The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former WHOI Guest Investigator and Volunteer, Nicholas “Nick” Albanese on September 9, 2022.
Nick was born in New York City, the son of Martin and Helene (Riker) Albanese. He served in the Special Investigation Section of the Military Police during WWII Army of Occupation in Germany. Following his military service, he attended Iona College receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
He was a member of the glee club, photo editor of the newspaper, and in his senior year, Editor in Chief of the ICANN, the college yearbook. Nicholas was elected to the Cornelian Honor Society upon graduation in 1951. In the fall of 1951, he entered Georgetown University (GU) School of Dentistry. He contributed time to the GU Dental Journal as Literary Editor and received several awards, including JG Reilly Excellence in Dental Research and the Wm. Brown Igersoll Award in Periodontics. Graduating second in his class Cum Laude, he was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Fraternity.
Nick met the love of his life, Isabelle Chase, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Corp De Ballet, in 1947. They were married in 1952 during his sophomore year at Georgetown. They spent over 60 wonderful years together and were rarely apart. Following graduation, their first daughter, Lillian, with them, they moved to Seneca Road in West Acton, where daughter Beth joined the family. In 1960, the family built a house on Nashoba Road in Concord, where daughter Susan arrived. He opened his first office on Walden Street in Concord, later moving his office to the Concord Dental Building in West Concord.
They joined the Trinitarian Congregational Church where Isabelle taught Sunday School and Nick enjoyed the choir and served as Deacon. Nicholas was also a member of the Corinthian Lodge of Masons and was Dad Advisor to DeMolay. He enjoyed time as treasurer and later President of the Concord Lions Club and volunteered at Perkins Institute for the Blind. In 1989, with the girls out of the nest, Isabelle and Nick retired to West Falmouth. They enjoyed many seasons filled with the much-loved activities of the Cape including sailing, ballroom dancing, and participating in the Falmouth Mostly All Male Men’s Chorus. At this time Nicholas also joined the staff of the WHOI as a Guest Investigator in the Biology Department (an entirely new field of interest for him) as well as a volunteer tour guide from 1998-2010.
In 2013, in a move of practicality and not of the heart, Isabelle and Nick left the Cape and returned to Acton to be close to their girls in Acton and Sterling, MA.
Nick is predeceased by his wife Isabelle (Chase) who passed away in 2016 and his sister Mary Ann White. He leaves daughters Lillian Albanese, of Acton, Mass., Elizabeth Fout of Middleburg, VA., and Susan Connor of Sterling, Mass. He also leaves behind five beautiful grandchildren, Nicole, Timothy, Samantha, Caroline, and Dunn, who will miss him very much.
Funeral Service and interment in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with U.S Army Military Honors will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to your local animal shelter in Nicholas s name.
Published by Concord Funeral Home on Sep. 12, 2022.