Author to speak about jurist's role in river

Tom R. Hulst

Buffalo National River Partners and Newton County Library presents author Tom Hulst, “Footpaths of Justice William O. Douglas: A Legacy of Place,” Monday, May 20 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the library in Jasper.

Hulst will speak about William O. Douglas, a well-known jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court for 36 years, and how he greatly influenced the saving of the Buffalo River from becoming dammed. Hulst describes Justice Douglas as “an inveterate hiker and walker. He became a proficient naturalist, conservationist, storyteller, and world citizen.”

This and other stories of wilderness preservation, as well as Pacific Northwest natural history are recounted in Hulst’s book, released by iUniverse entitled: The Footpaths of Justice William O. Douglas: A Legacy of Place (2004, 2006).

Hulst was graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, in 1969 with a Bachelors degree in political science. In 1972, he completed a Master of Arts degree in public administration and economics from Washington State University. His background includes over 40 years of experience in educational and public administration. He served as assistant superintendent in Educational Service District in Olympia, Washington, and superintendent of Peninsula Public Schools, in Gig Harbor, Washington. He and his wife, Linda, currently reside in University Place, Washington.

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