In Memoriam: Elizabeth D. Guillard


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death June 6, 2006 of Elizabeth D. Guillard in Concord, New Hampshire. She was 79.

Elizabeth "Betty" Davenport was born September 19, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in New Canaan, CT, where she attended the Center School and graduated from New Canaan High School in 1944.  She worked briefly as a legal secretary and as an advertising manager at Bride Basket in New York City before accepting a position as a secretary at Yale University in New Haven, CT, in September 1951. She married Robert Guillard in 1954 and moved to Hawaii, where she worked briefly on an international biological conference at the University of Hawaii. She returned to Yale in 1955 and worked as a research assistant in the Zoology Department, leaving in May 1958 to move to Woods Hole where Bob had a staff appointment.

Betty joined the WHOI staff in June 1960 and worked as a part-time technical illustrator with Gale Pasley until November 1962, when she was named to a full-time position as a laboratory assistant in the Biology Department, working with William Sutcliffe and later Edward Baylor.  In September 1967 Betty transferred to the Physical Oceanography Department and the Buoy Operations Group, working with Bob Heinmiller and later Keith Bradley and George Tupper. She was promoted to research assistant in 1968 and named a staff assistant in 1974.   She left the Institution in May 1986.

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