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Feb 25

The passing of a great friend, Molly Krival

Screenshot 2014-02-25 12.34.13Molly Krival died February 15, 2014 at the age of 88 in Florida.

Molly retired as a full Professor Emeritus in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She and her husband, Art, moved to Sanibel, Florida and became volunteers at the J.N. “Ding Darling NWR. She was elected to the board of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society and served as its President for 3 years.

Molly was actively involved in the development of the “Friends” movement since the early ‘90’s, helped develop the first course to train refuge managers in work with Friends, and became a mentor to start Friends groups. For many years she traveled the U.S. and its territories in an effort to help communiities form Friends groups for the refuges. She also served on the board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. She was honored by awards as FWS Volunteer of the Year, Special Commendation by the FWS and a series of awards by the J.N. “Ding” Darling Refuge as well as the Golden Spike Award for Outstanding Service to Sanibel Island.

Molly also organized the Association of Friends of Florida Refuges. She helped form the Friends of Midway Atoll NWR and serves that board as Vice President. She was Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and Chair of the City of Sanibel Wildlife Committee.

Molly was a great lady and a wonderful mentor who strengthen the Friends’ community and made a positive impact on the National Wildlife Refuge System.

1 comment

  1. Kathy Woodward

    I met Molly when she mentored Friends of Great Swamp NWR 15 years ago. She was an inspiration to many of us in the Friends organization as we “learned to fly”. She taught many of us how to recruit board members!
    She advocated for Friends with Fish and Wildlife Service and represented volunteers and Friends on the NWRA board. Molly helped the Friends movement grow with her time, wisdom, sense of humor and her love of the Refuge System.

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