In Memoriam: Ruth E. Fye


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with sorrow the death on November 4, 2016, of former Life Trustee, Ruth E. Fye, age 98.

Widow of the late Dr. Paul M. Fye, former WHOI Director (1958-1977), Mrs. Fye was elected a Life Trustee of WHOI in 1992. The Fyes helped inaugurate the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in 1968. In 1982, the Fye Laboratory was named in their honor. Additionally, the Paul M. Fye Society was created to recognize and honor individuals who have chosen to support the Institution through charitable bequests, life income gifts, and trusts.

Ruth was born in 1917 in Yonkers, New York and later moved to New York City where she met her future husband Paul. While at WHOI and thereafter, they travelled extensively together and later moved to Racing Beach in Falmouth after Paul retired. She loved to garden, spend time on the beach, and walked every day. Ruth is survived by her beloved children, Kenneth and Elizabeth Fye.  Funeral services were private.


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