Malcolm Baldwin, a prominent Loudoun County conservation leader, died Monday at his home at Weatherlea Farm near Lovettsville. He had cancer.
Baldwin began his career in environmental law in the mid-1960s when he joined The Conservation Foundation and co-authored a book on environmental law. He served in the White House Council on Environmental Quality starting in 1974 and left after serving as acting chairman in the initial months of the Reagan Administration. For the past 15 years of his career he worked and lived in developing countries to help protect their environment.
In Loudoun, he was active with the Virginia Farm Bureau, a co-founder of Save Rural Loudoun, and a driving force behind the Lovettsville Cooperative Market, among many other civic ventures. In 2011, he was the Democratic candidate for the Catoctin District seat on the Board of Supervisors.
He also was a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of Loudoun Now and other community newspapers: