Thursday, August 11, 2011

Environmental History: JFK and Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot was twice Governor of Pennsylvania, founder of the U.S. Forestry Service, and a major figure in conservation movement at the turn of the last century.  On September 24, 1963, six weeks before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy traveled to Grey Towers, the ancestral Pinchot home in Milford, Pennsylvania to inaugurate the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies. Full disclosure: my father-in-law, Matthew Brennan was the first director of the Institute.

Here is a four and one-half minute video of President Kennedy’s speech. It is vintage JFK.


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I was a friend and colleague of Matt's and I am trying to track down what year he passed on and where he was living at the time. Since you are his son-in-law I hope you can tell me. Thanks. He was areal mentor and help to me at the beginning of my career. I am now 79.

Posted by: Charles "Chuck" Roth | Feb 9, 2013 11:19:47 PM

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