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IRWIN--Wallace, Jr. (November 24, 1918 - December 2, 2009). International affairs writer and editor, Environmental activist. Son of writers Wallace Irwin and Laetitia McDonald. Nephew of reporter Will Irwin, brother of Herald Tribune and Los Angeles Times White House correspondent Don Irwin. Malcolm Gordon School; St. Paul's School 1936; Princeton BA 1940, MA-1948. Loving, devoted husband of Barbara Sprott Irwin (1916-2001). Public Affairs Officer US Mission to UN, speechwriter to H.C. Lodge, A. Goldberg and A. Stevenson; Policy advisor and staff First UN Conference on Human Environment, Stockholm 1972; Senior Environmental Policy advisor and speechwriter to UN Ambassador George H.W. Bush. Editor-writer, UN Association USA. Head Editor, Foreign Policy Association, New York. Environmental leader, volunteer and artist, Larchmont, NY, Westchester County. Board of Soundwatch and Larchmont Reservoir James G. Johnson Conservancy; Westchester Conservation Advisory Committee founder and board member. Beloved member of the Kendal community in Lexington. Survived by son William Wallace Irwin, Beacon, NY; daughter Victoria Irwin Woolley and grandson Benjamin Irwin Woolley, Minneapolis; nieces Sarah Irwin, Millboro,VA, Edith Irwin, Eskdalemuir, Scotland; nephew Donald P. Irwin, Richmond; nieces Philippa Sprott, London, Nicola Sprott, Norfolk, UK.

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Published in New York Times on Dec. 15, 2009.
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January 12, 2010
I first met Wally when he recruited my husband, Joe Zelvin, and me to circulate the petition to limit the use of leafblowers in Larchmont. Later, I became secretary of the Friends of the Reservoir at his request and felt honored to work with a man of such erudition, grace and elegance of speech and writing. What I learned from him and FOR has played an important role in my present job as the Larchmont reporter for the Sound & Town Report. Since he moved away, I have missed his presence, his beautiful, cultured voice and his warm laugh. I will never forget him.
Mimi Koren
January 1, 2010
Wally crossed my mind just yesterday before I heard that he had left this earth. I met him about 15 or so years ago when gathering signatures for a recycling petition in Larchmont. He recruited me to an anti-leafblower effort on the spot. When he moved away he gave me the "archives" of that campaign. I rememebr once interviewing him for our community access television and becoming quite impressed by his resume, though anyone acquainted with him even casually would be aware of his intelligence and breadth of knowledge and experience.
Trite as it may sound, I feel richer for having known him.
Lynne Crowley
December 19, 2009
There is so much more to tell about Wally. I guess we met about 25 years ago and maintained our friendship even by e-mail when he moved to VA. He was a staunch environmentalist and worked at it with his written words. While there was a committee to write a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont, Wally was really the author of this 1986 masterpiece which is still (with some updating) in use today. He remained my trusted counselor and friend. I shall miss his always sage advice.
Phyllis Wittner
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