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Gary J. Torre: Labor and Tax Attorney 1949-1982;Sierra Club Foundation Trustee 1968-1981, 1994-1998

Interviewee(s):
Torre, Gary J.
Interviewer(s):
Wilmsen, Carl
Title:
Gary J. Torre: Labor and Tax Attorney 1949-1982;Sierra Club Foundation Trustee 1968-1981, 1994-1998
Abstract:
Italian ancestry and family, and youth in Oakland; wife's Goodrich family history in California; boyhood experiences in Yosemite National Park, the redwood forests; University of California, Berkeley 1936-1941: anti-war demonstrations, reflections on Willard "Bull" Durham, Benjamin H. Lehman, Henriette de Saussure Blanding, Bertrand Bronson; effect of war duty on choice of career; Boalt Hall graduate; clerk for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas; the Lillick Law Firm and civil rights, tax law work: mechanization and modernization agreement between Pacific Maritime Assn. and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, urban sprawl and inner-city issues, representing the Sierra Club before the IRS; reflections on David Brower, Sierra Club reorganization committee; Sierra Club Foundation board member: Frontera del Norte fund for environmental and social programs in northern New Mexico, dispute with Ray Graham and Ganados del Valle over the Fund, malicious prosecution lawsuit against Ray Graham; functioning of the Sierra Club Foundation, legal and ethical obligations of the Found board, relations between the Sierra Club and the Foundation, trends in raising, reflections on the accomplishments of the Foundation.
Subject area(s):
Natural Resources, Land Use, and the Environment
Advocacy and Philanthropy
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
1998
Project:
Sierra Club
Oskicat record:
b10381108
Rights:
Torre, Gary J. "Gary J. Torre: Labor and Tax Attorney 1949-1982;Sierra Club Foundation Trustee 1968-1981, 1994-1998." Interview by Carl Wilmsen in 1998. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1999.