Don't Make a Wave Committee members and Greenpeace founders (from left) Jim Bohlen, Paul Cote, and Irving Stowe. Photo: Greenpeace
Jim Bohlen: 1926-2010
Jim Bohlen, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, died on Monday, a day after his 84th birthday. The cause of death was complications of Parkinson's disease. He first stepped on the world stage when he co-founded the Don't Make a Wave Committee in opposition to nuclear weapons tests in Alaska. The committee "leased the halibut fishing vessel Phyllis Cormack, and, after renaming it Greenpeace, sailed to Alaska." Thus history was made. There are many good obituaries of Mr. Bohlen on the web. Here are the best ones if you want to learn more about the man: Greenpeace.org, Discovery News, and New York Times.