2005 Liff Spirit Award Honoree
Founding Chair, Boston Conservation Commission
Fouding Member, Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Eugenie Beal is one of those venerable Bostonians who need no last name. She is known affectionately throughout the city simply as “Genie”. Since she became the first chair of Boston’s Conservation Commission in 1970, she has worked to cultivate, protect and enhance Boston’s open space and make it a “greener city.” For the past 20 years she has led Boston Natural Areas Network, first as president and now as chair. She is best known for this effort and for her role in creating the Boston Greenspace Alliance and the Arboretum Park Conservancy.
During the 1990’s, Beal, a self-proclaimed “parkie”, worked closely with Justine Mee Liff and secured a grant which helped start the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Currently Beal serves as a member of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Stewardship Council and as a board member of the Arboretum Parks Conservancy, Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Botanical Garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Founder, The Beacon Companies
Norman Leventhal is also one of those venerable Bostonians who needs no last name. He is known respectfully throughout the city simply as “Norman.” A founder of The Beacon Companies, Leventhal has been widely recognized for his significant contributions to Boston’s built environment, including Center Plaza, Rowes Wharf, South Station, One Post Office Square and the Hotel Meridien as well as his many philanthropic endeavors. Leventhal founded the Friends of Post Office Square, which lead to the creation of Post Office Square Park, and became a city-wide model for public-private partnerships that have enhance many of Boston’s public spaces. The Park at Post Office Square, named for Leventhal in 1997, is known nationally as setting a new standard for urban parks and creating a beloved urban oasis for office workers, tourists and city residents.
Leventhal has recently founded the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library to house his own collection of historic maps of Boston as well as the 350,000 maps already in the library’s collection. The new center will make these maps accessible to the public and in particular to the school children throughout greater Boston.