Monday, March 8, 2010

Preservationist and Georgia native, dead at 103

Dr. Edgar Wayburn was a native of Macon, Georgia. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Dr. Wayburn went on to devote his life to preserving such natural wonders - a pursuit that led him to serve five terms as the president of the Sierra Club. He remained an honorary president when he died Friday night in his San Francisco home at age 103, surrounded by family.

"He has saved more of our wilderness than any other person alive," President Bill Clinton said in 1999 when he awarded Dr. Wayburn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

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