Benjamin Dysart was a leader in the nation’s conservation community

Scientific adviser to federal and international agencies and former president of the National Wildlife Federation, Benjamin C. Dysart III, BE ‘61, MS ’64 in civil engineering, died July 9 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dysart, 82, was a professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University from 1968 to 1990, when he retired. Dysart specialized in water quality issues. Prior to his appointment at Clemson, he was a civil engineer at Union Carbide.

A leader in the nation’s conservation community, Dysart served on the board of directors of the National Wildlife Federation, 1974-1990, as vice president, 1978-1983, and as president and chairman of the board, 1983-1985. While serving as NWF president, he lectured widely and testified before the U.S. Congress on important environmental issues, which also included an appointment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board.

Dysart is survived by his wife, Betty W. Dysart.