Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Making Waves August 28, 2015

Passing of a Friend

FINISHED WITH ENGINES:  With great sadness, we must report that Robert F. “Bob” Ashley Jr., longtime Chief Engineer of OSU’s research vessels Wecoma and Oceanus, passed away on 19 August following a brief illness; he was 67. 

Bob was born in Bremerton, Washington and raised in Oregon; his father, Robert Sr., was a crewmember and engineer aboard OSU’s first research vessels Acona and Yaquina. Bob served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War as a machinist’s mate and pipefitter; he joined the crew of the R/V Thomas G. Thompson at the University of Washington in the mid-1970s and stayed for the next 14 years until the original Thompson was returned to the Navy in 1990.

Bob returned to Oregon and joined the College of Oceanography’s Ship Operations department as assistant engineer on Wecoma, rapidly advancing to Chief Engineer.  He remained her permanent Chief until her retirement in 2012; after an additional year as Chief on Oceanus, he himself retired in 2013.  His last years were spent enjoying his family full-time and rediscovering the fun of motorcycles – always Harleys.

Those of us who were fortunate enough to sail with (and for) Bob will remember him as a smart and tenacious engineer, a practical sailor with a true appreciation for the science he supported (though the science parties were ever and always “the Bug Hunters” to Bob, it was with affection and respect), and a man with an amazing breadth of interests and tastes; if you passed Bob’s stateroom/office at any given time, you never knew whether it would be rock&roll, country, opera, Ranchero or something brand-new coming out of his stereo.  He was a good hand and a great shipmate, and we miss him.

Robert is survived by daughters Tamara Westbrook, Tammy Ashley, Melissa Zimic, Jennifer Ashley and son, Matthew Ashley; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandson—“All of which made my life worth living.”

The family of Robert Floyd Ashley Jr created this Life Tributes page to make it easy to share your memories.

Bob Ashley


Defense Next Week

Thursday, September 3, 2015. 10-11am, Burt 193.  Student Defense: Ms. Joanna Rose (M.S., Geology). "An Evaluation of the Complex Age Progression along the Cook-Austral Islands Using High-resolution 40Ar/39Ar Incremental Heating Ages"


Staff Fee Privileges (Tuition Discount)

Family Members Attending Other Oregon Public Universities

September 10, 2015 is the deadline to submit Staff Fee Privileges Approval Forms for family members attending other Oregon Public Universities during Fall Term 2015.  The Staff Fee Privileges Approval Form, instructions, and information can be found here.  Completed forms should be returned to: Forestry, Oceanic, & Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) Human Resources, 154 Peavy Hall, Attn: Megan Hickman.  If you miss the deadline, please contact Megan Hickman, FOBC HR for appeal process information and instructions.


Reminder to Departments and Supervisors: Hiring Student Employees

Fall term is approaching quickly, and many departments and supervisors will be hiring student employees.  As a friendly reminder, Oregon State University requires that all hourly student positions be posted competitively for a minimum of three business days in the OSU Jobs Online Recruiting System.  The FOBC Human Resources team is here to guide and assist you as you recruit and hire student employees.  To get started, please initiate a student job posting by submitting the FOBC HR Student Position Request Form.  Supervisors can find additional information and tools for student recruitment on the FOBC HR Website and the OSU Student Employment Program Website.  Please contact FOBC HR with any questions or concerns.


Employment Opportunity

The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Apply to posting #0015764.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by September 5, 2015.  Closing date is September 21, 2015.  Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled.  The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.  OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.


Where in the World Is R/V Oceanus?

Oceanus Webcam


Photo of the Week

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Esteban Bowles-Martinez, L Roy Bonner, Taryn Bye, Ben Murphy, and Kevin Mendoza hiking through Goat Rocks Wilderness below Meade Glacier to do magnetotellurics field work for Adam Schultz's iMUSH project.


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