UNIVERSITY OF RHODE
On March 20, 2003, the Faculty Senate adopted
the following resolution by unanimous vote:
WHEREAS: Dana R. Kester,
Professor of Oceanography and a member of the University faculty for
34 years, died on March 16, 2003.
WHEREAS: Professor Kester was foremost an
analytical chemist whose scholarship focused on ocean waters, marine
environmental quality, and ocean processes in global change.
Recently, he worked on the integration of in situ measurements with
remote sensing observations. In the course of his research, he
authored and co-authored over 125 peer reviewed journal articles,
books, and book chapters. Professor Kester enjoyed going to sea and
participated in 24 cruises totaling 435 days on the water. Before his
death, he was working with State, National, and International
agencies and non-governmental organizations to study hypoxia in
Narragansett Bay and coastal China.
WHEREAS: Professor Kester served his
profession and his University with distinction. He had twice served
as acting Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography and once as
acting Dean of the Graduate School. He had served on numerous
University committees and was a member of the Faculty Senate,
coordinator of the Vetlesen Lecture Series on Climate, and chair of
an ad hoc committee for the Faculty Senate on research and graduate
education. Professor Kester had been a member of the National Academy
of Sciences Marine Board, Intergovernmental Ocean Commission US
delegate, and WMO and UNESCO committees. He served a 2-year special
assignment to NOAA. He was a noted editor, reviewer and contributor
to professional society journals and citizen publications.
WHEREAS: Professor Kester was major
professor for 10 M.S. and 15 Ph.D. students, served on the thesis
committees of 15 others, and supervised 14 undergraduate students in
research. He was supervising 3 graduate and 2 undergraduate students.
The course he developed and taught on Ocean Chemical Distributions
integrated all oceanography sub-disciplines. It was considered a
"must take" by GSO students and perhaps more importantly by their
advisors. Sabbatical leaves took him to universities in England, Hong
Kong and China.
WHEREAS: Professor Kester was an
international leader in Oceanography and a significant contributor to
the University. His research, service, teaching, and mentorship are
missed but will live on in the memory of his students and
BE IT RESOLVED: the faculty of the
University of Rhode Island acknowledges Professor Dana R. Kester's
contributions to the University community and mourns his passing,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: this resolution be
approved by the University of Rhode Island Faculty Senate and
presented to his family as an expression of our sincerest