Recently, the Frank and Yolande Fowler Chair in Biological Sciences was established to fulfill the legacy of two Florida State University friends whose passion for biology fueled their desire to fund biological research and lure stellar students to the university.
Yolande Jaquelin Fowler was born in a small French village near the end of World War I. After World War II, she married an American, Frank Fowler, whose descendents were from an old Massachusetts family. The Fowlers lived for some time in Africa and then Paris during the period that Frank worked for International Harvester overseas. They relocated to the United States in the late 1940s and moved to Tallahassee several years later.
Once the Fowlers took residence in Tallahassee, they became friends with some of the faculty at Florida State who helped cultivate their interest in the university. After Frank's death in 1983, Yolande met with various officers of the FSU Foundation from time to time to discuss the possibility of a future gift to the university. Since Frank and Yolande held interest, for some time, in contributing to biological research, Yolande decided that it was only fitting that she establish a charitable bequest to support the FSU Biology Department.
Palmer Proctor (A&S '63), as personal representative, and Margaret Ausley (LW '76), as attorney for the estate, worked tirelessly to administer the estate from the time of Yolande's passing in 2006. Both Proctor and Ausley worked closely with the FSU Foundation throughout all stages of the estate administration. Because of Proctor's and Ausley's hard work and dedication to their client, the total value of this estate gift is over $3.2 million.
Through their astute estate representation, Proctor and Ausley ensured that the Fowlers' wishes were met, and that the Frank and Yolande Fowler Chair in Biological Sciences was established. With the creation of this endowed chair, the Fowlers' passion for biology is finally able to take form. The Frank and Yolande Fowler Chair will allow for a world-class scholar to further the excellent research and instruction within the Florida State Biology Department in addition to helping the university recruit high-quality students.
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