John Gardner: October 8, 1912 - February 16, 2002

John W. Gardner
John W. Gardner

“The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” — Saturday Evening Post, Dec. 1, 1962

John Gardner, HEW Secretary, Common Cause Founder, Dies 
By Richard Pearson
Washington Post, February 18, 2002; Page B06

Mentor to the World
By Fred Wertheimer
Washington Post, February 19, 2002; Page A15 

John W. Gardner, 89, Founder of Common Cause and Adviser to Presidents, Dies 
By Robert D. McFadden
The New York Times

John Gardner, founder of Common Cause, engineer of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Great Society" program, dead at 89 
Stanford Report, February 17, 2002

PBS Special: John Gardner: Uncommon American