David G. Leach Receives Award
Dr. David G. Leach, of Brookville, has been awarded the 1969 Gold Medal by the Garden Club of America for research in genetics and the practical production of improved rhododendron hybrids for cold climates. The award, voted by the representatives of its members, will be presented at Pasadena, California on April 17, 1969.
Dr. Leach is no stranger to honors. He has received the Gold Medal of the American Rhododendron Society, the Award of Merit of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Great Lakes Award for Horticultural Research, and many other honorary recognitions. He has most recently been visiting lecturer of design at the University of Pennsylvania graduate school of landscape architecture.
As award-designate, Dr. Leach joins a distinguished tradition of predecessors, including Prof. Charles E. Sargent of Harvard University, Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey, of Cornell University, Mr. Henry Francis du Pont, creator of Winterthur, and Dr. Harold B. Tukey, of the University of Michigan. The award has been made annually since 1920.
Dr. Leach is vice-president of the American Horticultural Society. His most recent honor has been the bestowal upon him of the degree of Doctor of Science by the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. His biography appears in "Who's Who in America."