New Lapham Fellowship Dedicated to River Protection

New Program to Inspire a New Generation of Conservation Leaders

December 5th, 2007

Ann C. Mills, American Rivers, (202) 347-7550


Garrett Russo, American Rivers, (202) 243-7073 

Washington, D.C. — Today American Rivers™ announced the creation of a new Fellowship Program established to honor the memory of its former Chairman of the Board, Anthony A. Lapham. The Fellowship program will train talented post graduates to become the next generation of conservation leaders. Mr. Lapham passed away one year ago; his legacy of integrity, intellect, concern for humanity and commitment to excellence will live on through the Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship Program.

“Tony loved exploring the rivers and streams that crisscross America and he appreciated the many benefits healthy rivers bring to human and natural communities,” said Rebecca Wodder, President of American Rivers. “Those of us who were privileged to work with Tony were inspired by his enthusiasm, curiosity and wisdom. Creating this fellowship in his memory will ensure that future generations of river conservation leaders are similarly motivated to reach to the highest levels of achievement on behalf of our nation’s precious legacy of rivers.”

Lapham Fellows will develop research and advocacy skills working closely with experienced conservation staff, and the organization’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which includes some of the nation’s foremost experts on freshwater conservation science and policy. Fellows will help shape practical, community-oriented solutions for healthy rivers and freshwater supplies that are in greater demand due to global warming, population growth and sprawl.

Mr. Lapham, a voracious reader, took a keen interest in issues surrounding water, rivers, and natural resources in general. He was a past trustee of the Ocean Conservancy, American Farmland Trust, the National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense, and the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States. At the time of his death, in addition to being Chairman of American Rivers, he served on the board of the Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation and the Greater Washington public broadcasting station WETA.

Mr. Lapham earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Georgetown University. From 1976-79 he served as general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency under two directors. He also served as assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia. In the private sector Mr. Lapham was a partner of Shea and Gardner (now Goodwin Procter), becoming of counsel in 2000.

Applications for this year’s fellowship are currently being accepted. The deadline is February 15, 2008. To be considered, students must have a masters (or terminal) degree in river science, public health, public policy, law, economics engineering or related fields. The fellows will develop professional skills, directly contribute to one or more conservation campaigns and be closely supported by American Rivers’ staff.


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