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Hugh Downs
1989 Recipient

Retired host of ABC’s “20/20,” Hugh Downs has a distinguished record of service and accomplishment that includes many contributions to Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s vision of an optimal quality of life resulting from technological advancement and environmental preservation–in balance.


As one of America’s foremost communicators in a career spanning more than 50 years, he has had a substantial and positive influence on countless numbers of people. Downs has lectured throughout the country on a range of subjects, including the quality of life, the role of the communicator in environmental concerns, and the exploration of space. He has been Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society and a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Advisory Council.