- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 3, 2005

TORONTO (AP) - Bob Hunter, who co-founded the environmental group Greenpeace, died May 2 after a battle with prostate cancer, the organization said. He was 63.

Mr. Hunter, a columnist for the Vancouver Sun in the 1960s, used his savvy as a journalist to turn the environmental group’s fight into an international cause.

Most recently an ecology broadcaster for Canadian television stations, Mr. Hunter first came to prominence in 1971 with the emergence of Greenpeace and its protests against nuclear testing. He brought public attention to the hunting of whales and seals, as well as the dumping of toxic waste into the oceans.

Mr. Hunter helped establish the in-your-face communication style that became a Greenpeace trademark. He became the first president of Greenpeace in 1973, and led it through its transformation into an international group that is present in 40 countries, and with more than 2.5 million members worldwide.

In his most recent role, the Manitoba-born Mr. Hunter was the ecology news specialist for CHUM’s Citytv and CP24 TV channels. He was perhaps best known to Toronto viewers for “Paper Cuts,” a segment in which he wore a bathrobe and commented on the stories in the day’s newspapers.

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