This one almost slipped by us.
Earlier this month, Nell Newman was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
The ecologist, conservationist, biologist, organic farmer — and founder of Newman’s Own Organics, and the Nell Newman Foundation — joins a long list of amazing Nutmeg State women, including Helen Keller, Marian Anderson, Clair Boothe Luce, Ella Grasso and Katherine Hepburn.
Her work in organic food was inspired by her youth in Westport. When she learned that her favorite bird — the peregrine falcon — was headed toward extinction because of the pesticide DDT, she began studying ecology.
In 2014 Nell received the prestigious Rachel Carson Award from The National Audubon Society, for her environmental leadership.
Westport is justly proud of Nell’s parents, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Both were active in a number of important causes, far beyond stage and screen.
We are proud now too that this Westport native is paying it forward. Congratulations, Nell, on your Hall of Fame honor!
(Hat tip: Kathie Motes Bennewitz)