The Frank Maturo Excellence Fund

Group PhotoThe Frank Maturo Excellence Fund has been established through the generosity of CLAS graduate James I. Black III (1973) and the efforts of UF's Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity members. The fund is a way to honor Frank Maturo, a zoology professor and the ATO chapter advisor since 1958.

Maturo says that he is deeply thankful for the remembrance and generosity symbolized by the creation of this fund. "It is the ultimate honor for a teacher and mentor to have his former students provide for his immortality. The alumni of ATO with whom I worked during their undergraduate days and the many students in my residential classes and research projects are in fact part of my family," he says. "They all have enriched my life more than they can imagine."

The endowment will be used for UF's Marine Laboratory at Seahorse Key, a field research laboratory located in the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Maturo has taught classes at the laboratory since 1958. "I was director of the laboratory at Seahorse Key from 1970 to 1997. It is a fascinating place for a biologist and has provided many memorable experiences for students who have studied there," he says. "It is a real turn-on. A jewel in UF's crown! I want other students to experience it."

Vicki Black

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