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Paul McCarthy Memorial Lecture to feature Sullivan

By SCCF - | Feb 3, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will talk about her experiences of spending over 500 hours in space and plunging seven miles down into the depths of the ocean at the 3rd Annual Paul McCarthy Memorial Lecture, which will be presented virtually on Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.

A distinguished scientist, astronaut and ocean explorer, she joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. Her submersible dive to the Challenger Deep in June made her the first woman to dive to full ocean depth.

The Paul McCarthy Memorial Lecture Series was conceived by the Boler Family Foundation, which underwrites the speaker fees and expenses as a way to honor a family friend. Paul McCarthy was the founder of Captiva Cruises and an engaged and community-focused presence on the islands for years. Feb. 6 would have been his 68th birthday.

McCarthy was deeply committed to preserving the environment and began a partnership program with the SCCF to have trained docents narrate nature-oriented cruises. Last year’s lecture featured famed oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle.

The lecture will only be offered live. It will not be available for recorded viewing.


Event tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sccf-paul-mccarthy-memorial-lecture-series-dr-kathyrn-sullivan-tickets-135394924865.