Richard Garvine passed away on December 10, 2007 of pancreatic cancer, and the ocean science community lost a respected, humane leader whose impact will endure on several levels. Rich was born in 1940 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering at M.I.T. was followed by a Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1965, also in aerospace engineering. He was hired by the General Electric Space Sciences Laboratory as a theoretical aerodynamicist, but in 1969, perhaps prodded by a downturn in the aerospace field, he made the rather dramatic shift to a position as an Assistant Professor of Oceanography at the University of Connecticut. At this time, oceanography was booming, with growing budgets and overwhelming optimism about its future. For example, Vice President Humphrey had just visited an oceanographic institution, the Stratton Commission had recently completed its historical work calling for a greater investment in ocean activities, and the National Science Foundation was responding by the creation of the International Decade for Ocean Exploration (IDOE). It was a splendid time to enter the field, and Rich was one of many talented scientists entering with a doctorate in a specialty other than oceanography...
Brink, Kenneth H., and Glen G. Gawarkiewicz. 2008. "Richard W. Garvine (1940 –2007)." Journal of Marine Research 66, (6). https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/journal_of_marine_research/212