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Obituaries


David Scott Hosom

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree David Scott Hosom on June 8 in Falmouth. He was 88. Dave was born in Lancaster, Ohio.  He was the son of Orville Scott Hosom and Florence Ewing Hosom. During high school, he was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America…

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E. Paul Oberlander

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee E. Paul Oberlander on April 12. He was 65. Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, Paul moved to Cape Cod shortly after high school with his parents Eugene and Kathleen Oberlander of South Yarmouth. From there, he studied Fine Art at…

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Thomas Reid Stetson

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Thomas Reid Stetson on February 6, 2022. He was 90. Born in Boston, he was the son of Henry Cosby Stetson and Edith Reid Stetson. He graduated from Belmont Hill School in 1950. While at school, he designed and built an instrument…

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Richard “Dickie” Edwards, Jr.

Richard “Dickie” Sale Edwards Jr., an engineer, carpenter, stonemason, mechanic, craftsman, seaman, father, friend to many and longtime employee at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, died on January 28th at home in Woods Hole, after a 6-year battle with lung cancer. He was 68 years old. A recognizable fixture in Woods Hole for the last…

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Jerome “Jerry” Milgram

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of  former Visiting Investigator Jerome “Jerry” Milgram on December 20 at his home in Winchester, Mass., with his family by his side.  He was 83. Jerry was born in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1938,  the oldest child of Samuel Milgram and Fannie…

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Adrianus J. Kalmijn

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Adrianus J. Kalmijn on December 7 in La Jolla, CA. He was 88. Adrianus J. Kalmijn was the UC San Diego biophysicist who discovered that sharks can detect the weak electric field produced by other fish — giving them a “sixth…

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Arthur Zeikel

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of WHOI Corporation member, Trustee, and Life Trustee Arthur Zeikel on December 7 in Sarasota, Florida. He was surrounded by his family at the time of passing. His death was attributed to natural causes as a result of long-term kidney disease. Born in 1932,…

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Charles (Chuck) A. Mitchell

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of volunteer Charles (Chuck) A. Mitchell on October 13. He was 95. The son of Charles and Ethel Mitchell, Chuck was born in Kodaikanal, India, where his father was headmaster of the Kodaikanal International School. Shortly after, his father assumed a position as headmaster…

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Richard Hobart Dimmock

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Richard Hobart Dimmock on October 16. He was 93. Born to David W. and Marjorie Dimmock in Worcester, Mass., Dick spent his childhood in Pocasset, Mass. When he was 8, his mother died from cancer. He and his father moved to Hatchville…

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Kenneth Houtler

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Kenneth “Ken” Houtler on September 20. He was 54. Ken was born on October 27, 1966, at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He was the son of Raymond and Ellen Houtler. He graduated from Portsmouth New Hampshire High School in 1985.…

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Robert L. James

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Life Trustee Robert L. James on August 29, 2021, at his home in Greenwich, CT., surrounded by those who loved him. He was 84. Bob was born September 23, 1936, in New York City to Mildred V. and Leo F. James. He attended…

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Bryan Scott Way

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Bryan Scott Way on August 17 in Mashpee, Mass., after a valiant decade-long battle with cancer. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. He was 59 years old. Bryan was born on October 18, 1961, in Melbourne, Florida to…

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Richard L. Koehler

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Richard L. Koehler at home after a period of declining health. He was 89. Born in Lansing, Michigan, and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Richard graduated with an electrical engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956. Before continuing his education,…

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Thomas A Bouché

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Thomas A Bouché on June 24 at home surrounded by his family.  He was 69. Tom was born in Brockton, Mass., and was the loving son of the late Robert Bouché and Stephany (Zagorskis) Bouché. Tom began his career at WHOI in…

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Gerald W. Blakeley, Jr.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Life Trustee Gerald W. Blakeley, Jr., on July 2 at his summer home in Osterville, Mass.  He was 100. Jerry was born November 8, 1920, in Belmont, Mass., to Gerald W. Blakeley, Sr. and Mabel E. (Roy) Blakeley and predeceased by his sister…

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John “Jack” Wise

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former Trustee John “Jack” Wise on Sunday, June 13 in Princeton, NJ. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Jack was the retired Vice President-Research at Mobil Research and Development Corporation for 44 years Jack was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 28,…

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Lewis James Saffron

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Lewis James Saffron on May 18.  He was 63. Lew “Papa Lew” was a devoted husband to his wife Valerie of 45 years, father, and grandfather. There was never a day that went by where he didn’t tell his family how…

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Charles R. Doering

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of long-time GFD participant, Charles R. Doering, on May 15, after a challenging year with esophageal cancer.  He was 65. Charlie was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 7, 1956, and grew up in Norman OK, Fairfax VA, Annapolis, MD, and Schenectady, NY before…

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Andrew Konnerth Jr.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Andrew Konnerth Jr. Andrew departed this life on February 7, 2021, which was also the anniversary of his 63-year marriage to his late wife Jean M. Konnerth. He passed away peacefully at Crystal Lake Rehabilitation in Pascoag, RI at the age of…

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Peter Fox

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of AOP&E Adjunct Scientist Peter Fox on March 27. He was 61. Dr. Fox served as editor-in-chief of Earth and Space Science and was the first AGU fellow in the Earth and Space Science Informatics Section. Dr. Fox was known as a pioneer in…

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Lewis Eugene Karchner

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Lewis Eugene Karchner on February 6 of COVID 19 complications.  He was 72. Lew was born on February 14, 1948, in Lock Haven, Penn., to Lawrence Ferman Karchner and Betty Lucille (Bierly) Karchner, and grew up in Bath, N.Y. After receiving…

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Louis W. Cabot

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of WHOI Life Trustee Louis W. Cabot on January 29 at his home in the Tenants Harbor village of St. George, Maine. He was 99. Though born into a storied Boston Brahmin family, Louis W. Cabot measured accomplishments by more than a financial yardstick.…

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James Hunter Orr, Jr.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of WHOI Member of the Corporation, James Hunter Orr, Jr., on January 17. James was born and raised in Newton, Mass., with his two brothers David and Jack, the sons of James H. Orr and Elenor Mason Orr. James was a graduate of Cornell…

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Denman Kittredge McNear

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of WHOI Member of the Corporation, Denman Kittredge McNear, of natural causes on January 5 at his assisted living residence in Bethesda, MD. He was 95. Denman, or Mac, DK, Denny to his various friends and colleagues over the years, was born on July…

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