Longtime DEC wildlife pathologist Ward Stone dies at 84

Longtime New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Pathologist Ward Stone has died.

Stone was with the DEC from 1969 until he retired in 2010.

During his career, he worked to publicize the threat of PCBs and how wildlife was impacted by pollution.

His time on the job wasn’t without controversy. His conduct at DEC was part of a probe by the New York State Inspector General’s Office.

Ward Stone was 84-years-old.

His family released the following statement:

“The impact our father had on our community is tangible in our clean environment. 

Ward Stone left behind four children that love and miss him dearly. As good as he was at his job, he was an even better father.

Our family is grateful for all of the support we are receiving during this difficult time, and know that his vision for a healthier planet will live on.“