Civic Leaders and Committed Activists
“Join us and help the Bulletin bring together the best scientific research and public policy analysis to create a safer and healthier planet. It is two minutes to midnight; we have a lot of work to do to turn back the Clock.”
Bill and Eleanor Revelle
Read below our recent interview with Bill Revelle and why he and Eleanor partner with the Bulletin:
You’ve invested your time and talents at the Bulletin for over a decade – how did this come about?
I was asked to serve on the Bulletin’s Governing Board in 2007 and have continued to serve in various roles since that time. I am proud of the work done at the online site, like the recent commentary on Iran, and the incredible collection on the military uses of Artificial Intelligence. I’m proud of our work on climate change, and how climate science informs the time on the Doomsday Clock. And of course, our public programming – the Bulletin’s Turn Back the Clock exhibit on view at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and last year the Doomsday Clock was featured at the Shanghai Project in Shanghai, China. Our reach is broad and deep.
How do your interests align with the Bulletin’s mission?
I have had a lifelong concern about nuclear weapons and climate change. On a 1962 expedition from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where my father Roger Revelle conducted pioneering climate research, I witnessed a high-altitude nuclear test over Johnston Atoll from a position on the Kwajalein Atoll, some 1500 miles away. This experience left me with a profound understanding of the danger of nuclear weapons and the fragility of our planet.
Eleanor shares my commitment to the Bulletin’s mission and is an environmental activist. As a past chair of the Evanston Community Foundation, she helped establish the Climate Action Fund, part of a community-wide campaign to reduce Evanston’s greenhouse gas emissions. Eleanor was also the chair and a founding board member of Citizens’ Greener Evanston. And together we built and live in an energy efficient house.
Why should people support the Bulletin’s Annual Fund, now more than ever?
We live in a disruptive era. Major nuclear actors are on the cusp of a new arms race, one that will be expensive and will increase the likelihood of accidents and nuclear tensions. The Bulletin provides clear guidance on how to make sense of the events and challenges that keep global leaders and us up at night.
The world has become ever more chaotic and dangerous, and the Bulletin cuts through the noise to the issues that matter. There has never been a more important time to invest in evidence, knowledge, and objective truth. The Doomsday Clock is ticking and it’s now two minutes to midnight. It’s time to get educated and get active.
Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders
A valued member of our community who recently made a generous gift of privately held stock to help advance the Bulletin’s mission and strategic goals, we are thankful to Mary Patricia Dougherty for her vision and her thoughtful philanthropy.
“A free press is fundamental to a democratic society,” said Ms. Dougherty. “I support individual engagement that can inform public policy and inspire change, and I am interested in engaging tomorrow’s leaders in creating a safer and healthier planet—partnering with the Bulletin is the best way I can think of to do just that.” Mary Patricia Dougherty
Ms. Dougherty is the President of the Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation; founder of SDR Information Systems, a GPS-based mapping and energy tracking firm; and a director of H&D Operating Company. As a business leader and activist, Dougherty is deeply engaged in shaping the future of Texas’ energy sector. Her many interests include land and water conservation, promoting a green economy, supporting the fledgling algae industry in alternative energy and women’s leadership.
The Dougherty gift will have a profound impact on the Bulletin’s future and will help it advance evidence-based journalism at the cutting-edge of science and technology. “We are enormously grateful for Patricia’s confidence in us,” said Rachel Bronson, President and CEO. “This gift will strengthen the organization’s financial position and allow it to respond in more nimble, agile, and effective ways to the fast-growing demand for our content.”
Board Chair Lee Francis affirmed that “Patricia’s gift cuts to the heart of what the Bulletin is about - protecting and enhancing serious discussion about the planet’s most consequential challenges, whether they are in or out of the spotlight.”
We are thankful to Mary Patricia Dougherty for supporting our mission and growth. The Bulletin’s mission is as urgent today as it was at its founding, and this unrestricted gift enables the organization to open more channels between scientific and policy leaders.
Active and Dedicated Citizens
The Bulletin is grateful for the foresight and generosity of Lloyd and Judith Shore. The Shores were ardent believers in the use of compassionate reason to solve difficult issues of overwhelming importance to humanity. By remembering the Bulletin in their estate plan, they created a legacy which helps ensure that independent fact-based journalism is here for future generations.
The Shores were active and dedicated citizens throughout their lives. Both born in Chicago, they met in 1942 when Judith was working as a secretary for the Chemical Warfare Procurement and Lloyd was a 2nd lieutenant - brought together the year of the first human-made self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Lloyd served on the Bulletin’s Board of Directors from 1982 to 1988 and was instrumental in his support of the Rabinowitch Essay Competition (named in 1981, after the Bulletin’s founding Editor Eugene Rabinowitch). Together, the Shores served as Co-Chairs of the Nuclear Freeze Campaign. Their commitment to the reduction and elimination of nuclear weapons will carry on through their bequest to the Bulletin.
The Bulletin’s mission is as urgent today as it was at its founding and this thoughtful estate gift is helping to open more channels between scientific and policy leaders as we increase our outreach all over the world.