The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is named in honor of the late Dr. Robert F. Hutton. Dr. Hutton was AFS’ first full-time Executive Director, serving from 1965-1972. He also served as AFS President from 1976-1977 and was awarded the first AFS Meritorious Service Award in 1986, which recognizes outstanding service to AFS and excellence in scientific accomplishments throughout a long fisheries career.
DR. HUTTON'S BIOGRAPHY
In his nearly 40 years in fisheries, Bob Hutton managed to work in academic, state, federal, and private areas of the fisheries science world. Bob Hutton was born July 18, 1921 in Red Lion, Pennsylvania, and earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Miami, Carol Gables in 1949 and 1951, respectively.
Bob earned his doctorate in marine biology at the University of London as a Fulbright Scholar in 1954 and spent the following year as an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. He also taught at the University of Florida, where he was the director of the field station. From 1955 until 1962, he served as the head biologist and parasitologist for the Florida State Board of Conservation Marine Laboratory in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He then left Florida for colder weather in Massachusetts, serving as the Chief Marine Biologist and Assistant Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries for the state until 1965, at which point he came on board at AFS as the first full-time paid Executive Director.
After finishing his tenure as AFS Executive Director, Bob went on to work for the National Marine Fisheries Service in the Office of Marine Resources, serving as a senior policy advisor in scientific research development and management of marine resources. He also served as Chairman of NOAA’s Task Force on deep water sports.
HIS LEGACY WITH AFS