2008-07-18 / Obits

George B. Hartzog Jr.

Former Director of NPS

George Hartzog Jr., former director of the National Park Service, died June 27. He was 87. Hartzog headed the National Park Service for nine years, from January 1964 to December 1972.

He directed the creation of the Gateway National Recreation Area, with its 26,607 acres of dunes, marsh islands and beaches; and Golden Gate National Recreation Area on San Francisco Bay. They were the first urban national parklands outside Washington. During his directorship, the Park Service added 69 areas.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; and children, George, Nancy and Edward.

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