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Apr. 3, 1953 - May 31, 2013
Annemarie Post, 60, passed away at home on May 31, 2013. Annemarie was born and raised in the Netherlands, coming to Sarasota in 1987. She is survived by her husband, Alan Levin, and his and her family and friends here and in the Netherlands.
Annemarie dedicated her life to her adopted country by promoting conservation and encouraging appreciation of the natural world. She was a conservationist, horticulturist, native plant enthusiast and teacher. In her early career as a consultant, she worked on the preservation of coastal areas. She was employed by the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens from 1993 to 1998, the last three years as Director of Horticulture. At Selby Gardens, she executed a major shoreline restoration project demonstrating her commitment to improving the water quality of Sarasota Bay and providing a beautiful, natural, scenic landscape. She was active in the American Horticultural Therapy Association and promoted horticultural therapy programs at the Gardens.
She continued conservation and horticultural work through the auspices of the UF/IFAS Extension of Sarasota County as the coordinator of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program beginning in 2000. She became Extension Agent of Environmental Horticulture in 2006. While working full time, she continued her education, receiving her Master's Degree in adult education. She was accepted into the doctoral program at the University of South Florida.
Annemarie will be missed by the conservation community, by her family and by her friends. Through her efforts and dedication, she has left the world a better place for all.
Published in Herald Tribune from June 7 to June 8, 2013