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KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has established a fund to support students in its Graduate School of Oceanography thanks to an endowment from a late professor.

The school says the Napora Fund for Biological Oceanography was created with a $255,000 bequest from former professor emeritus Theodore Napora. The South Kingston resident died in February 2014. The university says it recently received his bequest.

The fund will support research and activities of students in the graduate program. School officials say Napora was instrumental in developing the program.

Napora earned his master's degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and his PhD in zoology from Yale University.

He joined the staff in 1959 and was promoted to associate professor in 1972. He retired in 1991.

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