In Memoriam: Martin F. Bowen


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Martin F. Bowen on January 4, in Barnstable, Mass.  He was 53.

Martin was born in Blue Island, Illinois, on August 6, 1953.  He attended Horace Greeley High School in New York and earned his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in zoology from the University of New Hampshire in 1975.

Martin began his career as a commercial dry-suit diver, and he also served as foreign fisheries observer for the law enforcement branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Martin joined the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1984 as a research assistant in the Deep Submergence Group.  He left in 1990 to work for Marquest Group and Imetrix, Inc., but returned to WHOI in 1996 as the logistics coordinator for the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study.  From 1996 to 2004, he worked as research associate in the Deep Submergence Group.

His career at WHOI combined logistics, engineering, and underwater photography.  During his years at the Institution, he worked on the development of mechanical designs for various deep submergence vehicles, including ANGUS, Argo, and Jason.  He also served as photographic systems manager on the first expedition to the RMS Titanic site in 1985. He made six dives aboard the research submersible Alvin during the second Titanic expedition in 1986 serving as the pilot of the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason Jr. Martin was a superb ROV pilot, showed great attention to detail in everything he undertook, and worked diligently to promote safety in the workplace and at sea. He was also known for his great sense of humor and an encounter with Martin and his dog Morgan, aka Goober, brightened many people's day.  Martin was involved in many research cruises and expeditions throughout his career and also held many public speaking engagements.

Martin is survived by his beloved wife, Ann, and her three children; his father, Bruce, in Maine; his brother, Matt, in Ohio; and his sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Mike Dynon, in Rhode Island. He is also survived by two nephews and one niece.

A memorial for Martin will be held at a future date. Any cards can be sent in care of Bonnie Dynon, 50 Suffolk Dr, North Kingstown, RI 02852.


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