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Obituaries


Nathaniel “Nat” Corwin

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Nat Corwin on March 30, in Falmouth. He was 92. Nat survived the sinking of the Navy survey ship Quincy in 1942, and he participated in the two-ship “trade-winds” cruise when Atlantis lost its mizzen mast in 1952. He was chief scientist…

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Lincoln Baxter II

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Lincoln Baxter II on March 5, at Royal Nursing Home in Falmouth.  He was 88. Lincoln was born on July 25, 1924, in Washington, DC, the son, of Horace Monroe Baxter, and Janet Ransome Baxter.  Lincoln graduated from the University of Richmond…

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Randolph Wilson “Bill” Bromery

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death on February 26, 2013, of Honorary Member, Randolph W. Bromery.  Dr. and Mrs. Bromery became Associates in 1996.  Bill served as a Member of the Corporation from 1973 to 1996, and was then elected an Honorary Member.  He served on the Nominating Committee, and…

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Ralph M. Hollis

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Ralph M. Hollis on March 15, in Melbourne, Fl.  He was 80. Ralph was born on May 14, 1932, in Waltham, Massachusetts.  He spent his younger years playing in and around the Charles River. It was here that his love of water…

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Mary Margaret Hunt

The Institution has received word of the death of retiree Mary Hunt on March 7, in Falmouth. She was 88. Mary was born in Cambridge, MA, the second of five children of Charles Cummings and Margaret (Grandgent) Gifford. Her early years were spent in Bedford, MA, where her parents ran a chicken farm. In 1938,…

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Richard A. Carvalho

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Richard A. Carvalho, on February 18, at the Genesis Healthcare in Falmouth.  He was 68. Born in New Bedford, MA, he was the owner of Richie’s Truck and Auto Repair in New Bedford, MA. He began his career at WHOI in 1993…

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Giles E. Mosher Jr.

The Institution has received word of the death of Honorary Corporation Member Giles E. Mosher Jr., on February 12, at his home in Wellesley.  He ws 80. Giles was a graduate of Boston College, Northwestern University’s School of Financial Public Relations, and Rutgers University Stonier Graduate School of Banking.  He was the former President and…

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Evangeline P. Wilkins

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Evangeline P. Wilkins on January 24, after a lengthy illness.  She was 83. She was the daughter of Demetrios James Tollios and Polimia Tollios. Evangeline began her career at WHOI in 1944 as a laboratory helper.  She left in 1955.  While working…

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David Dow Ketchum

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree David Dow Ketchum on January 26, of complications from a fall taken during Hurricane Sandy at his Ipswich home. He was 89. Born in Cohasset, the son of Kenneth Dow Ketchum and Helen Luchars Ketchum, he attended the Asheville School in North…

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Anthony “Tony” Mendousa

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Anthony “Tony” Mendousa on January 25, in Orleans, MA.  He was 87. Tony began his career at WHOI in 1971 as a maintenance mechanic.  In 1977, he was promoted to plant mechanic.  He retired in 1989. Tony was the beloved husband of…

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Arthur Costa

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Arthur Costa on January 18, in Falmouth.  He was 80. Arthur was born in Fall River, MA.  He was the son of Manuel and Margarida (Almeida) Costa. Arthur was hired as a security guard in 1983 and retired in 1998.  Prior to…

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Dorothy B. Buchanan

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of WHOI volunteer Dorothy B. Buchanan on January 20, at the Cape Cod Hospital, surrounded by her family.  She was 89. Dorothy was born, raised, and educated in Weymouth, MA. She was a graduate of Weymouth High School, class of 1940. She married her…

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David William Masch

David William Masch

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree David Willliam Masch on January 7, in Falmouth.  He was 75. Dave was born in 1937 in Detroit, Michigan, to Henrietta and Ernst Masch. Dave played football and baseball for his high school and was such an accomplished catcher that he was…

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Honoring Victims of the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 14, 2012 Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark of respect for the victims of…

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Beverly A. Klink

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former WHOI volunteer Beverly E. Klink on November 25, at Royal Nursing Home in Falmouth.  She was 82. Born in Leominster, MA, Beverly was the daughter of the late Howard and Albertine (LeBlanc) Worrall. She graduated from Cape Cod Community College and later…

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Mike (Spydir) Marchisin

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of employee Michael (Spydir) Marchisin on Nov. 5, 2012.  He was 45. Michael began his career at WHOI in 2010 as a welder in the Facilities Department. He was the beloved son of Joyce (Roberts) Tharrett. Michael graduated from Falmouth High School. He served in…

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George E. Thibault

George E. Thibault

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with deep sorrow the death on November 4, 2012 of former Honorary Member, George E. Thibault.  George was elected a Member of the Corporation in 1999; he was elected an Honorary Member in 2006.  George was a member of the Committee on the Board, the Research and Education Committee,…

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Mary Draper Janney

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of WHOI Corporation Member Mary Draper Janney on October 7, at George Washington University Hospital.  She was 91.  Mary was a pioneer in the Washington, DC, women’s movement and a longtime civic activist. Mary had longtime ties to Woods Hole as a summer resident…

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Suzanne Wetzel Seemann

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former joint program student Suzanne Wetzel Seemann on September 27, in California. She was 40. Suzanne (Suzie) died in a motor vehicle collision in Freshwater, CA, during a morning run with friends. Suzie lived a beautiful life, and her death is a tremendous loss…

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Cyril L. Fennelly

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Cyril L. Fennelly on September 26, in Falmouth.  He was 92. Cyril was born on May 2, 1920, in Somerville, MA. He was the son of the late Canice and Anna Mae Fennelly. He received a diploma from English High School, Boston…

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Charles Yentsch

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Charles Yentsch on September 19.  He was 85. Charlie was born September 13, 1927, in Louisville, KY. He received a BS in Biology from University of Louisville in 1951, an MS in Oceanography from Florida State University in 1953, and attended University…

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Richard “Dick” Backus

Richard "Dick" Backus

Richard Haven Backus, a prominent biological oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was born in Rochester, NY, to Ruth Bowne Haven Backus and Sidney Kinney Backus on December 5, 1922. ‘Dick’ spent his happy childhood and youth in West Webster, NY, roaming the fields, orchards, and shores of Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario.  He…

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Jean Walker

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Jean Walker on September 8, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA, after a brief illness. She was 95. Jean was born in Boston on September 15, 1916. She was the daughter of the late Joel Scott and Louise (Murray) Densmore, and…

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