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Obituaries


Fred Joseph Ravens

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former volunteer Fred Joseph Ravens Jr., on January 6, 2021, due to complications of COVID-19.  He was 94. Fred was born in Billings, MT, and raised there and in Absarokee, MT. He was the son of the late Lela (Bird) and Fred J.…

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Robert A. Frosch

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Guest Investigator, former Director of Research, and former Trustee and Life Trustee, Robert (Bob) A. Frosch on December 30, 2020 in South Hadley, Mass., after a long illness. He was 92. Bob was considered the “father of industrial ecology,” and is credited with…

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Hartley Hoskins

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Hartley Hoskins on January 1, 2021. He was 82. Over a career of 57 years at WHOI, Hartley combined technical expertise with dedication and loyalty to the Institution that won the respect and affection of all who knew him.  He recognized that…

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Susumu Honjo

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Scientist Emeritus Susumu Honjo on December 23 surrounded by his family.  He was 87. Sus’s pioneering work as a scientist at WHOI contributed to the understanding and observations of marine particle compositions and fluxes and of the oceanic biological pump. Sus was born…

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Coleman P. Burke

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of WHOI Life Trustee Coleman P. Burke on November 8 at his home in Bedford, NY. He was 79. Loved for his jokes and songs, he was a hail fellow well met. He was born in Short Hills, New Jersey on April 29, 1941. His parents…

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Mirth Nan Miller

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Mirth Nan Miller of Ocean Park, WA, on May 21 at her home. She was 71. A long-time marine crew member, Mirth began her career at WHOI in 1987 as a mess attendant/relief cook aboard the R/V Atlantis II although she…

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Robert Hessler

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Robert Hessler on October 17 at a hospice care facility in Douglas, Ariz.  He was 87. Bob was born in Chicago, IL., on November 22, 1932. He studied forestry at Colorado A&M College, Fort Collins, in 1950, and then attended the…

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Sherri Ann (Goldberg) Eldridge

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Guest Investigator Sherri Ann (Goldberg) Eldridge on September 14 in Boston, Mass. Sherri was the beloved wife of G. William Eldridge for 27 years, daughter of Frances (Podhorzer), and Jerrold Goldberg; sister of Paula Goldberg and Ellen (Goldberg) Bowlin. Loving niece of Florence…

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Karen T. Hughes

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Karen Hughes, wife of our Vice-Chair Jeff Hughes. Our thoughts are with Jeff as he navigates this difficult time. A celebration of Karen’s life will be held at a future date when gatherings the size befitting her remarkable life are once again possible.

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Peter Saunders

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Peter Saunders on August 20. He was 87. Peter received his BS in physics in 1954, his MS in 1955, and his Ph.D. in 1960 in meteorology all from Imperial College, London. Peter began his career at WHOI in 1959 when…

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Geoffrey “Jeff” Acheson Thompson

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Trustee and Life Trustee Geoffrey “Jeff” Acheson Thompson on August 3 at his home in Lyme, CT, from complications of heart surgery.  He was 79. He was surrounded by family including his wife of 54 years, Claudia, his daughter Marina Cummins, son-in-law James,…

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Carl Christopher Hardy

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Carl Christopher Hardy on April 16.  He was 75. Carl Christopher Hardy, known as Chris, was born on January 3, 1945, in Memphis, TN, the eldest child of Ted Hardy and Gloria Schnell Hardy. His family moved to Ohio where he…

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Ralph David (Dave) Simoneau Jr.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Ralph David (Dave) Simoneau Jr., of Bourne, Mass., on August 8. He was 81. Dave was born in Boston, Mass., on April 3, 1939, to Edna James Simoneau and Ralph David Simoneau Sr. He was raised in Woods Hole, Mass. Dave graduated…

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Donald LeBlanc

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Donald F. LeBlanc of Punta Gorda, FL, on August 5. He was 85. Don was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 11, 1934. He was the beloved son of Edward LeBlanc and Sarah (Delorie) LeBlanc. Don served in the Air Force and…

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Arthur Yorke Allen

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Life Trustee Arthur Yorke Allen of New York City and Edgartown, Mass., on August 3 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.  He was 83. Arthur was the husband of Mary Stewart (Hammond) Allen and father of Loring Allen Randall (Stuart). He was also the brother…

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Lee A. Vincent

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Lee A. Vincent on July 22 at the JML Care Center in Falmouth, Mass., surrounded by her daughters. She was 91. Lee was born in Taunton, Mass., and was the daughter of the late Francis S. and Alice (Judge) Cordeiro. Lee…

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Prosser Gifford

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Prosser Gifford, Member of the Corporation, at his home on July 5 with his family by his side.  He was 91. Prosser led a self-described “life of learning,” first through prodigious study, followed by more than thirty years in higher education administration that…

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Thomas B. Sanford

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Thomas B. Sanford on July 12.  He was 80. Tom received his AB in Physics at Oberlin College in 1962, and his Ph.D. in Oceanography at MIT in 1967. Tom began his career at WHOI in 1967 as an assistant scientist…

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John W. Kanwisher

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree John W. Kanwisher on May 7 in Woods Hole.  He was 95. You can read the full obituary which appears in The Scientist magazine HERE.

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Constantine “Gus” Demetrious Tollios

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Constantine “Gus” Demetrious Tollios on January 18 in Florida.  He was 90. The son of Demetrious J. Tollios and Poliminia (Scantalides) Tollios, Gus was born and raised in a house on Queen Street in Falmouth. After graduating in 1948 from Lawrence High…

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Edmund Karl Brown

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Edmund Karl Brown on March 14 in Bristol, ME. He was 86. Karl, as he liked to be referred to, was born in Torrington, CT, and summered in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Karl was a resident of North Falmouth for many years.…

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Hope Noyes Smith

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Life Trustee, Hope Noyes Smith, on March 23 at her home in Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos Island, BWI.  She was 94. Hope was born in Swampscott, Mass., to Ruth Pike Noyes and Harry Edwin Noyes on July 27, 1925. Hope grew up…

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Francis H.Taylor

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of long-time WHOI volunteer Francis “Frank” H. Taylor on February 23 at the Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham, Mass. He was 86. Born in Quincy, Mass., Frank was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Krowski) Taylor. Frank worked for 36 years…

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Kendall (Ken) B. Bohr

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Kendall (Ken) B. Bohr on February 11 in Rockton, Illinois.  He was 80. Born in Ossian, Iowa, Ken was the son of Henry and Bette Bohr. He was graduated from East High School in Iowa in 1957. He married Karin A.…

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