George Veronis of Hatchville and New Haven, Connecticut, whose career accomplishments had a focus on mathematics and geophysics, died June 30. He was 93.
He was the husband of Anna Veronis.
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he was the son of Nicholas and Angeliki Veronis.
Mr. Veronis served in the US Navy submarine program in the Pacific during World War II. He attended Lafayette College to study mathematics, then continued his education at Brown University to get a doctorate in applied mathematics in 1954.
After completing his PhD program, he held research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1956 to 1964) and taught oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1964 to 1966.
Mr. Veronis joined the faculty at Yale University as a professor in 1966; he became chairman of the department of geology and geophysics from 1976 to 1979, head of the Applied Mathematics Program from 1979 to 1993, and was named the Henry Barnard Davis Professor of Geophysics and Applied Science in 1985.
He was the editor of the Journal of Marine Research for 37 years and a co-founder, in 1959, and director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Summer Program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, for which he shared the AGU Award for excellence in Geophysical Education in 2008.
The American Meteorological Society named Mr. Veronis as the 1997 recipient of its Henry Stommel Research Award for “a wide range of fundamental contributions to the development of physical oceanography and geophysical fluid dynamics,” reported the Enterprise early that year.
Additional honors included being elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1963, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1975, a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters in 1981, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 1994.
He was a runner for many years and, in later years, a long-distance walker. He loved bird-watching and enjoyed spending occasional winters in Australia. He had a gift for languages and spoke fluent Greek and Swedish.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Veronis leaves a daughter, Melissa Odell and her husband, Vinnie Odell, of Maryland, a son, Benjamin Veronis and his partner, Christopher Gilbert, of California; two grandchildren, Jocelyn Laracuente and Wesley Odell; three siblings, Mary Thompson, John Veronis and Alexander Veronis; and other family.
He was predeceased by his brother Peter Veronis and sister Elinor Veronis.
Visitation will be Friday, July 5, from 11 AM to noon at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut. A service celebrating his life will follow.
Interment will be private.