Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Praises Choice of Wayburn as Medal of Freedom Laureate

August 6, 1999

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today praised President Clinton's decision to award Dr. Edgar Wayburn, a longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, a Presidential Medal of Freedom. "As a principal catalyst behind passage of the Alaska Lands Act and legislation creating Redwoods National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including its crown jewel, the magnificent Presidio," Pelosi said, "Dr. Wayburn is a national treasure, a healer of the human species who expands the Hippocratic ideal to embrace all of nature."

Congresswoman Pelosi also underscored the importance of Dr. Wayburn's wife, Peggy, in giving weight and shape to the achievements of the Sierra Club's President-for-Life. "Peggy is herself a force of nature," noted Pelosi, "and this award really honors an incredibly resourceful team."

Official presentation of the award, one of America's most prestigious, will take place at the White House on August 11. Other laureates include former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.

Check out Congresswoman Pelosi's floor statement in honor of Dr. Wayburn.

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