Jean Wallace Douglas
Inspired by the belief that conservation of land and respect for the environment are of
the greatest importance, Jean Wallace
Douglas was a true friend of the Chesapeake
Bay. In September, Mrs. Douglas—the
youngest child of Henry A. Wallace,
Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President
under Franklin Roosevelt—passed away at
the age of 91.
As President of Wallace Genetic Foundation,
Mrs. Douglas was a pioneer, supporting causes she believed in, including conservation
and agriculture. To that end, the Wallace
Genetic Foundation has been generous to
CBF, donating more than half a million dollars in support of our work since 1987.
“Jean was one of the most intelligent, curious, delightful, down-to-earth people. She
was wonderfully supportive of CBF’s work,
including generous support for Clagett Farm
dating back 30 years to when we first
acquired the farm,” says Michael Heller,
Manager of CBF’s Clagett Farm and a long-time friend of Mrs. Douglas.
Jean Wallace Douglas’ passion for conservation and agriculture translated to decades of support for
CBF’s Clagett Farm, pictured above, which is a sustainable working farm in Maryland.
Wallace Genetic helped CBF in other ways too.
Just last year, the foundation supported our
education program at the Karen Noonan
Center in Dorchester County, Maryland.
Survived by three children and six grandchildren, Jean Wallace Douglas leaves behind a
legacy of passion for the environment and
For the Love of the Bay: CBF Volunteer Jonathan Kagan Gives Back
Enjoying an early-morning, open-water swim in the Chesapeake Bay—which he
does a couple times a week (weather per-mitting)—Jonathan Kagan reflects on his
love for the Bay and his support of CBF.
“While I didn’t grow up in Annapolis, I’ve
lived in the area for the past 20 years. In that
time, my family and I have developed deep
personal connections to this beautiful watershed. We enjoy fishing, swimming, and sailing along its shores.”
That’s why Kagan, a partner with the
Baldwin, Kagan & Gormley law firm in
Annapolis, supports CBF and generously
donates his time as a co-chair of the
“Committed to the Bay” committee that
helps pull together CBF’s signature Bands
in the Sand event every June. Kagan has
been a co-chair for the past three years and
is looking forward to this year’s event, “to
be able to bring close to 1,000 people to
CBF’s Merrill Center for a casual party on
The Kagan family, pictured above, Jonathan,
his wife Marnie, and 7-year old twins, Matthew
and Skylar, find time to enjoy the great outdoors.
the water’s edge, it really doesn’t get any
better than that. But doing that and raising
money for a great cause, like CBF—I am
honored to be part of such a unique and
Bands in the Sand has raised more than
$650,000 over the past six years to support
CBF’s mission to restore and protect the
Bay. “Being out on the water with my children, I see how much enjoyment and inspiration the Bay gives them. It is vital that we
preserve this natural treasure for generations to come.”
u For more information or to buy tickets for
CBF’s Bands in the Sand event—scheduled for
Saturday, June 16, at CBF’s Philip Merrill
Center in Annapolis, Maryland—please visit