Gretchen Paalman ’68 Latowsky

Gretchen Paalman ’68 Latowsky received
an environmental leadership award from the
Region 1 Office of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency in a ceremony at Faneuil
Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The award
recognized her 31 years of service working to
educate and protect the public from toxic threats
to public health and the environment. She began
work as an environmental activist in 1979,
when her children were small and a cluster of
children with leukemia linked to a public water
supply was identified near her home. It was
featured in the book and movie A Civil Action.
Fortunately, her children were not affected by
the contaminated water supply, but her interest
in the issues led to her future career.

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