In Loving Memory Hartley Hoskins, 82, of Sippewissett, died January 1, 2021. He was the husband of Rosemary E. (Kelley) Hoskins for 41 years.
Hartley was born near Rochester, New York, the son of the late Meredith Floyd and Berenice (Pease) Hoskins. During adolescence he lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands where his father worked at a tuberculosis hospital near Christiansted, St. Croix. The family returned to Rochester where, during high school, he studied piano and organ at the Eastman School of Music. Hartley shared his love of music for his entire life. He was an organist at the Falmouth Christian Science Church weekly services, lifelong supporter of the Falmouth Forum and College Light Opera company, loyal member of the Woods Hole international folk dancing group, and leader of yearly excursions to the Christmas Revels in Cambridge.
Hartley had a 57 year career at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, retiring in 2015. His interest in oceanography was sparked by WHOI geophysicist Bracket Hersey while an undergraduate at MIT. He spent the following summer in Woods Hole helping to test new seismic equipment, which provided the data for his MIT Senior Thesis (“Primer on seismic reflection data acquisition and analysis”). He later attended the University of Chicago where he received Master’s (1961) and Doctoral (1965) degrees and a postdoctoral fellowship. During his early career, he conducted sonar surveys of Mediterranean archaeological sites with underwater photography pioneer Harold Edgerton of MIT, and taught undergraduate geology at the University of Ghana.
Hartley was an integral part of the WHOI fabric and displayed an expertise, dedication and loyalty that won the respect and affection of all who knew him. He was a polymath with expertise in marine geology and seismic profiling, electricity, electronics, computer technology, and ship operations. He participated in over 30 oceanographic cruises, including one on the Institution’s first ship, the 143 ft. sailing ketch R/V ATLANTIS. His early cruises for the Ocean Drilling Program were conducted during one of the most exciting periods in oceanography when plate tectonics theory was being developed and tested. He made important contributions to seismic technology and was granted a patent for his work with seismic streamers to create a synthetic aperture. In 1977 Hartley took over management of the Ocean Industry Program (OIP), which provided data, technology, and geoscience briefings to subscribing oil companies. His experience with patents and intellectual property rights led him to become secretary of the WHOI Patents and Inventions Committee in 1984 and a certified Patent Agent in 1989. Between 1984 and 2001, Hartley operated borehole seismic instruments on Ocean Drilling Program cruises and was credited with success of the seismic operations. During the early 1990s he assisted with the lengthening and engineering modifications of the R/V KNORR and sister ship MELVILLE.
Hartley played an important role in WHOI’s information technology development. He conceived and designed a microwave link for video classroom instruction for the MIT/WHOI joint PhD program, later used for all WHOI’s internet traffic. As Network Group Leader for Computer and Information Services, he implemented a second fiber-optic cable to provide redundant, campus-wide communications.
Hartley was a longtime resident of Sippewissett and never faltered in his commitment to community. He co-founded the Sippewissett Association in 1969 and was President several years during the 1990s. In gratitude for his many years of selfless community service, a new access to the Town’s Beebe Woods was dedicated in his name in 2016.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Andrew Meredith Hoskins, of Spencer, New York; grandchildren Hannah, Noreen and Calvin Hoskins; and his younger brother, Kim Floyd Hoskins, of Bloomfield, N.Y. He was pre-deceased by first wife, Judith Brennan, in 1978.
A celebration of life service will be announced at a future date. For online guestbook, visit ccgfuneralhome.com.