Common Ground Vice President Paul Justus died suddenly of natural causes while on a walk in his Salem, Oregon neighborhood on January 20, 2021. Not only was Paul CGUSA VP, but he was head of its communications committee and webmaster of CGUSA’s Oregon-Washington chapter. Paul first joined Common Ground in September of 2002. Paul was also a board member of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
Paul was best known as a member of Team CGO, the conference planning arm of the Council of Georgist Organizations where he served as specialty camera man and video editor for most of the CGO’s conference videos from 2003-2020. He first attended the 2003 CGO Conference in Bridgeport, CT. Paul served as CGO National Secretary from 2009-2012. In 2016, his peers honored his work on their behalf with the CGO’s Unsung Hero Award for 2016.
Paul was an author and strong advocate of progressive economic policy to combat our nation’s growing inequality and promote the common good. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Dr. Andrea Radwell, a noted stream ecologist Paul is survived by five siblings, one step-son, four step grand-children and lots of cousins, nieces and nephews
Paul was deeply respected by all who knew him. He served in the Peace Corps in the island nation of Tonga and retired as a regional planner for the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. He was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Oregon, an Eagle Scout and served on the boards of several public service non-profit organizations among them, the Ozark Regional Land Trust and the Public Revenue Education Council (PREC). He also published a children’s book about Georgist economic policy, “Young George and the Dragon: An Economic Fairy Tale”.
He will be dearly missed.
Condolences may be sent to his family as follows:
The family of the late Paul Justus
in care of
City View Funeral Home and Cemetery
390 Hoyt St. South
Salem, OR 97302
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to: the Ozark Land Trust, PO Box 1512, Columbia, MO 65205. For specific donation instructions, please visit their website (ozarklandtrust.org) as they have a particular way they want donations.