Harry L. McGill​

Harry L. McGill was a close and good friend of many of the members of the Florida Aquatic Management Society. We share in his memory. Harry died at the age of 36 on March 29, 1982 in the city of Punta Gorda, Florida. Harry died from leukemia. Harry earned his masters degree in Marine Science, graduation from the University of South Florida, Tampa and Florida State University, Tallahassee. After two years with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Commission and two years working for his the University of South Florida in 1972 he accepted the directorship of General Development Corporation’s aquatic weed control operations. Part of Harry’s additional responsibility at GDC was the oversight of CDC’s large Wildlife Preserve near Arcadia. In fact, he lived on the preserve with his wife, Mary and their two girls, Kelly and Sally. Working and playing on the preserve was dear to Harry’s heart. Five years with GDC ended in 1977 and, through H. L. McGill Biological Consultants, Harry provided harvesting, spraying and fisheries services to various agencies in Florida and Texas until his death. Harry served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Aquatic Plant Management Society from 1975 to 1978. He was certified by Florida in aerial application, aquatic plant control, industrial weed control, turf, forest and ornamental pest control. He was a member of the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society, The American Fisheries Society and The Florida Commercial Applicators Association. Should anyone choose to commemorate Harry through a contribution, The Harry L. McGill Memorial Fund is being administered by the Barnett Bank, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. The Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society has sent $100 in his memory. The fund is for the benefit of his daughters, Kelly and Sally.