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March 17th, 2009
Noonan to deliver Grosvenor Lecture

Patrick F. Noonan.

STAFF REPORT

Patrick F. Noonan, founder of The Conservation Fund (TCF), will deliver the 11th Annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture on April 7, at 7:30 p.m, in Evans Auditorium.

Noonan is a former president of The Nature Conservatory and vice-chairman of the National Geographic Education Foundation. Noonan is also the founder and former chairman of the American Farmland Trust.

Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, will be present that evening to introduce Noonan.

Noonan has won several awards for his work, including a five-year “genius” fellowship from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1985, for his work in fostering partnerships between businesses and the environmental community. He was also recently recognized by the National Audubon Society as one of 100 conservation leaders whose lives and work shaped the growth of the American conservation movement in the 20th century.

Additionally, Noonan was named to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows from 2001-2008, and served on the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors from 1985-1987, and the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality from 1991-1993.

Noonan is a trustee emeritus of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and is currently a member of the board of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University. The topic he has selected for his lecture is, “Conservation in the 21st Century.

“TCF is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving America’s natural and historic heritage. TCF works with private and public partners, and has protected more than six million acres since its founding in 1985.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, the River Systems Institute, The James and Marylin Lovell Center for Environmental and Hazards Research and the Texas State Department of Geography.

For more information about the lecture, or to obtain free tickets, contact the Grosvenor Center at (512) 245–1823, or via email.

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