SEJ Mourns Charter Member Michael Frome

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."