In Memoriam: George R. Harvey


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death November 9, 2005 of George Ranson Harvey in Inverness, Florida.  He was 67.

George Ranson Harvey was born December 30, 1937 in Boston and received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Boston College in 1960 and a Ph.D,  from  MIT in organic chemistry in 1964.  Following graduation he worked as a group leader in the Agricultural Research Department of Monsanto Company in St. Louis from 1964 to 1969.  He headed the chemical metabolism program and conducted research on such topics as the synthesis of herbicides, insecticides, hormones and growth regulators.  While at Monsanto he also lectured at nearby Washington University in organic photochemistry.

He joined the Institution staff as an assistant scientist in 1969.  He was promoted to associate scientist in 1972, and left WHOI in 1977. Among his students was Vice President for Board Relations Dan Stuermer, for whom he served as thesis research chairman.

His research interests included the biogeochemistry of natural and synthetic halogenated organic compounds in the sea and the chemistry of humic substances.  He was author or co-author of more than 30 publications while at WHOI and held three patents relating to the synthesis of useful agricultiral products for work done while he was at Monsanto.

A memorial service will be held December 10, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Charles Davis Funeral Home, 3075 South Florida Avenue (Route 41), in Inverness, Florida.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to either the Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, 6636 West Norvell Bryant Highway, Crystal River, FL 34429 or Citrus Memorial Hospital Foundation, 502 West Highland Boulevard, Inverness, FL 34452.


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