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'ADIN ALEX RADIN (Age 92) Died peacefully of natural causes at his home on April 11, 2014. A Washington-area resident of more than 70 years, he was admired, respected and beloved by all who knew him. As the face of the public power industry for more than three decades, Alex Radin was chief executive officer of the American Public Power Association, a national trade association representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit power utilities. During his tenure with APPA, he worked closely with numerous members of Congress and met with Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter and Reagan to discuss energy policy and push for pro-consumer legislation. Under his leadership, APPA became the first electric utility association to call for federal legislation to address the consequences of acid rain and advocate for environmental regulation. After retiring from APPA in 1986, Alex worked for 13 years as a consultant for various public power utilities. During that period, he chaired an advisory committee on the Tennessee Valley Authority for the Southern States Energy Board and served as chairman of the Consumer Energy Council of America. In 1988, he chaired a special federal commission on the temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel and in the mid-1990s represented then-Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary on a panel charged with reviewing the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project. Alex was also one of the founders of the Consumer Federation of America. Alex Radin was the author of Public Power-Private Life, an autobiography published in 2003 that chronicles his personal life and the and the public power industry during his years at APPA. Born to immigrant parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1921, Alex began his career as a reporter for the Chattanooga Times before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1942. During World War II, he worked in the Office of Price Administration and served in the U.S. Army. After the war, he completed his B.A. degree in history from the University of Tennessee and worked at the U.S. State Department before being hired as the editor of APPA's magazine in 1948. He was named General Manager of APPA in 1951. A passionate lover of art, architecture, music, theater, photography, history and literature, Alex travelled widely and enjoyed the company of his many family members, friends and professional colleagues. His insightfulness, compassion, good judgment and adherence to principle will be immeasurably missed. Alex Radin is survived by Carol, his loving wife and soul mate of 35 years, and two sons, Jay and Bill, daughters-in-law Mary and Ruth, stepchildren Paul Tefft and Marillyn Tefft, grandchildren Sam Radin and Andrew Radin and step-grandchildren Paul Tefft-Meeker, Ian Tefft-Meeker, Devon Tefft-Meeker, Gwenyth Tefft, Clark Tefft and Randi Lorber. His older brother Jacob, a former violinist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, also survives him. His first wife, Sara, died in 1964. A private burial was previously held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Radin scholrship Fund, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alex Radin scholrship Fund, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Published in The Washington Post on May 31, 2014