Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: From Whitewater to the White House: Outdoorsman Hal Haskell Provides Insight into Leadership

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: From Whitewater to the White House: Outdoorsman Hal Haskell Provides Insight into Leadership

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Name: Harry "Hal" G. Haskell, Jr.

Title: Chairman, Dynamy, Inc.; Director, Inertial Motors Corp.; President, University of Delaware Research Foundation

Member since: 1970

Anyone who knows Hal Haskell knows that he's a jack of all trades. Much of that knowledge has been put to good use within the recreation industry and in NRPA. "My whole life has been outdoors," he says. He once won a sailboat race to Bermuda and has scaled down a New York City building to promote the opening of an outdoors store. But his leadership abilities acquired through being mayor of Wilmington, Del., Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs to Dwight Eisenhower, a congressman and consultant to Nelson Rockefeller were appropriate preparation for becoming chairman of the NRPA Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1985. Haskell is also the 1986 recipient of the Ralph C. Wilson Award and has been awarded honorary degrees from Hobart College and Fisk University and honorary trustee status from Brandywine Conservancy, Inc.

Importance of parks and recreation:

"I have my own belief that recreation and saving the environment of our parks and everything to do with the leisure time of people makes an enormous difference--not only in terms of what it does for the people in the country, but also for the environment of the country. They ought to have, in all the national parks, strong groups like at Acadia National Park that put up a lot of money for each park and take a deep interest in what's going on. …

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