In Memoriam: Foster Lee Striffler


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death of former employee Foster Lee Striffler in New London, CT, on October 8, 2008. He was 76.

Foster was born on March 11, 1932, in Detroit, MI, and grew up in Geneva, OH. He attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1955. He later received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.

Foster began working at the Institution in 1967 as a research associate in the Theoretical Oceanography and Meteorology department under Maurice Ewing.  In 1971, he transferred to the Ocean Engineering department and worked for Doug Webb.  He left in 1975.

Foster made his home in the New London area for several years while working at the Naval Underwater Warfare Center. During those years, he authored and co-authored several patents.

As an incessant learner, he never stopped expanding his mind in either his work or in his personal life. He continued his electrical engineering endeavors beyond retirement, working on several new inventions. He enjoyed sailing and operated a crane at the local boat yard. He also enjoyed woodworking and made furniture and toys for family members. He took many educational Elderhostel trips, traveling locally, nationally, and internationally. Foster had a fondness for visiting new places and revisiting special favorites.

He is survived by his brother, William David Striffler of Fort Collins, CO; sister, Martha Staton of Windham, N.H.; and sons, William Striffler and wife, Genevieve, of Falmouth, MA; Stefan Striffler and wife, Lisa, of Mount Joy, PA; and Ian Striffler of Leominster, MA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on October 14, 2008 at the Second Congregational Church in New London, CT.

Donations can  be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Foster L. Striffler.

Some information for this obituary was taken from The Day newspaper.


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