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Obituaries


Edwin Hiam

Edwin Hiam

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death March 11, 2003, of Honorary Trustee and Honorary Member Edwin “Ned” Hiam of Chestnut Hill and Falmouth, MA. He was 75.

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John W. Stimpson

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death February 15, 2003, of retiree John W. Stimpson of Falmouth. He died at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston at age 87.

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Phyllis Casiles

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death January 18, 2003, of retiree Phyllis B. Casile of Falmuth.

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Alvin L Bradshaw

The Institution has received word of the death of Alvin L. Bradshaw December 9, 2002, at his residence in Wareham. Al began working at the Institution in 1952 as a research assistant for Allyn Vine in ocean engineering. He retired in 1987 but continued on a casual basis as a research specialist until 1997. A copy of the complete notice will be posted as available.

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M. Dorothy Rogers

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death November 21, 2002, for retiree M. Dorothy Rogers at the Royal Megansett Nursing Home in North Falmouth. She was 93.

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Roger Joseph Dube

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death October 16, 2002, of retiree Roger Joseph Dube at his home in Lake City, Florida, after a brief illness. He was 74.

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Mary Ortolani

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death May 19, 2002 of retiree Mary Ortolani of Sagamore, MA. She was 93.

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Thomas F. O’Neil

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death March 22, 2002, of former seaman Thomas F. O’Neil of Hull. He was 77. Tom joined the Institution staff in October 1970 as an able bodied seaman aboard Research Vessel Knorr and left the Institution in November 1980. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Irish Mossing and Maritime Museum, 43 Cudworth Road, Scituate, MA 02066.

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Dean F. Bumpus

Dean F. Bumpus

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death March 14, 2002, of retiree Dean F. Bumpus at his home in Woods Hole. He was 89.

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Joseph Kiebala Jr.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the unexpected death February 26, 2002, of retiree and former Assistant Director for Administration Joseph Kiebala, Jr., at his home in Cataumet, MA. He was 78.

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William Davis Taylor

The Institution has received word of the death of Honorary Member of the Corporation William Davis Taylor at his Brookline home February 19, 2002. He was 93. Mr. Taylor became a Member of the Corporation in 1970 and an Honorary Member in 1978. The cause of death was heart failure. Further details will be posted as available.

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Gloria B. Franklin

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Gloria Franklin, Administrative Professional in AOP&E, who passed away Saturday, January 19th, at her home in Falmouth after a short battle with brain cancer. Visiting hours are Monday, Jan. 21st from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Chapman, Cole, & Gleason Funeral Home in Falmouth. The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, at 11:00 am at Elizabeth G. Parke Chapel in Oak Grove Cemetery on Jones Rd., Falmouth, with the burial to follow. A copy of the complete notice will be posted as available.

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Edwin D. Brooks Jr.

Edwin D. Brooks Jr.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death January 12, 2002, of Honorary Trustee and Honorary Member Edwin D. Brooks, Jr. at the Royal Megansett Nursing and Retirement Home in North Falmouth after a long illness. He was 89.

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Chester W. Nimitz, Jr

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death January 2, 2002, of Honorary Trustee and Honorary Member of the Corporation Rear Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Jr., USN (Ret.) at his home in Needham, MA. He was 86. In failing health, he and his wife of 63 years, Joan (Labern) Nimitz, 89, took their own lives in an apparent suicide pact.

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Geoffrey G. Whitney

Geoffrey G. Whitney

The Institution has received word of the death of Geoffrey G. Whitney Jr. of Woods Hole. He was 86. Geoff joined the Institution in 1951 as a research assistant in the Physical Oceanography Department working on the calibration and maintenance of deep sea reversing thermometers.. He retired in 1981 but continued to service thermometers for WHOI on a casual basis. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Further details will be posted as available.

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Edmond E. Watson

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death November 13, 2001, of Edmond E. Watson of Kingston, Ontario after a brief illness. He was 98.

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Ronald E. Woods

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death November 24, 2001, of retiree Ronald E. Woods of East Falmouth after a brief illness. He was 66.

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Roland G. Masse

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death November 24, 2001, of retiree Roland Masse. He was 76.

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John I. Ewing

John I. Ewing

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death November 15, 2001, of Scientist Emeritus John I. Ewing at the Royal Nursing & Alzheimer’s Center in Falmouth after a long illness. He was 77.

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Thomas O. Sutcliffe

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death November 5, 2001, of retiree Thomas O. Sutcliffe of Kingston, MA. He was 87.

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Sharon L. Hunt

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the unexpected death September 4, 2001, of Sharon L. (Edmed) Hunt of East Falmouth at her home. She was 53.

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Suzanne Volkmann

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death July 26, 2001, of retiree Suzanne B. Volkmann at her home in Woods Hole at age 72 after a brief battle with cancer.

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Warren E. Witzell

Warren E. Witzell

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Warren Edward “Whitey” Witzell in Falmouth July 21, 2001, after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.

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Harry H. Stanton

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death June 9, 2001, of retiree Dr. Harry H. Stanton of Provincetown, MA, after a long illness. He died at the Hospice House in Barnstable at age 73.

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