Northwest Fisheries Science Center

In Memoriam

Remembering Bob Emmett April 2015 Contributed by John Stein, NWFSC Science and Research Director

Our colleague Robert (Bob) Emmett passed away Monday, April 27th, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Bob worked for NOAA for 36 years, spending most of his career at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. He was a friend to many throughout our Center as well as at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Bob was never very far from estuaries and the ocean and his passion for sardines, anchovies, tuna, and of course salmon was infectious. He was a leader in his field and an inspiration to many young scientists (and older scientists as well).

Bob was always there to lend a hand or provide advice and could be counted on to get done whatever he was asked to and, to do it very well. As an example, we asked Bob to get involved in the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species sub-committee later in his NMFS career. He quickly became an active member of the committee and was widely respected by all involved, scientists, managers and fisherman.

Bob hailed from the East Coast where he got his B. S. from the University of Massachusetts in 1977. He moved west, landing at the Hammond Laboratory in 1977 where he began work for the NWFSC (at that time, it was the combined Northwest and Alaska Fisheries Science Center). He received his Masters from the University of Oregon in 1982 and finally got his PhD at Oregon State University in 2006. After moving to Corvallis from Hammond in 1995, Bob commuted to Hatfield for about 7 years until he moved to Toledo, OR, in 2002 with his family. In 2011, Bob moved back to the Hammond Laboratory to take over as Field Station Chief.

He retired from government service last summer to focus on his health. Bob was heavily involved in the local community serving on the Toledo City Council and helping with the local swim teams, especially with their fundraising. His dog Rudy was never far from his side when at home and the evening ritual for Bob after work usually involved a dog walk. Bob was an avid gardener and with his wife Amy were home wine makers for many years; a glass of their Super Tuscan red or Sangiovese was a glass to relish.

A close friend said that Bob asked that we carry on in his place that we take time to appreciate and love our jobs and to not let things stop us from having fun doing our job or impede our passion for the work we do. His friendship, warm smile, and infectious laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amy, to his children, Nathan and Alison, and to the rest of his family at this time of sorrow.

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