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Stewart Udall, environmental icon, dies at 90

Matt Schudel

Stewart L. Udall, an Arizona congressman who was secretary of the interior under presidents Kennedy and Johnson and continued to be one of the nation's strongest advocates for the environment, died Saturday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 90.

He was a renowned figure in the environmental movement and was one of the prime movers behind many major conservation acts, including the Water Quality, Wilderness and Endangered Species acts of the 1960s.

His brother, Morris K. "Mo" Udall, served in the U.S. House for 30 years, and his son Tom Udall is a current U.S. senator from New Mexico. A full obituary will follow.

By Matt Schudel  |  March 20, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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Good-bye, Stewart.

Good job!!

Posted by: gkam | March 20, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace, Congressman Udall. You were truly one of the great figures in protecting our air, water, and wildlife. You will be missed.

Posted by: ancient_mariner | March 20, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't usually double-post, but this seems an appropriate tribute to Stewart Udall:

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all."

--From The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Posted by: ancient_mariner | March 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The modern environmental movement was begun by Theodore Roosevelt before Stewart Udall was born.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 20, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

So sorry to hear about his passing. I've been hearing a lot about his work with the National Parks.

Posted by: momof20yo | March 20, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank god he's dead. Another NWO sob, gone, one less to worry about.

Posted by: wannabersc | March 20, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

wow wannabersc, you must be a good christian conservative....way to respect the dead.

Posted by: hoss516 | March 20, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

hoss516 ~ you're running around here with one of those Obama Truth Squad names from the campaign (obviously so with the three digit append) and you want us to think that the Udall's can be respected in death more than they were in life?

You gotta' be nuts.

These people work 24/7 to KEEP poor people from getting rich. This guy singlehandedly put most of the small family owned coal mines in this country out of business.

The Udalls just can't stomach competition.

You get too uppity they'll cut you down like a blade of grass growing in a desert!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 20, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Stew, you and Mo will always be remembered as true American patriots as well as liberal stalwarts from Arizona!

Posted by: trbajaz | March 20, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

hey think that maybe some people do believe in the concept of being nice to people...if you disagreed with his positions fine thats okay...hopefully when you pass on to the next life people will say good things about you and defend you from those that do not. May God have mercy on you and forgive you.

Posted by: hoss516 | March 20, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

wannabersc and muawiyah. You are both miserable excuses for human beings. There are plenty of cesspools online where you can further cheapen civil and social discourse. You've been reported. And I hope The Post agrees that garbage like this has no place in any respectable forum.
Amen to Hoss516's follow up. Hope God does have mercy on spiritual losers. You're both going to need it.

Posted by: steverino7 | March 20, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

A World War II vet (Army Air Corps, Europe), a member of Congress, a member of the Cabinet for two Presidents -- not a bad resume. And by all lights, a good and decent man. I fear we are running out of such men.

Posted by: kipper72 | March 20, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

What a full, wonderful American life. What a fine man. I most respected him for the work he did representing Navajo uranium miners who suffered from the negligence of those who exploited their labor during WW II. I also respected him for acknowledging the environmental consequences of the massive immigration that has cowed the politically correct group that runs the Sierra Club. Like brother Mo, he was also a fine basketball player. He was one of the last living links to the JFK administration. He will remain an inspiration for his integrity and his commitment to the environment, community, and country. Ave atque Vale, Stewart Udall.

Posted by: nataninez | March 20, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

We've lost an incredible man today in Stewart Udall. His accomplishments are massive, & what a fine example of a decent human being. He was featured recently in The National Parks: America's Best Idea on PBS, & will be featured in the upcoming documentary 'Earth Days', about the history of the nation's conservation movement, directed by Robert Stone, which will be shown on Facebook on April 11 at 8pm, & on PBS on April 19. He was also featured recently in 'Saving The Bay', a documentary about San Francisco Bay narrated by Robert Redford, & he was in 'Monumental', about conservationist David Brower. All are available on DVD. Earth Days can be pre-ordered through Amazon. He has written many books also. I'm so very sorry to hear about his death. My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by: spoofsuzyq | March 20, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I salute your lifetime of accomplishments. Thank-you and rest in peace.

Posted by: washingtonpost44 | March 21, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

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