In Memoriam

Henry "Hank" W. Wedaa, Chairman Emeritus

The South Coast AQMD mourns the loss of former Governing Board Chairman Emeritus Henry W. (“Hank”) Wedaa, who passed away in November 2019 at the age of 95. Wedaa was a member of the Governing Board from 1988 to 1994 and served in roles as Vice Chairman, and Chairman.

During his tenure at the South Coast AQMD, he strongly advocated reducing vehicle emissions to attain federal clean air standards for the region. He spent much of his life actively promoting the use of clean fuels to reduce emissions and provided leadership that has contributed to dramatically improved air quality across Southern California. In 2003, he was honored with a South Coast AQMD Clean Air Award for Leadership in Government.

In other leadership roles, he served on the Yorba Linda City Council for 29 years and was a past president of the Southern California Association of Governments. In 2014 he received the Coalition for Clean Air’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his vision and courage as a public servant who led efforts to advance new technologies to clean California’s air.

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