R.I.P. Stew Albert

‘Yippie’ leader departs with idealism intact: “Stew Albert, a co-founder of the theatrically unruly Youth International Party — whose members were more commonly known as Yippies — and one of the last remaining radical leftists of a colorful cohort that once included Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, John Lennon, Timothy Leary and Tom Hayden, died Monday in Portland of liver cancer. He was 66.

…A lifelong radical and activist, unlike many aging ’60s radicals and hippies who grew into careerists who worried about their own kids and drugs, Mr. Albert continued to carry an idealistic torch for the 1960s, marching, protesting, speaking and writing on behalf of radical social change.

Mr. Albert moved to Portland in 1984 with his wife, Judy Gumbo, whom he married in 1977, and young daughter. He worked as a freelance writer and editor from his Northeast Portland home, helped raise his daughter and enjoyed his reputation as a hell-raiser. He was active in Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity, an anti-racism group, and was president of Oregon Jewish Agenda, which in the mid-’80s started promoting Arab (Palestinian)-Jewish dialogue.

‘I came here to bring the holy spirit of the ’60s to this younger generation,’ he said in 2000.” (Oregon Live — thanks, abby)

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