William Ruckelshaus was a widely admired, nationally prominent Republican with a reputation for incorruptibility and a penchant for environmental work. He was the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, a hero of the Watergate scandal and a staunch advocate for using collaboration to solve the kind of thorny issues so often stymied by partisan fighting.

When he passed away at the age of 87 in late November, obituaries in publications like the New York Times and Washington Post were quick to sketch out these major brushstrokes of his life.

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