Recognition for “Mr. Back Bay”

Jack Keating has been the leading voice speaking on behalf of Back Bay in Newport Beach since the early 90’s, picking-up the mantle from Frank and Fran Robinson who led the citizen’s campaign to save the Bay through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

On a Saturday afternoon this May, a large gathering of community leaders, donors, active volunteers with the Newport Bay Conservancy and members of the Keating family gathered in front of the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center to see the Keating Family name being installed on the Van Sant donor wall.  This was our way of saying thank you to Jack for his tireless efforts to protect and preserve the Bay, including Jack’s lead role in fundraising for the Interpretive Center and the popular Vista Point viewpoint at the corner of Eastbluff Drive and Back Bay Drive.  The Keating family also donated money to help us produce a book to tell the evolving story of saving Newport’s Back Bay for our 50th anniversary next year. We can’t thank Jack, Libby and his entire family enough for their continuous support to the Bay.

Fittingly the weather was beautiful and the view from the patio across the Bay was stunning. To see pictures of this event, click here.