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HLS Graduate, Luke Cole ’89, dies at 46

The San Francisco Chronicle reported the unfortunate and devastating passing of Luke Cole, an 1989 graduate of HLS whose commitment to environmental justice and dedication to public interest work defined his career and life.
Mr. Cole was an environmental lawyer in San Francisco were he founded and was the current Executive Director for The Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment, a non-profit legal organization aimed at working towards environmental justice.
He was driving with his wife on a rural road in Western Uganda when his car was struck by a truck that veered into Mr. Cole’s path, hitting his side of the car. His wife, who survived the accident, was sent to Amsterdam where she underwent an eye operation.
Luke Cole is survived by his father, Herbert Cole, and mother, Alexandra Cole, two brothers, Peter and Thomas Cole, a sister, Sarah Cole, and a son, Zane Shelby.