Maurice Rattray Jr.

Walnut Creek, California

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In my first quarter of graduate school in 1958 I took Prof. Rattray's “make or break” course in Marine Hydrodynamics. In short order I was disabused of how easy it might be to earn a PhD in oceanography. At the same time, his way of making mathematics both understandable and useful for understanding the physical world convinced me that I was on the right track. He was demanding of his students but, in my experience, always encouraging and constructive when needed, and cautioned against...

Dear Rattray Family:
From our family to yours, condolences on the loss of a great man. Our hearts will be with you in this time of sorrow. Pirkko and Hanna Welander

Dear Mary,
Lynne and I are saddened at the loss of our old friend Maury.
We want to thank you and Maurice for all the wonderful sailing adventures and friendship through out the years.
Maury was my yacht racing mentor. I crewed Maury on the Soling,later joining you and Maury on the Atlantic crossing in 1991.
Ten years later you invited Lynne and I to sail another crossing from Portugal to the Canary Islands.
I'm glad we had our visit in November before his passing.

Dear Mary,

So sorry to hear about this sad news. I know the few years have been challenging. You are in my thoughts. Fair winds and following seas, Maury.

Dear Mary,

Just a note to say how grateful I am to Maury, first as my advisor and mentor, and then as a colleague over many years. He set a high professional standard that served his students well. His thoughtful insights were always welcome as was his sense of responsibility, including helping UW Oceanography as Chairman and recruiting excellent faculty. As a fellow sailor, I appreciate the many ways in which Maury enthusiastically enjoyed other pursuits outside of work. I grew up...

Dear Mary. Kathy and I were sorry to learn of Maury's passing, and you are in our thoughts and prayers. I first met him when I came to the UW as Manager of Marine Operations in 1998. I enjoyed seeing him at faculty meetings, and at the Seattle Yacht Club. Maurice sponsored me for membership in the Cruising Club of America, and we enjoyed seeing both of you at the meetings and dinners. Yesterday (Monday, 10 December), Maurice was honored and remembered at the CCA luncheon, and several...

MR encouraged me to come to UW Seattle when I seriously needed a good job, and paved the way. He believed in the role of theory in ocean dynamics and pursued it hard. His students have made their career-long marks, which is the highest measure of a university prof. and one to judge us all by. His interest in the School of Oceanography, its past and future continued well into retirement. The School rose to international prominence as a result of this kind of scholarship and mentorship....

Dear Mary

I just learned of Maury's passing. In case you do not remember me, I was Maury'd associate chairman in Oceanography. He was a good friend and will be missed.

My sincere condolences,

George Anderson

Dear Mrs. Rattray,

I was Prof. Rattray's doctoral student during 1975-82. I learnt a lot from him. His seminar course in Fall 1977 was a learning experince I very much cherish.

My sympathies on your loss.


Maurice's Obituaries

Maurice Rattray JrSep. 16, 1922 - Nov. 26, 2012Resident of ConcordMaurice Rattray, Jr. sailed his last voyage Nov. 26, 2012. He moved from Seattle, WA to Concord last May to be nearer his children and grandchildren who gathered around him during his final days. After serving in the Navy from...

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