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Judy Zuk - President Emeritus of Brooklyn Botanic Garden dies

6 September 2007
Judy Zuk will be sadly missed

 Judy D. Zuk 
1951 - 2007
©P Wyse Jackson 

BGCI is sad to record the recent death of Judith D. Zuk at the age of 55, in New York on 1st September following a long illness. 

Judy will be sadly missed by her numerous friends and colleagues throughout the botanic garden and horticultural communities worldwide.  She was a much admired leader and visionary amongst botanic gardens who did so much to promote and demonstrate the new vision for botanic gardens as integrated institutions promoting what is best in horticulture, education, science, conservation and public service.

Judy was President of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for more than 15 years. As President of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden she led it with great distinction, during a time when its programmes in horticulture, education and science grew very significantly, its Master Plan for the future was created, and its reputation as one of the great botanic gardens of the world was considerably enhanced.  Prior to joining the Brooklyn Garden in 1990 she was director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. 

Judy was educated at Rutgers University and graduated in 1973 with a degree in botany.  Following that she received a Masters degree in Public Garden Administration from the University of Delaware and spent a year studying landscape design in the U.K. as part of a prestigious fellowship awarded by the Garden Club of America.  She received many awards and honours during her career, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America in 2004 and was elected an Honorary Life Member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (now the American Public Garden Association).  On her retirement in 2005 Judy was named President Emeritus of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

BGCI owes a great debt of gratitude to Judy who gave many years dedicated support and guidance as a member of its Board of Trustees and as President of its U.S. body, BGCI (U.S.) Inc. which she helped to establish.   We mourn the loss of a much loved and very dear friend and colleague who contributed so much to the growth and development of the organisation.  She will be greatly missed.



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