Ruth Patrick Passes

One of the country’s leading experts in the study of freshwater ecosystems and modern pollution control, Ruth Patrick, passed away Monday September 23, 2013 in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She was 105. Well known as a pioneer environmental activist, Patrick was concerned with addressing the problem of water pollution “before the rest of us even thought of focusing on it,” says James Gustave Speth, former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Read more about Patrick’s life and work in The New York Times.

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