Obituary Notice of
Professor Frank B. Golley
Obituary Notice of
Professor Frank B. Golley
The Board of INTECOL are sad to announce that Professor Frank B. Golley, 76,
the former President of INTECOL and Professor Emeritus at the University of
Georgia Institute of Ecology, died in Athens, Georgia, USA on Sunday, October 8, 2006.
Frank Benjamin Golley, III, was born September 24, 1930 in Chicago, IL, USA
to Frank Benjamin and Katharine Baird Golley. He obtained a BS in
agriculture from Purdue University, an MS in wildlife management from
Washington State University and a PhD in zoology from Michigan State
University. Upon graduation in January 1958 he took a position as assistant
professor of zoology at the University of North Carolina. He was convinced
to come to the University of Georgia in September of that year where he
remained until his death, a career spanning more than four decades.
In 1962 he helped establish the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory where he
served as Director until September 1967 when he returned to the Athens
campus. He was instrumental in the design of the building for the Institute
of Ecology, and worked to ensure that it created an environment of openness
between faculty, staff and students. He served as Administrative Director of
the Institute until taking leave in 1979 to serve as director of
Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.
After returning to Athens, he served as director of the Institute of Ecology
He has served in a wide variety of professional positions, including being
president of the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), the
Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the International Society of
Tropical Ecology (ISTE). In addition, he served on the Advisory 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. He
was also the founder and first editor of the Journal of Landscape
Professor Golley had numerous publications, with approximately 40 books and
chapters, and over 150 technical papers in ecology, biology, social sciences
and history. He was in the middle of writing two books when he became ill.
His interests encompassed a wide range, as he was known to have a love for
academia itself. In 1993, he published A History of the Ecosystem Concept in
Ecology, which combined his love for both history and ecology and has been
nominated for various awards.
He taught extensively at the university level, with courses on ecology,
mammalogy, environment and humans, and more. He served as major advisor for
over thirty graduate students at the institute, many of whom have become
major influences in landscape ecology. His thirst for learning went beyond
his role as a professor, as last year, he enrolled in a class at UGA to
learn more about one of his favorite authors, Vladimir Nabokov.
Professor Golley's research took him all over the world. In Puerto Rico, he helped
assess the impact of a copper mine. In Greece, he assisted with planning a
school of natural resources. He had cooperative research projects in Poland,
Costa Rica and Venezuela. He participated in projects and lecture series in
Japan on city greenness and environmental conservation. For thirty years he
helped coordinate and taught a post-graduate course on rural planning and
the environment with the Institute Agronomico Mediterranao de Zaragoza,
Spain. He also served as a consultant on many projects in the US.
Besides academia, Professor Golley followed in the footsteps of one of his
boat-building ancestors, and crafted a small sailboat. He was also a skilled
leatherworker, and would make suitcases. He enjoyed playing the guitar and
dulcimer, and had recently taken up icon painting.
While Professor Golley retired from UGA in 2000, he never stopped being a constant
presence and influence on the institute. He was concerned with evolution of
academia and the sustainability and preservation of the environment.
Surviving are his wife, Priscilla McKinzie Golley, to whom he was married
for 53 years; Son, Frank Benjamin Golley IV and wife, Ruth of Decatur;
daughter Dr. Priscilla Sue Golley and husband Milton Carlson of Sacramento,
CA; daughter, Kathleen Annette Anderson of Athens; four grandchildren,
Stuart B. Golley and Peter M. Golley of Decatur, and Zachary R. Anderson and
Ashley A. Anderson of Athens.
The members of the INTECOL Board extend their condolences to his family.
An appreciation of Professor Golley's great contribution to INTECOL will be
The Obituary Notice was published in the
Athens Banner-Herald on 10/10/2006 and available on-line.