Photographs provided by WGCU.
HONORING BEVERLY LUNDQUIST, Longtime Advocate for Public Television
BEVERLY LUNDQUIST has been an advocate of public television through the past 35+ years. She was honored at a special luncheon on June 8, 2016 by the WGCU staff, PBS and APTS dignitaries, National Friends of Public Broadcasting, family and close friends to toast her and her late husband, James, for their significant support of public broadcasting. Beverly was presented with two beautiful personalized plaques from both WGCU and from National Friends of Public Broadcasting.
Beverly has been an advocate, ambassador, educator, leader and mentor for public television at both the local and national levels.
Beverly cares deeply about PBS and became involved with advocacy when she worked on WNET's government affairs department. Beverly was a member of Friends of Thirteen/WNET and served on its Board of Directors since its incorporation in 1987. She served as the Friends Chairman in June 2003. In 2006, she was elected as a Life Trustee.
Additionally, she initiated Capitol Hill Day for THIRTEEN/WNET. Along with her fellow Friends board members, she visited congressional representatives in
their district offices explaining the importance of funding for public television.
Beverly has also worked closely with Paula Kerger (PBS President and CEO) on government affairs and advocacy.
Beverly worked tirelessly to make National Friends of Public Broadcasting a national organization that would recognize and value the dedication of public broadcasting volunteers. She has been a longtime member, trustee, past Chair and Emeritus Trustee of National Friends. Beverly served as Vice Chairman 1992-1994 and Chairman 1994-1999 as well as Chair of the NFPB Scholarship Committee 1992-2000.
In 1999, Beverly served two terms on America's Public Television Stations (APTS) Board. At her current home station, WGCU in Fort Meyers, FL, Beverly served on their inaugural Public Media Advisory Board and actively participated in the Protect My Public Media effort.
Congratulations, BEVERLY LUNDQUIST, and thank you for your decades of devotion to volunteers and the work of public broadcasters across the country. You are an inspiration and role model for all public media volunteers.