CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 28, 2016) – Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote, who came to Miami in 1981 when her husband, Edward T. “Tad” Foote II became the University of Miami’s fourth president, always made it her mission to turn the school’s grounds into a “Campus in a Tropical Garden.”
UM’s former first lady, who passed away on May 5, 2015, at the age of 76, knew that the setting was just as important as labs and libraries in contributing to the institution’s mission, and over time the beautification of the Coral Gables campus became her legacy.
Now, in memory of that legacy, the University has created the Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote Prize, which will be presented to a member of the UM community—faculty, staff, student, or trustee—who has made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the beauty, humanity, and future of the campus.
Current UM President Julio Frenk announced the award last Wednesday at the on-campus memorial service for former President Foote, who passed away in February.
The first prize will be awarded on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.
During her 20 years as UM’s first lady, “Bosey” Foote put herself into almost every leaf, blade of grass, frond, and flower that now flourishes on campus, taking an active role in many efforts—from landscape architecture and design to tree selections.
She supported UM’s John C. Gifford Arboretum, a collection of rare plants and trees maintained for educational and research purposes and to inspire an appreciation for tropical vegetation.
“Bosey” Foote opened a series of palmetums featuring palms and cycads from several countries. Her work improved and continues to enhance what it touched, making buildings brighter, vistas more colorful and textured, and breezeways, walkways, and seating areas more inviting.