Former state Sen. Ted Hallock dies

Portland environmentalist was instrumental in passing land-use, bottle bills

Former state Sen. Ted Hallock, a committed environmentalist and key player in the political movement that gave Oregon a unique progressive profile in the '60s and '70s, died at Good Samaritan Hospital Saturday night following a heart attack. He was 85.

The often caustic Grant High graduate, who was known to pull few punches in his battles with political opponents, was instrumental in the passage of SB100 in 1973. The law sought to protect the state's farmland and wild areas through land-use planning.

Before that, Hallock, a Democrat, had introduced a bill that gave Oregon the power to shut down industrial polluters and later fought entrenched interests in helping pass the state's bottle bill. The anti-littering measure made Oregon the first state to place a container deposit on bottles and cans.

He reflected on his political career in a 2004 profile in the Tribune; 'The only good thing about me is that I operated on the premise that you leave the planet better than when you got here.'

Hallock, who flew 30 missions as a B-17 bombardier in World War II, was a Peabody Award-winning radio journalist and founded an advertising agency before entering politics.

He served two terms on the Northwest Power Planning Council after leaving the state Senate in 1983, and later revisited a lifelong love of jazz music. In recent years, despite diminishing health, he produced a 13-part biography of bandleader Artie Shaw that aired in markets throughout the United States and Canada.

Hallock is survived by his wife, Jackie and two daughters. His oldest daughter, Stephanie, is the director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.