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News: John Bryan, 2014 Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor Medalist


October 24, 2018

The GCA mourns the passing of John H. Bryan, 1936-2018

The Elizabeth Craig Weaver Proctor Medal is awarded to non-members for exemplary service and creative vision in any field related to The Garden Club of America’s special interests. In 2014, Mr. Bryan joined a distinguished company of award winners including Save the Redwood League, The Trustees of Reservations, Lady Bird Johnson, and the National Park Service.

The Garden Club of America honored Mr. Bryan for his visionary civic leadership, dedication to historic preservation, and commitment to the advancement of the arts.  

Bryan, who was also the CEO of Sara Lee Corporation, was known outside the business world for his stewardship of built and natural landscapes. Today, he is widely credited with helping transform downtown Chicago after raising more than $200 million dollars in private funds for the $475 million urban renewal project, now known as Millennium Park.


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