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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 12:40pm

Savannah Preservation Champion Dies

Tributes are pouring in for a Savannah preservationist being called an ambassador for Historic Savannah.

Eighty-eight year-old Leopold Adler the Second died Sunday on Skidaway Island.

He worked for more than half a century preserving the city.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1984 presented Adler with its highest award.

Mark McDonald of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation says, Adler championed new ways to save historic buildings.

"He really was sort of a Johnny Apple seed of preservation," he says "He spoke at national conferences every year for over 20 years, he traveled internationally to speak about Savannah."

McDonald says, Adler used real estate sales and property deed restrictions to boost preservation efforts.

He'll be buried at a private service at Bonaventure Cemetery.