NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories

  • Collection DOI:
    Principal Investigator:
    Joseph W. Smith
  • Interviews with retired staff of NOAA Beaufort Lab, documenting their academic background, career path, research focus, and reflections on their work in the lab.  

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Dr. Bill Schaaf NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories

William, born and raised in Ohio, embarked on an academic journey that laid the foundation for his remarkable career. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1960, marking the beginning of his pursuit of knowledge. Not long after, he furthered his education by earning a Master's degree in statistics from the University of North Carolina, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Jeff Govoni, Douglas Vaughan Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Doug Willis NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories
  • Doug was born and raised in Carteret County, North Carolina.  Growing up, Doug worked on menhaden boats with his Uncle Wiley and on charter boats in Morehead City.
  • Doug attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
  • Doug was hired as a fisheries technician at the Beaufort Laboratory in 1965. 
Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Ford Cross, Douglas Vaughan Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Richard “Dick” Stone NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories

Richard "Dick" Stone, a native of Virginia Beach, Virgina, has dedicated his life to environmental research and conservation. He completed his Bachelor's Degree at Virginia Military Institute. He pursued a Master's Degree at William and Mary, further honing his expertise. Dick joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Sandy Hook Lab, where he spent 8-1/2 years contributing to important research and conservation efforts.  In 1972, Dick embarked on a new phase of his career when he transferred to NOAA's Beaufort Lab.

Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Ford Cross, Douglas Vaughan, Doug Wolfe Morehead City, NC NOAA Fisheries
Patricia “Pat” Tester NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories

Dr. Pat Tester, a respected figure in the field of oceanography, has dedicated her career to studying and understanding marine ecosystems. Growing up in Oklahoma, her love for the natural world led her to pursue a Bachelor's Degree at California State University at Sonoma in 1972. Seeking further specialization, she obtained her Master's Degree in Oceanography from Oregon State University in 1976 and went on to complete her Ph.D. in the same field at OSU in 1983. In 1976, Dr.

Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Ford Cross, Jeff Govoni, Douglas Vaughan Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Randall “Randy” Cheek NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories
  • Born and raised in Raleigh, NC
  • Graduated from North Carolina State University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biology
  • Drafted by the US Army
  • Employed as Fisheries Biologist at the Beaufort Lab 1961-1989
Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Ford Cross, Douglas Vaughan Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Joseph W. Smith NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories
  • Joseph W. Smith: Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA..
  • He received his Bachelor’s Degree in biology at Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia in 1975.
  • He received his Master’s Degree in Marine Science from Willian & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1980.
Don Hoss, Jeff Govoni Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Doug Wolfe and Dave Engel NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories

Dr. Doug Wolfe, a highly accomplished scientist, dedicated several years of his career to the Beaufort Laboratory, making significant contributions as a Chemist/Fishery Biologist. Born and raised in Ohio, he nurtured a deep fascination for the natural world from a young age. Doug pursued his academic aspirations at Ohio State University, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Zoology and later a Graduate degree in Biochemistry. In 1964, Doug joined the Beaufort Lab.

Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Ford Cross, Douglas Vaughan Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Dr. Stanley M. Warlen NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories

Stan, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, developed an interest in the natural world from an early age. This passion led him to pursue higher education, and in 1962, he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri. Stan continued his academic journey and obtained his Master's degree from the University of Delaware in 1964. In 1965, Stan came to work for the Beaufort Laboratory, where he made significant contributions to the field of marine ecology. Initially employed with the Menhaden Program, he played a crucial role in managing fishery-dependent data collection.

Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Jeff Govoni, Ford Cross, Douglas Vaughan Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Ann Rose NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories

Ann Rose grew up in Harkers Island, NC where her father, Chief Ira Lewis, served in the Coast Guard. Her family lived in New York for a period while her father worked at various lifeboat stations, and they later resided at Montauk Lighthouse. After her father's retirement, they returned to Harkers Island, where Ann met her husband and started working at the Beaufort Lab in 1962 where she was employed as an Editorial Assistant until 1995. 

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Joseph W. Smith, Don Hoss, Ford Cross, Douglas Vaughan Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries
Allyn B. Powell NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories
  • Allyn B. Powell: Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and raised in Jersey City, NJ, and vicinity.
  • Graduated from Middlesex County (NJ) Vocational and Technical School in 1954 with certification in Machine Drawing.
  • Employed by Bethlehem Steel Co.
Don Hoss, Ford Cross, Jeff Govoni, Douglas Vaughan, Joseph W. Smith Beaufort, NC NOAA Fisheries