Spotlight on a Board Member: Edward Gerjuoy

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Hotline, Fall 2002

Edward Gerjuoy Edward Gerjuoy is a recent addition to GASP’s board, having joined in 2001.  Ed has already made his impact felt, though, by authoring GASP’s official response to the Mon-Fayette Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and by providing needed legal opinions.

When asked what motivated him to join GASP, Ed responded, “I always have been interested in environmental issues and feel that my law/science background can be very useful to GASP.”  That has proven to be the case.  Ed is also a colleague and friend of GASP President Walter Goldburg, who introduced him to GASP’s work.

Throughout his career, Ed has served on a number of boards and committees, including the PA Environmental Hearing Board and several committees of the American Physical Society concerned with governance, public affairs, and human rights for physical scientists internationally.  Ed has also served on the board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU.  Although he has recently scaled back his degree of involvement in some of these groups, Ed “has been an activist and remains one at heart.”

In his personal life, Ed is “fiercely interested in politics and the state of the world,” thus spending time reading the New York Times, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, and deploring the sorry state of our present national political scene.  He is currently speaking out against a war on Iraq.

Ed double majored in physics and mathematics at City College of New York, then went on to receive M.S. and Ph. D. degrees, both in physics, from the University of California at Berkeley.  The latter degree, incidentally, was received from one J. Robert Oppenheimer.  Later in life, at age 59, Ed took up law, receiving a J.D. from Pitt, where he is currently Emeritus Professor of physics.  For a number of years Ed also worked as a lawyer specializing in environmental law.

Back in 1987 Ed worked as a consultant to a Pittsburgh law firm, working on a “Superfund” case.  That case, which involved disputes with the EPA and insurance companies, is still ongoing.  Ed says, “That gives you an idea of how expensive in time and energy environmental litigation, especially Superfund litigation, can be.”  It’s estimated that the costs not directly associated with cleanup may amount to half of the total costs associated with Superfund compliance.

Ed lives in Squirrel Hill with his wife of 62 years, who he says, “Still is devoted to me as I am to her.”  They have two sons, one who lives in California and the other who resides in New Hampshire.