Grant L. Beardsley ’54

Grant L. Beardsley ’54, of Placida, Fla. and formerly of Miami, Fla., died Mar. 13, 2007. Dr. Beardsley was born Jan. 8, 1933, and was raised in Dunedin, Fla. He graduated from Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from Davidson College in North Carolina. He joined the Air Force as a jet instructor for the T-33 and F-86. He retired as a major in the Air Force Reserve. After serving six years in the Air Force, he returned to school at the University of Miami School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where he received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees. He did past research on the biology of the dolphin-fish and behavioral studies of pink shrimp. Dr. Beardsley joined the National Marine Fisheries Center, Miami Laboratory (NOAA), and was program manager of the Oceanic Game Fish Investigations and the Atlantic bluefin tuna program. He retired as a senior scientist in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Sue Beardsley, 13044 Via Cassia, Placida, FL 33946; daughters, Lynn Mitchell and Lauren; sons, Grant III and Michael; a sister, Alice Beardsley-Garber; and four grandchildren.