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Stan Hathaway; former Wyo. governor aided environmental laws

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Former governor Stan Hathaway, who spearheaded the creation of a trust fund to harness Wyoming's mineral wealth and established the state's first environmental restraints on mineral development, died Tuesday evening. He was 81.

Mr. Hathaway died at home, according to his law partner, Brent Kunz, who did not provide details.

Mr. Hathaway served two terms as Republican governor from 1967 to 1975. He enacted the state's first severance tax on minerals mined and pumped from Wyoming and created a permanent trust fund where severance tax money was invested, earning enough to run a major portion of the state's government operations.

Mr. Hathaway was born in Osceola, Neb. He interrupted his college education in 1943 to serve in the Army Air Forces during World War II, flying bomber missions in Europe.

After the war, Mr. Hathaway received bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Nebraska, where he met and married his wife, Roberta. She died last year.

Mr. Hathaway practiced law in Torrington until 1966, when he entered politics and was elected governor at age 42.

During his first term, the state approved the first environmental controls on its burgeoning minerals industry. He signed into law the Air Quality Act in 1967 and the Water Quality Act in 1968.

After Mr. Hathaway won reelection in 1970, his administration supported the creation of the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund with the taxes on extracted minerals. The fund now totals more than $2 billion.

He also approved the creation of the state Department of Environmental Quality, which enforces environmental regulations.

President Ford appointed Mr. Hathaway as secretary of the interior in June 1975, but he resigned the following month because of ill health.

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