New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Mourns the Loss of Two Pivotal Members

April 2nd, 2024

Howard “Howie” Parish, a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium passed away on January 2, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering commitment to education and community service. Howie’s contributions spanned over four decades, leaving an indelible mark on the Consortium and the lives of those he touched.

Howie began his journey with the Consortium in October 1977 when he joined as a Member Representative (NJCU), eager to make a difference in the higher education landscape of New Jersey. His passion and dedication soon saw him ascend to the role of State College Representative of the Board of Trustees in October 1994, where he served tirelessly for a three-year term, advocating for the interests of students and faculty alike. Recognized for his exceptional leadership qualities and steadfast dedication, Howie was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees in October 1998, a position he held with distinction until his passing. As Vice Chairman, Howie played a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of the Consortium and NJCU.

Throughout his tenure, Howie’s wisdom, integrity, and compassion earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues, students, and faculty members at NJCU and his colleagues at NJSGC. His unwavering commitment to our mission and vision served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege of working alongside him.

Howie Parish will be remembered not only for his remarkable achievements but also for the warmth and sincerity with which he approached every interaction. His presence will be sorely missed, but his legacy will endure as a testament to the power of dedication, compassion, and service to others.

Barracks building 22 restored // Former Executive Director Claire Antonucci cuts the ribbon for NJSGC’s grand opening at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, NJ on July 12th, 2010.
From left: Dr. Howard Parish (NJSGC Board of Trustees), Pete McCarthy (Unit Coordinator; NPS), Sean T. Kean (former State Senator; 2008-2012), Claire Antonucci (NJSGC Former Executive Director), Guy Hembling (Charles B. Hembling and Son, construction firm), Deborah Quinn (NJSGC Director of Human Resources and Administration) Credit: Marsha Samuel (former NJSGC Communications Specialist)

It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Dr. Louise Wootton, a beloved member of the NJSGC community. Dr. Wootton’s passing leaves a profound void in the hearts of all who knew her. She joined Georgian Court University in 1997 as an assistant professor in the Biology Department and became an associate professor, professor, and chair of the department. In 1988, Dr. Wootton became a member representative of NJSGC for Georgian Court University from 1998 to 2023 and served on the Board of Trustees from 2021 to 2023. Her dedication to her profession and compassionate nature touched countless lives, leaving an indelible mark on our community. In addition to her many accolades and research projects with NJSGC, Dr. Wootton also participated in many other causes including cat rescues and Mercy Garden. As we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate her remarkable life and the legacy of kindness and service she leaves behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time. Dr. Louise Wootton will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Louise on a trip with her husband and in her garb for a graduation at Georgian Court
University. (David Williams/