Portland preservationist honored

Second McMath Award recipient named by University of Oregon, Venerable Group

By Nathalie Weinstein

Historic preservation has a friend in Bosco-Milligan Foundation director Cathy Galbraith. A constant presence at city hall, community meetings and other places where historic buildings’ futures are at stake, Venerable Group’s Art DeMuro calls Galbraith a leader in grassroots preservation efforts.

That’s why this year the University of Oregon and Venerable Group will award its second annual McMath Award for historic preservation to Galbraith. The award honors the late George McMath, a Portland preservationist.

“I can think of no one in the state of Oregon that has been a leader in grassroots preservation longer and more effectively than Cathy,” DeMuro said. “She thinks about preservation 24/7. She shows up at city council, Landmarks Commission and ad hoc committee meetings to ensure a voice for preservation is at the table.”

Galbraith was chosen by a jury panel that included Kingston Heath, director of UO’s historic preservation program, last year’s award winner James Hamrick and Portland architect Paul Falsetto.

“George McMath was an early mentor to me and he became a great friend, so I’m especially honored to carry his name on this award,” Galbraith said. “We can all only hope to follow in his footsteps, given his leadership in the historic preservation field.”

The award will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Portland White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St., in Portland.