November 23, 2015

Whitehouse Statement on the Passing of Dr. John A. Knauss

Providence, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement upon hearing of the passing of former Dean of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography John A. Knauss:

“Rhode Island has lost a beloved teacher, a visionary leader, and a brilliant scientist.  Dean Knauss set out to create in the Ocean State a comprehensive oceanography and marine studies program.  When he left the University of Rhode Island to head up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration a quarter-century later, his Graduate School of Oceanography had become one of the premier graduate education and research institutions in oceanography in the world, and Knauss Fellowships became among the most prestigious of marine policy grants.  Beyond his foresight and leadership, John will be remembered for his collegiality and collaboration among the administrators, faculty, and students he touched, and for his passion for living.  Sandra and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Knauss Family and to the entire marine science community.”

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