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Stewart Udall Dies at age 90

Posted: 3/20/2010


“Today Stewart L. Udall departed from the Earth he loved so much, but his spirit will always be with us. His legacy of honor and conservation of the land is a gift to every generation and every part of America. The Udall Foundation is both humbled and proud to carry his work forward.”

Terry L. Bracy, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Udall Foundation

The Udall Foundation was created initially to honor the legacy of the late Morris Udall, who represented Southern Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years. Stewart L. Udall, who also represented Southern Arizona in Congress from 1955 to 1961, is Morris Udall's older brother. The two worked together on many environmental and Native American initiatives while Stewart Udall was Secretary of the Interior and Morris Udall a member of Congress.

In 2009, Congress recognized that the Udall legacy is really a shared legacy and paid tribute to Stewart Udall's vision and leadership by including his name in the title of the Udall Foundation. Stewart Udall was Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, where his accomplishments earned him a special place among all those ever to serve in that post and have made him an icon in the environmental and conservation communities. Stewart’s remarkable career in public service has left an indelible mark on the nation’s environmental and cultural heritage. Stewart Udall resided in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and turned 90 years old in January 2010. He was the father of Senator Tom Udall from New Mexico and the uncle of Senator Mark Udall from Colorado. Mark Udall is the son of the late Morris K. Udall.

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers. The Udall Foundation also offers a doctoral fellowship in environmental policy or conflict resolution and operates a Native American Congressional Internship program each summer in Washington, D.C., placing top college, graduate, and law students in Senate and House offices, the Executive Office of the President, and Cabinet agencies, where they learn firsthand how federal policies on tribal issues are developed. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government’s only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes.


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