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California Academy of Sciences
SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 1998) – The California Academy of Sciences is delighted to announce a gift of $2,000,000 from Lakeside Foundation, San Francisco, endowing the Lindsay Chair of Botany at the 145-year old institution in Golden Gate Park. The gift honors Dr. George E. Lindsay and his late wife Geraldine (Gerry) Kendrick Lindsay.
Born in 1916, renowned botanist Dr. George Lindsay was a highly decorated captain in the US Air Force during World War II, having been awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He received a B.A. in 1951 and Ph.D. in botany in 1956 from Stanford University. While early in his career at the Academy, Dr. Lindsay met his future wife, Geraldine Kendrick, who founded the Docent Council at the same institution. George Lindsay was the Executive Director of the Academy between 1963-1982. Great advances in the health of the institution and significant strides in scientific discovery were made during Dr. Lindsay’s tenure. They included the revitalization of the Department of Anthropology, which had been largely inactive since the collections were mostly destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. Despite his retirement, George Lindsay has continued his internationally-recognized botany research, and remains an active supporter of the Academy. Recently, he played an important role in arranging for the publication of Theodore Henry Hittell’s history of the Academy (1997). George Lindsay was honored at a special 80th birthday party at the Academy. He has been a Fellow of the Academy for 36 years.
Proceeds from this major gift by Lakeside Foundation will ensure that the strong scientific legacy of George Lindsay will continue at the Academy for generations to come. The Academy is deeply grateful for this gift.