Betty Cheever &
the Late Wally Brown
Installed in Lyman Woods Preserve
leaders Betty M. Cheever and Wallace H. (Wally) Brown (June 16, 1928 - April 23, 2019) now have
benches dedicated to
them installed in the Lyman Woods Preserve. One
bench is near the floating dock on the
south trail and
the other is next to the Crossroads of Ecosystems
interpretive sign near the highland meadow. The
floating dock is
a key location for educational programs and seems an appropriate place
to honor the late Wally Brown's enthusiasm for involvement of young persons with
Lyman Woods and other DuPage County Forest Preserves. The
Crossroads of Ecosystems gives a good overview of the significance of
this particular preserve and seems an appropriate place to honor
Betty Cheever's recognition of the importance of this preserve.
This project honoring Betty Cheever and Wally Brown was organized by
Downer's Heritage Alliance and included a dedication
event that took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017
at the Lyman Woods Interpretative Center. Many friends, family
members and community leaders came to talk about
Wally's and Betty's
accomplishments and to wish them well.
Map of Lyman Woods
Wally Brown received his plaque from
Ken Lerner while his son
David and Betty Cheever looked on.
posed with members of the
League of Women Voters
Downers Grove, Woodridge
Here are some of the community leaders who
came to celebrate with Wally and Betty.
Front row: Wally Brown, Betty Cheever, Hilary Denk, Ken Lerner,
Back row: Joe Cantore & his son, Bob Gelwicks, Nicole Walus,
David Olsen, Liz Chaplin, Martin Tully, Gordon Goodman.
organizations and individuals have supported honoring Betty and Wally
in this way. Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance has been joined by
the Grove Foundation for Recreation, The Conservation Foundation, the
League of Women Voters of Downers Grove, Woodridge, & Lisle, and
the Downers Grove Downtown Management Corporation, along with the
following individuals: Gregory Beggs, James Cavallo, Gordon Goodman,
Irene Hogstrom & Mark Bragen, Gemma & Tim Johnson, Ken Lerner,
Linda Painter, Nancy Peraino, Marilyn Schnell, and Martin Tully.