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pathbreaking contributor to ocean science and technology, but also a gentle, smiling, wise, and witty colleague and friend who was always ready to help. Of all his accomplishments, Fred was most proud of his students, postdoctoral students, and the three generations of ocean scientists he mentored. The words of Tom Brokaw in his book, The Greatest Generation, aptly apply to Fred Spiess, “.…duty, honor, love of family and country, service, achievement and courage gave us the world we have today….” If we continue that tradition, those values can also lead to the world we want tomorrow.

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