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“The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.”

–Terry Tempest Williams

Stewart Udall

Stewart Udall_lrStewart Udall (January 31, 1920 – March 20, 2010), In Memoriam, former Board Member was born in St. Johns, Arizona in 1920. He grew up on the family farm during the Great Depression. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and flew in many missions. After being honorably discharged, he attended college in Arizona and received a law degree. He married Lee Webb, and together they raised a family of six children.

Mr. Udall successfully ran for U.S. Congress in 1954 where he served until he was appointed as Secretary of the Interior by President John F. Kennedy in January, 1961. He served in the capacity under both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson until January, 1969. During his tenure, he worked vigorously in behalf of preservation of natural habitat, and it was on his watch that the Wilderness Act was passed and signed into law in 1964. After leaving Washington, for many years he worked closely with Navajo uranium miners and their widows successfully seeking recompense for them. He is presently retired and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stewart Udall is the author of several books including his classic, The Quiet Crisis, The Quiet Crisis and the Next Generation, and To the Inland Empire.