$1 million maritime museum gift

August 18, 2006


PENSACOLA — The University of West Florida has announced that Ted Brown and Kathy Horton-Brown of Pensacola have committed $500,000 to the Admiral John H. Fetterman State of Florida Maritime Museum and Research Center. With an anticipated match through the State of Florida’s Alec P. Courtelis program for university facilities, the gift will provide $1 million in support of the museum. The gift will honor the founder of Brown Marine Service Inc., Capt. S.J. Brown, who died in 2005. A shipping and tug-boat related exhibit will be established in the name of Capt. Brown.

“The Brown family has provided over three generations of maritime service to Pensacola,” said Ted Brown, president of Brown Marine Service, Inc. “In honor of my father and in support of the Maritime Museum, Kathy and I are proud to contribute to the University of West Florida and the greater Pensacola community.”

“It’s wonderful that a family with such a distinguished history in the maritime business will be recognized in the State of Florida’s signature maritime museum, said UWF President John Cavanaugh. “We are honored by Ted and Kathy’s thoughtfulness and generosity.”

The Admiral John H. Fetterman State of Florida Maritime Museum and Research Center will be dedicated to the continued education, preservation and research of Florida’s cultural and natural maritime resources. It will present innovative exhibits and educational opportunities in nautical archaeology, marine biology, environmental studies and maritime history to the public and encourage and facilitate original research for scholars and professionals in those areas. The museum will host a broad array of hands-on, interactive exhibits, including an aquarium.

Private gifts and pledges to the museum now total more $3.1 million. With matching funds, this translates to $6.2 million in support for the museum

For more information or to provide financial support for the museum, contact Dean Van Galen, UWF Vice President for Development, at (850) 474-3306 or e-mail dvangalen@uwf.edu.


2 Responses to “$1 million maritime museum gift”

  1. Jim McClellan Says:

    There hasn’t been enough mention of the financial support for the Maritime Museum! $6.2 million is a considerable amount of money. It answers the SOC question, “Where’s the museum?” pretty clearly.

  2. Richard Hawkins Says:

    As a BSoc member, I am proud to admit when I am wrong. I forgot about the match.

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