dave with the TU Distinguished Service Award.  This prestigious national award recognizes outstanding achievement embodying the spirit of Trout Unlimited in the mission to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.
Dave is tireless and passionate in his efforts to keep the momentum going to help reduce the impact of invasive lake trout on the national Yellowstone cutthroat population.  All data available to date point to lake trout numbers significantly decreasing and Yellowstone cutthroat numbers beginning to rebound.
Dr. Sweet and his wife Cathy have two daughters and reside in Cody, WY.

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