American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

Robert P. Broughton

  • In Memoriam
  • Climb Year:
  • Publication Year: 1978


Robert P. Broughton was a Professor of Law at the Duquesne University School of Law. He taught basic property law and related courses. He was the author of Measures of Property Rights (The Boxwood Press, 1977), which is a study of the historical background of the law of future interests. He was also the author of articles on law and the environment.

Bob was in the forefront of the environmental law movement. Throughout his life he devoted substantial time and effort to environmental causes, both as an advocate and as an arbiter.

He was one of the founding members of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, and he wrote that organization’s bylaws. He participated actively in the Conservancy’s endeavors on behalf of the environment.

Bob was the first chairman of the Allegheny County Air Pollution Variance Board and his adjudications in that position earned the respect of both environmentalists and representatives of industry. He also served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. At the time of his death he was the hearing officer in a complex and important air pollution case involving coke-oven emissions, one of the most serious environmental and health questions still not resolved.

Bob was a climber of over 20 years’ experience. His wedding present to his wife was a pair of climbing boots. He was one of the founding members of the Pittsburgh Climbers, and he had climbed extensively in the United States, in the Alps and in the Andes.

He leaves his wife Suzanne, his daughters Johanna and Carolyn, his father and his sister, as well as many friends.

J. Hellman, R. Slone, J. Unkovic

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