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environmentalist , Internist

Edgar Wayburn, American Internist, environmentalist. Recipient Douglas award National Parks and Conservation Association, 1987, Leopold award California Nature Conservancy, 1988, Fred Packard award International Union Conservation Nature, 1994, Laureate of Global 500 Roll of Honour award United Nations Environment Programme, 1994, 1st Conservation award Ecotrust, 1994, Albert Schweitzer prize, 1995.


Wayburn, Edgar was born on September 17, 1906 in Macon, Georgia, United States. Son of Emanuel and Marian (Voorsanger) Wayburn.


AB magna cum laude, University Georgia, 1926. Doctor of Medicine cum laude, Harvard University, 1930.


Hospital training, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, 1931-1933;associate clinical professor, Stanford (California) U., 1933-1965;associate clinical professor, University of California, San Francisco, 1960-1976;practice medicine specializing in internal medicine, San Francisco, 1933-1985;member of staff, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, 1959-1986;chief endocrine clinic, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, 1959-1972;vice chief staff, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, 1961-1963;honorary staff, Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco, since 1986.


Member Secretary of Interior's Advisory Board on National Park System, 1979-1983, member world commission on protected areas International Union for Conservation Nature and Natural Resources. Leader national campaigns Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Trustee Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, 1978-1986.

Board directors Garden Sullivan Hospital, 1965-1980. Chairman People For a Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 1971-2005. Member citizens' advisory commission Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, 1974-2003, leader national campaigns, 1955-1990.

Principal citizen advocate Redwood National Park, 1968, 78. Director The Antarctica Project, 1993-2003. Member advisory board Pacific Forest Trust.

Honorary chairman Tuolomne River Preservation Trust, 1983-1985. Principal advisory Enlargement of Mount Tamalpais State Park. Leader campaign to establish Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 1972.

Major United States Air Force, 1942-1946. Fellow American College of Physicians (laureat). Member American Medical Association, American Society Internal Medicine, California Medical Association (delegate 1958-1983, Recognition award 1986, Leadership and Quality awards 1986), San Francisco Medical Society (president 1965, Resolution of Congratulations 1986), Sierra Club (president 1961-1964, 67-69, John Muir award 1972, honorary president 1993-2010), Sierra Club Foundation (director 1960-1987, president 1971-1978, honorary president 1998-2010), Federation Western Outdoor Clubs (president 1953-1955).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: exploration, hiking.


Married Cornelia Elliott, September 12, 1947. Children: Cynthia, William, Diana, Laurie.

Emanuel Wayburn

Marian (Voorsanger) Wayburn

Cornelia Elliott

Cynthia Wayburn

William Wayburn

Diana Wayburn

Laurie Wayburn