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Longtime Navy Oceanographer Herb Eppert Dies
Dr. Herbert C. Eppert Jr., a longtime member of the Naval Oceanography community, died March 25 after a brief illness. A graveside funeral service was held April 2.
Eppert, 81, a native of Jacksonville, FL, had retired June 2018 after 54 years of federal service. He was a resident of Gulfport, MS.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology at the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in geology at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Eppert started his federal career in 1964 at the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO), then in Suitland, MD.
In 1976, NAVO relocated to Stennis Space Center, MS, and spun off its research and development role with the establishment of the Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity (NORDA) at Stennis. Eppert was selected to head the Seafloor Geosciences Division.
Eppert was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in September 1982 and began his new position as director of NORDA's Ocean Science and Technology Laboratory. In 1983, NORDA morphed into Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NOARL), and he served as associate technical director of NOARL and director of the Ocean Sciences Directorate. In 1992, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) absorbed NOARL, and Eppert was appointed superintendent of the Marine Geosciences Division, based at Stennis, a position he maintained until his retirement. He also served as the head of the Office of Research Support Services at NRL.
He is survived by his wife, Melanie.