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Peter Lord: A Leading Voice for the Environment

The Nature Conservancy expresses its profound sadness over the passing of Peter Lord.

PROVIDENCE | April 06, 2012

The Nature Conservancy expresses its profound sadness and regret over the passing of Peter Lord, veteran environmental reporter for the Providence Journal. Our sympathies are with Peter’s family and all who knew him and admired and his life’s work.

For more than three decades, Peter was a leading voice for Rhode Island’s environment. His knowledge and passion shone through in his writing. Peter’s coverage of environmental issues engaged Rhode Islanders in a greater understanding and appreciation of nature and the value of conservation from the local to the global level.

Among Lord’ unforgettable works are the 2005 series “Saving Block Island”, the Sunday Magazine series on Narragansett Bay, coverage of the North Cape oil spill, invasive species, fisheries, lead poisoning, and countless other stories in the news and through his popular “Environment Journal”.

“Pete was a uniquely gifted journalist who exemplified the very best of his profession. The staff of The Nature Conservancy loved working with him and often spoke of his intelligence, kind temperament, and good humor. Rhode Island’s environmental community has lost a great friend,” said Terry Sullivan, Rhode Island State Director.

A memorial service is planned for April 15th at 2PM at Edwards Hall at the University of Rhode Island.


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401-331-7110, x24

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