The First Light Maritime Society operates the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, and the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, all are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. We are dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting and keeping alive the story of our nation's oldest port.
Every day, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum changes the lives of children and students. This year, through several generous donations, we were fortunate enough to provide our first ever Field School scholarship providing one student with an irreplaceable and invaluable real-world experience in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork. Annually, the St. Augustine Lighthouse serves 204,000 visitors and 43,000 school age students. Of this, 13,300 are Floridians. Whether it is showing an at-risk, 14-year-old the ocean for the first time, or our archaeological team organizing 421 student dives each season, we help students see a new world, set new career goals and expand their self-worth. Because of donors like you, we are able to create these incredible educational experiences. You gift truly makes a difference! We need your help to continue this important work! Please consider us in your end of year giving to support our mission of education and conservation. From our family to yours, we thank you for your continued support.
Honor Those Who Came Before
Director Poul Rasmussen
17 July 1928 to 25 September 2013
May he rest in peace
To remember Poul Rasmussen, a modest bronze memorial plaque is to be placed in a very special, beautiful, tranquil spot in Saint Augustine, Florida. The plaque will mark the north point of a ceramic compass rosette surrounding a substantial US Coast Guard bell. Saint Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is by the sea, shaded by huge native oak, and the site of our nation's first port, where United State's international commerce began.
The POUL RASMUSSEN MEMORIAL is financed by individual donations, and we respectfully offer to you the opportunity to collaborate. See "How to Contribute" at the foot of this message.
Poul Rasmussen was born on 17 July 1928 in Marstal, Denmark. He was married to Inge E. Rasmussen, and the couple had two children John (born 1951) and Susanne (born 1955).
Poul Rasmussen joined A.P. Møller in 1947 and worked in the headquarters at Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen, until 1964, only interrupted by nearly two years in the Far East, including service as manager of Maersk Line’s Bangkok office in 1959. He worked in various departments of the headquarters, among these Crewing in Technical Organization, the Tanker Department and from 1954 in the Line Department (Maersk Line).
Poul Rasmussen arrived in the USA in 1964 to assume Vice Presidency of Moller Steamship Company, Inc. and became President of that company in 1967. In 1978, Poul Rasmussen resigned the Presidency and became Chairman of the Board of Moller Steamship Company Inc.
He returned to Copenhagen and was the Head of the Line Department until 1986, when the conventional services merged with the containerized services in Maersk Line. After 1986 Poul Rasmussen held various positions in the Management Secretariat of the A.P. Moller Group, among these Agency Management, until he retired in 1993.
Total memorial cost, including dedication, is $10,000. Much of this amount, in actuality, will fund youth maritime program scholarships. A list of donors will be published on the Saint Augustine Lighthouse website (unless anonymity requested) and will be preserved in Lighthouse archives.
"How to Contribute"
*By check to:
Saint Augustine Lighthouse and Museum
81 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine FL 32080-4650
United States of America