ATLANTA (August 8, 2006) - A.D. “Pete” Correll, retired chairman and CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his wife Ada Lee have helped ensure the success and planned expansion of Georgia Aquarium’s aquatic animal medicine and aquatic conservation programs.

The Corrells gifted $2.5 million to the Georgia Aquarium Center for Aquatic Animal Health.  The Center will officially be named The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health.

Pete Correll explained that their participation is “to help grow the spectacular gift that Bernie and Billi Marcus made to Atlanta and Georgia by presenting us with the Georgia Aquarium.”

“We are proud to help grow Bernie’s vision and encourage others in the community to contribute so this facility will become a global center for aquatic animal health and conservation,” Correll said.

Pete Correll graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in business, his wife Ada Lee graduated from UGA with a degree in education.   Pete Correll is a member of the Aquarium’s Board of Advisors.  The Corrells were particularly gratified by the unique opportunities that the Correll Center will offer UGA students and faculty in both research and teaching.  

“We are confident that the Georgia Aquarium, through its veterinary facility, will become the premier teaching hospital for aquatic veterinary medicine and recognized as a top research institute in the future,” Pete Correll said.

The 10,000 square-foot Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health is a partnership between Georgia Aquarium and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.  UGA faculty and graduate students research and train at the Correll Center, the first aquatic veterinary teaching hospital integrated into an aquarium.

“We are very proud of University of Georgia alumni, Pete and Ada Lee Correll, for creating the opportunity for Georgia’s flagship university and the Georgia Aquarium to research, educate and expand our understanding of the aquatic world,” said UGA President, Dr. Michael F. Adams.

Bernie Marcus, the philanthropist who provided both the vision and $250 million to make the Aquarium a reality, was humbled by and grateful for Correll’s gift.

“Pete and Ada Lee Correll are some of the most giving people I know,” Marcus said. “They give time, wisdom and finances to causes that will improve this world. The Georgia Aquarium is fortunate to have the Corrells as leaders and as friends.”



Georgia Aquarium opened in Atlanta, Georgia on November 23, 2005, as the world’s largest aquarium. Georgia Aquarium is a $250 million gift to the people of Georgia from Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, and his wife Billi, through the Marcus Foundation. The Aquarium, which has welcomed more than two million visitors in six months, is overseen by a nonprofit corporation run by a board of directors. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibitions and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and entertaining visitors’ experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is committed to continually working to provide the best guest experience. It is the goal of Georgia Aquarium to educate audiences of all ages, while promoting a fun and entertaining learning experience that inspires guests to appreciate the world’s aquatic biodiversity and to take conservation action.

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The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health is a partnership between University of Georgia and Georgia Aquarium to create the first ever teaching hospital integrated into an aquarium.  The 10,000 square-foot facility was designed by 12 world renowned veterinary and conservation professionals for the purpose of caring for the 120,000 animals at Georgia Aquarium, conducting research and teaching aquatic medicine.  The Correll Center uses state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology, digital and computed radiography, mobile/portable ultrasound, digital endoscopy, mobile gas and water-bourn anaesthesia systems, in-house diagnostic tools, digital microscopy, complete surgical suite with instrument sterilization features and a custom computerized medical records system.  The Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health can be viewed on behind the scenes tours at Georgia Aquarium.