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DT Fred Noel Spiess

DT Fred Noel Spiess

Male 1919 - 2006  (86 years)

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  • Name Fred Noel Spiess 
    Title DT 
    Born 25 Dec 1919  Alameda, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2006  La Jolla, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21498  Whitton
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Family Sarah S Whitton,   b. 27 Jul 1923, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 2002, La Jolla, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Abt 1945 
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F8656  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Dr. Fred Noel Spiess (December 25, 1919 – September 8, 2006) was an oceanographer and marine explorer who helped create the FLIP floating laboratory.

      Spiess (pronounced SPEES) was born in Oakland, California. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree from Harvard University. He received his doctorate in physics from UC Berkeley in 1951.

      Spiess was awarded the John Price Wetherill Medal in 1965 and the Maurice Ewing Medal in 1985.

      Spiess joined the Marine Physical Laboratory at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1952 and served as director of the laboratory from 1958 to 1980. He served as director of the Scripps Institution from 1964 to 1965.

      At Scripps he served on and chaired many committees, including Scripps Staff Council (1962-64). He was a leader in the restoration of the historic Old Scripps Building, including serving on the Building Restoration Committee (1976-87). He was awarded the UC San Diego Campus Ministry Award for academic leadership in 1989.
      In addition to his university and civic activities, he was the moderator of the Congregational Church of La Jolla during 1984-85, and served for many years as the church’s financial secretary.
      Spiess resided in La Jolla, Calif. He was married for 60 years to the late Sarah (Sally) Whitton Spiess, a tireless supporter of Spiess’s work at Scripps Oceanography, the Scripps Marine Physical Laboratory, UC San Diego and the community at large. Both Spiess and his wife were active members of Scripps Estates Associates. He is survived by five children (Katherine Dallaire of Chester, NH; Mary Elizabeth De Jong of San Francisco, CA; Morgen Spiess of Seattle, WA; Helen Spiess Shamble of Santa Clara CA; and Peggy DeLigio Spiess of Eugene, OR); four sons-in-law; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
      A memorial service will be held at the La Jolla Congregational Church, 1216 Cave Street, La Jolla, at noon on Sunday, September 17, immediately following the morning service. All friends and associates are welcome. Another memorial service will be held on Friday, October 20, at 3 p.m., on the Pawka Green at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.