Resolutions of the Academic Senate from 1991 to 1997. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a life fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, which awarded him the Kenneth Davidson Medal for outstanding scientific accomplishment in research. Among the many other honors he earned throughout his career was an honorary doctorate degree from the Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, where he had taught during a sabbatical leave.
In June 2002 international colleagues and former students paid tribute to Wehausen by organizing a special symposium during the Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Conference in Oslo, Norway. At that event he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International.
Wehausen had a great interest in languages. He was fluent in German and French, read Russian well, and had a working knowledge of other Western European and Slavic languages. To try his hand at a non-Indo-European language, he studied Turkish and lectured in that language during a sabbatical leave at the Technical University of Istanbul. For many years he read daily papers in three languages. He wrote articles in French and German and gave lectures in these languages. He also had a great love for classical music, which was strengthened by Kay Wehausen’s musical background and training. That love was passed on to their four children. After moving to Berkeley, he taught himself the recorder and bought the family a harpsichord so they could play chamber music together.
Wehausen is survived by his four children—Sarah Wikander and her husband Carl, Peter Wehausen and his wife Suzanne, Julia Wenk and her husband Rudy, and John Wehausen and his wife Carolyn—and by six grandchildren and one great-grandson.
In June 2006, thanks to the generosity of family, friends, and former students, a John V. Wehausen Memorial Endowment was established at the UC Berkeley Foundation to provide a scholarship for graduate study in Wehausen’s areas of professional interest.