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Rebel with a conscience
Peterson, Russell W. (Russell Wilbur), 1916-2011.
Publication Information:
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, [1999]

Physical Description:
416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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Includes index.
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F170.4 .P48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is an account of Russell W. Peterson's life and the battles he has fought, despite tremendous opposition, to further social justice and environmental integrity. In addition to working in private industry, Peterson was governor of Delaware, chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, director of the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress, and president of the National Audubon Society.

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"You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give." Throughout his inspiring memoir, Peterson shows how strongly he has taken that aphorism to heart. In 1968, Peterson, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, retired from a flourishing, 26-year career at DuPont to pursue a life of public service. The organizational and management skills he had refined in the business world formed the backbone of his successful campaign to become governor of Delaware. From his new office, Peterson led the restructuring of the antiquated executive branch, drastically improved funding for education and pushed forward the controversial Coastal Zone Act, which prevented the state's beautiful wetlands from being turned into the site of a major oil-industrial complex. After losing his bid for reelection, Peterson went on to influential positions as the chairman of the Presidential Council on Environmental Quality, the head of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the president of the National Audubon Society, among others. Though Peterson's writing can be dry, it is balanced by his contagious enthusiasm and optimistic faith in the possibilities of civic activism. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved