Von Moltke, Konrad 1941-2005
von MOLTKE, Konrad 1941-2005
OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born September 23, 1941, in Kreisau, Silesia, Germany (now part of Poland); died of cancer May 19, 2005, in Norwich, VT. Educator, environmental activist, editor, and author. Von Moltke was the founding director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), as well as founder and editor of the journal International Environmental Affairs. Raised in South Africa and Germany, he later earned a mathematics degree from Dartmouth College in 1964, followed by a Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of Göttingen in 1967. He began his academic career as a history professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he taught until 1974 and was director of the collegiate system from 1970 to 1972. His involvement in educational policy while at Buffalo led von Moltke to work with the European Cultural Foundation, and it was through this foundation that he was selected to direct the IEEP. The original office for the institute was in Bonn, Germany, but von Moltke wanted to establish the organization as a European endeavor, not just a German one, and therefore opened branches around the continent. He continued in this work, focusing eventually on international trade and its environmental impacts, until 1984. Von Moltke then moved to the United States and became senior fellow at the Conservation Foundation in Washington, DC. He also taught at Dartmouth College, where he was an adjunct professor of environmental studies and senior fellow of the Institute of International Environmental Governance, and also was a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam. Meanwhile, he founded the journal International Environmental Affairs, where he served as editor from 1989 to 1998. Von Moltke was the author or coauthor of several books, many of which are concerned with the issue of sustainable development. Among his publications are Public Policy for Chemicals (1981), The Maastricht Treaty and the Winnipeg Principles on Trade and Sustainable Development (1995), and An International Investment Regime?: Issues of Sustainability (2000).
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
Independent (London, England), June 20, 2005, p. 34.
International Institute for Sustainable Development Web site, http://www.iisd.org/ (May 19, 2005).