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Edgar Wayburn

Edgar WayburnAKA Edgar Arthur Waxelbaum

Born: 17-Sep-1906
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia
Died: 5-Mar-2010
Location of death: San Francisco, CA
Cause of death: Natural Causes

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Conservationist, Sierra Club president

Military service: US Army Air Force (WWII)

Responsible for lobbying efforts to set aside land for parks in the American west. Early success with conservation came with conservation of the Marin Headlands (north of San Francisco) and Point Reyes National Seashore. His crowning achievement was the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (1980), which doubled the country's parkland by establishing ten national parks.

Father: (small businessman, d. 1909)
Mother: Mamie Waxelbaum
Sister: Marian (b. 1913, d. 3-Mar-2010)
Wife: Peggy Elliott (m. 1947, d. 2002, three daughters, one son)
Son: William Wayburn
Daughter: Cynthia Wayburn
Daughter: Laurie Wayburn
Daughter: Diana Wayburn

    High School: Lanier High School, Macon, GA
    University: BA, University of Georgia (1926)
    Medical School: MD, Harvard Medical School (1933)

    Sierra Club President (five terms, 1960s)
    Sierra Club Board of Directors (1957-94)
    Sierra Club (1939-2010)
    San Francisco Medical Society President
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999
    Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism 1995

Author of books:
Your Land and Mine: Evolution of a Conservationist (2004)

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