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WHOI Associates Have a New President

Source: Oceanus Magazine

Carl Peterson said he “grew up practically next door to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution” and has been “involved with the Institution in one way or another ever since.” In May, Peterson became involved in a new way: He was named president of the WHOI Associates, whose membership supports research at WHOI.

“From childhood in Woods Hole, the Oceanographic has always been a presence in my life,” Peterson said. “The father of a friend was captain on a WHOI ship. The Institution’s third director, Admiral Edward Smith, was a close family friend. And my own father designed the Smith Laboratory, WHOI’s second building, which was named after our friend.

“My wife, Pancha, and I have been WHOI Associates for 25 years and consider membership a unique opportunity to learn about a largely undiscovered part of our planet,” he said.

Peterson succeeds Dudley Harrington Jr., who was president for more than a decade. “Under Dudley’s leadership,” said WHOI President and Director Bob Gagosian, “the Associates have flourished. His effort has added immeasurably to the vitality of WHOI and also to a wider public awareness of the importance of understanding our oceans.”

WHOI Associates span 38 states and nine countries. They receive the magazine Oceanus; invitations to events and lectures; opportunities to visit destinations around the world; a 15 percent discount on WHOI Gift Shop merchandise; and free admission to more than 270 science centers and museums. For more information, contact Lesley Reilly at associates@whoi.edu or 508-289-3313.

Originally published: June 30, 2005