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Alfred C. Henser

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Alfred C. Henser on July 27. He was 90.

Born and raised in Dartmouth, Mass., Alfred was the son of the late Matthew and Agnes (Wojtowicz) Henser.  He was a lifelong resident of the town.

Alfred was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He retired after 30 years of service for his country.  He also spent 15 years in the Merchant Marines.

Alfred began his career at WHOI in 1980 as a able-bodied seaman aboard the R/V Knorr. Throughout his WHOI career, he worked aboard the R/V Knorr, R/V Oceanus, and R/V Atlantis II. He retired in 1987.

Alfred’s favorite pastimes were working outdoors and tending to his garden.

Survivors include his nephew, John W. Baron and his wife Diane (DeeDee) of Dartmouth; nieces, Diane Baron and Carole Rapoza, both of Dartmouth; and several great nieces and great nephews, all of Dartmouth and Arizona. He was the brother of the late Florence Baron.

His family wishes to thank the staff of Our Lady’s Haven for the love and care they gave him. 
Visiting hours are 2 – 5 p.m., on Sunday, July 30, at Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, Mass.  His funeral will be at 8 a.m., on Monday, July 31, with a service at 8:30 a.m., in the funeral home, followed by a burial with military honors in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.

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Some of the information for this obituary is from the Machnowski Funeral Home website.