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Obituaries


Lidia K. Williams Van Beeck

Lidia K. Williams Van Beeck

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Lidia K. Williams Van Beeck on December 13, at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Mass. She was 38. Lidia began her career at WHOI in 2007 as a senior administrative assistant under Andy Bowen. In 2008, she was reassigned as an engineer…

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Sallye Davis

Sallye Davis

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Sallye Davis on December 16.  She was 66. Sallye was born October 14, 1951, in Kenedy, TX.  She received her B.A. in 1973 and M.S. in 1977 in Zoology from the University of Hawaii. Sallye began her career at WHOI in January…

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Walter H. G. Paul

Walter H. G. Paul

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Walter H. G. Paul on December 8 in Falmouth, Mass. He was 82. Walter was born on September 27, 1935 in Vegesack, Germany, the eldest of four siblings. Walter received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering/economics in 1961 from University of Darmstadt…

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Robert Guillard

Robert Guillard

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Robert Guillard on September 25, 2016, at the Gregory Wing, St. Andrew’s Village in Boothbay Harbor, ME. He was 95. Bob was born Robert Louis Russell in New York City, February 5, 1921. His mother was Suzanne DeMoura, of Stonington, CT.…

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Lilli Schwenk Hornig

Lilli Schwenk Hornig

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with sorrow the death of Life Trustee, Lilli Schwenk Hornig, on November 17, 2017. Lilli was 96 years old. The daughter of an organic chemist and pediatrician, Lilli obtained her BA from Bryn Mawr in 1942 and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard in 1950. Together with her husband…

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Mabel M. (Badger) Reese Fay

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Mabel M. (Badger) Reese Fay on October 18 in Vergennes, VT. She was 93. As Ms. Reese, Mabel lived in Falmouth from 1961 to 1988, except for a two-year rotation in Ketchikan, Alaska, during her husband’s posting there with the Coast Guard.…

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Richard Lee Haedrich

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Richard Lee Haedrich on July 17, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 78. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Richard attended the Wilmington Friends School and went to Harvard University for both undergraduate and graduate studies, obtaining a…

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Alfred C. Henser

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Alfred C. Henser on July 27. He was 90. Born and raised in Dartmouth, Mass., Alfred was the son of the late Matthew and Agnes (Wojtowicz) Henser.  He was a lifelong resident of the town. Alfred was a veteran of the U.S.…

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Stephen T. Wessling

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Stephen T. Wessling on July 3.  He was 60. Stephen worked as a merchant seaman for 40 years, traveling the globe before retiring as a chief mate. Son of Dr. Philip I. Wessling and Mary (Mulcahy) Wessling, Stephen grew up in…

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Diane Poehls Adams

Diane Poehls Adams

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former Joint Program student Diane Poehls Adams after an illness.  Diane was an assistant scientist at Rutgers University.  She came to WHOI in 1999 as a summer fellow with Rob Olson and returned in 2001 as a Joint Program student with Lauren Mullineaux…

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Nathan Ulrich

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former Post Doc/Assistant Scientist Nathan Ulrich. Nathan was traveling from Puerto Rico to Florida on May 15 when the twin-engine turboprop aircraft he was piloting vanished from radar about 2:10 p.m., 37 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. He was 52. Nathan Received his…

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Donna Lee (Holland) Lamonde

Donna Lee (Holland) Lamonde

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Donna Lee (Holland) Lamonde on May 17 at the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, Mass. She was resting peacefully with her sisters by her side.  She was 69. Donna was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and spent her childhood in New Hampshire.…

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W. Redwood Wright

W. Redwood Wright

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee W. Redwood Wright on May 8, at his home. He was 89. Red was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Catharine Morris and Sydney L. Wright. He had two brothers and a sister. The family lived on a farm…

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Gary Jaroslow

Gary Jaroslow

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former Joint Program student Gary Jaroslow over the weekend. Gary did his thesis on crustal accretion and tectonism at slow spreading ridges, graduating in 1996. He then worked for many years at Sea Education Association as a faculty member and associate dean and…

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Katrina Reniska

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Katrina Reniska on May 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She was 63. Katrina was a graduate of Rollins College (BA) and Harvard University (MA). Katrina began her career at WHOI in 2010 as director of Major Gifts until 2015.  She was rehired as…

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Ruth Payan Clark

Ruth Payan Clark

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with sorrow the death of former Member of the Corporation, Ruth Payan Clark, on April 23, at home in Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was 87. Ruth was born on November 19, 1929, in Providence, Rhode Island, the only child of Frank…

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George “Richard” Harbison

George "Richard" Harbison

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of Scientist Emeritus George “Richard” Harbison. Richard passed away peacefully on March 22 surrounded by his family.  He was 76. Richard loved learning things, and was always evolving through new passions.  He began his Columbia College career as an English Major, ending up with…

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John Hayes

John Hayes

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree John Hayes at his home in Berkeley, California, on February 3, 2017, of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Hayes was a geochemist, receiving a B.S. from Iowa State University in 1962 and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. He was…

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Jerry Dean

Jerry Dean

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Jerome P. Dean, 82, of Falmouth and Hancock, Maine, January 30. He was born in rural Richlands, Virginia, to Alice Vivian Snead Dean and the Reverend John Kerr Dean Sr., a minister who was active on the Methodist circuit throughout Appalachian coal…

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Gwen (Prior) Szent-Gyorgyi

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former WHOI volunteer Gwen (Prior) Szent-Gyorgyi of Woods Hole on January 9.  She was 87. Gwen was the wife of Gyula Szent-Gyorgyi, a refugee from the Hungarian revolution in 1956, who died in 2014. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, she was living in Woods…

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Robert (Bob) Bastarache

Robert (Bob) Bastarache

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former employee Robert (Bob) Bastarache on December 25 after a long illness. He was 63. Born in Acushnet, Mass., Bob was the son of the late Willis E. and Edna M. (Gifford) Bastarache. He was a graduate of the New Bedford public schools.…

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William (Bill) Schmitz

William (Bill) Schmitz

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of scientist emeritus Bill Schmitz on December 28 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Bill earned a Bachelor’s of Science in physics in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1966 in physical oceanography, both from the University of Miami. He joined WHOI in 1967 as an assistant…

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Billy Joe Guest

Billy Joe Guest

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of retiree Billy Joe Guest of Eatonton, Ga., on December 9 after a long illness. He was 78. A native of Jackson County, Ga., Bill was the son of the late Melvin Valco Guest Sr., and Leona Ferguson Guest. Bill began working at WHOI…

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