Frances Reese

 

 

Age: 85

 

Summary: environmental activist who was a founder and chairwoman emeritus of the environmental group Scenic Hudson and a veteran of the fight to keep a power plant from being built on Storm King Mountain, who was known as the grande dame of the Hudson Valley to members of her organization and to many Hudson River preservationists, who was a spark plug in a movement that began 40 years ago with a handful of local gentry who sought to check the unbridled development of the Hudson River Valley (her little band won legal standing in 1965 to take on the Federal Power Commission and the developer Consolidated Edison), but who remained a mainstay of Scenic Hudson as it helped create dozens of riverfront parks and preserves from Manhattan north to the foothills of the Adirondacks.

 

 

Cause of Death: Car accident

 

Born: November 16, 1917

 

Died: July 2, 2003

 

Location: Valhalla, New York