WHOI Receives $1 Mil to Start Early-Career Endowment

COURTESY OF THE WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION: Breene Kerr, shown aboard the R/V Knorr, had a more than 20-year association with WHOI before his death in 2015. (Photo by Tom Kleindust, WHOI)

COURTESY OF THE WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION: Breene Kerr, shown aboard the R/V Knorr, had a more than 20-year association with WHOI before his death in 2015. (Photo by Tom Kleindust, WHOI)

WOODS HOLE – Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will have a new resource available to help at critical points in their careers.

The Grayce B. Kerr Fund has awarded the institution $1 million to establish an endowment in memory of WHOI Life Trustee Breene Kerr.

The Breene M. Kerr Early Scientist Endowment will assist scientists develop and launch their own research programs.

Breene was associated with WHOI for more than 20 years before he died in 2015.

He served first as a member of the WHOI Corporation and then as a trustee before becoming a life trustee.

Breene was an avid sailor, passionate about the ocean and science and committed to WHOI, according to John Valliant, the president of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund.

WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott says the endowment will help scientists at a time when they must establish themselves by building collaborations and grow their body of work through scientific publications.

WHOI is a non-profit organization dedicated to marine research, engineering and higher education.

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