Anne Rudloe obituary

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Anne Rudloe, a pioneering marine biologist, environmental activist, educator, author, dedicated wife, mother and Zen meditation practitioner, peacefully left her body Friday, surrounded by close family in their home in Panacea.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Rudloe, and her sons, Sky and Cypress Rudloe.
Born in Troy, Ohio, she received a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College in Virginia in 1969. She attended FSU’s graduate program in marine biology under Professor William F. Herrnkind, receiving both her master’s degree in 1972 and PhD, in 1978.  She was respected for her extant research of horseshoe crabs, sea turtles, electric rays and mysid shrimp.   
Jack and Anne shared their lives for 42 years, in which they raised a family and transformed a commercial operation into the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, an aquarium and environmental education center in Panacea.
For decades, she led the fight to keep St. Joe Bay from the talons of developers, halt the clear-cutting of pine eco-systems in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, preserve many local natural eco-systems and also encouraged the state, while inspiring the public, to protect and manage public lands in sustainable ways, including Wakulla Springs, Fiddler’s Point and Cape San Blas.
She published three books: “Butterflies on the Sea Wind” (2002), “Priceless Florida” as co-author (2004), “The Endless Quest for Pink Gold” with  Jack Rudloe (2010), and “Zen in a Wild Country” (2012).
Her  journals, correspondence, scientific papers are archived at University of Florida, Gainesville, Smather’s Libraries Special Collections.  
Her 26-year dedication to Zen meditation practice was a constant presence in her research, teaching, writing, activism and the way she lived her life. She received INGA to teach as a JDPSN (Jido Pope Sanim) as a senior teacher of a full range of techniques and style in the Kwan Um School of Zen. She was the Abbot at the Cypress Tree Zen Center in Tallahassee.  
She published innumerable articles in scientific and popular magazines and journals and was a notable and frequent guest on NPR. Her most recent blog can be viewed at http://rudloeanne.wordpress.com.
A memorial service will be held on May 13 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 2810 N. Meridian Road in Tallahassee at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Anne Rudloe Memorial Fund at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, P.O. Box 237, Panacea FL 32346 or Big Bend Hospice at bigbendhospice.org.
The Rudloe Family would like to express their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support.