Contra Costa political legend John A. Nejedly dies

Former state sen. and World War II veteran John A. Nejedly, a Republican with an impressive environmental record, died early this morning in a Walnut Creek hospital after suffering a massive stroke over the weekend. He was 91.

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Nejedly was a former Walnut Creek City Attorney, Contra Costa District Attorney, the first president of the John Muir Hospital Board of Directors and a state senator.

He will be remembered for authoring a number of key environmental laws, such as the Forest Practice Act of 1973, the Wilderness Act of 1974 and the California Parklands Act.

Poor health forced him to retire from public office in 1980.

But he continued to volunteer in his retirement years. Nejedly raised money and spearheaded efforts to upgrade campground facilites in Livermore and open a wilderness campground near Sunol for disabled children.

Nejedly is survived by two sons, John T., a member of the Contra Costa Community College Board, and James, member of the Contra Costa Central Sanitary District board; and a daughter, Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho.