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PTC Mourns Passing of Chairman Leon J. Weil


The Chairman of the PTC’s Board of Directors, The Honorable Leon J. Weil, passed away on October 4, 2011.

After defending America as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II, Leon Weil had a long and distinguished career of public service. Graduating cum laude from Princeton University, Mr. Weil entered the investment business in 1950. Appointed U.S. Ambassador to Nepal by President Reagan in 1984, Mr. Weil also served as governor of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and as special consultant to the United Nations Development Program.

A proud grandfather of seven grandchildren, one of Mr. Weil’s abiding concerns was the well-being of America’s youth. Himself an avid skier and hiker, Mr. Weil showed his concern for young people’s physical health by working with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Outward Bound USA. But Mr. Weil also cared deeply about the moral and intellectual strength of children, as demonstrated by his chairmanship of the Parents Television Council. 

PTC President Tim Winter gave this tribute: “Lee Weil was a beacon of light to all who were blessed to be around him.  In a world that seems so negative and so cynical, Lee embodied all that was positive and optimistic.  He was passionate yet pragmatic; wise but humble; and he was deeply committed to the mission of the Parents Television Council.  We have lost more than our Chairman; we have lost a wonderful and inspiring friend.”

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.





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