Ceremony introduces Flora building
March 13, 2015
The new Charles J. (Jerry) Flora Marine Education Building at the Shannon Point Marine Center was officially introduced Thursday at a ceremony in Anacortes.
Flora, who served as Western’s eighth president from 1967 to 1975, passed away late in 2013 at age 85.
Flora was well-known in the Bellingham community for his children’s television series, “Tide Pool Critters,” which aired locally on KVOS. Flora also led regular beach walks in Whatcom County, on which he’d lead community members in hands-on explorations of area beaches and mudflats. After Thursday’s ceremony, family and friends walked the beach looking for a few critters of their own.
During his tenure as WWU president, Western’s enrollment grew from 6,240 to 10,000, and four colleges – Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Huxley College of the Environment, the College of Business and Economics and the College of Fine and Performing Arts – were established…