Frederick R. Merriam began teaching science classes on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus in 1963 but moved to the Clearwater Campus when it opened in 1965. Over the years, he taught biology, chemistry, qualitative analysis, comparative anatomy, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and algebra. He served as program chairman of Biological Sciences and as a pre-med advisor for 25 years.
He is a World War II veteran, having served in the Pacific theater with the Fourth Marine Division as a pharmacy mate. Throughout his life, he has been active in activities at his temple. He also has performed with the Clearwater Community Chorus, the Madrigal Singers and in productions at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the West Virginia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in zoology from Marshall University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Nova University. He retired in 1994 and lives in Clearwater.