David Scott Hosom, 88, of Falmouth died at home on June 8.

He was the husband of Dorothea C. Hosom for 64 years.

Born in Lancaster, Ohio, he was the son of Orville Scott Hosom and Florence Ewing Hosom. During high school he was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America and, while attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, developed a lifelong interest in tent camping.

Mr. Hosom graduated from the University of Cincinnati electrical engineering program in 1957. After moving to New York, he earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn as well as a master’s in marine science from Long Island University.

Upon joining the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1971, he was a research associate in the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering until being hired by Benthos, Inc. as chief engineer in 1979.

Mr. Hosom returned to WHOI in 1985 and continued working in various capacities in Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering until retiring from his post as principal engineer in 2004.

An accomplished woodworker, he particularly enjoyed woodturning. At age 50 Mr. Hosom began Uechi Ryu karate and earned a third-level black belt. At 70 he started playing the Great Highland pipes and was a member of the Brian Boru Pipe Band.

Mr. Hosom was known for his optimism and cheerful nature.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his daughter, Johanna Roveto and her husband, Peter Roveto, of Duxbury; his son, John-Paul Hosom and his wife, Tiffany Gates, of Portland, Oregon; his grandchildren; Matthew and Julia Roveto; and a cousin, Marilyn Bush of Byrdstown, Tennessee.

A private family celebration of his life will be at a later date.

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