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Welcoming Ed Roski As Honorary Director

The Explorers Club is proud to announce the addition of Edward P. Roski Jr. to our Honorary Board. This office is held by members of the Club who have particularly distinguished themselves in the field of exploration and who have actively participated in the welfare and promotion of the Club. Ed has exhibited years of service to our Club and we couldn’t be more grateful he accepted the position of Honorary Director.

A description of some of his accomplishments can be found below, as well as a current list of the Honorary Board.

Best Regards,

Ted Janulis

Edward P. Roski, Jr., MN ’90

Ed Roski’s penchant for excellence combined with his inquisitive nature has resulted in a myriad of personal and public accomplishments that few can match. On the exploration front, Roski has led more than a dozen expeditions to remote outposts of Oceania; systematically observing, recording and interacting with the indigenous cultures found there.  The resulting knowledge and collections stemming from these expeditions form the substance of the highly acclaimed Spirits and Headhunters exhibition, which is on permanent display at the Bowers Museum in California. An interview with Ed Roski, Jr. regarding his exploration interests appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of the Explorers Journal.

Mr. Roski served as an officer in the United States Marines from 1962 to 1966 where he was decorated for bravery with two Purple Hearts, and he has applied his acumen to diverse academic and professional institutions.  He serves on numerous boards including the Bowers Museum, the California Science Center, and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Geographic Society. Ed also founded Land of the Free Foundation, which serves families of US war veterans.

In addition to Roski’s expeditions in Melanesia, he has climbed to Base Camp at Mt. Everest, K2, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, biked across Mongolia, Russia, and Burma, and completed several deep water dives throughout uncharted waters off New Guinea. Continuing his ocean exploration, he descended in a Russian submersible to the wreck of the Titanic, 2.5 miles beneath the ocean’s surface.

Mr. Roski is president and chairman of the board of Majestic Realty Co., one of the oldest and largest privately held real estate companies in the United States.

Honorary Directors of The Explorers Club:

Robert Ballard, Ph.D., Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., James M. Fowler, Senator John Glenn, Gilbert Grosvenor, Donald Johanson, Ph.D., Richard E. Leakey, D.Sc., Frederik D.A. Paulsen, Roland Puton, Johan Reinhard, Ph.D., Edward P. Roski, Jr., George Schaller, Ph.D., Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., Don Walsh, Ph.D., HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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