03 August 2012
THE NATURAL COAST
On behalf of my two sons Cypress, and Sky Rudloe, and myself, I would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for your letters, cards of sympathy for Anne Rudloe's passing and your donations to the Anne Rudloe Memorial Educational Fund. Many remembered my wife for the nineteen years of classes she taught on Florida ecosystems at the FSU Center of Professional Development, others for the field trips she led at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, or for her newspaper articles and her commentaries on Florida Public Radio and NPR. Many knew her for her spiritual work with meditation, and her books, "Butterflies on a Sea Wind" and her latest, "Zen in a Wild Country", published just before she died. Her co-authored book, "Priceless Florida" was used as a text book in a number of college courses around the state, and the FSU Marine Laboratory extolled her scientific contributions in the attached memorial article. http://www.marinelab.fsu.edu/news/annerudloe.html
Jimmy Buffet wrote, "Anne left her mark on this world and more particularly on our beloved Gulf. All we can do in the short time on this blue marble, is try and leave it a little better off than it was when we got here. She did that"
One of her pet projects was to renovate and upgrade our touch tank building where so many children have learned to experience nature and connect with life in the sea over the past forty years. We need to raise $20,000 in additional funds to complete the project, and build a kiosk describing her life's work and philosophy. The outpouring of support has been heartwarming, and has gone a long way towards our goal. Anything you can do to help with this endeavor is greatly appreciated, as is your friendship, help and support in a most difficult time.
Jack Rudloe, President
Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories, Inc.., PO Box 237, 222 Clark Drive, Panacea FL 32346
, Phone 850-984-5297. Fax: 850-984-5233