William N. Tavolga

Sarasota, Florida

1922 - 2017 (Age 95)


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Tavolga, William N.Feb 9, 1922 - Apr 28, 2017Bill Tavolga was an internationally known scientist who made lasting and fundamental contributions to our understanding of the sensory biology of marine organisms.Born in New York City to émigré Russian musician parents, as a child Bill was always...

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Bill was one of my mentors and his passing leaves a void in my life. He criticized, praised and encouraged me. My heartfelt sympathies to his family. The study of marine bioacoustics won't be the same without him!

Bill was always a very special person to us. He was one of those people you can have a lively conversation with and learn from, he was filled to the brim with information that was always interesting.
He was always very kind to us, he was always helping us sell computers to the places he worked, we will never forget that. What an amazing man, and amazing life he lead. We will miss you, Doug and Amelia Manning.

Bill has always been a very caring and friendly companion to my mother since they first met some 17 years ago. They have had fun traveling both domestically and abroad and enjoyed dining out and taking in numerous performances and events as a couple. Bill was always very kind and interesting to be with when I visited them in Sarasota and when they came to visit me here in Washington state. Bill's retirement activities at the Mote Marine aquarium were fascinating as were his stories of his...

We will miss Bill, our past president, board member, and computer whiz volunteer. Bill was instrumental in updating our database and computer record keeping system and was always there when we needed him.
- The Sarasota Music Archive

Bill was so wonderful, intelligent and kind and we will truly miss seeing him. Our deepest condolences and gratitude to Paula for the companionship and dedicated care she provided Bill over the years.

We were so lucky to have spent so much time together with Bill and Paula here in Sarasota. Thank you, Bill, for sharing your depth of knowledge of science, marine biology and the arts.
You are missed!

I have many, many positive memories of Bill and learned from his expertise. Many, many years ago when computers were in their infancy, the very first computer I ever encountered was because he was instrumental in bringing us (at Mote) into the computer age. And he taught with such patience.

His friendship was treasured.

My deepest sympathies.

I was lucky to meet Bill a few times and he was an extraordinary man. You and Paula had many great adventures together. And she will cherish them forever. My condolences to Paula.