The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is mourning the loss of Willard E. Dunham, a founding member of its Board of Directors.

Dunham died on Friday, March 1, according to a release from the center sent Thursday.

A memorial will be held at the SeaLife Center to honor Dunham's life on Saturday, March 9 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Dunham advocated for a marine science center and aquarium to be established in Seward before the SeaLife Center was founded.

He organized the Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science, which is still the legal name of the nonprofit that operates the center today.

The SeaLife Center says it will rename its Bay Conference Room after Dunham. It overlooks Resurrection Bay and the eider habitats, which were Dunham's favorite species to watch at the center.

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