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Walther, Mina (1908-2003) | Mote Marine Laboratory

Name: Walther, Mina (1908-2003)

Historical Note:

As a biology teacher and administrator in Chicago’s public schools Mina Walther (1908-2003) developed an interest in marine biology. Upon retirement she moved to Sarasota, on Florida’s Gulf coast and four years later in 1977 she became a volunteer columnist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Her essays, titled Tide Lines, were published on Sundays and covered various subjects concerning nature and the environment, including narrative descriptions of animal behavior, mollusks, manta rays, oarfish, and an occasional column on a historical figure or event. 

Her columns were meticulously researched. She spent hours in the public library and at Mote doing research.  Even at the age of 90 she would spend the week writing her column, and hand delivering it to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune each Friday.

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