We remember our friend, Alan Rabinowitz (December 31, 1953 – August 5, 2018).
This page provides a window into the different facets of his life, and collects some of the opportunities we shared with Alan, and more.
We will miss Alan. And the world will miss Alan.
Through these images, podcasts and films, his legacy will live on.
Alan was our dear friend.
He was a gentle giant, a strong man who preferred giving than taking, and preferred advocating for others rather than advancing his own self-interests.
In adulthood, Alan became a strong voice. He was a pioneering advocate for worldwide conservation of big cats (founder and president of Panthera); an ambassador for people who stutter (spokesman for Stuttering Foundation of America); and a role model for many kids, young adults who stutter. He was a dear friend, and an intensely private and generous soul.
But his early childhood looked quite different than the strong shouldered spokesman and fearless advocate. As a shy kid from the Rockaways, his stutter led him to hide in shame. It also led him to make a promise to the big cats at the Bronx Zoo. That promise changed his life - and the lives of big cats around the world as well as thousands of young people who stutter, inspired by Alan.
WATCH: Exclusive extra-footage of Alan's story
From our documentary film, Transcending Stuttering: The Inside Story.
WATCH: Some of Alan's best films, TV and stories
Zoologist Alan Rabinowitz almost makes Stephen Colbert cry with the story of how he was inspired to save big cats (Comedy Central).