2017-04-13 / Obituaries

Theodore J. Smayda

Theodore J. Smayda, 85, died peacefully April 5 at home surrounded by his beloved wife, Marilyn (Miller,) and loving family.

Born in Peckville, Pa., he was the son of Theodore and Julia (Gnall) Smayda.

He is survived by his son Thomas Smayda and wife Kathy, daughter Susan Marcus and husband Kim, and stepson Jason Nigrelli, grandchildren Cora and Sarah Smayda, Benito and Cate Marcus, and Otis Nigrelli. He is also survived by his brother William Smayda of Fredericksburg, Va.

Dr. Smayda was a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island from 1959 to the present. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Oslo, Norway, where he earned a doctor of phylos degree. His research on marine phytoplankton brought him international acclaim and numerous awards of excellence. He authored more than 150 research papers and served on many international committees.

As a major professor of many successful graduate students, he championed women in the field of oceanography. Among his graduates were the first female to graduate from the Graduate School of Oceanography and the first female researcher allowed aboard the vessel Trident. He was a very active environmental conservationist having been co-founder of the Narrow River Preservation Association. He also served as member of the Jamestown Conservation Committee.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Jamestown Emergency Medical Services.

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