Sylvia McLaughlin

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Sylvia McLaughlin
Sylvia Cranmer

(1916-12-24)December 24, 1916
Denver, Colorado, US
DiedJanuary 19, 2016(2016-01-19) (aged 99)
MovementSave The Bay
  • George E. Cranmer
  • Jean Chappell Cranmer

Sylvia McLaughlin (December 24, 1916 – January 19, 2016) was an American pioneer in environmentalism.[1] She, along with Kay Kerr and Esther Gulick, founded the Save San Francisco Bay Association[2] which eventually became Save The Bay.

Born on December 24, 1916,[3] McLaughlin spent her childhood in Denver, Colorado[4] While in Denver, she developed a love for the wilderness and the outdoors.[4] She earned a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in French in 1939, married Donald McLaughlin in 1948 and settled in Berkeley, California.[4]

She was referred to as an "impractical idealist," a "do-gooder" and a "posy-picker"[5] but she is credited as a leader in environmentalism.

In 2007, she became a tree sitter in the Berkeley oak grove controversy but was unsuccessful.[4]

She resided in the Berkeley Hills and remained active in the environmental movement until her death,[4] on January 19, 2016.[6]


  1. ^ "Sylvia McLaughlin" (PDF). University of California at Berkeley. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  2. ^ Scott, Mel (1985). The San Francisco Bay Area: A Metropolis in Perspective. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 316. ISBN 0520055101.
  3. ^ "Celebrate McLaughlin Eastshore State Park on the occasion of Sylvia McLaughlin's Birthday". El Cerito Patch.
  4. ^ a b c d e Fimrite, Peter (October 31, 2011). "Sylvia McLaughlin, Save the Bay founder, fights on". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  5. ^ Merchant, Carolyn (1988). Green Versus Gold: Sources In California's Environmental History. Island Press. p. 360.
  6. ^ "Save The Bay Co-Founder Sylvia McLaughlin Dies". CSN Bay Area. January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.