Bee Canterbury Lavery 1926 – 2018
It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that one of our founders, Bee Canterbury Lavery, recently passed away. Bee had been the Chief of Protocol under Mayor Tom Bradley for 17 years and was instrumental in securing the sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Los Angeles.
She served the association as Secretary General and led many influential delegations to China as well as receiving many high ranking Chinese officials in Los Angeles. After retiring from city government she joined the United States Government State Department helping to establish the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles.
After her service to the State Department she was founder and president of International Executive Protocol traveling internationally, especially to China, to share her expertise with business and government leaders.
Although she had traveled the world her first love was China and special favorite city was Guangzhou.
Bee Lavery with Guangdong Governor Liang Lingguang in Guangzhou in 1996
Bee Lavery and Katherine Whitman with Ambassador Li Zhaoxing 1998