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A 'Gray Flannel' Trailblazer: From the Concrete Canyons of New York,
Pryor Devotes His Free Time to Preserving Open Space

BY EDWARD N. EISEN
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EXPERIENCED HANDS
Charlie Heimbold, L’60
Sam Pryor, L’53

“Sam moves through the corridors of Washington as he does the trails he knows so well,” says Andrew Fallender, executive director of the Appalachian Mountain Club, which honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Fallender says Pryor’s influence with moderate Republicans up and down the eastern seaboard resulted in the historic $110 million federal appropriation for land protection, the 2005 Highlands Conservation Act. The Highlands area is a vast disappearing back country from Connecticut to Pennsylvania.

So how did Sam Pryor cultivate such an immense appetite for the environment, fund- raising and volunteerism, time-consuming labors for which he never received a dime of compensation, even as a lawyer?

 
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