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A lifetime of planning for a better world

Thanks to George Mader, communities are more livable. Natural resources are better protected. And people are safer from earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, floods, and other hazards. George pioneered the use of geologic hazard data in land-use planning.

     We’re celebrating George’s lifetime of accomplishments, from local to international. For 45 years, he was the town planner for Portola Valley, a beautiful community crossed by the San Andreas Fault.

      For 30 years, George taught a year-long course at Stanford University in the use of earth sciences in urban planning. He chaired the California Seismic Safety Commission. His work took him to Turkey, Yugoslavia, Algeria, China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and Ecuador.    

George Mader was a true inspiration and champion for our efforts in building resilience.

Thank you, George! You will be missed but never forgotten.                               


     George became involved with GeoHazards International in the early nineties, because of its focus on planning and disaster prevention, saving countless lives.

George says: “I’ve seen terrible destruction from earthquakes. Over and over. It’s very sobering. The good people from GeoHazards International work in developing countries to help them make their communities safer.”

Your gift to the George Mader Fund for a Safer Environment brings a legacy of thoughtful help to vulnerable communities in poor countries. Because of you, they will learn to escape the cycle of death and destruction from natural disasters. 

When making your gift, please indicate the George Mader Fund in the tribute section of the form. 

George over the years

Mt. Whitney trail. Backpacking, 1949.

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