STATEMENT: WRI Mourns Loss of William Ruckelshaus, First EPA Administrator and Former WRI Board Chair
William D. Ruckelshaus passed away on November 27, 2019. He was the first Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1973 and served again from 1983 to 1985. He was also Chairman of the Board for WRI from 1996 to 2004.
Following is a statement from Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute:
"William Ruckelshaus lived a remarkable life with a deep dedication to the environment and public health. He was a lion of a man, but led with warmth and humility. As the first EPA administrator, he established the agency’s vital role in protecting nature and putting science at the center of policy. His legacy will be long-lasting, as he represented America with integrity and conviction. Bill also raised the bar for corporate stewardship and used his voice to advocate for the environment after his government service.
“We are deeply honored that he served as WRI's Board Chair, where he generously shared his wisdom and advice, and oversaw WRI’s growth in size and impact during a critical period in the early years of this century. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones.”
- Global Communications Director