On the Death of Frank Scalli

Jean-Michel Cousteau, on behalf of the entire Ocean Futures Society family, applauded the life and work of Frank Scalli upon learning of his recent death at the age of 73.

“Frank was a close personal friend and we are all saddened to hear of his passing,” Cousteau said. “However, his influence and legendary work on behalf of the dive industry will live on forever.”

Cousteau recalled that he and Scalli were both inducted in the DEMA Hall of Fame.
“Frank was a pioneer and one of diving’s great ambassadors,” Cousteau said. “He inspired many to explore the ocean and experience our water world.”

Cousteau noted that Scalli was also involved in many charities, including fundraising for the Cotting School for Handicapped Children in Massachusetts. Cousteau made several visits to the school and assisted Scalli in support of the organization.

Scalli also received the NOGI Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

“While we mourn Frank’s loss and send our heartfelt condolences to his family, we should all remember that we were honored to have known and worked with such a diving legend,” Cousteau said.

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A scholarship fund has been set up in honor of Frank. The Scalli Family has asked that anyone interested can make a donation to: The Frank Scalli Annual Summer Internship, c/o Boston Sea Rovers, P.O. Box 935, Bedford, MA 01730-0935.