Gold Medal Award: Fran and Ed Egan
|Ed and Fran Egan|
Individually and as a team, you have made exceptional contributions to the American Rhododendron Society for more than three decades serving in many roles. Your contributions have been evident as hard working members of the Portland and Tualatin Valley chapters as well as at the regional and international levels of the Society. Jointly you chaired activities at the Cecil and Molly Smith Garden and organized the business in a way that has helped make the Garden a well-endowed asset of the contributing chapters. On many occasions, your efforts enhanced the success of ARS regional conferences and conventions and helped record the history of these events through photography and publications. He has served as president of the Tualatin Valley Chapter, editor of the ARS Journal, and chair of the ARS Honors Committee. As editor, he made major format and content improvements which helped make the Journal an outstanding professional publication. She served as executive secretary of the ARS and helped modernize its business activities. She also steered the ARS Long Range Planning Committee. For these significant contributions, the American Rhododendron Society is proud to award the Gold Medal to Fran and Ed Egan. May 3, 2003, Olympia, Washington.