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Frank Golley, Institute of Ecology emeritus professor, dies at age 76

Frank Golley

Frank B. Golley, 76, professor emeritus at UGA’s Institute of Ecology, died in Athens on Oct. 8.

Born in Chicago, Golley earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Purdue University, a master’s degree in wildlife management from Washington State University and a doctorate from Michigan State University in zoology.

Following graduation in 1958, he took a position as assistant professor at the University of North Carolina until September of that year, when he came to UGA. He served as director of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation while on leave from UGA from September 1979-September 1981.

At UGA for more than four decades, Golley was director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory from 1962-1967 and director of the Institute of Ecology from 1984-1987. He retired from UGA in 2000.

He served in a variety of positions, including president of the International Association of Ecology, the Ecological Society of America and the International Society of Tropical Ecology. In addition, he served on the Council of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institute of Ecology and the Organization for Tropical Studies.

He was on the committee to establish the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and served as its interim director. Golley also was the founder and first editor of the Journal of Landscape Ecology.

He wrote about 40 books and chapters and more than 150 papers in ecology, biology, social sciences and history. Services were held Oct. 11. Gifts may be made to the Frank Golley Memorial Fund, Institute of Ecology, 1033 Green St., Athens, GA 30602.