In Memoriam: Eric W. Spencer

Eric W. Spencer


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death of retiree Eric W. Spencer Jr. on June 27, 2008. He was 78.

Eric was born in New York City, NY, on April 1, 1930. He was the husband of Eleanor (Bevilacqua) Spencer and resided in Seekonk, Ma.

A Korean War veteran, Eric was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and a graduate of Hofstra University. He began working at the Institution in 1979 as a safety officer and retired in 1992.

He is survived by his wife and children, Jo-Anne Spencer of Rumford, John Spencer of Tavernier, FL, Gina Spencer of Attleboro, MA and David Spencer, his wife Lisa (McDermott) and their children, Sam, Julia, Anna and Rachel, all of Seekonk, MA; and his sister, Doris (Spencer) Christiansen of Seaford, NY.

Eric will be remembered at a private Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Eric's memory be made to the Seekonk Animal Shelter, 100 Peck Street, Seekonk, MA 02771 or the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, 100 E. Oakton Street, Des Plaines, Il 60018-2187. For Guest Book, please visit


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