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Obituaries


Leonard A. “Len” Boutin

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the unexpected death of former employee Leonard A. “Len” Boutin at his home in East Falmouth on March 9.  He was 67. Len was the son of the late Paul A. Boutin and Irene DeChamplain Boutin of Taunton, Mass. He attended Taunton High School and Bristol…

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Lisina M. Hoch

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former Trustee and Life Trustee, Lisina M. Hoch, on Friday, February 15, 2019 in Irvington, NY. She was 89 years old. Together with her husband Frank, Lisina became a WHOI Associate in 1983. She then became a Member of the Corporation in 1996,…

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James H. “Spider” Souza

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee James H. “Spider” Souza on February 17 at Mass General Hospital in Boston.  He was 85. Jim was born in East Falmouth to Helen L. Souza (Rogers) of Falmouth and Manuel A. Souza of Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal). He was a…

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Dean Martin Jacobson

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former Joint Program Graduate, Dean Martin Jacobson, on December 27, 2018, at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA, with his wife and soul mate, Paula Yup at his side. He was 61. Dean was born at Edwards Air Force Base in California…

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M. Benno Blumenthal

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former MIT-WHOI Joint Program Student M. Benno Blumenthal on December 15. He was 58. M. Benno Blumenthal received his PhD in Physical Oceanography from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in 1987. Arriving at Columbia University soon after, he was a senior staff associate at…

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Jim Avery

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Jim Avery on December 1 after a lengthy illness. Jim’s wife, Susan Avery, WHOI President Emerita and Corporation Member, and her son Chris, were with him at the time of his passing. A memorial service will be held on January 4 at 3p.m., at…

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Scot P. Birdwhistell

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the unexpected death of former employee Scot Birdwhistell on October 27. He was 65. Scot received his Master of Chemistry from the University of Hawaii. He began his career at WHOI in 1980 as a guest student.  In 1981, he became a full time employee in…

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Calvin Karram

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee and Korean War Vet, Calvin Karram, on January 19 in Florida.  He was 84. Calvin was the son of Naheem and Margerite Karram of Falmouth and husband of Gloria A. (Chase) Karram for 48 years. Calvin was born in North Andover,…

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Chuck Schmidt

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of member and friend of the Institution, Chuck Schmidt.  Further information will be posted when available.

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Jill Ker Conway

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of member and friend of the Institution, Jill Ker Conway.  Further information will be posted when available.

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Jessie Pennoyer Snyder

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of member and friend of the Institution, Jessie Pennoyer Snyder.  Further information will be posted when available.

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Richard Arthur

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of member and friend of the Institution, Richard Arthur.  Further information will be posted when available.

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Erik Hauri

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death on September 5 of Erik Hauri, a 1992 graduate of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, at his home in North Potomac, MD.  He was 52. Although Erik was the first member of his family to attend college, he graduated with honors from the University of…

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Sheldon L. Holzer

Sheldon L. Holzer

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of long-time WHOI volunteer Sheldon L. Holzer on August 20.  He was 81. Shelly was born in New York City on September 14, 1936 to the late Claire and Leo Holzer. He attended the High School of Music and Art in NYC and then…

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Suellen Garner

Suellen Garner

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Suellen Garner on Monday, July 30. She was 56. Suellen, or Susie or Susie-Q as she soon became known to anyone who met her, left this world wrapped in the same love and affection that greeted her upon her arrival on…

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Pamela Barrows

Pamela Barrows

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Pamela Barrows on July 6. She was 75. Pam was born in Syracuse, NY, moved to North Falmouth as a young girl, and was a lifelong Falmouth resident. She graduated from Lawrence High School and attended Bay Path Junior College. Pam…

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Fred Grassle

Fred Grassle

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Fred Grassle on July 6 at Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing Center in Somerset, New Jersey. He was 78. Son of the late John K. Grassle and Norah I. (Fleck) Grassle, Fred was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Bay Village,…

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Thomas C. Aldrich

Thomas C. Aldrich

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has received word of the death of former employee Thomas C. Aldrich on April 24 of cancer in Falmouth. He was 80. Tom was predeceased by his wife Peggy Peck Aldrich and his grandson Jack Fried. Born in Chicago in 1937, Tom grew up in Ferguson, Missouri, and graduated from…

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David L. Shores

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee David L. Shores on April 10 at the Winship Green Nursing Center in Bath, Maine. He was 84. David was born in Brockton, Mass., July 16, 1933, son of Lawrence and Mildred E. (Irwin) Shores. He graduated from high school in…

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Allan R. Davison

Allan R. Davison

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Allan R. Davison on March 21. He was 82. Al enlisted in the US Coast Guard in the 1950’s and joined WHOI in 1964. He was a member of the Buoy Group and was an able-bodied seaman on the R/V Lulu,…

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Nancy Marcus

Nancy Marcus

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Nancy Marcus on February 12, 2018 at her home in Florida surrounded by family and friends. She was 67. Nancy was born in New York City to the late Harold T. Marcus and Betty Levy Marcus, of New Rochelle, NY. Nancy…

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Napoleon “Mac” McCall

Napoleon "Mac" McCall

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Napoleon “Mac” McCall on February 19.  He was 61. Mac served in the US Army for 13 years achieving rank of Staff Sargent. He worked as a chef at the Swope center at MBL from 2000 until his passing. Mac began…

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Dana Hackett

Dana Hackett

The Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Dana Hackett, WHOI’s warehouse supervisor, on Friday, February 16, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 66. Dana was one of four children born to Commander Donald J. and Laura O. (Benoit) Hackett. His father’s family traced its roots to John Alden of the…

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