Biography of Russell E. Train

Russell E. Train, former Agency Administrator

Russell Errol Train served as the second EPA Administrator, from September 1973 to January 1977. During this time, he supported EPA's expansion of interest in international affairs; the approval of the catalytic converter to achieve Clean Air Act automobile emission reductions; the implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); and EPA's work to balance the demands of the energy crisis with environmental issues.

After leaving EPA he served as President of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. (WWF - U.S.) from 1978 to 1985, and as its Chairman from 1985 to 1994. During 1988 he also worked as Co-Chairman of Conservationists for Bush, and from 1990 to 1992 as Chairman of the National Commission on the Environment. From 1994 to 2012, Train was Chairman Emeritus of WWF - U.S.

Earlier in his career, Train served from 1949 to 1956 as Attorney, Chief Counsel, and Minority Advisor on various Congressional committees, then from 1956 to 1957 as Assistant to the Secretary and Head of the Legal Advisory Staff for the Treasury Department.

Train was a Judge for the U.S. Tax Court from 1957 to 1965; President of The Conservation Foundation from 1965 to 1969; Under Secretary of the Department of the Interior from 1969 to 1970; and Chairman of the newly formed Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) from 1970 to 1973.

Train served as Trustee Emeritus for the African Wildlife Foundation which he founded in 1961, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Washington Institute on Foreign Affairs, and the Atlantic Council.

Train was born in 1920 in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and graduated from Princeton University (B.A., 1941) and Columbia University Law School (J.D., 1948). He was married and had four children.

Biographical Note
1920 Born June 4th, Jamestown, Rhode Island
1941 B.A., Princeton University
1941-46 Military service
1948 J.D., Columbia University Law School
1949-53 Attorney, Staff of the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, U.S. Congress
1953-54 Chief Counsel, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
1954 Married Aileen Bowdoin
1955-56 Minority Advisor, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
1956-57 Assistant to the Secretary and Head, Legal Advisory Staff, Treasury Department
1957-65        Judge, U.S. Tax Court
1961 Founded African Wildlife Leadership Foundation
1965-69 President, The Conservation Foundation
1966-68 Member, National Water Commission
1968 Co-Chairman, Task Force on Environment, for President-Elect Nixon
1969-70 Under Secretary, Department of the Interior
1970-73 Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
1973-77 EPA Agency Administrator
1974 Order of the Golden Ark decoration, Netherlands
1975 Conservationist of the Year Award, National Wildlife Federation
1978-85 President, World Wildlife Fund - U.S.
1981 Public Welfare Medal, National Academy of Sciences
1985-94 Chairman, World Wildlife Fund - U.S.
1988 Co-Chairman, Conservationists for Bush
1991 Presidential Medal of Freedom
1994-2012 Chairman Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund - U.S.
2012 Death (aged 92)