Memorial Service in Santa Fe on June 20, 2010

Stewart L. Udall - A Celebration of Life and Legacy

A Celebration of a Life Well Lived

Date June 15, 2010 at 10:00 PM

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A "Celebration of Life" memorial for Stewart L. Udall will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Paolo Soleri amphitheater on the Santa Fe Indian School campus in Santa Fe. Among those participating in the memorial are Udall's son, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico; his nephew, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado; and former National Park Service director Robert Stanton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the following organizations: Santa Fe Pro Musica, Santa Fe Conservation Trust, and Think New Mexico.

Stewart L. Udall was born in St. John's, Arizona on January 31, 1920 to former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Levi S. Udall and Louise Lee Udall. He attended the University of Arizona where he earned undergraduate and law degrees.

During World War II, Stewart served four years in the United States Air Force as a gunner. He flew fifty missions over Western Europe for which he received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. This began a lifetime of service to his country.

In 1954, Stewart was elected to serve Arizona's second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to serve four terms in the Congress.

In 1960, he proved instrumental in helping persuade Arizona Democrats to support then-Senator John F. Kennedy during the Democratic Nomination Convention. Upon election in 1960, President Kennedy appointed Stewart Udall Secretary of the Interior, where his accomplishments under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson made him an icon in the environmental and conservation communities.

Legislative achievements from Secretary Udall's cabinet career include The Wilderness Act of 1964, The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the expansion of the National Park System and the creation of The Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Stewart Udall played a leadership role in the addition of over 3.85 million acres to public lands, the establishment of 50 new national wildlife refuges and the creation of 4 new national parks; Canyonlands in Utah, North Cascades in Washington state, Redwood in California, and Guadalupe Mountains in Texas.

Until his passing, Stewart Udall continued his devotion to public service as an author, historian, scholar, lecturer, environmental activist, lawyer and citizen of the outdoors. He was the last surviving member of President John F. Kennedy's original cabinet.

Stewart Udall was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Erma Lee Udall. He is survived by their six children; Tom, Scott, Lynn, Lori, Denis and Jay, and their families, including eight grandchildren.