|Photo courtesy of the Frome family|
SEJ members were saddened by the Sept. 4, 2016 death of Michael Frome, at age 96, in Port Washington, Wisconsin. A gifted advocate for national parks and wilderness areas, Frome’s writing spanned both the post-WWII conservation movement and the environmental movement of the latter 20th century. He authored a dozen books, such as "Rediscovering National Parks in the Spirit of John Muir" (2015) and "Strangers in High Places: The Story of the Great Smoky Mountains" (1994). He also received numerous conservation writing awards, including the first Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award.
Frome was a charter member of SEJ, and a journalism teacher at the University of Vermont, the University of Idaho and Western Washington University. He was also a former Washington Post writer, a columnist with Field & Stream and WWII veteran. He is survived by his wife June and five children.
Former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson once said: "No writer in America has more persistently and effectively argued for the need of national ethics of environmental stewardship than Michael Frome."
- "PORTOGRAM: The Last Page" by Michael Frome (assisted by his daughter, Michele, and his son, William), September 2016.
- "Michael Frome, former WWU professor, nationally known environment writer, dies at 96," The Bellingham Herald, September 7, 2016, by Dean Kahn.
- "Obit: Author Michael Frome, 96, Port Washington," Washington County Insider, September 6, 2016, by Judy Steffes.