The OOI Team notes with great sadness the passing of Dr. Larry Atkinson on December 22nd, 2020. Larry was Eminent Scholar Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University. In addition to significant contributions to oceanographic research and education throughout a distinguished career at a number of institutions, Larry served for many years as Chair and then Past Chair of the OOI Facilities Board (OOIFB), which provides independent input and guidance regarding the management and operation of the OOI to the National Science Foundation.
Throughout his many years of service on the OOIFB, Larry provided valuable advice and consistent encouragement as the program was being implemented and developed. In 2020, in recognition of his many contributions, the OOIFB established the Larry P. Atkinson Travel Fellowship for Students and Early Career Scientists, which will enable students and scientists from across the globe to meet and advance the understanding of the ocean. Larry will be greatly missed by those members of the OOI Team who worked closely with him, and by the many more who were influenced and impacted by his steadfast wisdom and support.
Larry’s obituary can be read here.