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Brookings chairman to visit in support of Nicklaus golf plan

John L. Thornton, chairman of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., will visit Buffalo next week for meetings with foundations and business leaders to support Kevin Gaughan's plan to create two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses in South Park and Delaware Park.

The events will happen on Sept. 12.

The plan calls for restoring Frederick Law Olmsted’s arboretum in South Park, returning some of Delaware Park’s Meadow for passive recreation and establishing a vocational training center for young people.

Thornton, a past president of Goldman Sachs, sits on the board of directors of The Ford Motor Co., and is a past board member of News Corp., Intel, and HSBC. He serves as executive chairman of Barrick Gold, a global company headquartered in Toronto and is professor of global leadership at Beijing's Tsinghua University.

"I'm grateful to John for coming to Buffalo to describe our national fund-raising efforts and, as well, convey his belief in the social, economic and cultural benefits that will inure to our city as a result of this project," Gaughan said in a statement.

Gaughan, a college roommate of Thornton's at Harvard University, has invited trustees of the Olmsted Conservancy to meet Thornton.

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