Alexander Brest - Jacksonville, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 30° 21.051 W 081° 36.280
17R E 441886 N 3357818
Quick Description: This tree dedicated to Alexander Brest is located in front of the Alexander Brest Museum at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 12/1/2013 12:21:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMJKX0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 1

Long Description:
The plaque reads:

This stately oak was
planted on November 4, 1994
in recognition of
the 100th birthday of
Alexander Brest

The following information about Alexander Brest is from his obituary in the Orlando Sentinel:

"Brest, a philanthropist who said he was put on Earth to give away money, is dead at 101. Brest, who made his fortune as an engineer and owner of a television station, helped fund a planetarium, an art gallery, a large city park and Jacksonville University. He had been in failing health and was found dead in his Jacksonville home by his nurse Monday afternoon. Brest was a self-made multi-millionaire who founded an engineering and contracting company that built more than 2,000 miles of roads and streets before it was sold. He also built the first road to Cape Canaveral's first missile-launching platform. With two other large companies, he helped build Jacksonville Naval Air Station and other military facilities in the state."

Location of the tree: Jacksonville University

Type of tree: Live oak (Quercus virginiana)

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