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Anderson, Nancy W., 1922-1997


Nancy W. Anderson (1922-1975) was an environmentalist and activist who was director of environmental affairs at the Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs, as well as serving on the faculty of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

A native of Arlington, Virginia, she served in the WAVES during World War II. Her involvement in environmental issues began at her former home in Reading, where she did a study of the Ipswich River for the League of Women Voters. The selectmen wanted to put a dump there. She organized the opposition, brought 250 people to town meeting, and persuaded the selectmen to stop the plans as well as to appoint her to the board. Mrs. Anderson was a consultant for conferences in the Northwest, in Kenya, and India, whose environmentalists point to the Tufts conference as a model.

She was a member of the advisory committee to the UN Environmental Fellows Program and was also active with the World Conservation Union. She was the recipient of several awards, including a merit award from the Environmental Protection Agency and a Conservation Hero Award from the National Park Service.

After her retirement from the Lincoln Filene Center, she was a senior research associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute and the Fletcher School. Her annual courses at the Lincoln Filene Center had a wide impact because they educated a generation of environmental advocates and officials who now shape policy locally and regionally.

In 1979, she founded the New England Environmental Network and organized the New England Environmental Conference at Tufts, an annual event until 1996, which became one of the largest environmental gatherings in the country. By 1993, the conference attracted 1,500 people to its workshops, 150 organizations sponsored booths, and 300 environmental groups participated. She was actively involved in the protection of the northern forests of New England, New York, and the Pacific Northwest, and was influential in East Africa and India.

She died in Falmouth, Maine, in November, 1997.The Nancy W. Anerson Award for Environmental Sustainability is named in her honor.

Source: GLO November 14, 1997; 100H.

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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