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Public symposium will honor Frank Golley, past ecology director

Frank Golley

The Odum School of Ecology will host a two-day symposium memorializing past director Frank B. Golley, who died Oct. 6, 2006. To be held Oct. 5-6, the event is open to the public. Tickets are $15.

The symposium will kick off with a Philosopher’s Walk from the Golley home to the ecology school starting at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5. An outdoor reception will follow in the ecology courtyard. Events for Oct. 6 include a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by a panel discussion, luncheon and slide show.  The panel discussion will highlight many different aspects of Golley’s career, including environmental literacy, tropical ecology and international reach.

Becky Sharitz of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the International Association for Ecology will moderate the panel discussion which will include alumna Liz Blood of the National Science Foundation; Betty Jean Craige, director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts; Carl Jordan, Odum School faculty member; alumnus John Leffler, Ferrum College professor and alumnus Vince Nabholz of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Golley’s career spanned more than four decades at UGA and included directing the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory from 1962-1967 and the former Institute of Ecology from 1984-1987.

“At the end of Frank Golley’s chapter about the development and history of the Institute of Ecology in Holistic Science, he laid out a vision for our academic unit: a group of scholars and students working on a variety of projects, jointly using resources, and creating a new theory of ecological relationships that would transform the way we managed our environment,” said John Gittleman, dean of the ecology school. “The new School of Ecology is doing just this and because of Frank Golley’s true vision.