The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with sorrow the death of former Honorary Member of the Corporation Arlette B. (Steel) Swift at the age of 86.
Arlette and her husband, E. Kent Swift, Jr. became WHOI Associates in 1976. Kent was first elected to the Corporation in 1982 and was elected a Trustee in 1989. In 1993, the Swifts became Fye Society Members. In 1995, he was elected an Honorary Trustee and Corporation Member. After his passing in 2007, Arlette was elected an Honorary Member of the Corporation.
The Swifts were very engaged with the Oceanographic and deeply devoted to the Institution and its marine personnel. Together, they were members of the Access to the Sea Committee and helped steer WHOI through many changes and improvements in its fleet of ships and small boats, including refitting Knorr, conversion of Oceanus, and acquisition of the new Atlantis and Tioga. Additionally, they oversaw and endorsed the conversion and growth of the WHOI-operated National Deep Submergence Facility.
Further information will be posted when available.