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Richard Joseph Podgorny

biologist , science administrator

Richard Joseph Podgorny, American biologist, science administrator. National Science Foundation scholar, 1969-1971; Georgetown University fellow, 1972-1975; recipient service commendation Emperor Haile Sellassie, 1967.


Podgorny, Richard Joseph was born on January 27, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Leon and Mary Agatha (Gryzik) Podgorny.


Bachelor, St. Mary's College, 1966. Master of Science, American University, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1975.

Postgraduate, Federal Executive Institute, 1989.


Quality control supervisor Capital Aerosol Packaging Company, Melrose Park, Illinois, 1965-1966. Peace Corps volunteer Adi Teclesan, Ethiopia, 1966-1968. Teacher, chairman science department Western Senior High School, Washington, 1968-1976.

Director marine science District of Columbia Public School Systems, 1976-1979. Manager national sanctuaries programs United States Department Commerce, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, 1979-1982, chief user affairs/marketing unit, external affairs staff, 1983-1986, chief international affiars National Ocean Service, 1986-1994, senior advisor, president Council Sustainable Development, 1994-1998, deputy director Office Sustainable Development and Intergovtl. Affairs, since 1998

United States delegate to Intergovtl.

Oceanog. Commission, since 1986, South Pacific Commission, since 1989. Board directors Pacific Congress International, since 1987. Professor anatomy and physiology Maryland Institute Traditional Chinese Medicine, since 1999.

Lecturer and consultant in field.



Vice president, board directors Friends of Arlington County Parks, 1982-1986. Chairman board directors planning committee Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Inc., 1980-1986. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Oceanography Society, Marine Technology Society, American Geophysical Union, National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, Sigma Xi.

Clubs: Capital Yacht, Skyline Health and Racquet.


Married Dorothy Mary Dorence, June 11, 1966. 1 child, Nicole Marie.

Leon Podgorny

Mary Agatha (Gryzik) Podgorny

Dorothy Mary Dorence

Nicole Marie Podgorny