In Memoriam: Brian Schroeder


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow, the death of Brian Schroeder November 6, from cancer at Royal Nursing Center in Falmouth, MA. He was 68.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Brian graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, with a Masters degree in physics, and came to the U.S. in 1964 to work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He worked as a research assistant in Chemistry Department, quickly rising to research associate.

He worked in the Biology Department running the electron microscope for Dr. Stan Watson in the early 1970s, and then rejoined the Chemistry Department to set up and run the X-Ray fluorescence analytical facility for Dr. Geoffrey Thompson.

He was an author of a number of scientific papers. He retired from the Institution in 1999. Since his retirement he has kept an active role in the Chemistry and Geology Departments assisting various groups on a part time basis.

As well as his role in the scientific departments, Brian was active in athletic endeavors -- he played volleyball at a competitive level; was an avid golfer and had many successes in the 30 years he was a member at the Otis Air Base golf club. He enjoyed bicycling and swimming and was often seen walking the bike path to Woods Hole in the mid-morning.

Brian leaves a brother Philip Schroeder and a sister June (Schroeder) Parenzee of Cape Town, South Africa, and a sister Eleanor (Schroeder) Smith of Melbourne, Australia. He was also the brother of the late Lucile (Schroeder) Masters. He leaves nine nieces and nephews and 11 grand nieces and grand nephews.

Brian is remembered as a caring and considerate person. Warm and outgoing, he was also an intellectual who kept his inner most thoughts to himself. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends and colleagues.

A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at the Carriage House, Quissett Campus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Saturday, November 10, 2007, from 4 to 6 p.m.


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