... This summer saw the passing of two uncommon leaders. J. Jackson Walter, 67, served as the sixth president of the National Trust, from 1984 to 1992, a time of great growth for both the organization and the preservation movement. Among the enduring programs born on Walter's watch is the annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an admired and much imitated vehicle that has garnered preservation great media exposure. Walter also oversaw the acquisition and public opening of James Madison's Montpelier, rescue of the popular federal rehabilitation tax credits, and victory in the protracted and highly publicized struggle to prevent construction of a shopping mall at Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. "Jack Walter was a passionate preservationist who cared deeply about the special places that are our legacy from the past," says National Trust President Richard Moe. "All of us are deeply in his debt."
John F. Seiberling, 89, served from 1971 to 1987 in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from Akron, Ohio. He fought to create national parks and wilderness areas and to fund state and local preservation programs. Among Seiberling's achievements are the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Akron and Cleveland, and new parks in Alaska. The National Trust gave him the Crowninshield Award in 2002.