Remembering Stanley Wayne Legro

September 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing our dear friend, longtime board member, and great supporter of ELI, Stan Legro.

The Honorable Stanley Wayne Legro, environmental lawyer and ELI Board Member, died on August 17th at 84. Stan served as Assistant Administrator for Enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1975 to 1977, and he was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere from 1985 to 1989. He remained active in environmental causes as a founding member of the EPA Alumni Association and as a member of the ELI Board of Directors. 

Stan was born in 1936 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  He graduated first in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Engineering and received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard University. Stan practiced law in Southern California, where he served on the San Diego City Planning Commission, and in Washington, D.C., where he was of counsel at Verner, Liipfert (later DLA Piper). He served as an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington from 1989 to 1993, and he was a long-time supporter of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, particularly the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. He served as an officer in the Marine Corps and retired as a Captain. He divided his time between Washington, D.C., and Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Stan was an avid traveler—he particularly enjoyed trips to New York to the Metropolitan Opera with friends—and an enthusiastic grandparent. He is survived by his brother, Monta (Donna) Legro of Houston, Texas; his daughter, Susan Legro of Prague, Czech Republic; his son, Wayne Legro of Seattle, Washington; and his two granddaughters. Memorial contributions may be made to the Environmental Law Institute.

Stan will be sorely missed.