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nationalgeographic.com/3Q 3 Questions When Gilbert M. Grosvenor retired from the board of trustees of the National Geographic Society on June 21, 2014—60 years to the day after he started working here—he left an organization built by five generations of his family. (His daughter, obstetrician Alexandra Grosvenor Eller, continues the tradition: She was elected to the National Geo- graphic board in 2009.) As the editor in chief of the magazine, Why National Geographic Is a Family Affair Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the inventor had an early interest in teaching the deaf. A lawyer and financier, he helped fund Alexander Graham Bell’s research, which eventually led to the invention of the telephone. ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL (1847-1922) GARDINER GREENE HUBBARD (1822-1897) 1870 Immigrates to Ontario, Canada. Though he spent much of his time in Washington, D.C., Bell kept lifelong ties to Nova Scotia. 1876 Awarded the patent for the telephone 1877 Marries Mabel Hubbard, daughter of Gardiner Greene Hubbard 1898 Becomes president of National Geographic Society after death of Gardiner Greene Hubbard JANUARY 1888 Hubbard is among the founders of the National Geographic Society (NGS) and is named its first president.