[Taxacom] Death of Fred Grassle

Tony Rees tonyrees49 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 14 21:18:48 CDT 2018

I also noted that Wikipedia had no article on Fred as of yesterday, so I
have taken the liberty of creating one, see here if interested:


Regards - Tony

On Sun, 15 Jul 2018 at 07:00, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Taxacomers,
> Not primarily a taxonomist perhaps, but a champion of the measurement of
> deep-sea biodiversity and of both the Census of Marine Life - which has led
> to many taxonomic discoveries - and OBIS, the first global-scale
> integration of observations on the distribution of marine species, I am
> sorry to report that Dr Fred Grassle of Rutgers University has died aged
> 78, more details here:
> https://marine.rutgers.edu/main/announcements/mourning-the-passing-of-our-leader-mentor-and-friend-fred-grassle
> . Fred was personally very helpful to me in facilitating my participation
> in the OBIS programme over a prolonged period (2000-2010) and I always
> appreciated my visits to Rutgers and elsewhere to attend OBIS meetings
> where I met with many interesting colleagues from all over the world, most
> of whom I am still in touch with today. Fred was a giant in the field of
> oceanography and marine biology and hiss legacy remains in the form of the
> Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (now the Department of
> Marine and Coastal Sciences), the continuing OBIS project (now part of
> IOC), and elsewhere.
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> https://about.me/TonyRees

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