The Board of Trustees, Auxiliary, Volunteers, and Staff of Brooklyn Botanic Garden mourn the passing of our dear friend and past Board Chair Esther (Faity) Leeming Tuttle, who died on July 9 at age 104. Faity's deep involvement with the Garden spanned more than 70 years. She served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Auxiliary President from 1961 to 1963, as a Trustee from 1963 to 2002, and as Board Chair from 1970 to 1977. During her term as Board Chair, she oversaw the Garden's incorporation as a separate entity from its parent institution, the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, a major step in modernizing the Garden's administration. Drawing upon a background in the arts, she also helped produce a series of horticulturally themed films for the Garden. She was honored by BBG in 1988 in recognition of her many contributions. Faity Tuttle's dedication to community, her enthusiasm for life, and her unflagging energy and vibrancy inspired all who knew her. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her two surviving children, as well as her ten grandchildren, her 13 great-grandchildren, her 23 great-great-grandchildren. Frederick Bland, Chair Scot Medbury, President Frances Mendlow, Auxiliary President
Published in New York Times on Jul. 17, 2015.