Project Canopy in honor of
Sallye Garrigan Jude

Sallye Garrigan Jude

Sallye Jude portrait

Portrait of Sallye Garrigan Jude

Sallye Garrigan was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1926. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Economics and was awarded a Kappa Delta sorority scholarship to do graduate work at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she received a Masters in Elementary Education. It was there that she met a young medical student, James Jude, at a Catholic Club gathering. They married in 1952.

In the mid-1950s, the Judes returned to Baltimore to live, work and to raise their family. It was while Dr. Jude was doing his residency at Johns Hopkins University that he was part of a team that pioneered the research that led to the development of CPR. Dr. Jude’s work with CPR received national recognition and brought the Judes and their family to Miami in 1964 where Dr. Jude became chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine and at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Upon arriving in Miami, Sallye – while raising her family of seven children (5 boys and 2 girls) - became an active and integral part of the community. She was involved with the medical wives’ group, her church, and in her children’s schools. She is credited with being part of the small group that founded the Dade Reading Foundation – one of the earliest programs in M/D County for learning disabled children.

But it was in the environmental and historic preservation realms that Sallye’s star would really shine!

Sallye’s love for her community and deep affection for her family and friends is readily apparent to all. Since arriving in Miami she has been a steward of the environment, historic preservation and her church contributing with both her time and her energy. She has a heart of gold and is kind and warm and always has the time to stop and give support and encouragement to those coming up behind her(or attempting to follow in her large footsteps). She is truly an inspiration!

Marlin Ebbert
Sherry Jordan

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Sallye Garrigan Jude's Accomplishments and Awards

Business Woman

  • Former Managing Partner of Magic City Enterprises, a partnership that restored a combination of historic hotel and apartment buildings that formed the Miami River Inn complex, now known as the Selina River Inn Miami.


  • Founding member and past President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • Former Advisor, Trustee and Officer of Dade Heritage Trust, Miami's local preservation organization. 
  • Named to the Board of Trustees of the Deering Foundation in 1995, and involved in the restoration of the historic property at Deering Estate post Hurricane Andrew.
  • Founder and President of the Land Trust of Miami-Dade County. Advisory board member of State and National Board of the Trust For Public Land.


  • Served as President of the Urban Environmental League and on various county committees concerning the environment. Memberships in local and national environmental organizations. 
  • Former President of the Miami River Business Association. Served on the City of Miami Task Force to produce a Master Plan for the River. Has served on the executive committee of the Miami River Commission since its inception.
  • Member of the Coral Gables Garden Club for 40 years, serving on the Board in many positions. Has served on the Boards of several other local plant societies. 


  • Was an active member of the Dade Reading Foundation, the earliest learning disabilities association in Miami-Dade County, serving as president and board member.
  • In the East Little Havana neighborhood, worked on a neighborhood clean-up and environmental education program with the parents and classroom teachers at Riverside Elementary.
  • Was a member of the American Heart Association, involved in fundraising and was one of the founders of "Women for Heart", a public education forum for healthy living through improved diet.


  • In 1996, awarded the F. Carl Weinhardt Award, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation's most prestigious award to recognize her achievements and leadership in both state and national preservation arenas.
  • Honored as an "Unsung Heroine" by The City of Miami's Commission on the Status of Women in 1995.
  • Named "A Woman of Impact" by the Women's History Coalition in 1998.
  • In 2000, awarded the Henrietta Harris Award, Dade Heritage Trust's highest award in preservation.